Notes from the Field – Shelterwood

Early one autumn morning in March two years ago, I woke and checked my phone for email, still half asleep. As usual, it chimed with a string of messages, but it was only only one that piqued my interest, delivered only to those on ‘the list’.

That email was from the small team that produce a range of memo books, known as Field Notes.

After clicking the link and checking out the new release ‘Shelterwood’, I was hooked. I’d never owned a Field Notes product previously, but that afternoon when I returned home from work I signed up for a Colours subscription right away. Devoted entirely to paper and its origins, with inner pages printed in Maidenhair light green lines through to its ultimate showpiece; a superfine shaving of cherry wood veneer bonded to kraft paper, the Shelterwood memo book by Field Notes is a beautiful piece of design.

Field Notes always produce captivating short films to accompany each of their limited edition ‘Colors’ releases, and their work to promote Shelterwood truly captivated me. Not only showing off their new product but telling the story behind them; a labour intensive process to craft one of the most beautiful memo books I had ever seen.

While I may be writing this now in 2016, two years since its release, I still check it out from time to time; mesmerised by the production process used to achieve the end result.

First founded by well-known graphic designer Aaron Draplin, Portland, Ore. – in association with Coudal Partners, Chicago, Ill. – there’s a certain raw, earthy quality about Field Notes brand products that seems to add to their appeal, and the end page of their books tell why. “Inspired by the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list… An honest memo book worth fillin’ up with good information.” And a good memo book they are!

If you’re a writerly, arty design person, a Colors subscription is well worth it.
Check ’em out.