Thursday, April 8, 2010

Remember it Now: Field Notes

My husband was cleaning his music studio space recently. He found a little blank notebook and gave it to me:

It's a 48-page memo book, and they come in 3-packs at the Field Notes Shop with plain, ruled, or graph paper, or a mixture of all three inside. I don't know if it's the simplicity, vintage-y look, or just the sensible, small size of it that I like, but I'm almost afraid to write in mine. I'll get over it.

The company's site has the tagline: I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now.

I love that. In truth, I rarely go back to look at my writing notebooks. It can be fun, but it's something about the act of writing that helps me remember. And if my memory fails, then I've got my bases covered.

Field Notes has a color series named, charmingly, "Packet of Sunshine Edition" available by subscription - for the serious note-taker.

There's also a Flickr group for Field Notes in Action. Here are a few of my favorite contributions:

~from riley_hopeman

Field Noted Collection
~from tienvijftien

Field Notes User In Training
~from luz

Field Notes / Just Below Zero
~from le prince noir

Fish, glasses, Field Notes.
~from revbean

Field Notes | Mackinaw Autumn
~from beaucolburn


  1. So cool. Those little notebooks look so official, perhaps lending a bit more importance to whatever you happen to be writing down in them at the moment. :)

  2. "I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."
    so true! perfect. xo.