Field Notes America the Beautiful

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America the Beautiful
Release Date: First released::Spring 2013
Item No.: Item No::FNC-18
Innards paper: Paper used::Finch Paper Fine 70#T "Soft White"
Edition Size: Edition size::15,000 packs
Official Page: Field Notes America the Beautiful

Description[edit | edit source]

The inspiration for this set of memo books came from Aaron Draplin's collection of vintage memorabilia. The resulting edition was aimed to pay tribute to the cross-country-road-trip spirit of America, via the vibrant full-color aesthetic of the beautifully-roughhewn memo books and road maps of the 1960s[1]. Notable features of the design includes oversaturated photos, printed on a purposefully out-of-register screen, to harken back to the intended era.

Colorful stock photography of “Spacious Skies,” “Amber Waves,” and “Mountains Majesty” are reproduced in full-color on heavyweight, off-white, Tango-coated one-side covers, and stuffed with 48 pages of burly Finch “Soft White” paper ruled with “Looseleaf Blue” ink. They’re bound together with shiny copper staples, and as always: they’re manufactured in the very nation they celebrate.

The packs also included an "America the Beautiful" water-transfer decal (FNC-18a) to be applied to your camper or cross-country vehicle of choice.

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Paper[edit | edit source]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

01. Proudly printed by the good people of Service Graphics, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

02. Cover: Mead Westvaco Tango Coated-One-Side blanks with a dirty 100-line-screen 4-color halftone, printed a little out of register on purpose with soy-based Toyo ink. Inside cover hit hard with a 1-color application of “Blood Red” soy-based Toyo ink.

03. Innards: Finch Paper Fine 70#T “Soft White,” with a 1-color application of “School Notebook Cyan” soy-based Toyo ink.

04. Cover printed on a Mitsubishi Diamond Series 40" 6-color printing press.

05. Innards printed on a Miller TP104 28" × 40" 2-color printing press.

06. Bound by a Heidelberg ST350 “Stitchmaster” 8-pocket saddle stitcher, using (X)-gauge copper wire.

07. Corners precisely rounded to ⅜" (9.5mm) by a CRC round-corner machine.

08. Ruled lines: ¼" (6.4mm).

09. Memo book dimensions are 3½" × 5½" (89mm × 140mm).

10. Field Notes uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.

11. All Field Notes memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

References and Notes[edit | edit source]

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