Field Notes’ latest limited edition: Foiled Again
The 59th Quarterly Edition from Field Notes titled “Foiled Again,” showcases a revered printing technique. Over the years, various Field Notes editions have incorporated the art of hot-foil stamping – a method where metallic or pigmented foils are applied to paper through heat and pressure. This process, initially patented by Ernst Oeser from Germany in 1892, modernized the traditional gold leaf manual application in the publishing sector. The 1950s witnessed further refinement as plastics enhanced these foils, introducing innovative applications in printing, packaging, and related fields.
The distinction of “Foiled Again” lies in its collaboration with Studio on Fire, based in St. Paul, Minn. Renowned for their foil-stamping and die-cutting precision, Studio on Fire’s craftsmanship is often deemed unparalleled. Their accolades span across sectors, including cannabis, alcohol, and playing cards, where they’ve masterfully blended multiple foils, inks, embossing, and diecuts. Abduzeedo.com shared insights from a visit to Studio on Fire, praising their blend of traditional and modern technologies and the adept team steering the helm.
The edition features always awesome artwork by Aaron Draplin, highlighting the production process. This artwork was hot-stamped in silver foil on the newly introduced Neenah Pearl “Indigo” 110# cover stock by Studio on Fire. Inside, it houses 48 pages of 60# Finch Opaque text, lined with silver ink and bound together with three staples.
An added touch to this edition is a complementary tuck box, reversing the cover art’s colors: using blue foil on Neenah Pearl “Sterling” stock. This box safeguards three Field Notes notebooks, ensuring they remain pristine until used. However, potential buyers should be aware of the limited print run due to the edition’s intricate design.
A special gesture for their subscribers saw Field Notes requesting Studio on Fire to use gold foil on “Poppy” stock, encased in a red-foil-on-“Bright Gold” box. Subscribers are set to receive both the “Indigo”/Silver and exclusive “Poppy”/Gold “Foiled Again” 3-Packs in the unique 2023 subscriber box. Future editions for Fall, Winter, and Spring are eagerly anticipated.
01. Proudly foil-stamped by the good people of Studio on Fire, St. Paul, Minn., and printed by the good people of Active Graphics, Inc., Oak Brook, Ill.
02. Cover: Neenah Pearl 105#C “Indigo” (Subscriber edition: “Poppy”) foil stamped on a Saroglia FUB Die Cutter Foil Stamper.
03. Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of metallic soy-based Toyo ink.
04. Inside covers/innards printed on a Mitsubishi Diamond Series 40″ 6-color press.
05. Bound by a Heidelberg ST350 Stitchmaster 8-pocket saddle stitcher, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”
06. Corners precisely rounded to 3/8″ (9.5mm) by a CRC round-corner machine.
07. Ruled lines: 1/4″ (6.4mm).
08. Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2″ × 5-1/2″ (89mm × 140mm).
09. FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.
10. All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
11.Limited edition of 26,000 3-Packs
About Field Notes
Founded in 2007, Field Notes is a memo book brand headquartered in Chicago, and is a joint venture between Portland, Oregon-based Draplin Design Company and Chicago-based design firm Coudal Partners. Its memo books are proudly printed and manufactured in the United States. Learn more at fieldnotesbrand.com.