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Field Notes | Expedition Edition Waterproof Notebook 3-Pack

Our 17th QUARTERLY Edition

FNC-17 marked the start of our fifth year of Quarterly Editions. In that time, we had explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new Expedition edition, for the first time, we actually expanded the type of paper used in our notebooks.

Aesthetically, you’ll find a design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular dot-graph paper printed in light gray.

Dot-graph inside pages.

But the real innovation here is the paper. It’s maybe not even fair to call it paper. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, an amazing tearproof and waterproof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. We could go on and on about our new notebooks’ durability and incredible properties (especially in concert with our Space Pen), and we will, in this series of 12 (reasonably) scientific tests:


Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and we’d like to thank Yupo for their extensive support, as well as the great printers and ink technicians that pitched in to help.

The majority of our customers may not test the limits of these notebooks, but the map of Antarctica is neither hyperbole nor coincidence. We sent the Expedition edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders back in October 2013 as he and his team retraced Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported.

Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and does not absorb ink like our conventional papers. Ballpoint pens, pencils, or fine tip Sharpies work best. Of course, the perfect companion for the “Expedition” Edition is our Matte Black or Chrome Space Pen.


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    Proudly printed by the good people of eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, Ill.

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    Cover: waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic 74#C, with thick, brute force applications of “Hi-Visibility Orange” and “Low-Visibility Black” soy-based Saphira inks and a tinted spot varnish.

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    Innards: waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic 57#T with a 1-color application of “Cartographer’s Gray” soy-based Saphira ink. (Use pencil/ballpoint pen for best results.)

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    Cover and innards printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40″ 6-color printing press.

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    Bound by a Harris Bookbinder 6-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”

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    Corners rounded to 3/8″ (9.5mm) by a Challenge DCM round-corner machine.

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    Dot-graph grid: 3/16″ × 3/16″ (4.7mm × 4.7mm).

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    Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2″ × 5-1/2″ (8.9cm × 13.9cm).

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    FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.

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    All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

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    UPC: 858493003127

What is the Best Pen for the Field Notes Expedition Edition? — The Pen Addict

The Expedition Edition is the latest release in the Field Notes Colors line and marks just the second time I’ve seen fit to review a Field Notes Memo Book since my original review over four years ago. I’ve bought the majority of the Colors releases in between, but there are only so many ink tests you can do. Since the Expedition Edition was a break from tradition I felt it deserved a review of its own, as did my Twitter followers.

What makes the Expedition Edition different from all prior releases is the use of Yupo Synthetic Paper which is known for its waterproof and tear proof properties. I have reviewed similar products in the past from Rite in the Rain and Apica so I was eager to see how the Field Notes compared.

I understood prior to ordering the Expedition Edition that the paper would be a challenge for most inks. The paper is waterproof, and most inks are water based. This means that fountain pen ink, gel ink, and rollerball ink have almost no shot at working on this paper. While I knew what to expect, I found it odd that Field Notes didn’t really make this clear when they released the product. The assumption was only a certain type of ink will work, but they failed to set those expectations up front. The product page has now been updated with this:

Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and doesn’t absorb ink like our conventional papers. Ballpoint pens and soft pencils work best. The ‘belly band’ that wraps the 3-Pack is made from the same Yupo Synthetic Paper, so test your pens on the inside of the belly band, then try to tear it!

Now that we are all on the same page, let’s check some ink and lead out.

I tested out the Fisher Space Pen first, mainly because Field Notes released their own branded Space Pen in conjunction with the Expedition Edition. That gave me a pretty good idea that they felt this was the best option for the Yupo paper, and if you are traveling to the South Pole, it likely is. I found it was a decent option, but not the best pen for us normal folks. In the image above I let the top paragraph dry for five minutes before running my finger down the middle. There was a decent amount of smearing to be found.

Pencils should work very well on this paper, and for the most part they did. As you can imagine, softer leads smudged more than harder leads, and the erasability was decent with a good eraser.

Where things fall apart is with the water-based inks. Fountain pen ink was bad, liquid ink was worse, and gel ink was a complete train wreck. This is not a knock on the product at all – this paper is not designed to accept this type of ink. Again, this is the expectation and I wanted to show what would happen if you attempted to use other inks.

If you look closer at the writing samples you will see two pens that stood out – the Uni-ball Jetstream and the Bic Clic. Hybrid ballpoint ink and standard ballpoint ink work great, and trump even the Fisher Space Pen in the smear test. If you want to know what the best pen is for the Expedition Edition I would have to go with the Jetstream.

There are more pens to test – I just realized I forgot to test a permanent marker like the Sharpie – so I will update in the comments section. Feel free to make requests and I will do my best to accommodate. But realize that if you are hoping for something besides ballpoint or pencil to be usable in the Expedition Edition you’re gonna have a bad time.

My friends at Pencil Revolution and Surfbits both posted their thoughts on the Expedition Edition so be sure to check them out.

Field Notes Square Deal, Clic Pens, 6-Pack

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return the product and get a full refund for the merchandise.  You can return a product for up to 30 days from the date you purchased it. Any product you return must be in the same condition you received it and in the original packaging. Please keep the receipt.

If you have inked your fountain pen, please contact us for return options.  

Requesting a Return Authorization

To return an item, please use our Return Portal. 

Within 24 hours of receiving your request, we will e-mail you return instructions, including a return shipping label.  For standard returns, we will deduct a flat rate of $5. 99 for the cost of the return label from your refund.  If your return is due to a product defect, we will issue a return label at no additional cost to you.  

Packaging and Sending Returns

Once you receive your return shipping label via email, carefully repackage the item in its original condition, including all original packaging and materials (manuals, accessories, etc.). Do not write on the product packaging. Please package the item appropriately for shipment.

Once received by our Returns Department, Atlas Stationers accepts full responsibility for all merchandise. We are not responsible for loss or theft before the merchandise is in our possession. 

If a product is being returned as new, but has clearly been used or damaged prior to its return, we reserve the right to refuse refund completely.

If you ordered the item incorrectly or change your mind about an item, we will refund the purchase price of the unopened, restockable item, less shipping costs.

Returns Without Prior Authorization

If a return is received without prior return authorization, the shipment may be refused and/or returned to you at your cost.

Manufacturer Warranties

Unless noted otherwise on our site, all products are sold with the full manufacturer warranty. The period and service of the warranty varies depending on the manufacturer and product. If you experience problems with an item after the 30-day period has expired, please contact the manufacturer directly.

Processing Refunds/Replacements

As soon as we receive your returned items, we will inspect and process the items. Replacements and refunds are normally processed within 3-5 business days.

Please email [email protected] or call 866-892-4515 with any additional questions.  We are always happy to help! 

Field Notes 2016 Recap — Lead Fast

Sweet Tooth: Spring release. Colored paper, blank, the same color as the cover. Perforated for tearing out to leave behind notes, use as note cards, etc. 100# cover with 70# paper. Foil stamped. Personally, not a favorite of mine, but we saw a lot of illustrators and sketchers have some fun with this. Tina over at Fueled By Clouds & Coffee did some great work with the Sweet Tooth.

Byline: Summer release. The reporter’s notebook. John Dickerson from Face the Nation enlisted Field Notes to help create this, and after years of getting requests for one, the decided to go ahead with it. Wire-bound at the top, the dark gray cover also protects the wire binding from getting snagged on things, instead of just being an extra sheet on top of paper. 120# cover with 70# text, ruled paper inside that has a slight stone gray tinge to it. They claim pocketability, but that’s if you’re not planning on sitting down. For me, it was great to use as a short form diary/journal, to round out the thoughts of the day. And I hung one up on our kitchen bulletin board for grocery lists…in our house, it’s the perfect size for that task.

Lunacy: Fall release. A black cover die cut to show the moon behind it that’s printed on the flyleaf. Reticle grid, slightly gray paper. Embossed Field Notes logo and embossed moon on the back. Each book’s die cut is different stages of the moon, full, half, crescent. Subscribers also get a book with no die-cut, or the “New Moon”. See my full review.

Black Ice: Winter release. Pur-bound, entire cover foil stamped, except for the spine. Lined paper. 100# Cover with 70# text, the same Finch Paper that graces the America the Beautiful edition. See my full review.


Nixon: An America the Beautiful-esque set of 3 different glossy covers, one blank, one ruled, one graph. The second in as many years from Nixon. I like the look of these things, but the one I used blew up in my pocket fairly quickly.

LL Bean: The first in what seems like will be an on-going series. Kraft-style books that are just different covers. One camo, one hunter green, one kraft with green lettering. I wasn’t super-impressed with these, but if the next ones that have leaked on eBay are any indication, they look like they’ve stepped it up a notch.

Carhartt: My favorite Field Notes release of the year. All lined, Carhartt logo on the cover, different colors for each book, different outdoors theme on each back cover. See my full review.

XOXO: Another year, another XOXO book. These are trippy books designed by Mark Weaver. The XOXO books have been getting crazier and crazier every year, and that’s an awesome thing. But unfortunately, there are rumors this may be the last year…it remains to be seen, but if it is, they went out with a bang.

Tournament of Books: Red cover kraft wth the ToB logo on the front. Sold as singles for $2, and Field Notes matched the $2, and donated it to 826 National. Cool idea, and I’ll be buying more of these when they do it this year.

Special Releases

EEEK: This year, Field Notes co-creator and designer Aaron Draplin released a monograph / mid-career retrospective called Pretty Much Everything. In addition to this, he released the “Everything Else Enhancement Kit” which included, among many things, a special made Field Notes that everyone has since termed the “EEEK” pack. Black canvas-style cover with orange foil stamp, orange paper. Not one of my favorites for actual use, but a great collector piece and a nice piece of design.

Subscriber reprints: Field Notes Colors subscribers got a treat this year in the form of a surprise shipment of a 2-pack that contained one Butcher Orange and one Butcher Blue book, a reprinting of the original first 2 Colors editions, with each subscribers name on the belly band. These are exact reprints other than the edition declaration on the inside cover. They also gave these away for free if you went to FNHQ during announced weekends during the holidays and spent over $20.

Brand’s Hall Pen: A special release, super-expensive pen that was made from wood from reclaimed from a famous Chicago building, created in partnership with Allegory Goods. This is a $160 rollerball pen that, unless you’re a completist, probably doesn’t need to be purchased. Limited to 1500 pens.

New year-round books

Front Line: The standard version of the Byline edition. The differences are a lighter gray for the cover and a more standard white paper. A great addition to the line.

Chicago & Portland: The first two in what I hope is a series of city flag books. These are Kraft editions with city flag designs printed on them. The Chicago books came out first, at the beginning of the year, then the Portland books later in the year. Both are still available and don’t seem to be limited as of yet. Chicago and Portland were picked because of the home cities of Field Notes and Draplin Design Co, respectively. I will be interested to see where this goes in the future.

I may have missed some! What I didn’t do is look for all the after-market, re-branded, Kraft books out there, like the High West Distillery. There are just too many of those instances and most people, besides the craziest Nut, don’t see these books. Hell, I even made my own in my printer.

I have a wish list for what I’d like to see in 2017 coming soon!

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Field Notes Memo Books | Unsharpen

Field Notes, are simple, super popular memo books. They are generally sold in 3.5″ x 5.5″ sized notebooks and 48 pages in graph, ruled, and plain paper decorations. The brand is well known for its limited edition runs and many cover options.

The most standard, most true to the original form, Field Notes notebook is the “Original Kraft.” It’s still sold today in 3-packs for about $10.

Lined Field Notes have 6.5 mm separating the lines, making them a good fit for most people. They typically use 118-lb cardstock covers and 60-lb Finch Opaque Smooth paper but special editions will vary on this formula.

Popular Field Notes Editions

Some of the more notable Field Notes offerings and why they are popular/special.

  • Field Notes Cherry – Wood veneer cover
  • Field Notes Expedition – Made of Yupo synthetic paper, which is wood-free and highly water resistant
  • Field Notes Pitch Black – Black cardstock covers with stealthy coloring

Field Notes Review

Field Notes have become a cult collectors item, which makes them a bit of a rarity in the world of office supplies. So many products are viewed a simply another pen or pencil that seeing something that is collectible or limited edition is a very cool thing. Field Notes deserves great credit for their work on their branding as well as their innovative, ever-changing covers.

As the heart of it, Field Notes are pocket-sized staple-bound notebooks. They are well made, but you wouldn’t pick on up and be shocked at its quality. The paper is nothing special — it’s definitely good, but it’s not anything you’d buy the notebook specifically for.

Perhaps the best part of the Field Notes memo is the excellent choice of cover. The cardstock covers are strong enough to hold up for the life of the notebook but flexibly enough to put in a jeans pocket without being uncomfortable. The covers wear in nicely, giving a used Field Notes a wonderful worn-in quality which is a sign of respect from the user and longevity from the product. This sort of patina gives a used Field Notes a wonderful quality to them adds immensely to what is otherwise a not particularly notable memo pad.

The Field Notes notebook has gained a large following with the EDC community for their pocket-able nature and ability to gain character with usable. They aren’t particularly rugged except if you get the Expedition series, but they are still highly valued by EDC fans.

The Unsharpen take is that Field Notes are A-OK memo pads so long as buyers are going in expecting a good memo pad but not something that is going to rock their world.

Over the years a lot of competition to the Fields Notes has come along, including the Midori Grain Memo Pad and the Silvine Memo Book, that we tend to prefer to this. The one thing that keeps Field Notes in our shopping cart though is how great they are in your pocket. It’s like it’s not even there.

Field Notes Memo Books Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Field Notes
Models 3.5″ x 5.5″, 48 Pages, Graph; 3.5″ x 5.5″, 48 Pages, Mixed; 3.5″ x 5.5″, 48 Pages, Plain; 3.5″ x 5.5″, 48 Pages, Ruled
Cover Type Softcover
Cover Material Cardstock
Cover Color Light Brown
Paper Color White
Paper Decoration Blank
Line Spacing 6.5 mm
Number of Pages 24
Perforated Edge? No
Refillable? No
Paper Size Custom
Paper Size 14.0 cm x 8.9 cm, 5.5 inches x 3.5 inches
Paper Depth 0.4 cm cm
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Field Notes Workman’s Companion Edition

I do a lot of sketching in tiny, inexpensive sketchbooks and ever since Marc Taro Holmes suggested using a Moleskine staple-bound notebook, I’ve been trying different notebooks in this 3×5 format.  I was very displeased by the Moleskines as ink bleeds through their thin paper.  So far, every book I’ve tried has that problem.  I’m not talking about ghosting, where you can see the sketch on the backside but ink that actually shows up on the back of the page.  While ghosting is also a problem in most of the notebooks, I’m more tolerant of that as my goal with these books isn’t high-quality sketches.

But FINALLY, I’ve found what I’ve been looking for and it comes in the form of the new Field Notes Workshop Companion issue.  Field Notes are fun because they’re sold in a variety of cover formats.  The problem with them is that they typically use 50lb, inexpensive paper and they’re just not fountain pen friendly.  If you draw with ballpoint pens, they’re fine and very convenient.  But I’m a fountain pen addict and it’s a no go as a sketching substrate.

The Workshop Companion books are different.  They  come with a new, 70lb paper that’s a higher quality than even the couple issues they’ve produced with 70lb paper in the past.   I find I can force ghosting to the point of being annoying but it requires that I really dump a lot of ink on the page.  So far I’ve yet to get any bleedthrough, even with brush pens.  I’ve even applied bits of watercolor to the paper and even that works pretty well.

My first test was a simple outline image, done with a Platinum Carbon Pen and Platinum Carbon ink.  This was a ‘soft’ test as most of these kinds of notebooks will handle this combination, though in this case there was no ghosting whatever, which was an improvement.

I went out sketching and did these quick sketches.  My goal was to try adding some dark shading to see what happens.  This is where most books in this format fail, with both bleedthrough and ghosting.  Here there still wasn’t any bleedthrough and you had to look hard to see ghosting.  Scanning didn’t pick up any of the ghosting.

No special tests here but I was drawing with my Namiki Falcon and De Atramentis Document Black and again, there was no bleedthrough and ghosting was hard to see.

I was doodling while watching a baseball game and dragged this image up from my imagination.  It’s got enough darks in it to really test for bleedthrough and ghosting.  Ghosting can be seen but again, it’s minimal.

I thought I’d do the acid test.  I was watching some guys playing soccer and started drawing this building that was at one end of the soccer pitch.  I added some darks with a Kuretake #33 brush pen and then added some color.  Still no bleed through.  Ghosting is a bit worse but everything’s relative as the ghosting doesn’t get picked up when scanning the backside of this sketch.










In conclusion, I’m a happy camper and I’ll be ordered some more of these Workshop Companion books.  They’re wonderful.  I can shove them in a shirt pocket if I want but more often I have it in a front pouch in my sketching bag so it’s immediately available.

While I can sketch in these books fine, when sketching a 2-page spread it’s nice to have something to hold the book open and flat without having to fiddle around.  I solved that by cutting a small piece of Fomecore, which weighs nothing and I clip the book to this backing board.  It works surprisingly well and really makes holding the book a lot easier.


This is what it looks like when clipped to the board.  It becomes a single unit where you don’t have to worry about keeping the paper flat.


90,000 Field Notes. Eco-protection: Sabotage Field Guide

Field Notes

A few practical tips:

Small bottles with screw caps (as with some liqueurs) can also be used as paint bombs. Just breaking them will take more force than plastic bags. Be sure to also wipe down the bottle and cork to avoid leaving fingerprints.

Glass toys for the Christmas tree are wonderful “colorful bombs”.Remove the pendant-ring, apply paint and seal the hole. Remember fingerprints! Very effective as such bombs and eggs. Take one raw egg. Use a needle to poke a small hole on top and carefully remove a small piece of the shell. Use a needle to combine the yolk and whites. Punch another hole on the same side of the egg, about an inch from the first. Blow into the second hole, then the yolk and white will flow out of the first. Make yourself an omelet! Pour the paint / solvent mixture into a bottle with a screw cap shaped like a thin cone with a hole (a small funnel can also be used).Seal the second hole in the egg with a mixture of flour and water or wax. Pour paint into the first hole and seal it too. You have a wonderful shell, the right size and half biodegradable.

When using spray or paint bags, wear old clothes or inexpensive coats in case you accidentally get splashed with paint. Also wear a hat or cap to cover your hair.

How to fix the inscriptions

You can cut down a billboard, you can burn it, but a more effective way is to fix the advertisement itself.In Sydney, an Australian conservation group ran a real campaign to fix billboard ads. The following material is taken (abridged and revised) from their spring 1981 catalog (you can write to them at: BUGA UP, BOX 78, Wentworth Bldg. University of Sydney Union, 2006, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA).

Inscriptions and drawings – graffiti is a very easy matter, they can be made from almost nothing. If you fix at least one billboard a week, it can cost an ad campaign $ 500 to $ 5,000 a year, depending on your diligence.This is a sad fact, but we have already learned from long experience that money is the only language that advertising companies understand.

But more important than the financial factor is the effect that the corrected advertisement will have on those who read it

First of all, choose a billboard that:

1) advertises products of companies that damage the environment (for example, ATVs) , and

2) is suitable to change this advertisement for the protection of the environment.

Buy spray cans (how to do this is described in the section “Paint cans” in this chapter). Black is best for billboards.

Try to negate the impact of the advertising lettering by RESPONSING to it if there is space, or by adding, commenting or commenting if the words and images of the advertisement allow it. Humor helps to reveal the real intentions of the advertiser and turn the meaning of advertising against himself (just don’t make mistakes!).

If the billboard is too tall and you can’t reach the sign, you can take a stepladder (which is not very convenient) or make a special pole with which you will spray paint:

Take a mop handle or other durable but lightweight a wooden plank or pole (see picture). Make a notch at one end of it, half the thickness of the pole. Attach a flat metal strip (2) to the remainder of the strip (2) About thirty centimeters from it (depending on the size of your paint can) attach the support (3) on which your can will rest Attach the staples (4) to the handle so that they clamp balloon (about 20 centimeters from the edge).

Tie a piece of insulated wire to the metal plate (2), pass the wire through the hole in the stop (3) and through the carabiners (5), which are along the entire length of the pole. When you pull on this wire, the metal plate will press against the spray head of the can. Additionally, you can attach the ball-point deodorant cap (6) to the other side of the pole on the bracket. This will maintain a certain distance from the cartridge to the shield. You may need to practice a little to get your spray can in the right place on the pole.Although it is not very convenient to manipulate such a pole with paint at first, with practice, you will be very effective.

Silent Agitators

“Earth First!” this slogan is borrowed from the Union of Industrial Workers. And the “silent agitators” are just little stickers that members of this Union pasted on the wall or on factory equipment. The rest of the workers and managers thus knew that the Union was invisibly present and watching.

Silent agitators are of 3 types (see picture) and, as it turned out, they are very popular. These pieces are just perfect for sticking, for example, in the rooms and toilets of bars in the Rocky Mountains, where they educate beer drinkers about the crazy policies of the copper mining companies.

On the stickers along with the slogan “Earth first!” a clenched fist can be depicted, you can place them where you want to leave a message that the plunder of the Earth will be resisted.Many of these stickers have been found in Forest Service offices, and some have even been found in police vans and police stations. During the blockade of the Lysaya Gora road in Oregon, silent agitators were a constant weapon of psychological warfare against Forest Service bureaucrats. The District Chief eventually began locking the toilet and restroom in his office because he was tired of reading. “No compromise in protecting the Earth” every time he went out in need. The office staff had to ask him for the key every time, and each time he checked for new stickers on the walls.

90,000 How do you take field notes at temperatures below 0 ° C without freezing your fingers?

I am making an inventory of my farm. The temperature today is -7 ° C with a slight breeze. Windchill -10 ° C.

I believe there are many people who have this problem. Writing a journal, describing observations, and so on.

How do people who work outdoors take field notes or write things down?

Additional information.

The problem is NOT with the writing instrument – at least not yet.

The problem is the fingers are too cold to function.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Approach: partial protection on handwriting. I found I could wear a fleece lining for my gloves and still write.


  • My fingers are still freezing, but I have about 15 minutes between finger breaks.This is the current solution. This amounts to 1/3 to 1/2 of the normal inventory speed, plus more frequent breaks and job changes.

Approach: clipboard and pencil


  • While I can wear a glove on my clipboard hand, bare fingers quickly lose the ability to write.

Approach: used my iPhone with dictation enabled.


  • Will only record 30 seconds at a time, then you have to press the microphone button again.
  • Transcription is broken: count becomes count, 4 becomes for 2, becomes 2. But not always.
  • The phone turns off when the battery cools down. (About 20 minutes at -7 ° C)

Approach: just make an audio recording.


  • Difficult to consider.
  • The phone still has cold problems.

Approach Keep moving to keep warm.


  • I am doing this.But it’s more like a job change to keep warm. Go mulch trees with gloves while your fingers thaw, scout firewood, play with your dog, and go for coffee.
  • A plot of approximately 8 acres (3 ha) – 400 feet (120 m) wide and 800 feet (240 m) long. In this space, I have more or less 20,000 trees ranging in size from 3 inches (8 cm) to 15 feet (5 m). Counting is a lot of walking at the “museum pace” combined with standing. (The step counter on my phone says I take 8,000 to 15,000 steps a day.Inventory days are at the bottom of this.)

Approach. Write your message in the snow, then take a photo. ( added in response to one answer )


  • Cold temperatures do not always occur with snow cover.
  • Snow cover obstructed by traces of tractors, sleds, deer and dogs.
  • On a cloudy day, the contrast between letters and snow is limited.
  • The amount of text for each block is slightly larger for environments such as snow.Go outside and write with your gloved hand:

    HGE17 AshMtnCard 216 7′-9 ‘T15 80%

This is my acronym for Block Haida Gwai East, Lot 17, cardinal columnar, number of trees present, height from 7 to 9 feet (2 to 2.5 m), nursery pot size 15 gallons (60 L) and fraction is salable. The information is dense. You will notice in the picture below that even a day after the snow it is not a blank canvas.

Approach: Take a series of photographs, then work in the home with the photographs.


  • It is difficult to count.
  • It is difficult to estimate the height.
  • Identification of species in the wider picture is difficult between some pairs. For example, white spruce and balsamic fir, tall cranberries and Amur maple.
  • If you are taking multiple shots in a row, it is difficult to determine the overlap point.

This is a popular question and there are good answers here for people with various similar problems.

Typically, inventory takes about three daily sessions of 3-4 hours. During this time, I move a few feet between blocks to evaluate the block, or walk the block length once for each view for a mixed block, or take the block twice, stopping at each tree for the calculated block.

Here are samples of what I am inventorying.

I grow up in mixed blocks. This reduces pest problems and often allows the pots to be placed closer together.This block is a mixture of spruce, larch, birch at this stage.

Further up the block, both birch and fir are still present, but two other species are the Amur maple and the tall shrub cranberry. Can you tell me the height of each?

Two quarters: one of the northwest poplar and black spruce and one of the northwest poplar and balsam fir. These trees were replanted just a few weeks ago, so they are fairly uniform in size.

For large trees, I measure each one individually and count. The stick is 8 feet (2.5 m) long. This is still difficult to assess.

This is a block of young dogwood in a styloblock, next to a block in pots # 2. Each block is 15 trees. I need to count blocks, research trees to assess tradable, dead, and welts that may become tradable later. The dead were immediately removed from the account.

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

The Impromptu Tactical Pen was developed by Gerber in close cooperation with US law enforcement agencies.Naturally, firstly, it is a tool for taking notes in the field. But if necessary, thanks to the steel base, the tactical handle can be used instead of the emergency hammer to knock out the windshield, as well as for self-defense as a Japanese yawara.

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is a versatile (multifunctional) survival tool. According to experts of the US police, in the event of necessary defense during a surprise attack, it is the pen that most often turns out to be in the hands of a person.Therefore, a steel tactical pen in skillful hands will be able to stop aggression.

The pen contains an ink cartridge that is equally effective at taking notes on paper in the humid climate of the tropical jungle and in the desert. The Impromptu Tactical Pen fits freely not only in a purse or backpack compartment, but also in a clothing pocket. When the pen is twisted inward, a sharp base remains at the end of the handle, which can stop the blow with a simple jab to the arm or leg.

The tactical pen received dimensions in the firing position (without the writing pen) 12.7 cm, and in the writing mode – 14.19 cm.The product weighs only 29 grams, despite its robust hardened steel case. If you need a tactical pen, you can buy it from the manufacturer’s store for $ 62, or from the Amazon online store for $ 49.95 per unit.





90,000 Best Christmas Gifts for Graphic Designers

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Best Christmas Gifts for Graphic Designers

Designers can be a tricky bunch to buy Christmas gifts for.Fake fonts and Naff products are all too common on Main Street, so this holiday season we’ll help you with some certified high quality, one-of-a-kind, designer-approved gift ideas to suit every taste and budget.

Alternatively, if there’s an aspiring designer you need to buy for, take a look at our list of the best creative Christmas gifts for kids (you might just find something out there for yourself!).

90,060 Best Christmas Gifts for Designers Under £ 20 / $ 25 90,061

01.Design badges with pins

Ideal stocking fillers for pin lovers

Show your love for design

Great gift for everyone

Support for indie manufacturers

Enamel pins – for life, not just for Christmas! This is a little talent that you will be proud of. In fact, I love pins so much that I had to include two … StudioCult from New York with their Pantone pin and TwoGirlsCo in Bristol with their designer rule pins that created brilliant visual puns no designer wants to take off.

02. Oh hell, now what? Craig Oldham

Incomplete tutorial, training and motivational ass slap

Absolutely no nonsense

Nice tactile print

Font Matt Willie Timmons

Craig Oldham is not only one of the best designers of this generation, but also one of his most poignant and vital voices – he writes brilliant books that are both rewarding and beautiful – no matter what career you think you find yourself in.This Lawrence King book is especially helpful for a designer trying to figure out what’s next, so it might just be the most valuable gift you can give.

03. Koh-I-Noor Clutch Pencil Set

Almost eternal and practically indestructible design pencils

Two different pencil sizes

Free rubber and spare wires [1945900]]

Concealed sharpener included

We couldn’t resist sneaking into this set because it is an absolute deal to use that you will get and every designer needs a reliable (and practically eternal in this case) pencil in his pocket.

Want more art supplies? Don’t miss our list of the best pencils available to buy right now.

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04. Posca black handle set

Next year you only need black pens

7 black handles

Pen sizes from 0.7 mm to 15 mm

Writes almost anything

Uni POSCA Markers are simply the coolest pens, their water-based pigment ink is lightfast, water-resistant and writes on almost any surface without annoying translucency, whether you are a doodler lover or a professional writer, this set of 7 black pens with nib sizes from 0. 7mm to 15mm will certainly do, but be careful, they are addictive.

05. Designer cubes

Take a roll of dice on this ingenious design aid

Nicely packed

Tested and tested with students

Instantly fix creative block

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, you can order these smart ideas that are the brainchild of Andy Neal. Shake them up when you don’t know where to start, are stuck and need a change of direction, or want to make a lateral jump in your thinking.Unfortunately, they can’t do all of your work for you, but they’re basically the next best thing.

06. Process is an inspiration from House Industries

Finally, a home you can really afford

4 beautiful paper bags

Foreword by JJ Abrams

Metallic ink and spot varnishes

Almost a year ago, House Industries co-founder (and one of the top designers) Rich Roat passed away suddenly.This fantastic book is a testament to the incredible company he, Andy Cruz and Ken Barber have built and delves into their process and portfolio. This is a lovely print that you probably want to order a pair – one to leave and the other to give away.

90,060 Best Christmas Gifts for Designers Under £ 100 / $ 125 90,061

07. Computer Arts Magazine

Give the perfect gift for this Christmas for less money

Inspiration overload

Learn from world-class creatives

Subscription discounted price

Our sister magazine Computer Arts offers insight and inspiration to the global design community.And it’s not just for Christmas – buy a subscription from your designer and they’ll receive new releases every month.

Each copy includes in-depth analysis of trends, working methods and business issues, keen opinions from the world’s leading designers, inspirational round-ups of the world’s best new work, profiles from influential agencies, and behind the scenes access to cutting-edge projects. Plus, there are some ridiculous suggestions this holiday season, so now is the time to shop!

08.Made by Folk Prints

Heavy prints from heavy creatives

Decorate your walls with accessible art

Manual edition in pencil

Uncoated art paper

Earlier this year, Formfiftyfive took a little turn and became Made By Folk, with a focus on offering more beautiful prints and products. This typographic fun of Maestro Loes Ives (also known as IdleLetters) is a limited edition Giclée Print that will look right at home on the wall in any studio, office or den, and is a mantra that every creative will relate to. …

09. Audible 12 Book Annual Membership

Audiobooks are awesome and Audible has a lot.

2 months Membership

12 Book Annual Membership

1 Book Monthly Membership


Listen and sync between devices

200,000 audio programs

Expand your knowledge

Sometimes design can be a lonely profession – long hours spent staring at a screen or traveling – and sometimes you need more than a radio station, playlist or podcast for a company.Audiobooks can allow you to travel the world, meet new people and expand your horizons without leaving your seat, and for about the price of a hamburger per book, they are a wonderful gift that will last much longer than Christmas.

10. Magazine subscription on stack

Monthly magazine surprise

Curated collections of publications

Discovery of new names

100% independent

Another gift that continues to give, Stack is a curated magazine subscription service that has provided the best independent publications for doors every month for over a decade.You will discover all kinds of weird and wonderful things throughout the year, and every time someone lands on your rug it feels like a little mini Christmas again.

11. Miscellaneous Products Ceramic Flash

Quarter-inch thick walls

Contains 11 fluid ounces

Made in America

Tyler Deeb creates unique and beautifully designed miscellaneous products, or as he puts it, “products with a practical purpose – keepsakes that are set apart”, made in America and shipped around the world.From leather wallets to playing cards, flasks and deodorants, these are some of the most coveted items money can buy.

12. Unit Editions Designers Republic AZ

AZ of the influential studio The Designers Republic

Developed by Spin

Approximately 512 pages

[1945900] Adrian, Tony and Mark Sinclair

It’s almost impossible to make a gift list without including the Unit Edition, an incredible design publishing company founded by living legends Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook.Their latest offering, still raising funds on Kickstarter at the time of writing, is sure to be on every designer wish list. Finally, we get a book about the influential Sheffield studio, The Designers Republic.

Best Christmas Gifts for Designers Over £ 100 / $ 125 90,061

13. Field Notes Kit

The only small laptops you’ll ever need

Printed and Manufactured in USA

Smooth and complex set

Never miss an idea again

Field Notes, co-founded by Aaron Draplin and Jim Kudahl probably needs no introduction … these useful little laptops have become the industry standard and no designer pocket is truly complete without one.This desk kit includes a planner, 10 different types of notebooks for all your drawing and design needs, a leather case and a pen – and that’s the rule.

14. Jackery Laptop Powerpack

Powerful solution for designers on the go

Outdoor use

Safe, reliable and versatile

Suitable for Mac and PC

Today’s cafe designer traveling by rail is a little annoying than a dead battery.This travel-friendly power bank gives your laptop the power it needs to get you through the day, and with 3 USB outputs, you can also charge your phone / tablet at the same time.

15. IKEA Electronic Standing desk

Tables don’t have to be boring or stupidly expensive.

Good for your health

Electrically adjustable

Stain resistance and durability

We all know that the premonition of our work is terrible things for our body, so with the help of Swedish you can now free your skeleton at a reasonable cost with the help of a standing table from Ikea.This smart kit converts easily (and electronically) from a standing to a seated position, which means you can stay flexible – in more ways than one.

16. Apple iPad Pro

If you really want to make someone’s year look no further!

Powerful and portable

More and more useful for work

The finest design ever

Very expensive

Another major piece of the wishlist – Apple continues to release industry-leading devices and the new iPad Pro lineup is hard to ignore – LCD retina display, intuitive gestures, full-screen design, face identification, super-duper bionic brain (well, chip) and tons of other fancy features … With news that Adobe apps will finally arrive tablets in 2019 and the new Apple Pencil is really charging in a smart way, maybe now is the time to sell this barely used kidney and make someone very happy.

17. Bellroy Slim Backpack

Help designers wear their accessories in style this Christmas

Fits a 15 ” laptop

Plenty of space

Stylish design

Incredible magnetic clasp

Give a designer a touch of style this Christmas with this gorgeous Bellroy Skinny Backpack. The sleek design accommodates laptops up to 15 inches and has additional compartments for water bottles and chargers.There’s also a handy discreet zippered pocket for secure storage and easy access to your phone or pocket laptop.

18. Classic Timor calendar

Finally, a calendar you don’t want to hide

Inspired by railway signs

Available in black or white

Classic design

The classic Timor Perpetual table calendar designed by Enzo Mari in 1967 has been produced by Danese Milano ever since.Not only will this desktop accessory look great, but more importantly, it will help the designer stay on schedule and meet deadlines.

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A new version of the Leica FlexField v6.0 field software has been released.

We are pleased to inform you about the new release of the Leica FlexField v6.0 field software.
This version includes improvements, various fixes, as well as a new application.This release is an important step towards meeting the needs of our customers.

1. What’s new in firmware v6.0?
Tunnel Application
Field software in conjunction with office software will allow you to solve geodetic tasks when working in tunnels as efficiently as possible.

Tunnel application on board instrument
With a wide range of functions that cover design, executive surveys and calculation of cut and fill volumes, this application allows you to conduct a full range of work in tunnels and closed mines.

Tunnel Office
Use Tunnel Office for:
Loading Data into Tool
Uploading data from tool
Setting and Viewing Design Alignment
Setting and Viewing the Project Profile
Defining and Viewing Cross Sections
Printing diagrams and data

The new Tunnel app (SKU 847907) is available for the Leica FlexLine TS06plus and TS09plus instruments.
The Tunnel Office application can be downloaded from the myWorld portal ( and can be installed on MS Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7/8/10 computers.
For more detailed information about the Tunnel application, you can see the video recording of the work in this application below the link.

Other fixes in FlexField plus
New Notes functionality (TS09plus only)

Select Notes from the menu, then add the notes you want using the stylus.Notes can be linked to a station, measured point, or can be stored without reference. This functionality is only available for TS09plus tools.

Benefit: No need to carry a notebook and pen. Write notes and save them to the instrument.

Settlement of nearest point

The user can filter the staked out points so that the nearest points are staked out first. This is done by selecting the Nearest filter in the stakeout menu

Advantage: Use this filter to optimize the stake out

Interpolate the heights in the reference arc.
The elevation interpolation method in the Reference Arc application is now available.

1. Fixed bugs in FlexField plus:

  • The electronic level menu is now available when Bluetooth is connected
  • Other bugs.

2. Update
FlexField version 6.00 Build 258 can be downloaded on all FlexLine and FlexLine plus tools with an active software update contract that expires on or after May 1, 2015.

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