Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition Review

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

The Arts and Sciences editions are special because they are much larger than all past Colors editions. Instead of the normal package of three 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks you get two large 4.75″ x 7.5″ notebooks with 64 pages each.

The Arts Field Notes notebook next to a normal sized Field Notes
The Arts Field Notes notebook next to a normal-sized Field Notes.

The covers feature the normal Futura Bold typeface but unlike past editions “Field Notes” is debossed into the covers as are the little Arts and Sciences logos on the back cover.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

This edition came with two pins.
The back covers feature debossed logos show here with matching buttons.

The Arts notebook has a “chili” colored cover and features art related references on the inside covers:

Arts inside front cover.
Arts inside front cover.
Arts inside back cover.
Arts inside back cover.

The Sciences notebook has an “urban grey” colored cover and features science related references on the inside covers:

Sciences inside back cover.
Sciences inside front cover.
Sciences inside front cover.
Sciences inside back cover.  Notice this one has a metric ruler where the Arts has an imperial ruler 

The pages in the Arts notebook are lined on one side and blank on the other.  The Sciences notebook is a bit more interesting. It features “Engineer’s Graph Lines” on one side and blank pages on the other.  The thickest grid lines are the 1″ followed by 0.5″ and 1/10″.  I love these graph lines.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition
Arts on the left and Sciences on the right.

The paper in both of these notebooks is the same and like most Field Notes they don’t hold up well to fountain pen ink.  There was a good amount of bleed.

Lots of bleed...the thicker nibs bled onto the opposite page!
Again Arts on the left and Sciences on the right.  Lots of bleed…the thicker nibs even bled onto the opposite pages!

Of the two, the Sciences notebook is my favorite.  I really like what they did with this edition.  I am not sold on this larger format at the moment but I need to spend more time with them.  My initial reaction is that they are too big.  You can’t put them in a pants or coat pocket.

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6 thoughts on “Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition Review”

  1. I got these as a gift and really love them, especially the Science notebook, but find it hard to get over the non-fountain pen friendliness and am still uncertain about the size.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I haven’t warmed up to the size yet either…to me a notebook this big should have more pages. As to the “non-fountain pen friendliness” I just try and use finer nibs with these books and try not to worry if about bleeding here and there.

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