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Field Notes - The Story

According to the University of Southern California the definition of Field Notes is as follows 
Refers to notes created by the researcher during the act of qualitative fieldwork to remember and record the behaviors, activities, events, and other features of an observation setting. Field notes are intended to be read by the researcher to produce meaning and an understanding of the culture, social situation, or phenomenon being studied. The notes may constitute the whole data collected for a research study [e.g., an observational project] or contribute to it, as when field notes supplement conventional interview data.
When I read this it made me wonder if computers can give us everything, in a technology age do we still have a need to scribble things down and my conclusion was if we all revert back to research on the internet will we be able to come up with our own thoughts and ideas or are we just regurgitating the same data, maybe rejigging the wording but essentially leaving no room for our own creative thought. I'm always scribbling things down, mostly nonsense but I can easily revert back to it, these little books travel very well, I can put my ideas, emotions, life observations and shopping lists all in my notebook and for me they kind of work as a life diary, full of things that preoccupied my head in that week, that month. I write things such as appointments, lists for everything, tel no's, working accounts whether it be home or business, ramblings of good ideas, or so I thought, things I can transfer easily to the computer, if need be but basically a compilation of things that make me, well me!!! 
"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."
People who buy these notebooks love them, they seem to make a connection with them, becoming just as important as their phones.  After watching the creator Aaron Draplin's vimeo recording describing the background to Field Notes I realised that the obsessive passion with which he enthuses is imprinted on these little books.  You can see that every detail from the font to the ink, paper, staples, wording on the inside & back covers has been obsessed over and the finished result is a great notebook we can stick in our back pocket and pull out with pride.
Please take a look at Aaron Draplin on Vimeo here. Describing the Agricultural American history behind Field notes, he's inspiring!
Made from durable materials, they have an 80# brown paper cover, 50# inner paper (48 pages) printed with light brown soy-based ink lines and grids, they even include the printing machines they used, and how they rounded the corners!
                   
Enjoy scribbling things down, preserving your own history, making every journal unique.
Proudly made in the USA.
                   
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