Happy Valentine’s Day!
Speaking of Red Blooded and Valentine's Day, I am reminded of the “FIELD NOTES loves you” pencil that came free with a pack of Red Blooded back in February 2013 (and how I missed it). For this year’s Valentine's Day, Field Notes offered a free Workstation Calendar with any order for one day. Nothing too Valentine-ish but a nice gesture nonetheless. I didn’t take the recent offer, since I already have the calendar, but I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing those red pencils again. Did you take advantage of these Valentine’s Day offers?
Valentine’s Day also reminds me of the fun film Field Notes made, featuring Bryan Bedell's message to his wife that he made using a Red Blooded (see it here). The Red Blooded edition is long sold-out but I still had fun watching it again recently. So creative and touching, even if it’s a product promo video. Awww..
I’m really hoping Field Notes will make another red edition as part of their regular line-up. (This post is turning into something more than a Valentine’s Day message, but ah well.) According to Bryan Bedell on Erasable Podcast episode #28, it sounds like part of the reason Field Notes retired Red Blooded is because Dan Barron at Flywheel Letterpress, whom they worked with on Red Blooded and other letterpress editions, sold his printing business, and it didn’t seem right for them to go with another printer when they felt it was his edition. (I find that really sweet, by the way. More reasons to love Field Notes!) But it’s such a gorgeous, classic red… maybe a variation using the same color might not be a bad idea? I guess what I’m trying to say is, that Red Blooded is a hard one to beat but I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future.