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Nashville’s legendary letterpress print shop was founded by the brothers Hatch in 1879 and remains the living heartbeat of classic American poster design. Since the early days of Field Notes Quarterly Editions, they knew that to explore the history of American printing, publishing and design, they were going to have to collaborate with Hatch Show Print.

Hatch is known for letterpress-printed posters. For many years, they’ve found ways to recombine their enormous archive of historic images and type in ways that always seem fresh and vibrant, but also timeless.

Hatch makes large posters. Field Notes make small notebooks. Here’s how they worked together:

  • Field Notes imagined a three-poster public service campaign about effective poster design, which they named Pressing Issues: A Series on Ink, Paper, and Muscle. They wrote copy and made a couple of really rough sketches and the left it to the crew at Hatch to design and print.
  • Next, they cut up the three finished posters into covers for this Fall edition. Each poster yielded six cover designs, and Field Notes have included one book from each poster in the 3-Packs.  As a result, and the natural variations in letterpress printing, there’s a ton of variety in this release.

Interior Pages have ruled lines: 6.4mm
Memo book dimensions: 89mm × 140mm
Printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

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