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A Six Tone Scale

True to the Blobbiness

We've long-admired the dynamism of a mural that is hangs on the north side of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on Ashland Avenue. Once we renovated and moved into our new studio space, we decided to track down who was responsible, with the idea of doing something similar for our main work space. The artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Kent Smith, were up for the idea, and also for us filming them painting the 12' x 8', 3-panel artwork. Thanks a million to them.

Love’s Labor Lost

One from the Heart

Check this film for a one-day Field Notes special Valentine's Day promotion. The offer is over, but the sentiment endures.

Decipher This

The Whole
Mysterious Story

The 41st design in our series of Field Notes Quarterly Editions has a sleek, mysterious look, fitting for an edition all about secret codes and ciphers. It features a three-part history of cryptography, and the 3-Packs themselves are puzzles, very difficult puzzles, to be solved. This is the Clandestine Edition.

FNHQ In Good Company

HQ

Our studio on North Racine Avenue in Chicago was selected as one of the "Coolest Offices" in the city. Thanks to Crain's for that. And thanks also to Sarah Crowley for taking the photos, our contractor and furniture-maker, Peter Moorman, and to Phillip Schmidt for his advice and architectural expertise. Come by and see it yourself. Bring money.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young, Costumed Beggars

Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Ten Years of Field Notes

Origin Stories

Ten years ago we started Field Notes. Here's some background. Aaron talking about where the original idea came from and the history of American agricultural design. Jim on the mechanics of moving from working for clients to inventing one. Whet Moser's recent piece for Chicago Magazine and how we got here.

An Adventure of a 2-Pack

Meet Haxley

During October, Chicago Illustrator and poster-maker Jay Ryan set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. We followed Jay's progress and found the drawings irresistible. We knew that they'd look great in a special Field Notes edition. We hope you agree.

New From Field Notes

Ready?

We're proud of the short film (spot?) we made for a product partnership with the unstoppable Bellroy from Australia. Check out the new Everyday Inspiration, custom, compact leather cover.

Thanks to Big Delicious Planet for inviting us into their Canteen for the location, and to Spencer Tweedy for letting us use his song "Temple State" on the track. It's in heavy rotation at HQ currently.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

A lot has changed around here since 2005: waistlines, hairlines, fashions, a big new studio, and new businesses to fill it with. Here's a Throwback for Thursday, in beautiful standard definition. The production values might leave a little to be desired, and the "new Canadian restaurant" in the neighborhood may have closed, but the film itself actually holds up. Sort of. Presenting Copy Goes Here.

You Can Count On Change

That’s a Wrap

After a long, successful run, we're shutting down our advertising network, The Deck. Jim posted about the decision and the details at the Deck site. John Gruber was one of the network's very first affiliates. John published a way-too-generous piece about The Deck at Daring Fireball. Thanks for that, and to all the affiliates, advertisers and readers who supported the network over the years.

Last year we moved into a new studio in Chicago, and in the back, near where we do screen-printing and other messy stuff, there's a shelf for projects we made, operated and eventually, shut down. We'll make some room for The Deck there, right next to Jewelboxing, The Seed Conference and The Show. We haven't stashed away Layer Tennis just yet, but who knows? Anyhow, as always, we're scheming about the future. And, of course, we're making these notebooks.

Choose to Go to the Moon

Over the Moon

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our Field Notes Quarterly Edition Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy. BTW: The Lunacy Edition is now sold out.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

The Stranger Things 3 trailer looks good. jc-yesterday

10 Things You Probably Shouldn't Do to Your Friends' Bikes with Markers. bb-03.19

The Quarter-Finals begin today at The Morning News Tournament of Books. jc-03.19

An exhibition at London's National Army Museum featuring the iconic posters of Abram Games. jc-03.19

Tangentially related to the last, The House of The Future: Charles Schridde's 1960s print ads for Motorola. Via Chris Glass. jc-03.18

TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal open for reservations. Count me in. jc-03.18

"With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns." ms-03.16

Finding Steve McQueen. ms-03.16

Because I need this and you probably do too, Animals Hugging People. ms-03.16

Public transit seat fabrics of the world. bb-03.14

Meet Q, the first genderless voice. dw-03.13

Barcelona from above. Via Dezeen. dw-03.13

Moonrise Through Mauna Keas Shadow. ms-03.12

"You've Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman." By George Jenne. Via TOH, of course. jc-03.11

"Obviously you have a pretty cool day job..." An interview with illustrator/artist Pascal Blanche. jc-03.11

The bass part from "Lost in the Supermarket," just because. bb-03.07

These Dick Bruna book covers are each perfect in their own way. jc-03.07

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. ms-03.07

"The Odyssey, if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. But how does Odysseus' trek across the wine-dark sea map onto an actual map of the Mediterranean?" —Elizabeth Della Zazzera. jc-03.05

The tool filmmakers have been waiting for forever: Director's Viewfingers. sd-03.04

Stan Carey on being mizzled by misles. jc-03.04

"When editing text, in the back of my mind I always worry that I'm adding invisible formatting that will somehow cause a problem in the distant future." Same. jc-03.04

"There's heaps of new boutique pedals companies crafting unique, hand-made stompboxes. It's a great time to have GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and get creative with your bass or guitar tone." Ten Wacky Effects Pedals, by Leticia Trandafir. Via Things. jc-03.04

Trailer for The Best Of Enemies ms-03.01

"Be friendly at the front desk. Buy your ticket, say hello. Once inside, Breitwieser adds, it's essential to focus. Note the flow of visitor traffic and memorize the exits. Count the guards. Are they sitting or patrolling? Check for security cameras and see if each has a wire-- sometimes they're fake." ms-02.28

Rejected Song Titles From Vampire Weekend's New Album ms-02.28

Red Sprite Lightning over Kununurra. ms-02.27

Trailer for The Kid. ms-02.27

Interactive Typography Cheatsheet. Nice. jc-02.27

From Weimar to Tokyo, the Origins and Influences of the "Japanese Bauhaus." Great, illustrated piece by Meg Miller for AIGA. jc-02.27

The Volvo Polestar 2, all electric and looking great. jc-02.27

On the trail of the angled terminal. An old but sweet, typographic post from We Made This. jc-02.26

4 Year Old Mic'd Up at Hockey. ms-02.26

Local note. Free for dinner Friday? jc-02.25

All the Rembrandts. jc-02.25

Mark your location on the Ancient Earth Globe and see how things have changed in the past 750 million years or so. bb-02.21

New trailer for Godzilla King Of The Monsters. (please be good, please be good, please be good). ms-02.20

Trailer for the documentary Wrestle. ms-02.19

Beautiful hand-drawn typography by Martin Schmetzer. See these isolated examples at Mr. Cup's Blog. "Detail and diligence." Amen. jc-02.19

Sammiches. jc-02.19


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