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Sunday Edition

WBEZ's Alison Cuddy recently met up with Jim at the library
to talk about Field-Tested Books

Coudal Partners

Local Note Film Screening

We're proud to be co-sponsoring a screening of the film The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (trailer) on Sunday, January 25, at New Trier High School's Gaffney Auditorium in Winnetka.

Admission is free and it's open to the public. After the film Harvard's Larry Lessig, the filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, and Bob Swartz, Aaron's father will lead a discussion. It's a moving, powerful, important film. You should go. More information here.

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in
Sixty Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Smooth Out That Bill

Notes-O-Matic

Thanks to our pal (and former CP intern) Darren Marshall of Doejo. Darren was planning the opening of a sweet new co-working facility in Chicago called Space and he had an idea. An idea and a vending machine. Bam.

Get It Together

We Didn’t Have Much Ambition When We Started Field Notes,
We Fixed That

Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.

JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s and
a Gorilla

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in this announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Nick Campbell's Greyscalegorilla have joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking 2015 schedules now.

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

Chauncey H. Griffith's Bodoni Poster Black was developed for Mergenthaler in 1929 and features strong verticals and shallow descenders. It's regularly employed for era-specific "Appearing Nightly at the Copacabana" lobby-card-ish announcements and by and large it's serviceable, if not particularly interesting. But, just in case you find yourself in need of a two skinny chicks whispering near the coke mirror, late 70's, Los Angeles sort of vibe, set it tight in all-caps with almost no line spacing. Suggested pairing: Univers Light Extra Condensed.

This Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

This is the sort of thing that Twitter is especially good for, but a washroom full of chalkboard walls works too. A while ago we hosted a quick contest called Booking Bands in which we asked people to combine the name of a book with the name of a band. We received thousands of entries, posted a ton of them and then randomly selected three and sent those people the book and a CD from the band that they mashed together. The process of coming up with funny or unexpected associations in this contest became a central part of a presentation that JC gave at SXSW.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

January Guest Todd Tue

Does a Blog Good

Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, right here as our Guest Editor.

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

Good Lord people, what on earth were you thinking? ms-yesterday

"My parents didn't love each other anymore, so at 10-, 7-, and 2-years-old, we flew unaccompanied between Idaho and LA for visits. We may not have had chaperones or the security of an intact nuclear family, but we had one essential comfort: The SkyMall catalog." ms-01.23

Music video for Paul James' Hurricane, directed by our guest editor Todd Tue (tt). dw-01.23

"23-year-old rum. Toasted wood chips. Digital smoke infusers. And we haven't even started mixing. While Japan has developed a reputation for lovingly crafted cocktails, Takumi Watanabe making a 'Rum Martinez' is poetry in motion. Oh, did we mention that the drink is served with its own cigar?" ms-01.23

A roundup of some Prohibition speakeasies in Chicago. dw-01.23

Iced Flowers, by Azuma Makoto. Via Fubiz. dw-01.23

A Mexican webcam caught this volcanic eruption live on Wednesday. Via Commander Hadfield. jc-01.23

Also, this. jc-01.23

Studio Boggeri Design Collection and Books, 1934-1960. From the indispensable Display. jc-01.23

"You take the thing and you blow it up until you could see what was going on, then cut a piece out and stick it down. Put it across, something big, something exciting." Picturing Anarchy: The Graphic Design of Rufus Segar, covers from the UK magazine of the 60's. More here, including an interview with Segar. jc-01.23

The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure, from Mondo. jc-01.23

"The basis of Poster Club is each member's fortnightly interpretation of a single word, chosen randomly from the studio dictionary, as an A2 poster. " jc-01.23

Interior View. ms-01.23

An instant MoOM classic, The Arcade Flyer Archive. I. II. III. jc-01.22

Noted without comment. jc-01.22

"The baby-faced designer with golden hands." 50 Watts on John Alcorn, great selections including a favorite film title for Amarcord. jc-01.22

California Inspires Me, sweet animated film by Brian Rea and Pablo Delcan, narrated by Mike Mills, for Google Play. jc-01.22

So you know, why rain gives off that fresh, earthy smell. dw-01.22

An iceberg flipped over, and its underside is breathtaking. Wow. ms-01.22

"Road tripping is a quintessential facet of the American experience. Like so many before me, I was captivated by the idea of driving with no other aim than to explore — to be surrounded by the new yet strangely familiar. With this concept in mind, between May 28th and August 17th, 2014 I drove 19,748.7 miles around the United States." dw-01.22

"Outside there is a storm and inside there are mice." Werner Herzog Inspirationals. ms-01.22

Music video for Dancing In The Corner by Monarchy. dw-01.22

Launch to LoveJoy. ms-01.22

So you know, exactly where nobody lives. jc-01.22

Related to the last, and to the game, Royko at The Goat, a film by Scott Jacobs and Lilly Ollinger. jc-01.22

RIP Eddie Z who "played and directed teams to more wins and tournament victories in the history of the sport, including several World Championships." jc-01.22

Amazing and beautiful surrealist/cubist tattoos and art from the collaborators Expanded Eye. tt-01.22

Everyone loves a train. Or more specifically, landscape photos involving trains. Bonus- Check out the exhibit of said work if you are in NY. Via Juxtapoz. tt-01.22

For BB, JC, and MJ, trailer for the documentary Red Army. ms-01.22

Cute Mt. Fuji envelope. dw-01.21

The Man On Five, images and artifacts from the city that is second to none. dw-01.21

Nice work by Alexander Rapp, who has made interactive graphics showing how various city transit maps have developed over time. Via the excellent Transit Maps Tumblr. jc-01.21

SD and I don't generally work on spec, but… bb-01.21

MS: Can we order 8 of these for the studio? Just $10,400.00. JC: No. MS: But there is science behind it. ms-01.21

An exhibition in the UK, Ladybird by Design. "Unparalleled in their perfectly observed attention to detail and unique sense of place, Ladybird's full-colour, full-page illustrations were often created by well-known illustrators." More, from Dan Wagstaff. jc-01.21

Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Fascinating video on disposable plastic coffee lids. More here. Via Things. jc-01.21

Wow, the Exploding Kittens card game just posted on Kickstarter and it's already creeping toward $1M. Here, take my money. dw-01.20

"I stopped counting after 100. Just say I've been to almost any country that has a port." 86-Year-old Lee Wachtstetter lives on a cruise ship. dw-01.20

Nerd alert. What happens when you type google.com into your browser's address box and press enter? So great, via Kottke. jc-01.20

Copiously illustrated post from DesignBoom on retrospective of 1960s Braun design, at Moda International in Paris. Beautiful. jc-01.20


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