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Thursday Edition

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

Coudal Partners

Hold Life in Your Hands

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..

Layer Tennis Season 4

The Final Layer

Friday 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. Watch for our season recap video soon and thanks for joining us on Fridays this fall. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Get It Together With Field Notes

A Ledger, a Weekly Planner, and a Memo Book

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 cool, really old features too.

How Smart Is Your Family?

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

Attention Portland

DDC Pop-Up Shop

Our pal and co-conspirator in Field Notes, Aaron James Draplin has orange-ified a space and filled it full with goods. Visit the DDC Pop Up Shop in downtown Portland, and load up on stuff for the holidays.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

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?

December Guest Kate Harding

Kate the Strong

Kate Harding is co-author of The Book of Jezebel and Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere, and author of the forthcoming Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture - and What We Can Do About It. Find her on Twitter at @kateharding. and regularly at Dame Magazine. And for the final month of 2014, she'll be 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

Astronauts is a kids' book from 1961 with "exciting, accurate punch-outs, ready to assemble." Swell. jc-yesterday

Local note. Come pick up some gifts and say hello at our Field Notes Midwest HQ Open House, tomorrow and Friday 5-7. jc-yesterday

"I have a rule. When you write six pages, you turn it over and don't read it until you've written the whole thing." FFC on screenwriting. jc-yesterday

"Making Wham's 'Last Christmas' eight times as long yields a minor ambient masterpiece." Agreed. ms-yesterday

Inventive Johnnie Walker spot "The Next Step" shown alongside a behind-the-scenes shot showing how it was made. Fun. jc-yesterday

"A blog about architecture, studying it, things related to it, things related to studying it, and other things." Less Adjectives More Verbs. jc-yesterday

Grand Canyon Total Cloud Inversion: December 11, 2014. ms-yesterday

"More than 20 million stems are auctioned daily near Amsterdam at the world's largest flower market. But the Internet and globalization have decentralized the market, casting its future into doubt." ms-yesterday

Geminid Fireball over Mount Balang. ms-yesterday

I normally stay away from linking these things up but this is so spot on, it hurts. Buzzfeed's Definitive Ranking of Annoying Things People Say on "House Hunters". ms-12.16

David Gianatasio for Adweek, on our Field Notes Brand holiday film by Matthew James Thompson. Thanks for that. jc-12.16

Bavarian BonBon Bag Collection. jc-12.16

"You didn't know what your father did until you were in your father's shoes." The Old Soles of Brooklyn. ms-12.16

Astronaut- A Journey to Space. ms-12.16

"In case you're wondering: I have no idea what's up with the G." TFJ on found type. jc-12.16

Trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups which is slated to debut at the Berlin Film Festival. jc-12.16

Hey buddy, do you have the color? jc-12.16

Lovely and heartbreaking, Home Sweet Home. ms-12.16

Thanks the folks at National Geographic for including our Field Notes in their Outdoor Gear Holiday Gift Guide. ms-12.16

The Best Show is back! bb-12.16

Heads up Seattle. jc-12.15

"You think this is easy? Waking up everyday, knowing the public will have your head on a fucking pike if their living room doesn't smell exactly like the morning dew after a Northern California thunderstorm?" Lance Kilmartin, the Yankee Candle Company's Lead Scent Architect, is Going Through a Rough Patch at Work. by M. Miller Davis. jc-12.15

Tumblr's Year in Review. jc-12.15

Wait......What? ms-12.15

Solid gold, The Office: Middle Earth. Via MeFi. ms-12.15

Thanks for a great week at The Riviera Theater. jc-12.15

"A man returns to the Midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960." The Landing. ms-12.14

Here's a post we were waiting for. Adrian Curry's selections for the best movie posters of 2014. jc-12.13

Ella and Pitr, lithographers in action. jc-12.12

The Shapes of Snowflakes. ms-12.12

So you know, the story behind AOL's iconic yellow running man. ms-12.12

"...inveighing against Christmas Pye, as an invention of the Scarlet Whore of Babylon, a hodge podge of superstition, popery, the devil and all his works." A Miscellany of Christmas Pies, Puddings and Cakes, from All Things Georgian. jc-12.12

The Globe takes a look at their best photos of 2014. ms-12.12

"I also make my own ink, using the ink of squid I raise myself in a PETA-approved salt-water aquarium in my office. You can meet all my squid during our initial meeting and pick which one you want for the ink on your will or healthcare power of attorney." ms-12.12

Submarine Sandwich, witty, fun, stop-motion animation by PES. Via Waxy. jc-12.11

"Of course I adore Cheever, because he's so focused on a certain area, on really rounding out one place, giving a full portrait of it." 10 Under 10: Writers to Watch from The American Reader. jc-12.11

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Browse the Home Sweet Home archive at Big Chief for lots of interior inspiration. jc-12.11

"The NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment." jc-12.11

The HB Lamp by Michael & George. So fun, sharp. jc-12.11


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