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Field Notes for Summer

Fire It Up

Get your ghost stories and marshmallow-roasting sticks ready for the The Campfire Edition, our limited-edition release for summer.

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.

New From Field Notes


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.

2017 Tournament of Books

Literary Cage Match

Once again, our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books which is now complete! If you're not familiar with the ToB, Angela Chen has written this excellent Brief History of the Tournament to get you up to speed.

We need your help. We created a special Memo Book for the tourney and are raising funds for 826 National, an amazing seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Dig deep people.

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.

Moco Fun at the new HQ

We Go Round in Circles

Steve bought a cool motion-control rig. We wanted to make some sort of recap the Field Notes Quarterly Editions from 2016. So we made this film. Added bonus, it provides a nice view of the new HQ.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

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

Because it's There

A Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

New from Field Notes

Eternal, Shiny
and Chrome

Just in time for gift giving, a metallic embossed cover, a new binding and orange spine, plus Drapln-designed wrapping paper and a "To/From" sticker. Our Field Notes winter limited-edition is Black Ice.

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

Robot bartenders in Las Vegas. dw-today

"Hello Company Whose Name I've Copy-Pasted into This Cover Letter." Honesty, by Molly Cornfield. Via the Miss who is Swiss. jc-today

The horror of desktops and the hoarders who never delete (or file away) anything. jc-yesterday

Written by the Coen Brothers, directed by George Clooney, the trailer for Suburbicon ms-yesterday

New trailer for It ms-yesterday

Lucky for us, Electric Lit scoured PEN's new digital archive. jc-07.26

"Edgar said, 'We're filming on the road, I'd like you to be with me editing as we're filming'... So basically, we lashed up to an apple crate..." An interesting read about how Paul Machliss edited Baby Driver in near-real time, including from the back of a process trailer. sd-07.26

David Letterman's appearance on Al Franken's Boiling the Frog web series. sd-07.26

The Milky Way over Monument Valley. ms-07.26

Every episode is represented in this Game of Thrones Tapestry ms-07.26

Related to the last, SD and DZ head to the Monona County Fair. ms-07.25

NPR's Morning Edition heads to the Sheridan County Fair. ms-07.25

Transit map of the Roman roads of Britain by Sasha Trubetskoy. Sweet. jc-07.25

Design Resources. dw-07.24

Deep Thoughts is a bimonthly animation series by MediaMonks. dw-07.24

Thanks Pearle Vision for making me cry in my office this morning, Ben's Glasses ms-07.24

Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun. ms-07.24

Stupid excited for this, trailer for Stranger Things 2. Full screen is best and turn it up loud. ms-07.23

Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats. ms-07.21

Trailer for the film based on Jo Nesbo's The Snowman ms-07.21

Hey, you're in the International Space Station. jc-07.20

Fanilows, potterheads, moonies, and other fandom nicknames. dw-07.20

"Z" Frank. jc-07.20

A massive 250+ foot long Game of Thrones tapestry depicting scenes from every episode of the show. dw-07.20

"See the retro-reflector up close!" A Heritage Site That's Out of This World, a lovely travel poster for Science Friday by Chicago illustrator Julia Kuo. Her portfolio is well worth a visit. Check her children's book, The Sound of Silence. jc-07.20

Got 10 hours to kill and looking for some Zen sounds? BBC Earth has got you covered, Mountains, Jungle, Islands, and Desert. ms-07.20

"But even though the operation was a retreat with heavy casualties, the rescue of nearly half a million troops from Dunkirk went on to be one of the most important victories of the war and may well have changed its outcome. As historian Patrick Wilson writes, "Rarely do people... give enough credit to the Royal Navy and the larger vessels that were responsible for rescuing the massive majority of troops. Dunkirk was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich." ms-07.20

Trailer for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk ms-07.20

Trailer for The Shape of Water. dw-07.19

"Blurring the boundaries between the artificial and organic, the nefarious, benevolent, and benign, Peter constructs environments where nanopeople, robots, cyborg plants, and curious synthetic organisms live their lives." dw-07.19

The scientific method vs. the mad scientific method. bb-07.19

Barry Lyndon is coming to Criterion. jc-07.18

Explore 30 years of Galaxy Science Fiction at the Internet Archive. dw-07.18

The The Big Muff Pi Home Page. So much grunge to love. bb-07.17

Consistent graphic identity be damned! Berlintypography looks at the U-Bahn Line U7. bb-07.17

"Greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls! You're not serious, you don't want to be a Doors fan." (Also note: most Doors songs actually do have a bass track.) bb-07.17

"if you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking." Bucky's map of the world. jc-07.17

Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself. dw-07.17

New trailer for Blade Runner 2049 ms-07.17

Behind-the-scenes peek at Star Wars: The Last Jedi ms-07.16

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