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State Endemic Mammal of Washington: Olympic Marmot
The Field Notes County Fair edition. Our tribute to the 50 states.

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Layer Tennis is Back

The Old Back and Forth

Yep, its been a while, but with the help of our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud, we're cranking up the Friday afternoon live design competitions known as Layer Tennis again this fall. On Friday, August 8th we kicked things off with a doubleheader of "friendly" matches featuring Mig Reyes versus Jason Koxvold and Kelli Anderson versus Austin Kleon and a good time was had by all. Things get going for real after Labor Day.

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

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 today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has 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 Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

Boxes and Lines

Our limited-edition Field Notes release for summer are The Arts & Sciences Editions and their larger format is big enough for both sides of your brain. Plus, the interiors pages are all new. It's available in 2-Packs and by a year-long subscription now.

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

What's Next?

Model Citizen

Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Danny Choo's Smart Doll and how it was made. A fascinating story, an intriguing product and a highly personal post from the creator. I'm not sure what to make of this whole thing except to say it's probably going to be a huge hit, at $560 each.

New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.

Spring Summer Fall Winter

To Every Season

Roughly every three months since January of 2009, we have introduced a seasonal release of Field Notes. With a couple exceptions these have all been limited-editions and have all sold out quickly. Thanks for that. You can see and read about them here and also in our Obsessive's Guide videos where we chat about the "making of" each release.

Each edition was made available to our Field Notes email list first and was offered in 3-Packs and by a year-long subscription, for those wanting to collect them all and to make sure they don't miss out on one. Subscribers frequently get extra and exclusive items with their shipments. While they last, you can start a subscription right now with our current release, The Arts & Sciences Edition. The Fall edition is on press now and is a radical departure from previous releases and if we can pull off what we have planned for winter, you are surely going to want to be a part of that too.

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.

How'd That Get There?

Regarding That
Recent Order

Customer service at the Field Notes Brand Midwest HQ is handled one order at a time.

Reading Assignment

I Had Him for Shakespeare

The Old Man and the River. Pete Dexter's exquisite profile of Norman Maclean from Esquire in 1981. Maybe the best thing ever written about CP hero Maclean, it makes you want to go back and read A River Runs Through It for the 20th time and, especially Young Men and Fire. They aren't making magazine pieces like this any more.

July Guest Carly Oishi

I, Carly

Carly Oishi (cao) is the Chicago-based co-producer of Miss Spoken, a blog and monthly live lit show. She has performed at The Paper Machete, Write Club and Guts & Glory, and she has contributed to Thought Catalog, Rebellious Magazine, and as the "Wise Woman of the Week" on WBEZ's sister station, Vocalo. Carly is also a singer/songwriter for the duo Jon & Carly, who have been making and performing music for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter at @carlyo and for the month of July, right here as our official 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

"For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend--or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. ms-today

Great collection of badges designed by Allan Peters. Via WATC. dw-today

Venus and Jupiter at Dawn. ms-today

The tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK's largest hippie commune. dw-today

Monotype's Dan Rhatigan discusses the font Ryman Eco. ms-today

Trailer for the film Are You Here. ms-today

A nice collection of 51 vintage Chicago postcards. dw-yesterday

Trailer for Automata. dw-yesterday

"There is something about nighttime in the jungle of the urban landscape that reaches into the primitive part of the brain. We interpret the night differently. The ordinary is transformed. Our senses are more acute. There is a touch of danger but also a heightened loneliness. Because of the surrounding darkness, light dances and hits our eyes more intensely. Colors are more saturated. If the street is deserted, you can hear the hum of the neon, the echo on the sidewalks." Chicago Night Series by Steve Connell. dw-yesterday

History of an Icon: La Vespa. dw-yesterday

"Each generation has certain individuals who bring innovation and style to a field of endeavor while projecting a certain charismatic self-possession. They are the figures selected for this exhibition: the successful rebels of American culture." The National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit. ms-yesterday

Comic Sans for Cancer. dw-yesterday

The Frankenstein Freak Show is an exhibition of Frankenstein inspired portraits by 24 artists from around the world. dw-yesterday

Colorful geometric illustrations by YoAz. dw-08.20

Toots & the Maytals, Bonnie Raitt, and Bill Cosby. Because OF COURSE. bb-08.20

"How many Americans are guilty of adding foreign countries to their travel bucket lists over un-visited states in their own country?" Everyday USA on Instagram bb-08.20

Saint Dolly, the patron saint of bad-ass hair. dw-08.20

Colorful abstract sky illustrations by Joren. dw-08.20

"Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps." dw-08.20

"Solargraphic prints are created using data from the sun, collected from a satellite one hour away from earth. This data, known as the solar wind, gives an indication of solar activity through the speed of particles released from our sun as they travel towards our planet. Each print represents one day of the sun's activity." dw-08.20

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman, the folks at Pop Chart Lab gives us the fab taxonomy of Gotham's Villains. ms-08.20

"In celebration of the original British retro telephone, also known as the 'modern phone,' the 746 remake retains a vintage look and design featured in the 1967 edition." ms-08.20

100 slightly strange London bus stop names. ms-08.20

The Film Before the Film is a short documentary that traces the evolution of title design through the history of film. ms-08.20

For BB, the chemistry of a football shirt. ms-08.20

"The former USSR with the fall of a Communist empire, places now lie derelict, uninhabited, broken shells of a forgotten time. The collapse of the Soviet Union left haunting memories of ordinary people who once lived and worked there." From photographer Rebecca Litchfield, Soviet Ghosts. ms-08.20

FWIW, Billy Bragg is stopping in Ferguson tonight. bb-08.19

Idele Muc, the pre-war "Al Capone of Tarnow, Poland." sd-08.19

Fiero + Harley = Fieri. bb-08.19

Related to the last post, anyone remember Think Big!? bb-08.19

A giant pencil lamp. dw-08.19

"In a dust,, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, points to a chain-link fence far in the distance, the mountains rising beyond in the hazy heat. 'There are 7,000 people between us and that next fence there,' she says. For almost a decade, her job has been to confirm the identification of every single one of them." ms-08.19

From photographer Krista Long, I Love Summer. Via NotCot. ms-08.19

FoTA Daniel Zarick made a really dumb app that also happens to be really really fun (if you're into pointless competition). Check out The Shakedown. mcj-08.19

Star Trails Over Indonesia. ms-08.19

"The engine runs on a mixture of gasoline and holy water. The stereo is configured to only play hymns. Hell, the cup holder only fits grails! Oh, I shouldn't say 'hell' near this thing, it may have some anti-Satan security device. Or maybe they just banked on God keeping it safe. ms-08.19

Everyone today wants open floor plans and granite counters. Back in the day, rooms were as plentiful as allowed by space. Check out these elaborate floor plans from Pre-World War NYC apartments. ms-08.19

Nice illustrations by Ale Giorgini. dw-08.18

Just because I needed to find them again: Oil Cans! bb-08.18

People keep getting into strangers' cars because they think it's an Uber. dw-08.18


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