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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's 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.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand


This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

In Fast Company, Good Company

Modern Americana

A lovely photo by Chris Mueller with prop styling by Elise McMahon for the "Modern Americana" section of Fast Company's just-released United States of Design issue, which is also available as an innovative iPad app. We're more than a little excited to have our Field Notes Brand products included in this curated collection of Made in the USA products. Thanks for that.

Film & Video Archives

Reach For the Stars

We're not a network an it's not the 1980s but why should that stop us from making a schmaltzy omnibus promo? We've reorganized and re-rendered most of the films and videos we have made over the past dozen years and posted them in a new archive. Enjoy.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"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

Fleurs Coiffeur Liqueur. dw-12.11

Moondog Night. ms-12.11

Finally, a full length trailer for Pixar's Inside Out. ms-12.10

The best book they read this year. jc-12.10

The Fox of Bloody Women Island. Naked butt warning. ms-12.10

True story: I bought this cassette in a mall in Caracas on a Caribbean cruise in 1987 with my mom. (Yes, I know Caracas is 50 miles inland. Well, NOW I know.) bb-12.10

Gorgeous trailer for the animated film The Little Prince ms-12.10

"It's this sort of multi-layered nerdery that's made Tolkien's books so popular over the decades." The Real, Fake Red Book of Westmarch, by Austin H. Gilkeson. jc-12.10

The Best Movie Posters of 2014, according to Fubiz. jc-12.10

"So I gave my son a crash course in video game history, compressing 25 years of gaming history into about four years. At this point, you're probably either thinking I'm a monster or a pretty awesome dad. Maybe a little of both. That's okay with me. My son is amazing, he loves video games, and more than anything, he loves playing them with me. Ready, player two?" ms-12.10

New Inherent Vice trailer. Can't wait for this one. jc-12.10

Big fun from Dissolve. Likehunter, social media as a first-person video game. jc-12.10

Chris Fritton is The Itinerant Printer and he will visit letterpress printshops across America throughout 2015, producing unique prints at each venue. jc-12.10

Letters of Boom, super fun and addictive word game by the unstoppable Anthony Vitagliano of DK and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. jc-12.10

Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains. Via Sploid. ms-12.10

Lovely, the Mesmerizing Architecture of Mosques. ms-12.10

Alex writes, "I shot a lot of footage over there, and in an effort to distance myself from the standard 'here are some pretty shots from my trip' videos, I tried to mess with the medium a bit and imagine myself in 20 years, recounting the story of an imagined expedition." Planet Iceland. jc-12.10

Keith Morris, lettering artist. jc-12.10

"Gotta win that holiday cookie swap. I'll be damned if Muffy Carrington wins again with those f*cking pecan bars she makes every year. IT'S NOT EVEN A COOKIE. That b*tch is gonna burn, thanks to the $16 I spent on this gluten-free sugar cookie mix." ms-12.09

250 new hi-res images of the surface of Mars. bb-12.09

Trailer for the film While We're Young. ms-12.09

The Rooster wants you. Nominations are open for the 2015 Tournament of Books. jc-12.09

Science and Christmas, the 2014 Chemistry Advent Calendar. ms-12.09

"That one will be an elevated sandbox, basically, and the twins will use it to build sand castles and dig holes, and some mornings I'll get up extra early and bury myself in the sand, and when Susan comes in to make breakfast for the twins I'll leap up and scream at the top of my lungs and she'll be so surprised she'll spill coffee everywhere! Maybe that will make her love me again." ms-12.09

A bit late sadly but, so you know, how to shoot photos of a Space Shuttle launch. jc-12.08

"A concert of light in which each lamp has a sound of its own, made by the amplification if its 'buzzing...'" Quiet Ensemble's Robotic Symphony jc-12.08

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