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For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

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.

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.

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 forgotten Salvador Dalí painting has been rediscovered after 75 years. dw-02.28

Thanks a million to Dan Cederholm and the crew at Dribbble for inviting me to be a guest on the Overtime podcast to talk about Field Notes, Layer Tennis, The Deck and bunch of other stuff. It was a blast. jc-02.27

Painted cigar labels by Glenn Wolk. dw-02.27

We need to an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms, by Russel Davies. Thanks for that. jc-02.27

Dueling Bands in the Night. ms-02.27

Chicago Magazine's The Hidden City is so fun. jc-02.27

SCTV's Battle of the PBS Stars, which is almost as good as Python's Philosopher's Football. bb-02.26

If you watch only one video of a remote control car chasing Dirty Harry today, watch this one. bb-02.26

Vox has a great video about how smart phones are designed to be addictive, and how you can stop that behavior. via Kottke mcj-02.26

2018 Tournament of Books brackets. jc-02.26

So you know, all the fonts used on the classic Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce bottle. jc-02.23

"Upset, Sam leaves the protest to cry in her Volvo. Farmer Ted finds her and captures it on Facebook Live. Then he asks for her Spanx to sell on eBay and she obliges. "I can't believe I gave my Spanx to a geek," she groans. " ms-02.23

"A story told by my grandfather sparked a fascination. Far to the east lies a land, wild and vast, inhabited by the legendary warriors who rescued my grandfather. Mongolia. For fifteen years, I've returned to this country, seeking to understand the raw beauty and tenacity that shapes those who call it home." ms-02.23

True Colors, US State flags designed by data, and Olivia Johnson. jc-02.23

February ScreenFonts, in which newish film posters are dissected, typographically. jc-02.23

Happy Thursday. ms-02.22

Optimology° jc-02.22

"...a set of pharmaceutical samples masterfully designed by Fred Troller." Flat File No.10 from Readymag. jc-02.22

On the Trail of the Angled Terminal, We Made This is on the hunt jc-02.22

Chicago intersections isolated as shapes. jc-02.22

"Ronald Clark's father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growing up in a library, creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him. A story for anyone who's ever dreamt of having unrestricted access to books." Yeah, that would be me. ms-02.21

As seen from above. jc-02.21

Lovely identity system by Agency LG2, for Quebec restaurant Louise Taverne. jc-02.21

"These photos highlight the oddly authentic beauty in this city of myth, however lonely and brutal, however packaged and commercial." Franck Bohbot's Angels. Via Isn't. jc-02.21

A Partial Solar Eclipse over Buenos Aires. ms-02.20

The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books. Via everyone. jc-02.20

Probable relink - More Perfect. A podcast from the makers of Radiolab about how the Supreme Court got so Supreme. mcj-02.19

Cocteau Twins Fever hits Columbus, OH, 1985. bb-02.19

It's a good year for guitars, at least aesthetically: Yamaha's Revstar and Gibson's updated "Modern Flying V." bb-02.15

Cage interview with Aaron, and a terrific photographic portrait by Michael Poehlman. jc-02.15

"Geocolor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night." Animation from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16. jc-02.15

"Our goal is to continue our exploration of embroidery as a modern artform and to expand our creations to the larger art-scene with exhibitions." Lovely work from Charles and Erin at Lekadre. ms-02.14

Car Orbiting Earth. ms-02.14

"The following was filmed autonomously in one continuous shot." Skydio R1: Self-Flying Camera. jc-02.13

Windows of San Francisco. Fantastic interactive piece by Jon Murray, Matthew Pullen, Andrew Pullen & Pete Blaszkiewicz. jc-02.13

"The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness. Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth: white ice and blue ice, glacial-ice tongues and ice wedges. There were no living creatures in sight. Not a bear or even a bird. Nothing but him. Nothing but him." ms-02.13

"...covers designed by Spanish illustrator Manolo Prieto between 1940 and 1957 were done for the low-cost weekly publication Novelas y Cuentos. -Steven Heller. Highly recommended. jc-02.10

Related to the last, Flickr set of paperback cover illustrations by Renato Fratini. jc-02.08

Uncovered: Illustrating the Sixties and Seventies, at the Lever Gallery in London now. Looks fab. jc-02.08

New Breeders! A lovely cover of Mike Nesmith's "Joanne." bb-02.08

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