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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

Northerlies

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

Nice illustrations by Daniela Gallego. dw-07.03

Local note. Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living at The Art Institute of Chicago. Highly recommended. Plus, it's right next door to the new beautifully curated and annotated John Singer Sargent exhibition. jc-07.03

Your Next Kitchen, Via Things. jc-07.03

"Astronauts have gone from idolized to anonymous. As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more." ms-07.02

Thanks to David Foster and the team at MSNBC's "Your Business" for the nice feature on Field Notes. ms-07.02

Painted Street Carpets, by Arthur-Louis Ignoré. jc-07.02

Due to a massive infrastructure project, Amsterdam had to drain a riverbed. They catalogued everything they found and put it all online. ms-06.28

Monumental Nobodies, oils by Matthew Quick. Great work, smart captions too. Via Isn't. jc-06.28

"I biked through all 16 German states in 80 days and filmed my entire journey." 80 Days in Germany in 80 Seconds. ms-06.27

Preserving Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy through digital innovation. dw-06.27

"We've Had a Problem." jc-06.27

Two Keyboards at a Bar, by Michael Lopp. jc-06.26

Related to our newest Field Notes edition are these fantastic photos by Astronaut Donald Pettit taken from the International Space Station. Thanks Marshall. ms-06.26

Island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island. jc-06.26

One small step for notebooks. jc-06.25

For BB, Getting to the Bottom of "Thrift Store Smell". ms-06.25

Trailer for Skate Kitchen. ms-06.25

"The Royal Ascot is an annual five-day horse-race meeting held on a course outside of London, England, with racehorses competing for nearly $18 million in prizes. It is a major event for both racing and fashion fans, and is regularly attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other royalty. Parts of the racecourse maintain a "top hats and tails" rule for men, while many women dress in eye-catching outfits, often topped by hats that can be described as architectural, whimsical, grandiose, sculptural, or just over-the-top. ms-06.25

From Photographer Barry Phipps, Iowa ms-06.22

A closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo through her life, art and legacy. Via Kottke. dw-06.22

Did you know it takes 5 years to make single bottle of Tabasco sauce? It does. ms-06.22

Trailer for The Little Stranger. dw-06.21

So, little buddy, how's the weather? jc-06.21

Here are the winners of The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest. ms-06.21

"In lockstep, the incentive to be a proficient forger has soared; a single, expertly executed old master knockoff can finance a long, comfortable retirement. The technologies available to abet the aspiring forger have also improved. Naturally, then, the frauds are getting better, touching off a crisis of authentication for the institutions of the art world: the museums and galleries and auction houses and experts who are expected to know the real thing from its imitation." ms-06.21

Fave thing this month, from Andrew Pekler, Phantom Islands — A Sonic Atlas. "Phantom Islands are artifacts of the age of maritime discovery and colonial expansion. During centuries of ocean exploration these islands were sighted, charted, described and even explored - but their existence has never been ultimately verified." jc-06.21

The mission to build the ultimate burger bot. dw-06.21

Favorite industrial design firm Teenage Engineering teases Raven. OMG. jc-06.20

So you know, why some music makes you cry. For me, it's Gabriel's Theme, Baba O'Riley, and Barber's Adagio for Strings. ms-06.20

Lapham's Quarterly, Water. jc-06.19

The Prevailing Winds. ms-06.19

See what our planet looked like, and how your location has migrated over the last 750 million years, at Ancient Earth. dw-06.18

Local Note: The Chicago Print Crawl features some friends and a bunch of other folks we should be friends with. It's on Sunday from 12-8pm, and free. bb-06.18

Repost via Phineas, a subject close to our hearts: The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. bb-06.18

Trailer for the film Bad Times at the El Royale. ms-06.15

Three Stripes. jc-06.15

So you know, the Thrillist list of the 31 Best Beer Bars in America. Shout out to my neighborhood winner Hopleaf, seriously great mussels and frites. Oh, and beer. ms-06.15

Beer Coasters by Country, lots and lots of beer coasters. Via the always observant P&C. jc-06.15

Don't fear the Reaper. On Rejection, by Jeffrey Zeldman. jc-06.15

The Movie Posters Collection, Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections. Great resource. jc-06.14

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