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Because it's There

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.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

For MS and BB, Magical Objects of the Wizarding World. dw-09.16

Bloomberg takes a look at what unites and divides Americans in One Nation Divisible: The American Electorate. mcj-09.16

A Literary Guide to Whiskey. jc-09.16

"For about 90 percent of its history, the Dart was the kind of a car you drove because you were 16 and your parents were getting a new car. But there were some legendary Darts over its 56-year history, and some shouldn't be forgotten." jc-09.16

Early Friday Drink Link because it can't wait: "We're not affiliated with LaCroix®, we just like to treat ourselves." bb-09.15

Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on Ellen performing No Problems. ms-09.15

Conan O'Brien's take on the Apple New Airpods ad. So great. ms-09.15

Great city guide from The Guardian about Bend, OR. Just spent a week there with my family and and 100% recommend it. It's fabulous. ms-09.14

Happy Wednesday. ms-09.14

Michel Gondry's video for the new White Stripes song City Lights. ms-09.14

The illustrated map of America's worst utopias. dw-09.14

Fragments of Disambiguation, a contemporary architecture photography series of some Helsinki buildings. dw-09.14

Explore. dw-09.14

So you know, The Lebowski Lexicon. Features a lotta ins, a lotta outs. jc-09.14

Dongles. jc-09.14

Dusty: Spooky! Sunny! Funny! bb-09.13

Hand-painted grocery signs can still be found all around Chicago, and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. bb-09.13

So you know, how to track cargo ships in real time. jc-09.13

Earth Temperature Timeline as only xkcd can. Brilliant. jc-09.12

Phone, text, music, and translation with the push of a button. dw-09.12

Related to the last, The Branding of Polaroid, 1957-1977, by Paul Giambarba. jc-09.12

Vashi on the origin and impact of the Polaroid SX-70. jc-09.12

Through retouching and reflection, Gustav Willeit creates imaginary worlds. dw-09.12

"Legends. These are the truly great, revolutionary products that change everything. They elevate themselves from being merely a design icon to a cultural icon. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 introduced in 1979 is one of those legends." A great illustrated post by Andrew Kim. jc-09.12

A fantastic redesign of The Morning News is up today. Yowza. jc-09.12

The unique architectural features of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. dw-09.12

A Dickensian Alphabet, by Tom Gauld. jc-09.12

For Sale. 1984 Chevy shorted in great shape with a perfect camouflaged paintjob. ms-09.12

Life in a Box, the summer house of Swedish architect Buster Delin. jc-09.12

Oh man, it's been a long 9-year wait, but somehow we'll have to manage to make it another week. Blue States is releasing a new album, Restless Spheres next Friday the 16th. sd-09.09

WBEZ in Chicago answers the question, "What happened to the people displaced by the Eisenhower Expressway?" mcj-09.09

Trailer for the film Miss Hokusai. ms-09.09

Wow. I'm totally in love with this... Mergenthaler Linotype Company film from 1969 on the Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting. jc-09.09

Some things Your Man For Fun In Rapidan says to his dog. Best blog post for the years 2010 through 2016. Via Laura Olin. jc-09.09

What Kind of Men Read Playboy? Print ads from 1958-74. Yowza. jc-09.09

"It's quite interesting to see the back and forth between two creative geniuses like Stanley Kubrick and Saul Bass working on the movie poster of The Shining. jc-09.09

So you know, Proofreading Marks for Designers, from Steven Heller. See also "Common Proofreading Marks" in your Field Notes Byline Edition. jc-09.09

Logotype Only. Logotype and Symbol. Symbol Only. More on this matter from Kalle Oskari Mattila in The Age of the Wordless Logo. Both via Quipsologies. jc-09.09

Plotted is a collection of maps inspired by literary classics. dw-09.08

Movies + Album Covers = Why the Long Play Face? jc-09.08

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