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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

Concert Mats. dw-08.24

Drawings and collages by Jenny Brown. dw-08.24

Wire furniture by Muller van Severen. dw-08.24

"The rediscovery of the woodcut and associated techniques was an experiment with far-reaching effects during Modernism, not least for successive generations of artists. What is so fascinating about the color woodcut in Vienna is the stylistic and thematic variety as well as the mood of change, which can still be sensed today." dw-08.24

"I don't take many photos so I'll post the pictures I'm most proud of taking #Apollo11." dw-08.24

Paris sketches by Nicolas Weis. dw-08.24

Related to the last, PS1 House built into a rock wall. dw-08.24

The disappearing romance of Russia's window art. dw-08.24


So you know, the nearest stars to Earth. dw-08.23

For MS, Blair Witch 360. dw-08.23

"There's a table surface that rests upon the knees of the couple, physically connecting them as they eat or drink. The nature of the design leads the duo to focus on each other and to be aware during the experience." Sati Tala. dw-08.23

Olguín House in Mexico. dw-08.23

Line drawings by Jimmy P. dw-08.23

Twisted buildings around the world. dw-08.23

These "Paul Lynde "Zingers" are just alright, but the intro might be the best Hollywood Squares lineup ever. bb-08.22

"You have never before eaten ice cream in your life." ms-08.22

From Tbub Photo, Weeping Stones. Via My Modern Met. ms-08.22

"What did you guys do this weekend?" "Went out to dinner, to the grocery store, and played Yahtzee. What did you guys do?" "Went for a climb." ms-08.22

"These tables sport curvaceous wooden legs in lieu of the regular spindly ones, and boasts a new table color called 'Les yeux bleus.'" Rio's Olympic ping pong tables. dw-08.22

Gorgeous landscape photos by Luca Tombolini. Via WATC. dw-08.22

Fascinating look at Color from the guys at RadioLab. Did you know that this guy see way more colors than you do? ms-08.22

"It's like standing outside and trying to take a photo of a DVD on the moon." The scientist that's taking the world's first ever photo of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Sagittarius A*. dw-08.22

Trailer for Girl Asleep ms-08.22

This Stubby Squid looks like a Pixar character brought to life. ms-08.21

Every day a few more details. jc-08.19

"Love in the midst of the imaginative foreshadowing of the ultra-scientific and mechanical world of the future." From the original 32-page program for Fritz Lang's Metropolis from 1927. jc-08.19

"One by one, Prince painted white dots on our faces. He gave us little envelopes and pencils. 'Tonight is probably the most special part of camp.' Beginning in a moment, and lasting about an hour, there'd be camp-wide silence, during which we should roam the grounds in silence, then at some point open the envelope and follow the instructions inside." Rosecrans went to camp, adult camp. jc-08.19

The spectacular paper sculptures of Li Hongbo. dw-08.19

Our pal and occasional co-conspirator Brendan Dawes' work for FITC Tokyo 2016. "The design for both the identity and titles centred around the idea of computer as possibility machine." Fantastic. jc-08.19

So you know, how to tell if a J. Crew woman is quirky. jc-08.19

Metallic structures, sculptures and installations by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi. This one. jc-08.19

"If you become too influenced by others or worried if people will accept your style, you might not seem confident, and I don't think anyone wants to hire someone who isn't confident." TGD interviews Jean Jullien. dw-08.18

Follow the development of the NASA Mars rocket Space Launch System. jc-08.18

TBT, Weaver vs. Reyes Layer Tennis match. jc-08.18

Related to the last, Las Onomatopeyas. From Aieee! to Zzzwap! jc-08.18

Batman Return Of The Caped Crusaders trailer. Pow! jc-08.18

Kicked this one hard, Brainstorm Deck by Scott Thomas, smart idea, beautifully designed, as you'd expect from Simple Scott and company. jc-08.18

Local note. Love this pic. Rogers Park Baseball Grounds, Clark and Devon, 1908. jc-08.18

80s Reloaded. dw-08.18

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