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"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.

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Who Owns The Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

Chauncey H. Griffith's Bodoni Poster Black was developed for Mergenthaler in 1929 and features strong verticals and shallow descenders. It's regularly employed for era-specific "Appearing Nightly at the Copacabana" lobby-card-ish announcements and by and large it's serviceable, if not particularly interesting. But, just in case you find yourself in need of a two skinny chicks whispering near the coke mirror, late 70's, Los Angeles sort of vibe, set it tight in all-caps with almost no line spacing. Suggested pairing: Univers Light Extra Condensed.

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

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Movie first. Scene Second. Moment Third. Vashi on the craft of Sam O'Steen, who edited Chinatown, The Graduate and many other iconic films. jc-02.24

Saul Steinberg drawing. Fab. jc-02.24

A collection of serigraph prints illustrating history's most iconic automobiles. dw-02.24

The Metaflop Font Modulator is "a high-level, mathematically oriented language for producing fonts." It is also, really fun to play around with. Via Quipsologies. jc-02.24

"If a tornado sliced through the Midwest, picking up a cheese shop in Wisconsin, a White Castle restaurant in Kansas, and Chicago's Marina City, shrunk them to 1/500th their sizes and deposited them within a single square mile, that is roughly what you would see in a room on the second floor of River North's Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts." Midwest Culture Sampler. dw-02.24

This is what an indie label office looked like in 1991. dw-02.24

"By replacing the globe as a representation of the world, the tongues suggest a world based on our languages." Geographic Tongues by Elisabeth Hogeman. dw-02.24

Fascinating long read of the day, All the Jittery Horses: Racing the Mongol Derby. ms-02.24

Happy Tuesday. ms-02.24

"A fictitious country needs all kinds of graphics: flags, banknotes, passports, street signs," she told Quartz. "It's impossible to imagine graphics like these. You have to do your research and you'll find treasures that you couldn't even have begun to sit down and draw until you saw them in front of your eyes." ms-02.24

"That was when I called both coaches together and told them we are not going to make a travesty or mockery of the game. We are not going to start trying to shoot and score for the other team." jc-02.24

Andrew Bird: Echolocations. dw-02.23

Just Checking In. For no particular reason Virginia Heffernan and Paul Fiord started sending emails to see who can make the other person experience the most profound sense of dread and panic. jc-02.23

"For three weeks, I wrote down any thought, image or memory that gave me a tingly feeling. I animated the list, and what it accidentally became was a stream-of-consciousness trek through my life." Feelings by Nate Milton. dw-02.23

Three Staples reviews Field Notes "America the Beautiful" Edition.Thanks for that Jinnie. jc-02.23

64 by 64. jc-02.23

The Milky Way Over the Arizona Toadstools. ms-02.23

"On a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts." Via MeFi. ms-02.23

Trailer for Welcome to Me. ms-02.23

As far as I'm concerned, Michael had the best Oscar tweet of the night. The rest of y'all can just go home. ms-02.23


"His eyes were a little bloodshot and he giggled as he suggested terrible places for me to search. I could hear Kyle calling me stupid, and that I had 'one job.'" Confessions of an iPhone 6, fun piece by Jessie Char. Oh, and thanks for the FN shout-out in November! jc-02.20

Exploding Kittens raised more money than the Veronica Mars movie and could be the new Cards Against Humanity. dw-02.20

Trailer for the new TV series from M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines. ms-02.20

Animated music video for Sleater-Kinney's A New Wave featuring characters from Bob's Burgers. dw-02.20

"Everything in a Wes Anderson movie is intentional," Seitz says. "He's like Stanley Kubrick with a smiley face." Fast Company has a look at how the world of The Grand Budapest Hotel became a reality. mcj-02.20

So great. Gotham City SF, a timelapse by Toby Harriman. Via Rands. jc-02.20

From the Comedy Bang Bang podcast, the best edition of Harris' Foam Corner. RIP Mr. Wittels. mcj-02.20

The compendium of alcohol ingredients and processes. dw-02.20

On today's date in 1962 John Glenn went three times around. jc-02.20

Fantastic collection of Vintage Canadian Beer Labels from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Via Present & Correct. jc-02.20

Chicago Screenshots "is an occasionally updated collection of Chicago-centric movie and television stills, presented as architectural and urban landscape photography." jc-02.20

Tokyo Dense Fog. Full screen is best. Via Sploid. ms-02.20

Relink. The Museum of the City of New York's collection contains 129 of Stanley Kubrick's photo assignments for Look Magazine, encompassing more than 15,000 individual images, the vast majority of them never published. jc-02.20

"There is always a given context to respond to, a series of parameters to work with, a set of circumstances to react to. This set of circumstances might include a client or not - but in the bigger picture, that's not even that important, in the sense that it doesn't make the project less or more free" Excellent, wide-ranging, illustrated interview with Experimental Jetset from 2013 Collective Magazine. Via Bobby. jc-02.20


Storyboards, script and links to resources about the making of Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. jc-02.20

Long read of the day, What ISIS Really Wants. ms-02.20

So you know, an architect's guide to turning the living room into an epic pillow fort. Knowledge is power. ms-02.20

An Evening Sky Conjunction. ms-02.20

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"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.

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