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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

Canada Modern, a great, browsable resource of design work and a beautiful site. Here's some background from Believe In. jc-05.04

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code, a great story, dramatically told by Kit Chellel for Bloomberg. jc-05.03

Dante's Inferno or Disney World? ms-05.03

"Meet Nick DiMola, a bonafide trash connoisseur. He loves his job and he loves garbage. Over 30 years in the garbage business, he has collected a museum's worth of old and rare items, most of it from the estates of dead people. With every piece of trash that he saves from the landfill, a piece of history lives on." ms-05.03

Aha! Exactly as we suspected. "Ned Price offered to show me some reels from a print made from the original 70-mm camera negative, and they were amazing, He told me that in 1999 Warners had made interpositives from the original camera negative, which Vince Roth had very carefully repaired, but they never had the funding to take the next step to make an internegative and strike new prints." Christopher Nolan restores 2001: A Space Odyssey. Can. Not. Wait. jc-05.03

Our pals at The Field Museum here in Chicago tweeted an amazing picture of the current location's opening day in 1921. ms-05.02

"Most of these were created by a collective of radical artists based at the occupied art school dubbed the Atelier Populaire." May '68: Posters of the Revolution. Thanks Jonathan jc-05.02

Related to the last, 20x24 Studio, "The Home of Large Format Instant Photography." jc-05.02

I loved The B-Side, an Errol Morris doc on Elsa Dorfman's huge-format Polaroid portrait photography. Trailer. jc-05.02

Proposal video for Utrecht Centraal, the worlds largest bicycle parking facility. Damn. jc-05.02

Hannele Lahti's chewed collection. dw-05.01

Fab sci-fi-ish Instagram illustration portfolio of Daniel Taylor. Via Isn't. jc-05.01

Related to below, a short film about The Collection. ms-04.30

"That quaint little world of finite supply and demand was blown to smithereens- as thoroughly as the planet Alderaan- in November 1998, when DJ Ginsberg and Marilyn Wagner of Omaha were invited into the back room of a local store called Franx Antiques and Art. That's where they first encountered a cache of 400-plus cardboard boxes filled with more than 50,000 assorted-sized print blocks, plus another 8,000 or so printing plates, all featuring advertisements for movies produced from 1932 to the early 1980s. ms-04.30

Total Solar Eclipse Corona in HDF. ms-04.30

For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements. Stunning trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey. ms-04.30

Dirty Computer, an emotion picture by Janelle Monáe. dw-04.27

Argentinian artist and sculptor Conie Vallese casts faces in eternal states of transformation. dw-04.27

Most-Liked Tweets of Famous Poets, by Chris Lindsay. jc-04.26

Day 41 of Lubalin 100, features PBS animations, recreated based on the historical keyframe drawings. So nice. jc-04.26

Design Canada trailer. jc-04.26

Irving Penn's Small Trades Series. Sublime, via the Miss who is Swiss. jc-04.26

The Paraplegic Possum, the Cross-Eyed Cat, and the Fish That Can't Swim. ms-04.26

"New photographs and a movie reveal Zaha Hadid's only completed private residence— a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, for a man she called the 'Russian James Bond.'" Woah. jc-04.26

Happy Wednesday. ms-04.25

TESS Launch Close Up . ms-04.25

So you know, what happens just before show time at the Met Opera. ms-04.25

Related to an earlier post, Craig Mod's On Margins, a podcast about making books. dw-04.25

2001: The Way Kubrick Intended. Side by side, the 2007 Blu-Ray versus an unrestored print from an original neg. jc-04.25

It's Nice That displays some interesting examples for a new book by by Frankziska Morlok and Miriam Waszelewski. Bookbinding: The Complete Guide to Folding, Sewing & Binding. Pre-ordered before I wrote this post. jc-04.25

Four seasons in the life of a Finnish island. jc-04.25

Trailer for Filmworker about Stanley Kubrick's right hand man, Leon Vitali. We did a special Field Notes edition for the film, which was give away when Filmworker was on the festival circuit. jc-04.24

FotA Matthew Jacobson not only created the poster for Jack White's biggest hometown show of the musician's career, but he also filled the poster with Detroit history, specifically about the theater Matthew's grandfather owned starting in the 1930s, the Stone Burlesk. sd-04.24

C&B goes long on Terrence Malick's The New World. The interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is especially good. jc-04.24

"Have you ever been to Baden-Baden or Walla Walla? Have you worn a tutu or a lava-lava? Have you eaten a bonbon or suffered from (let's hope not!) beriberi?" Reduplication. jc-04.23

A wide array of international posters for two of Milos Forman's early classics. jc-04.23

"Rosebery House is a 2,699-square-foot Australian residence that's thoughtfully layered to create a powerful sense of transition, transparency, and enclosure." dw-04.20

A poster of every emoji ever, arranged chromatically. dw-04.20

We recently went on a Field Notes Field Museum Field Trip, and look what happened. jc-04.20

"This work is intended for those who take delight in plants, but have not the advantage of a gardener who understands them." Fifty Plates of Green-House Plants from 1807. dw-04.20

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