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What's All This Then?

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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.

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.

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.

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

"This was supposed to be the joke entry, but it was f**king fantastic." It's cold out, why not try a Hot Beer? bb-12.02

Star Wars Beer Steins ms-12.02

Gorgeous architectural birdhouses by Sourgrassbuilt. Via Fubiz. dw-12.02

A collection of unique beer bottle openers. dw-12.02

"Every morning Fidel would walk out in his fatigues and ask me if his outfit was 'too matchy matchy.' It was funny every time." The Fidel I Knew Was the Life of the Party, by Dave Hill. Thanks Marsh. jc-12.02

"In an e-mail to readers on Monday, editors of the Dunbar Family Annual Christmas Update announced that due to logistical constraints, they had decided to cease print publication of the newsletter, which will move to a web-only distribution model." jc-12.02

"But now I know what I need to do to make this sh*t right again. I'm gonna make some overdue amends with the harvest gods and gather up every last scrap of Fall I can find, pile it on top of that mouse toilet, then douse it with a nice big can of autumnal gasoline and torch this expired-assed season to kingdom f*cking come. Fall is f*cking over, f*ckheads. " (If you can't handle the swears, don't click but you'll be missing a masterpiece.) ms-12.01

"That's when patrons will notice that the black, gray and white counter, resting on a simple wood and cement base, is actually inventively constructed out of millions of Lego blocks..." Designer Yusuke Sek's interior for the new Bake Cheese Tart store in Kyoto is wildly inventive and fun. Also the product looks delicious, "The best cheese tart in your life ever for you. We have so much passion for cheese tart SERIOUSLY." jc-12.01

1600, a new app from the White House. Yes, that White House. jc-12.01

The illustration and design portfolio of Marie-laure Cruschi. Four stars. jc-11.30

"Not long ago, neighborhood newsstands where the place to go for information and daily news. In big urban centers like NYC, those were everywhere. In 1950 there were more than 1500 newsstands across town. Lately people started to access news through digital devices, bringing down print media sales. That, of course, had a huge effect on the presence of newsstands in the city. Today's numbers are closer to 300 units than the mighty 1500 from back ago." ms-11.30

When robots fight. Thanks Marshall. jc-11.30

One more time because it's great. So you know, Proofreading Marks as posted by Mr. Heller. jc-11.30

A shimmering Klimt-like homage to New York at night. dw-11.30

Related to the last: 26 Bands That Named Themselves After Books, which doesn't include Joy Division. Which is an obvious excuse to re-share our "Booking Bands" feature. bb-11.30

"Cue that silent head exploding poof gesture..." Public Image Ltd. by Muriel Spark. jc-11.30

"Painting is probably much more exciting than advertising, so why shouldn't it be done with that power and gusto, with that impact." James Rosenquist. F-111. 1964-65. jc-11.29

Smart preview of tomorrow's World Chess Championship overtime matches by Oliver Roeder. I paid my seven bucks yesterday, and I'm looking forward to watching live. jc-11.29

Technicolor food photographs from Soviet cookbooks. jc-11.29

Entertaining video of dialect coach Erik Singer breaking down 32 actors' accents. Via Sentence First. jc-11.29

An instant MoOM classic, Soviet Mosaics. Great collection of images and art. Thanks Marshall. jc-11.29

"Clearly, the intended audience for these things was the same audience that was waiting for that awesome A-Ha video to come on again." How Casio's Tinny Keyboards Quietly Inspired a Music Revolution, by Ernie Smith. jc-11.29

So you know, how to break in a new paperback. Or a Black Ice maybe? jc-11.29

So you know, tourism slogans from around the world. ms-11.28

New from Studio Neat, "Canopy is a case for your Apple Magic Keyboard that folds open to create a stand for your iPad or iPhone. Now you can use a full size, honest-to-god keyboard with your device." jc-11.28

Fantastic illustrated piece by Betsy Mason on the The Best New Maps, according to cartographers. jc-11.28

"Malick's goal as a filmmaker is to educate the human eye to see like his camera does. If our habits of vision are characterized by ambition, skepticism and greed, Malick inspires us with the virtues of patience, appreciation and awe. He offers not new facts or arguments but persuasive images of the world as if filtered through such virtues. Alongside these images he presents a character in each film who expresses, with increasing confidence and dignity, the point of view epitomized by the camera." The Perspective of Terrence Malick, by John Baskin for The Point. jc-11.28

Cherubim Bikes from Japan. Check the Air Line and the Humming Bird here. jc-11.28

Roomba commits suicide, confuses cat. ms-11.28

Director Wes Anderson re-teams with actor Adrien Brody for this H&M Christmas ad. ms-11.28

Local note. Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at the Art Institute. Highly recommended. A big, beautifully organized exhibition. Great writing too. jc-11.26

The making of London's new Design Museum, by Rebecca Fulleylove. jc-11.26

So you know, what Astronauts eat on Thanksgiving. ms-11.23

Trailer for the new film from Martin Scorsese, Silence. ms-11.23

1992: the year the New York Times discovered grunge and American Hero Megan Jasper harshed their realm, hard. bb-11.22

A video essay about control rooms in film and television since the 1970s. The Cinematic Control Room 1971- 2015. ms-11.22

Re-link because it's a favorite, the opening scene for Touch of Evil. ms-11.22

A fan-made trailer that is damned good, for a Boba Fett "Anthology" film. jc-11.21

A peek in new studio. jc-11.21

From the "Things Attached to Drones" department, a studio strobe light. jc-11.21

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