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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?

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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

"The manner in which you hold the bottle can portray the perfume as glamorous or fun." So you know, how to be an excellent model. Thanks Ant. jc-08.28

New Macklemore video is a shot-by-shot remake of one of BB's longtime recurring dreams. (Some language NSFW.) kg-08.28

In 1953 Francis Crick wrote his son to tell him about the discovery of the "beautiful" structure of DNA. "In April of 2013, this letter became the most expensive in history after being sold at auction for $5.3 million." jc-08.28

When Cesar Pieri "decided to take up painting as a creative outlet, he found inspiration from his day job," using Jaguar hoods as canvases. jc-08.28

Drunk History. the rise, fall, and revival of American whiskey. jc-08.28

Excellent advice. jc-08.27

Digging Realtime, a new fixed width typeface. Just need to figure out where to use it. jc-08.27

@dirty_corner by Anish Kapoor. dw-08.27

The Chicago Park District just found three Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. dw-08.27

Judge books by their covers dw-08.27

Flora for those without a green thumb. dw-08.27

"Bass showed that if you put a small title in an area where you can read it, it's more readable than a big title." Title sequence for Wiiliam Wyler's The Big Country. jc-08.27

Throwback Thursday. Copy Goes Here. jc-08.27

Sorta related to the last, Road Trip Kits from our Field Notes Brand. jc-08.27

1962 Trip Planning Map of the United States by The General Drafting Company of Convent Station, New Jersey. This is the finest map of its kind. Zoom in for fantastic detail, typography and illustration. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-08.27

Gear Patrol gives us their picks for the 50 Best Menswear Shops in America. Lots of Field Notes retailers on that list. ms-08.27

Great goodbye video from CBC's Wiretap, How to Age Gracefully. ms-08.26

"Although he doesn't hold a grudge against the puny humans who disturb his silence with their 'skiing,' Mr. Yeti does like the way all those winter clothes keep their juicy insides warm. Mr. Yeti calls them Burritos on Sticks." dw-08.26

Pitchfork gives us their picks for the 200 Best Songs of the 1980s. ms-08.26

Lean Cuisine Meals for the Newly Single ms-08.26

Julius Grimm painted the moon in 1888. jc-08.26

"...a training-wheels urbanism that dates back to when American cities were fitfully trying to attract suburbanites who'd abandoned them long ago." Whet Moser on Chicago's Navy Pier. jc-08.25

An online annotated edition of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland featuring twelve Lewis Carroll scholars taking one chapter each, plus new artwork and remixes from classic 1865 and 1905 illustrations. dw-08.25

New trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian ms-08.25

"Author Ian Fleming wrote for the 1950s Englishman, whose everyday experience of the world was colored by the devastating consequences of war. The 50s postwar man could read Fleming's Bond books and dream not only of adventure and villains in far-off lands, but of an exciting lifestyle of fast cars, beautiful women, finely tailored clothes, and exotic gourmet meals from around the world. Sadly these meals were missing from the cinematic adaptations. This is a depiction, direct from Ian Fleming's books, of what Bond was Dying to Eat." dw-08.25

Judgemental NYC Subway Map. Via Quipsologies. jc-08.25

Meteors and Milky Way Over Mount Rainier ms-08.25

Fabulous black and white celebrity portraits by Bob Willoughby, (1927-2009). jc-08.25

RIP Merl Reagle, check his Sunday Crosswords. jc-08.25

"Forty-five years after the publication of James Dickey's acclaimed novel, an oral history of one of the most unforgettable Southern movies of all time." Delivering Deliverance ms-08.25

Related to the last, from the summer of 2013, The Stars and Their Courses, an anti-time-lapse from Field Notes and how it all came to be. jc-08.25

The Beauty of the Heavens, astronomy illustrated in the 1840s. jc-08.25

Ten years of Charley Parker's Lines and Colors. jc-08.24

During the 1960's, a competition was held resulting in each Metro station in Montreal being redesigned by a different architect. And now, lucky for us, Chris Forsyth is photographing the stations. jc-08.24

Nerd alert. Moonjs is an online Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) simulator. jc-08.24

The paintings of Greta Van Campen. "In 2011 she received funding for her 'Greta Paints America' project which allowed her to travel the country and develop her process while painting all fifty states." More here. Thanks Marshall. jc-08.24

This Swinging City, in the 70s. jc-08.21

The same day they filed the divorce papers a tornado hit the house. Amazing, from the TMN archives. jc-08.21

Beyoncé Palettes. dw-08.21

We can tell you from experience that if you want an old-school newspaper guy to give you a tour of Chicago taverns, Rick Kogan is your man. kg-08.21

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