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Wednesday Edition

Two designers, 15 minutes per volley, the whole world watching.
Revisit four great seasons of Layer Tennis.

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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

So you know, you owe your daily routine to the World's Fair. ms-04.30

"My God, what have we done." Copy of the Enola Gay pilot's log sells for $50,000.00 at auction. ms-04.30

The last photos from Messenger before it crashes into the surface of Mercury. jc-04.30

Commissioned portraits by photographer Antony Crook. jc-04.30

For MS, living off the grid in a yurt on abandoned Chicago land. dw-04.29

Original prints in editions of 100. dw-04.29

Trailer for The Visit. dw-04.29

Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening bacteria / viruses. Via swissmiss. dw-04.29

Cities in the Night by Makers Company. dw-04.28

Trailer for Chase Me, a 3D printed film. dw-04.28

WW2 Bunkers. dw-04.28

Compelling reason to fight global warming. Gah! ms-04.28

BB is talking Field Notes with the fellows on The Erasable Podcast. Check it. jc-04.28

Film trailer for Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club. bb-04.27

Street "artist" "Wanksy" has found a novel way of getting Ramsbottom's potholes filled quickly. bb-04.27

Nice ident for the BBC by Blue Zoo, The Boat Races. jc-04.27

"...I was seized with terror when the 20-foot vehicle developed uneasy, oscillating swivels, with the tail wanting to wobble like a shopping cart's bad wheel." A test drive of the death-trap car designed by Buckminster Fuller, a recreated Dymaxion #1. All car reviews should be this fun. sd-04.27

How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake. ms-04.27

The Vault of Retro Sci-Fi. jc-04.27

"The applicant pool this year was particularly strong, and by that I mean the Admissions Committee once again sent candidates like you multiple enticing pamphlets encouraging you to apply, knowing full well we had no intention of accepting you." An Honest College Rejection Letter, by Mimi Evans. jc-04.27

Space Station Over Lunar Terminator. ms-04.27

"C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 11, 2015." ms-04.25

I was a Pope! ms-04.25

"Just saying'?" Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. All in on this one. jc-04.24

We (mcj and bb) are really digging I Was There Too, where Matt Gourley interviews lesser-known actors who were present for great moments in cinema history. bb-04.24

Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Bounce a Dinner Roll and How to Levitate. mcj-04.24

My dog can see an invisible door. mcj-04.24

"But nobody's doing a public radio show where the host sits in chain restaurants in the middle of America, listening to Hall and Oates, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, wondering what went wrong. Yet." ms-04.24

The A5 series is intended as a growing archive on the history of graphic design. Lovely and ambitious. jc-04.24

Blue Tears and the Milky Way. ms-04.24

An amazing interactive 3D map of the Warhammer 400000 universe. I wish someone would put that sort of time and effort into an interactive 3D map of the actual universe. bb-04.23

Stunning time-lapse video of Chile's Calbuco volcano erupting. ms-04.23

The Alchemist's Letter. ms-04.23

"We're important scientists from Earth. Traveled a long goddamned way to strut around your world holding these clipboards. Even brought a pack of interns just to look busy measuring stuff in the background. Cost $30 billion to transport them across the galaxy. Another $10 million for the interstellar measuring tape." ms-04.23

Batting around. I'm a 10-er. jc-04.23

"Gizmosis: An obsession with any advanced technological device, usually pointless and/or confusing. A condition or abnormal process characterized by an obsession with anything small and electronic." jc-04.23

In honor of the Bard's birthday today, Macbeth. ms-04.23

Excellent, new NASA site. jc-04.23

"I trained a machine learning model to detect in real-time that a goal was just scored by the Habs based on the live audio feed of a game and to trigger a light show using Philips hues in my living room." Watch the video, it's fantastic. Plus, check out how it was done. This is the perfect marriage of nerdery and hockey fandom, well done Mr. Maillet. Well done. jc-04.23

Glamorous Crossing: How Pan Am Airways Dominated International Travel in the 1930s. ms-04.22

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