What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.
The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.
"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.
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 warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shipmap.org, a visualization of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012, overlaid on a bathymetric map. By Kiln and UCL. Thanks Marshall.
Hireth (n.) a nostalgia for a home to which you cannot return; a longing for a home that is no longer or never was.
"Behind the gleaming 1970s missile fuselage, three glass shelves revolve around a gold-plated spindle; while in the base, a sliding platform built from lacquered American walnut conceals an armoury of custom-made cocktail utensils." The Bomb.
Gorgeous loft in Spitalfields. Yes please.
"During my visit to North Korea, I was part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro. This may sound mundane, but the previously restricted Pyongyang Metro is surely one of the most mysterious, yet beautiful transit systems on earth, each station uniquely themed in ultra-nationalism, parading North Korea's revolutionary goals and achievements to impressionable commuters."
"Food is the product of love and labor, usually in equal parts. When left behind, it reminds us that our loved ones were once very much alive." Lovely.
"It looks like she was hauling vegetables, then dropped them behind her and pulled out a sword and shield because something's about to go down. Her face looks like 'I dare you.'" A brief history of women on the $20 bill.
Daniel Handal's photo project documenting the female masking fetish community.
Stasi-Prison, a beautiful and austere set of photos by Philipp Lohöfener.
How am I only hearing about this now?! Trailer for Rubber, a film about "an inanimate tire that suddenly and inexplicably comes to life, discovering that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything."
"There is no more television as such. There is cinema and it can be seen in the home [or] in the theater. It could be a minute or less or it could be 90 hours or more." FFC teases his next project.
Trailer for the film based on the best-selling novel, The Girl on the Train
"Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for her compelling depiction of a boy living in poverty in Maine."
From photographer Henry Hargreaves, Deep Fried Gadgets. Weirdly, this makes me hungry.
Colorful coffee art by Mason Salisbury.
"What's incredible is that a particular brood doesn't emerge every 15 years, or 18 years... they only emerge in 13 or 17-year cycles." Joe Hanson on Prime Time for Periodic Cicadas.
Scented temporary tattoos from Tattly.
Friendly Skies or maybe not-so. Eric Etten's airline fighter jets.
Yowza. The graphic manual for The VIII Mediterranean Games in Split, 1979. Designer Borislav Ljubicic.
Rumor has it the U.S. Treasury will announce today they are replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. Historic and amazing!!
Uncommon Knowledge collected by Ace Jet 170 in 2007. No less valid now (except for the Xpress bit) than it was back then.
Text-Mode "A collection of text graphics and related works, stretching back thousands of years. Textiles, BBS-graphics, poetry, mosaic, typography, and much more. Collected by Raquel Meyers and Goto80." Great browse, via Waxy.
Rob Alderson reviews the new book from Unit, Graphic Stamps by Iain Follett and Blair Thomson. It looks fantastic.
"The FFA was huge in my school. I had no idea about rap music or modernism or design or philosophy or Andy Warhol or 70s film or atheism. I didn't know what I didn't know and had very little way of finding out." Kottke on technology, culture, and growing up in a small town. See also the basis of this post by Rex Sorgatz, Netflix and Ch-Ch-Chilly. Now that's blogging people.
Local note: Center for Lost Arts Redux, this summer on Goose Island. Hurray.
"On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City's Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove-- filled with other people's trash."
Nice work if you can get it. Our pal Rosecrans Baldwin attends a dinner party near Chablis, France for Afar Mag.
One more, Michael Coleman's profile of Gary Hecker: Veteran Foley Artist. So cool.
Related to the last, "Space floor!"
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What all those little square icons in Fresh Signals mean.
A post from our monthly guest editor. The complete listing af all the people we owe favors can be found here.
We love these products so much we even paid for them.
A post with this icon may well end up in our Museum of Online Museums.
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A Friday Drink Link. Hic.
Film feed. Short attention span video theater.
Having to do with our Field Notes Brand.
What we just talked about at lunch.
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