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Thursday Edition

A whole year of seasonal Field Notes COLORS
captured in just 60 seconds in this animated film.

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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's 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.

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.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Pics of five new airport terminals. Check Terminal 3 at Shenzhen. Via Om. jc-09.16

Please, please do this here. ms-09.16

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Municipal Museum of The Hague) manages the extensive archive of the graphic designer Gerd Arntz (1900-1988). It's a little tough to browse but worth the effort. Via Present and Correct. jc-09.16

Dudes in Startup Shirts. ms-09.16

Milky Way Above Atacama Salt Lagoon. ms-09.16

Pentagram designer Hamish Smyth's excellent illustrated post on the design and development of the WalkNYC wayfinding system currently being installed around the city. Via Khoi. jc-09.15

The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware. "A brand new graphic novella, tracing the lives of six individuals from Sandy Port, Michigan, published in weekly episodes." jc-09.15

Trailer for the film Listen Up Phillip. ms-09.15

The internet speaks, Apple listens. ms-09.15

Owl Scouts, a photo series by Todd Baxter. Fab. jc-09.15

Family crests from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in a 1902 calendar of colour woodblock prints. From BibliOdyssey, of course. jc-09.15

Aisle One on 5Boro's series of skateboard decks as an homage to VHS videotape packaging. Surprisingly awesome. jc-09.15

Algomation = Animated Algorithms. So cool, via Stacey Mulcahy. jc-09.15

"Faur then reconstructs these grey WPA photographs with hundreds of differently colored crayons to give them back the lost color of their time." jc-09.15

C77 on everyday woodworking projects in stop-motion. More from the craftsman, Frank Howarth. jc-09.15

Related to the last, Who is U2? jc-09.15

"The track sounds like seventeen different bands averaged out in Yelp and turned into an Active Rock Smoothie." SFJ on U2's Forgettable Fire. Amen. jc-09.15

Las Vegas & Reno, a Magnum In Motion photographic essay by Bruce Gilden. jc-09.15

A look at the gorgeous Amangiri Resort and Spa in Utah. ms-09.15

Trailer for Cronenberg's latest film, Maps to the Stars. ms-09.12

We're hosting live Layer Tennis today, thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-09.12

Baron von Luxxury somehow mellows out Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" even more. jq-09.11

Genre bending band The Evangenitals drop some science for their "Turbulent Flow" video. jq-09.11

Indian Newspaper Nameplate Collection. Via Susan Everett. jc-09.11

I am. I really am. ms-09.11

With genetic testing, "George Doe" gave his parents the gift of divorce. Via Kottke. jc-09.11

The Nicest Place on the Inernet. Awww. jc-09.11

Take a look at how a Crayola Crayon is made. ms-09.11

"The Best Ideas from The Left and The Right." A clever series of posters from the Social Economy Alliance. sd-09.10

Writer-slash-caretaker takes his family on a winter retreat. Dissolve is killing it lately. Blockbuster Movies Recreated with Stock Footage. jc-09.10

A collection of photos of sad dads at a One Direction concert in Nashville. sd-09.10

Zulkey's received one too many requests lately, so she put together these policies on free advertising for her site. sd-09.10

Let a bird out of it. jc-09.10

A nice collection of vintage Apple print ads. The "Will Someone Please Tell Me..." triple gatefold is like a trip back in time to the "Wraparound Era". Awesome. jc-09.10

Beyond selfies: recent high school graduate captures life in So-Cal. jq-09.10

Wes Anderson/Vehicles. ms-09.09

Also awesome, especially the Shonen Knife track: Yellow Loveless. bb-09.09

For BB, after our conversation at lunch today: My Bloody Valentine's Loveless in its entirety, though all in reverse. sd-09.09

"From some road in the USA." New photography portfolio from Navis. Bravo. jc-09.09

Artist Carlie Trosclair peels walls, incises wall-paper, and stitches on fabric to create installations inspired by decay. jq-09.09

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