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Friday Edition

"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.

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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.

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.

Film & Video Archives

Reach For the Stars

We're not a network an it's not the 1980s but why should that stop us from making a schmaltzy omnibus promo? We've reorganized and re-rendered most of the films and videos we have made over the past dozen years and posted them in a new archive. Enjoy.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

So you know. "For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online 'best of 2014' book list I find in this post." —David Gutowski. jc-11.19

A sweet series of animated icons for the What's Next Conference. jc-11.19

The United States of Thanksgiving. ms-11.19

Sympathies to the Buffalo folks. ms-11.19

In 1922, the Evening Star Building was an organism for making newspapers. Super sweet cutaway illustration. jc-11.18

"...by 2001 the picture will have been forgotten" Bell Labs Memo, 1965, in regards to consulting on 2001: A Space Odyssey. jc-11.18

Happy Tuesday. ms-11.18

"Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds--opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely-seen items in the American Museum of Natural History." ms-11.18

Mark Liberman for Language Log. on the word "ass" as an intensifier, plus wise advice on the subject from Randall Munroe. jc-11.18

The illustrations of Federico Babina. Check his series, Archilife where he puts famous actors into famous houses. jc-11.18

Super Heroes Meet Flemish Art by Sacha Goldberger. "By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible." Really great, via Fubiz. jc-11.18

Unboxing Ambition. Thanks for that Andy. jc-11.18

"For each of his paintings, I bring the colours and light into a schematic system which is then transferred to a round canvas without a centre." Olafur Eliasson's Color Experiments derived from the paintings of JMW Turner. jc-11.18

"Superelliptical shapes and sturdy serifs..." Velo, a new typeface from House Industries. Fab. jc-11.18

Rag-Picking History is unearthing hidden places and pasts. Bookmarked. Via Things. jc-11.18

…but here's the Alphaville version with 10x the backing vocals, moogs and bass rumble. So good. bb-11.17

Guys. The Rentals. Lost in Alphaville. Album of the year. If you're already a convert, here's a simpler version of "It's Time to Come Home" from 2009. bb-11.17

"Four years later it would be established in court that during the seven and a half months preceding Elvis's death, from January 1, 1977, to August 16, 1977, Dr. Nichopoulos had written prescriptions for him for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012." . ms-11.17

I'm not a car guy, but this is awesome. mcj-11.17

The storied evolution of the Star Wars logo. dw-11.17

First it was their banknotes, now Norway is putting a fresh face on their passports. dw-11.17

Mac Premo is an award-winning artist and American stuffmaker. dw-11.17

From the desk of Aaron Draplin. dw-11.17

Trailer for the first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. ms-11.17

Leonids Above Torre de la Guaita. ms-11.17

To mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death, a group of designers have lit a solar-powered path through historic Van Gogh sites. ms-11.14

Maybe the best 404 I've seen. ms-11.14

Attention Portland! jc-11.14

Custom lathe-cut vinyl records from Meep. jc-11.14

Great, long, illustrated article by Rhodri Marsden on early synthesizers, New Found Sounds. Via Things Mag. jc-11.14

We're hosting a live Layer Tennis Playoff Doubleheader today, starting at 10:30 Chicago time. If you want to know what makes LYT interesting, check Kevin Guilfoile's preview of the first match, Reyes vs. White. "I think Layer Tennis is the opposite of dancing in an abandoned bear pit." jc-11.14

Hannah Rothstein plates up Mondrian, Magritte, Rothko and others, for Thanksgiving. jc-11.13

Very good advice. jc-11.13

John Martz would "buy a book that consisted only of George Price's drawings of television sets." Me too. jc-11.13

We actually started the Field Notes Brand without much ambition. Yesterday, we fixed that. jc-11.13

Trailer for the documentary Monk with a Camera. ms-11.13

Amazing photos taken from the surface of a comet. A COMET. ms-11.13

New trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. ms-11.12

"The Moulin de la Galette", a painting by Renoir and the subject of a new and delightfully rambling post at Codex 99. jc-11.11

Tested takes a look at the legacy of Stan Winston and The Terminator. mcj-11.11

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We hated the options available for custom packaging DVDs and CDs so we created a brand that gives creative professionals and hobbyists the tools to make great stuff. Here's a bit from the latest Jewelboxing weblog entry:

"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.

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