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The Stars and
Their Courses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

"Thousands of stalls like this exhibit multiple and slight variations on a particular item. Each individual seller occupies a space consumed by the very items that make them their living." Photos of Yiwu Commodity City, by Richard John Seymour. jc-02.02

"Positives: Only missed one day. Negatives: Self-indulgent ramblings of a nonsensical person who occasionally, halfheartedly tries to be helpful." Susannah's January Blogging Self-Analysis. jc-02.01

A look back at Chicago's Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, WGN is featuring their special that includes us and our Above the Sun film, on the storm's anniversary today. jc-02.01

Cool Instagram collab, featuring "precisely aligned architecture photographs from around the world," Geometry Club. jc-02.01

1970 Pontiac Firebird brochure. Excellent. jc-02.01

"To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we've decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting." —The Central Intelligence Agency. Via Things. jc-02.01

Find the Man in the Moon. ms-02.01

I love the way the portfolio of Spanish design studio Relajaelcoco is all about process. Check this entry for the development of La Latina Map. Via FormFiftyFive. jc-01.29

Stylish line illustrations of pop culture icons by James Oconnell. Via Quipsologies. jc-01.29

Bob Dorough composed the beloved Schoolhouse Rock! songs that taught us elementary school math and grammar. This way to Conjunction Junction. dw-01.29

Extraordinary photos and video from the far North of Russia by Andrei Shapran. Via Shaun Walker. jc-01.29

Everything you ever wanted to know about San Francisco, the typeface. Great illustrated post from Nick Keppol. jc-01.29

"Because of the way the game is designed, this inevitably results in one person acquiring a majority of the assets on the board, and beginning the slow, painful, friendship-destroying process of grinding the other players out of the game, turn by turn. This is why Monopoly starts as a fun exciting romp, only to turn into a bitter cesspool of despair." jc-01.28

Academy Originals gives us a glimpse of what it takes to make stop-motion animation happen. Via Tested. mcj-01.28

The Slowest High-Speed Images Of Bursting Cars Ever Captured. Yep. jc-01.28

Mr. and Mrs. Smart, By Dal for SK Telecom. jc-01.28


Abel Gance's silent Napoleon from 1927 has been restored (again) by Kevin Brownlow and will be screened in the UK. Hopefully US too. The FFC produced multi-screen showing at The Chicago Theater, with live orchestra in 1981 was an amazing experience. (yes, I'm old.) jc-01.28

Building a Daft Punk helmet. dw-01.28

Secret Friends. dw-01.28

An instant MoOM classic, The People Holding Posters Gallery. jc-01.28

Everything you need to know about the awesomeness that is found in the design of TEAC/Tascam reel to reel tape recorders. jc-01.28

The photographs of Isaac Adler and the crosswalks of Chicago. Thanks Marshall. jc-01.28

US political poetry generator. jc-01.28

So you know, how to ask for advice, from Jason Fried. jc-01.28

6 Star Wars Characters Meet Their New Equivalents. ms-01.28

An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky. ms-01.28

Trailer for the new Laika stop-motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings. mcj-01.27

Absolutely no idea what this is about but it's sure interesting, sorta. jc-01.27

Probably need this Death Star grill for the office. dw-01.27

Fabulous glass box house in Dutchess County NY, by Desai/Chia Architecture. More here. Via Dezeen. jc-01.27

"With approximately 45,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library's restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world, used by historians, chefs, novelists and everyday food enthusiasts." ms-01.27

"Boutique Winter Igloo for 2, hand-crafted, and built using only natural elements". Airbnb says nice try, dude. ms-01.27

We're proud to say that the Maura Statman has joined the quasi-prestigious Board of Directors of our Museum of Online Museums and we've sent her some gifts to go along with our thanks. Who's next? jc-01.26

Make music and waste time at work with Sampulator. mcj-01.26

360° Mount Fuji. dw-01.26

Future fossils. dw-01.26

Instructions concerning the preparation and presentation of Stanley Kubrick's French Toast, by Chris Okum. jc-01.26

Herbert Bayer, cover and infographic on air traffic control, from Fortune magazine in 1943. jc-01.26

Questlove meets Prince and lives to tell the story. bb-01.25

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