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For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

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.

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.

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

52 things Tom Whitwell learned in 2018. jc-12.07

Facades, Markus Brunetti. jc-12.07

Mozart's diary is online. Learn more from Open Culture. jc-12.05

A remembrance of my favorite man written by my favorite writer at GQ. You are still so very sorely missed. ms-12.04

Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders conversation. jc-12.03

The Soulful 11-Year-Old Princes of 'The Nutcracker'. ms-12.03

Local Note: The shining light of Chicago letterpress, Starshaped Press, is hosting their annual open house tomorrow, and incidentally entering their 20th year of innovative letterpress printing (and a yearlong residency at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum!) bb-11.30

"You have to be at peace with the fact that something might happen, and you might not make it through..." Brian Bolster's short documentary, Winter's Watch. Beautiful. jc-11.29

Conserve the Sound. I could click on these all day. Thanks Marshall. jc-11.29

Meet Jim Allison, the Carousing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel Prize for His Cancer Immunotherapy Breakthrough. ms-11.28

Shipwreck at Moonset. ms-11.28

It's going to take a team of skilled agents to solve this thing. jc-11.27

You can't tell a book by its cover but maybe you can by it's spine. Via Kottke. jc-11.27

This is how I die. She is standing in the driveway of a sand-colored house-- she doesn't know whose-- and the air is choked with smoke. The sky is a nuclear orange. Wind is hurling embers against her body and into her blond wavy hair. She has just seen an ambulance melt. Transformers are blowing up around her. Homes are caving in and trees are bowing. Fleeing cars have jammed the roads, and flames dance on both sides of the asphalt." Great read. ms-11.26

Pablo Ferro: A Career Retrospective, Part 1, excellent interview from Art of the Title. jc-11.20

Stan Carey always fails to disappoint. jc-11.20

The NYT interactive 100 Notable Books of 2018 is nicely done. For another list, close to our heart, check the The 2019 Tournament of Books Long List. jc-11.20

Gibbous Moon beyond Swedish Mountain ms-11.19

RIP Pablo Ferro. jc-11.19

Quartet. jc-11.18

"I found the best burger place in America. And then I killed it." Great read. ms-11.17

For the crew here at HQ, 24 homemade D&D maps. jc-11.16

The Manhoff Archives, 16mm color film and more from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. jc-11.16

Take a look at this year's John Lewis & Partners Christmas Ad. ms-11.16

Remember when John Adams fought a giant snake? (Thanks Phineas! bb-11.16

Puzzling. jc-11.15

"Build a following. That's right, Esteem Needs have evolved into Following Needs in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs 2.0. Can someone still live a reasonably happy and satisfied life with a measly 400-500 Instagram followers or without the coveted blue "verified"checkmark on Twitter? Possibly. But what's the point in being happy if no one knows just how happy you are?" ms-11.15

Finally, a lavish coffee-table book for The Designers Republic. bb-11.14

The 2019 Tournament of Books Long List. Woot! Was indeed a great year for fiction and a pretty good one for book cover design as well. Field Notes is once again the title sponsor and we couldn't be happier. jc-11.14

Vivian. jc-11.14

"Ten years ago, under the direction of founder Ludovica Rambelli, eight members of the Italian company, Malatheatre, discovered first hand the insanely rigorous poses Caravaggio demanded of his models, creating 23 tableaux vivants inspired by the master's oeuvre." jc-11.14

Buying for the office, The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space. ms-11.13

RIP Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival pioneer and voice of HAL. jc-11.12

Crane Pavilion By GBBN Architects. jc-11.09

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen streams "bullet chess." Yowza, via TMN jc-11.08

Check the results from the year-long project from Cards Against Humanity, Pulse of the Nation. ms-11.08

Second trailer for the new Coen Brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. ms-11.08

I am a computer. jc-11.07

Recycled Packing Materials Sculpted Into Elaborate Renaissance Costumes by Suzanne Jongmans. ms-11.07

Miniature Calendar. jc-11.07

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