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State Fossil of California: Saber-Toothed Cat
The Field Notes County Fair edition. Our tribute to the 50 states.

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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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot- whether short or long- held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I've removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect." ms-09.25

The Eruptions of Iceland's Bardabunga Volcano. ms-09.25

Sorry, Clay Risen Is Not Sorry. jc-09.25

"After being confined to the headquarters of an Amsterdam military command for a few months, van Meegeren offered a proposition to prove this innocence -- he'd forge one last Vermeer before a panel of reporters and court-appointed witnesses." jc-09.25

1930s humorous maps of National Parks and other tourist stops "hatched and scratched" by the Lindgren Brothers. Fabulous, via this post at Mefi. jc-09.25

Entangled, a riveting short sci-fi film by Tony Elliot, from Short Cuts Canada. Via Kottke. jc-09.25

Make a gamer pilgrimage to these 8 old school arcades. ms-09.24

The science behind tattooing, including tattooing in slow motion. mcj-09.24

VHS-inspired skateboard decks from 5BORO. Via Doobybrain. sd-09.24

Our current Guest Editor is Jeremy J. Quinn (jq), founder of the multidisciplinary practice JJQAD. A list of all of the great people who have lent us a hand over the years can be found here. sd-09.24

Stunning Astronomical Architecture from India, built in the 1700s. Didn't find many extensive photo collections online, so here are some of my shots from last winter. Also picked up this great info-graphic poster about it, seems to only be available in India so far though. jq-09.24

Due to a rash of suicides in the 1930s, Budapest launched a campaign to be "The City of Smiles." A wonderful, bizarre hoax, but attributed to whom exactly is the big mystery. sd-09.24

Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World. Delightful. ms-09.24

Zulkey's ode to Edgewater here in Chicago. sd-09.24

Seriously, though, how many times do we have to watch Batman's parents die? dw-09.24

Bartosz Kosowski's Lolita poster for the Kubrick art show in San Francisco. Via WATC. dw-09.24

Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop is moving to the seaside for the month of October. dw-09.24

Nice design work by Vicki Turner. dw-09.24

Related to the last, a thing we made to illustrate the post (to the left) "Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props." jc-09.24

For our Museum of Online Museums, enjoy the Pulp Paperback Cover Gallery, "The Best Of The Worst." I love Khoi's take on some of the original paintings. jc-09.24

Smart thinking from Anthony Bourdain. jc-09.24

Speaking of Craig, check his Bandstand project. jc-09.24

Craig Robinson's last eight years of sleep graphed. jc-09.24

Lost scenes from FFC's The Conversation and more stuff found on The Edit Room Floor. jc-09.23

Trailer for the film Diplomacy. ms-09.23

Butter Fingers. dw-09.23

David Bowie Is opens today at the MCA, the show's only stop in the US. dw-09.23

Cirque du Soleil with drones. dw-09.23

Nothing much, just stuck in a browse of rare graphic design books at Display. You? jc-09.23

Screenplay and related material for one of the greatest films of all time, and a personal fave, Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha. jc-09.23

"A four-year design education in four inches worth of typesetting." Bierut on Rand. jc-09.23

"By placing email within our everyday physical spaces it may get us to look at the familiarity of email in a new light; we may even learn to love it again." Six Monkeys explores our interactions with email through physical Internet connected objects. Only brilliant, as expected, since it comes from Brendan Dawes. jc-09.23

Rick Poyner on posters by Hans Hillmann for Jean-Luc Godard Films. jc-09.23

In the Book Notes series at Largehearted Boy, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Once you get started on them, you can't stop. jc-09.23

Hey SD, I think I found that Control Room set you were looking for some years back... jq-09.23

A McSweeney's tradition, It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers. ms-09.23

Images from NASA. ms-09.23

"My point is that it's counterproductive, counter creative, to morally charge the art of working with type. We wouldn't moralize cadmium red or C sharp major when teaching brush technique or the scales. To do so in typography stunts the full breadth of expression that designers need to draw upon." ms-09.23

FrogTV. Funny or just mean? ms-09.22

Jeff and Spencer Tweedy's Tiny Desk Concert. jc-09.22

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"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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