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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.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

The Climber and the Eclipse. ms-09.11

Thirty-two wind turbines recreate the sound of horse hooves hitting the ground. dw-09.08

Follow along with Lynda Barry's "Making Comics" Class at UW-Wisconsin. bb-09.08

From Keith Houston's Shady Characters, The Ampersand, Parts 1 of 2, 2 of 2, & 2 1/2 of 2. jc-09.08

What's Worth Preserving? Kicking this ChiDM initiative. You should too. jc-09.07

Lego NYC. jc-09.07

Nathan Hill's novel The Nix sent me down a great internet rabbit hole: University of Illinois at Chicago's "Circle Campus," a brutalist '60s experiment that didn't make it through the '90s. bb-09.07

Trailer for the film adaptation of Joe Nesbo's The Snowman ms-09.06

This is wonderful. J.R.R. Tolkien reads from The Hobbit. mcj-09.06

Trailer for the film Lady Bird ms-09.06

A Waterspout in Florida. ms-09.06

"They were known as the "book women." They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky's isolated mountain communities." ms-09.05

A look at the gorgeous offices of our pals at Bellroy. ms-09.05

30 Things We Learned From The Royal Tenenbaums Commentary, from Film School Rejects. jc-09.05

Too cute? Yes. But still pretty sweet. jc-09.01

So you know, the Harry Potter "19 Years Later" epilogue scene is today. dw-09.01

A First Glimpse of the Great American Eclipse ms-09.01

Getting revved up for this weekend's Chicago scooter rally and this helps: A French family and their Lambretta. (Thx, Jamie) bb-09.01

"I sit in one of the dives / On Fifty-second Street / Uncertain and afraid / As the clever hopes expire" September 1, 1939 by W. H. Auden. jc-09.01

Black, a wallpaper series using shapes and lights. dw-08.31

"A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized)>" Via Open Culture. jc-08.31

While Erica and her dance company were on location filming a video, they got some unsolicited appreciation. jc-08.31

"Then God, woke as ever, said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth," which was v v on brand for God." ms-08.31

Juno's Jupiter. jc-08.31

This Book is a Camera. jc-08.31

A phone that makes and receives calls, and only calls. Thanks Drake. jc-08.31

Bad posters for good causes. This is Sh!t. dw-08.31

"I found the old matchbook lying on a desk." And then Pablo Iglesias Maurer made this happen. jc-08.30

"You pretty much have two options: You either get a blue whale or you get the biggest dinosaur in the world." jc-08.30

Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, standing next to her code that took us to the moon. jc-08.30

Nevada's Clown Motel is for sale. dw-08.30

Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails and how it was made by Stephane Vetter. Fab. jc-08.30

Nice illustrations by Lloyd Stratton. dw-08.30

From the makers of Marwencol, a new doc about a town in Tuscany that turns itself into a play. Spettacolo. mcj-08.30

A re-post, but worth a re-read: The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside Van Halen. bb-08.30

This is going to be super-popular in the pack-and-ship department: Radio Garden. bb-08.29

Happy Tuesday. ms-08.29

Hey Chicagoland! Field Notes is proud to present a Design Double Feature at The Music Box Theatre, on Tuesday September 19th! Join us for screenings of Graphic Means and Pressing On: The Letterpress Film. You can find tickets and details at STA Chicago. mcj-08.29

The James Bonding Podcast is back, digging maybe a little too deep into the franchise, but their dream plans for a James Bond Theme Park are pretty damn appealing. bb-08.29

It's Twin Peaks Week at CoS. bb-08.29

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