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Saturday Edition

Two designers, 15 minutes per volley, the whole world watching.
Revisit four great seasons of Layer Tennis.

Coudal Partners

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, the A.G. Spaulding Baseball Collection from the NYPL, featured above. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.

The Latest from Field Notes

Two Rivers

Field Notes loves printing, history, Americana, and a good Wisconsin brandy old-fashioned, so the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is our kind of place. We worked with them to produce our limited-edition for spring and two bucks from the sale of each 3-Pack goes to support the Museum and its mission. Wood type forever!

JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books has concluded. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Get It Together

We Didn’t Have Much Ambition When We Started Field Notes,
We Fixed That

Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Brand Books

Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

We're Going On an Adventure

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

Anti Time Lapse

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.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

So you know the Dinner Party Wine Calculator. ms-yesterday

Wow. I'm totally in love with this... Mergenthaler Linotype Company film from 1969 on the Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting. jc-yesterday

"Over the years, my suspicions have grown about Rodin's use of mythological titles. The hotter the sex, the more it is graced—and thus excused, for cultivated viewers of his time—by a classical tag." Sonnets in Stone, by Allison Pearson. jc-yesterday

"Listen, you can park your car wherever you want down here. All night long. Wherever you want..." Sexting With a New Yorker, by Jeanne Darst. jc-yesterday

"The third weekend of October 2015, cutting edge florists from Michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation." Flower House. dw-yesterday

Up the Eiffel Tower, as filmed by Thomas Edison in 1900. jc-yesterday

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorada, Utah, Nevada, California. Open to lawful traffic without any toll charges. jc-yesterday

"The owners claimed that the characters in it came alive, sometimes leaving the painting and entering the room in which it was being displayed." Cursed paintings. jc-yesterday

Cultivating Creativity: Field Notes for Productivity, by Natalie Boyd for Print. Thanks for that. jc-yesterday

Pogo has a new remix out. ms-yesterday

100 years of cocktails in under two minutes. ms-yesterday

49 students rotoscope 2767 frames of "Shake it Off." Much better than the original. Via Jamie. bb-05.21

New trailer for the documentary Amy. ms-05.21

David Letterman works at Taco Bell. mcj-05.21

Our fave caterer and canteen, Big Delicious Planet, heads up the The Best Urban Farming category at Chicagoist. jc-05.21

SD filmed a profile of Wilco's Glenn Kotche for Chicago magazine. bb-05.21

Happy Thursday. ms-05.21

Djurdjic Winery packaging by Peter Gregson. jc-05.21

A video visit to the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo. Beautiful. Via Three Staples. jc-05.20

The news summarized in GIFs. dw-05.20

Alex Griendling designed and illustrated a map of Super Mario World's Dinosaur Land and then had it laser engraved onto 14" x 18" pieces of wood. Fab. jc-05.20

So you know, America's best old-school bowling alleys. Everyone has one they love that is not on the list, mine? Welcome to the Sister Bay Bowl. ms-05.20

Pizza Hut gives us the great Dangers of Selfie Sticks PSA."Egotastic specimens of visual self-obsession". Spot on. ms-05.20

Artist Alexey Kondakov's Art History in Contemporary Life. ms-05.20

Glasscapes. Via Fubiz. dw-05.20

Related to the last, The War of the Worlds Book Cover Collection is fantastic. I. II. III. jc-05.20

Gorgeous 1906 illustrations of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. ms-05.20

The portfolio of Rodrigo Corral. jc-05.20

This teenager just designed a system that keeps you safe from germs on planes. Bravo Raymond. ms-05.20

I spy something red. Field Notes Carpenter Pencils make an appearance in the photo that accompanies Molly Young's NYT piece on C. W. Pencil and its proprietor, Caroline Weaver. jc-05.20

Regarding the "truthiness" of typefaces. Errol Morris, Michael Bierut and Baskerville. jc-05.19

Great read, full of surprises. Wired's feature on The Untold Story of Industrial Light & Magic, by Alex French and Howie Khan. jc-05.19

jc-05.19

Chalkhills, the XTC fan resource. Plus, Andy's twitter. jc-05.19

The international flag of planet Earth, a proposal by Oskar Pernefeldt. dw-05.19

XTC-Live-Paris-1979. ms-05.19

…and their terrible Avengers parody which doesn't hold a candle to the Pretenders' amazing Avengers parody. bb-05.19

…and lip-syncing "Generals And Majors" in 1980… bb-05.19

If we're posting XTC videos, here they are in the amazing "Urgh: A Music War…" bb-05.19

XTC performs "King For A Day" on Late Night with David Letterman, June 30, 1989. Fab. jc-05.19


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