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Saturday Edition

Business POV brings a camera to SEED
and conducts an interview with Jim in Crown Hall.

Coudal Partners

Live Layer Tennis

Dedicated to Reducing Friday Productivity

Friday we hosted a Layer Tennis match featuring two firms with big portfolios of gig posters and other imaginative graphic work. DKNG faced The Delicious Design League and John Gruber provided the play-by-play commentary. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. There's just one week left in the regular season and that's on Halloween. Scary. Stay tuned.

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.

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.

This Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

This is the sort of thing that Twitter is especially good for, but a washroom full of chalkboard walls works too. A while ago we hosted a quick contest called Booking Bands in which we asked people to combine the name of a book with the name of a band. We received thousands of entries, posted a ton of them and then randomly selected three and sent those people the book and a CD from the band that they mashed together. The process of coming up with funny or unexpected associations in this contest became a central part of a presentation that JC gave at SXSW.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

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.

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.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

New in The MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. 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.

Spring Summer Fall Winter

To Every Season

Roughly every three months since January of 2009, we have introduced a seasonal release of Field Notes. With a couple exceptions these have all been limited-editions and have all sold out quickly. Thanks for that. You can see and read about them here and also in our Obsessive's Guide videos where we chat about the "making of" each release.

Each edition was made available to our Field Notes email list first and was offered in 3-Packs and by a year-long subscription, for those wanting to collect them all and to make sure they don't miss out on one. Subscribers frequently get extra and exclusive items with their shipments. While they last, you can start a subscription right now with our current release, The Arts & Sciences Edition. The Fall edition is on press now and is a radical departure from previous releases and if we can pull off what we have planned for winter, you are surely going to want to be a part of that too.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn


Jeremy J. Quinn (jq) is an architect with a multidisciplinary practice, JJQAD, which is based in Los Angeles and just celebrated its one-year anniversary. His work spans the fields of architecture, graphic design, installation art, set design and experimental music and often takes the form of collaborations with other creative people in many fields. His days are packed, exploring the wilderness surrounding LA, checking out the burgeoning LA art and design scenes and trying to get back some of his high school skateboarding skills. He can be found at @JeremyJQuinn and, more often on Tumblr, posting photos from his trusty Yashica medium format camera. For the month of September, he'll be right here with us, serving as our Guest Editor

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

Sunspots and Solar Eclipse. ms-today

All the posters from the 75 Years of Batman Show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin. jc-today

Related to the last (as it's also being shot on a RED Dragon), the beautifully cut trailer for what looks like a great documentary series on CNN: High Profits about a company who opens a marijuana dispensaries in Colorado resort towns. sd-yesterday

RED has entered a Space Act Agreement with NASA, with a Dragon camera (the same kind we shoot with here at CP) shipping off to the International Space Station later this year. sd-yesterday

For BB, discussed at lunch: Mitchell & Webb's "Watergategate." sd-yesterday

Fulfilling the wish of almost every Star Wars fan in regard to Jar Jar Binks, Thomas Dagg's Star Wars series. ms-yesterday

Related to the last: Beards.org, where you not only encouraged, but are also regularly thanked for growing a beard. sd-yesterday

For SD (or Grizzly Adams we call him), who is currently in process: How to Grow a Beard for the First Time. ms-yesterday

Fascinating look at the effort to conserve the notebook of arctic explorer George Murray Levick, found outside Scott's 1911 Cape Evans base. More info here. ms-yesterday

One Summer Swell. ms-yesterday

Steve, Bryan and a pal made a cool coin-flip for this week's Layer Tennis match. Patent is pending on the Shrink-Ray 4000, btw. jc-yesterday

So you know, how to draw complex highway interchanges in Illustrator. jc-yesterday

So you know, the chemistry of candy. ms-yesterday

Good Lord, look at the view from the breakfast bar alone. Via Uncrate. ms-yesterday

Video essay by Tony Zhou on famed animator Satoshi Kon and his editing of space and time. Thanks Andrew. jc-yesterday

Well worth a relink, 1949: Chicago by Stanley Kubrick, for Look Magazine. Thanks Marshall. jc-yesterday

Which glass for which beer? jc-yesterday

Trailer for the documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice. ms-10.23

I want to join the "Revision Killers", just one of Matt Stevens' badass Design Gangs. jc-10.23

The World Series of Food: Kansas City Vs. San Francisco. Gotta say, KC BBQ rocks. Now, where is my lunch..... ms-10.23

Autumn Colors 2014. Gorgeous. ms-10.23

Best. Photo. Ever. ms-10.23

Ben Bradlee, "speaking truth to spin doctors". jc-10.23

Nice architecture illustrations by Federico Babina. dw-10.23

"From the first scene of his first film, voiceover has been a crucial element of Terrence Malick's work..." A video essay by Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. jc-10.23

A beauty for the MoOM, check Eastern Bloc Songs, a big collection of 7" vinyl sleeves. I. II. III. Via Present and Correct. jc-10.23

Oblivion GFX Montage, by Bradley G Munkowitz. Bam. jc-10.22

Well that's a first. One of Glenn Jones' volleys from last Friday's epic Layer Tennis match has been adapted into this week's tee shirt, On My Signal. Sweet. jc-10.22

Tangentially related to an earlier post, Don Dethlefsen's restoration of a 1973 BMW 2002tii. So sweet. Via Cartype. jc-10.22

The "low-budget science-fiction Benji spinoff no one asked for." So bizarre that had they not found an episode posted to YouTube it would be hard to believe. sd-10.22

The IKEA Halloween ad is a tribute to The Shining. Can you find all the Easter eggs? ms-10.22

An Ode to the Original Six. ms-10.22

The Real Thing, Bodie Stroud's 1969 Mustang Boss 494. More information here. jc-10.22

The Bus, by Paul Kirchner. Terrific comics. jc-10.22

"He called me 'Legs' when I was hired as a fashion news aide in 1985, because I'm tall and because he didn't know my name. Eventually I had a byline, a better job and I became 'Sherrill.' In Bradlee's newsroom, you knew you'd made his team when your first name disappeared down the memory hole." Martha Sherrill on Ben Bradlee. jc-10.22

A new trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey to coincide with a UK cinema rerelease. It's excellent but (of course) I have one small quibble. The small-caps used for the quote attributions really don't work at all. Via John Gruber. jc-10.22

Reunited. jc-10.22

"A colossus of the music scene in Northern Ireland, Terri Hooley is a living legend. Without Terri, many punk bands would have remained unheard of during the Troubles. Terri's bravery and dogged determination ensured that this would not be the case. He sparked a punk revolution that put Belfast back on the musical map." ms-10.22

Trailer for the documentary The Look of Silence. ms-10.21

"33,000ish seconds shorter than Peter Jackson's version." The Hobbit in 72 Seconds. ms-10.21

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