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"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.

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Field Notes For Fall

-Redacted-

Layer Tennis is Back

Opening Day

Friday was Opening Day for Layer Tennis, presented by our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. We started with an Around the World Exhibition in which ten designers passed a file around the globe in 15 minute increments. And then in the Main Event, Jon Contino faced Dan Cassaro in a Battle Royale, with Rosecrans Baldwin providing the play-by-play commentary.

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

Ways of Seeing

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.

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.

How'd That Get There?

Regarding That
Recent Order

Customer service at the Field Notes Brand Midwest HQ is handled one order at a time.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn

Multidisciplined

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

Meet the Ipsums, by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri. Yes! jc-today

7685 Frames of Netherlands. ms-today

"Japanese Maple" a poem by Clive James, who is terminally ill. More from Katy Waldman. jc-today

Adrian on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the movie posters of Karl Oskar Blase. The Mon Oncle one is totally brilliant. jc-today

McConaughey in space. jc-today

Camping scenes embroidered by Stephanie Clark. Via The Jealous Curator. jc-today

The Crying Game, "infant distress vocalization as competitive advantage during violent conflict." Tomer Ullman's winning presentation at the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses. Via Mefi. jc-today

Leica M Edition 60. jc-today

American astronauts land in London. jc-today

A tweeted historic photo once an hour, on the hour from Retronaut. jc-today

Pics of five new airport terminals. Check Terminal 3 at Shenzhen. Via Om. jc-today

Please, please do this here. ms-today

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Municipal Museum of The Hague) manages the extensive archive of the graphic designer Gerd Arntz (1900-1988). It's a little tough to browse but worth the effort. Via Present and Correct. jc-today

Dudes in Startup Shirts. ms-today

Milky Way Above Atacama Salt Lagoon. ms-today

Pentagram designer Hamish Smyth's excellent illustrated post on the design and development of the WalkNYC wayfinding system currently being installed around the city. Via Khoi. jc-yesterday

The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware. "A brand new graphic novella, tracing the lives of six individuals from Sandy Port, Michigan, published in weekly episodes." jc-yesterday

Trailer for the film Listen Up Phillip. ms-yesterday

The internet speaks, Apple listens. ms-yesterday

Owl Scouts, a photo series by Todd Baxter. Fab. jc-yesterday

Family crests from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in a 1902 calendar of colour woodblock prints. From BibliOdyssey, of course. jc-yesterday

Aisle One on 5Boro's series of skateboard decks as an homage to VHS videotape packaging. Surprisingly awesome. jc-yesterday

Algomation = Animated Algorithms. So cool, via Stacey Mulcahy. jc-yesterday

"Faur then reconstructs these grey WPA photographs with hundreds of differently colored crayons to give them back the lost color of their time." jc-yesterday

C77 on everyday woodworking projects in stop-motion. More from the craftsman, Frank Howarth. jc-yesterday

Related to the last, Who is U2? jc-yesterday

"The track sounds like seventeen different bands averaged out in Yelp and turned into an Active Rock Smoothie." SFJ on U2's Forgettable Fire. Amen. jc-yesterday

Las Vegas & Reno, a Magnum In Motion photographic essay by Bruce Gilden. jc-yesterday

A look at the gorgeous Amangiri Resort and Spa in Utah. ms-yesterday

Trailer for Cronenberg's latest film, Maps to the Stars. ms-09.12

We're hosting live Layer Tennis today, thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-09.12

Baron von Luxxury somehow mellows out Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" even more. jq-09.11

Genre bending band The Evangenitals drop some science for their "Turbulent Flow" video. jq-09.11

Indian Newspaper Nameplate Collection. Via Susan Everett. jc-09.11

I am. I really am. ms-09.11

With genetic testing, "George Doe" gave his parents the gift of divorce. Via Kottke. jc-09.11

The Nicest Place on the Inernet. Awww. jc-09.11

Take a look at how a Crayola Crayon is made. ms-09.11

"The Best Ideas from The Left and The Right." A clever series of posters from the Social Economy Alliance. sd-09.10

Writer-slash-caretaker takes his family on a winter retreat. Dissolve is killing it lately. Blockbuster Movies Recreated with Stock Footage. jc-09.10


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