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Field Notes Field Trip

We like to pull this film out when the weather is sunny and hot and the shadows get real long at the end of the day. A few years ago we took a trip to the Monona County in Iowa as part of the launch of our Field Notes County Fair Editions. Here's more on the trip. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Layer Tennis is Back

The Old Back
and Forth

Yep, its been a while, but with the help of our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud, we're cranking up the Friday afternoon live design competitions known as Layer Tennis again this fall. On Friday, August 8th we kicked things off with a doubleheader of "friendly" matches featuring Mig Reyes versus Jason Koxvold and Kelli Anderson versus Austin Kleon and a good time was had by all. Things get going for real after Labor Day.

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.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

Boxes and Lines

Our limited-edition Field Notes release for summer are The Arts & Sciences Editions and their larger format is big enough for both sides of your brain. Plus, the interiors pages are all new. It's available in 2-Packs and by a year-long subscription now.

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.

What's Next?

Model Citizen

Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Danny Choo's Smart Doll and how it was made. A fascinating story, an intriguing product and a highly personal post from the creator. I'm not sure what to make of this whole thing except to say it's probably going to be a huge hit, at $560 each.

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.

July Guest Carly Oishi

I, Carly

Carly Oishi (cao) is the Chicago-based co-producer of Miss Spoken, a blog and monthly live lit show. She has performed at The Paper Machete, Write Club and Guts & Glory, and she has contributed to Thought Catalog, Rebellious Magazine, and as the "Wise Woman of the Week" on WBEZ's sister station, Vocalo. Carly is also a singer/songwriter for the duo Jon & Carly, who have been making and performing music for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter at @carlyo and for the month of July, right here as our official 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

C-Clamps and other letters too. jc-today

Geometrie #1 by Paolo Pettigiani dw-today

"The Portuguese man-of-war is infamous for its painful sting, but one photograph finds the beauty inside this animal's dangerous embrace." dw-today

2014: A Facebook Odyssey. ms-today

From FastCo, Your Design Team Needs a War Room. Good read, but if we lose the foosball table BB and I are outta here! mcj-today

"By using the view from his house as a backdrop for these miniature works, he created little urban art pieces in privacy of his living room." Pejac's silhouettes. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-today

Monoscope. Just because. jc-today

Alex North's unused music score for 2001 A Space Odyssey. jc-today

Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together. ms-08.31

Marvin Gaye, "Grapevine" vocal, isolated. Via Meredith Frost. jc-08.29

"I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar--that's wonderful." —Raymond Chandler from The Long Goodbye. jc-08.29

Fab, How to Make Old Kentucky Famed Drinks. ms-08.29

Trey Wright's pop serenade to the almighty zipper. dw-08.29

Ikea b4-XVI, tips and tricks to redecorate your house, all from before 1650. ms-08.29

Trailer for the documentary I Am Eleven. ms-08.29

So you know, how to eat sushi. dw-08.29

Chicago by Boat. ms-08.29

Some pics from the Mount Tavurvur eruption in Papua New Guinea. jc-08.29

Vashi Nedomansky has assembled data from various film categories in which he calculates the Average Shot Length. jc-08.29

Infinite Jest in LEGO. ms-08.29

Happy 97th birthday to Jack Kirby. Enjoy a load of his double-page spreads. Via John Hodgman. jc-08.29

Thank you GE, for making me cry on a Thursday afternoon. ms-08.28

There and Back Again, a short film about illustrator John Howe. jc-08.28

Bookmarked in record time, 70s Sci-Fi Art is full of great stuff like this cover for Sea-Horse in the Sky. Thanks Andrew. jc-08.28

A forest made from washi paper. dw-08.28

There are days when parking on the city streets makes me wish I drove something like this. ms-08.28

The Star Wars George Lucas doesn't want you to see. ms-08.28

Postcards from Stockholm. dw-08.28

A collection of films made during the annual 48-Hour Film Fest by residents of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. sd-08.28

Ikea Catalog Covers from 1951- 2014. Via Present & Correct. jc-08.28

An interview with Angus Wall, Creative Director behind the "Game of Thrones" title sequences. Via Kottke. jc-08.28

Posters from the Spanish Civil War. jc-08.28

Paper Dresses and Psychedelic Catsuits, vintage airline fashions from Collectors Weekly. See also, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess & Flight Attendant Uniform Collection. jc-08.28

For the MoOM, the Large Letter Postcard Gallery. Thanks to Links Modernos. jc-08.28

Renderings of old dead baseball parks, including the two from Chicago history - West Side Grounds and South Side Park. There Used To Be A Ballpark, by Jeff Suntala. Sweet. jc-08.28

Tomatina 2014. ms-08.28

"On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle-- a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun's corona shimmers in the darkened sky. This is your guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event. ms-08.28

Kubrick, an art show tribute featuring work by over 60 different artists. Via Laughing Squid. dw-08.27

Ocean Beach by photographer Douglas Ljunkvist. Via iGNANT. dw-08.27

"Chicago is a city of bridges but, more importantly for that one weekend day in April 2011, Chicago is a city of movable bridges. Every spring, a few times a week, twenty-seven bridges open in sequence to allow the boats to get to the lake. . . and every fall that sequence is reversed. Via Gapers Block. ms-08.27


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