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Privacy and The Deck


We're Fine with Knowing Nothing, our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

Appalachian Autumn

Oh, Shenandoah

Introducing The Shenandoah Edition, our 28th limited seasonal release for the Fall of 2015. Available in 3-Packs and by 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. The image above is via Kubrick is God.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

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.

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.

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."

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..

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

"Hey, I wonder what that painting is in the background of that movie I'm watching?" Fortunately, for this very question, there's Paintings in Movies. Via bblinks. sd-today

So great, First and Final Frames Part I and Part II ms-today

"Human beings are 'meaning-making machines' and their survival is dependent on building meaning from what they can see to tell a story." A great, lengthy interview with Eddie Hamilton, editor of, most recently, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Worth it just to see the screen grabs of his timelines. sd-today

View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining. A 30-minute documentary, directed by Gary Leva, that was originally produced for the Special Edition DVD of The Shining. jc-today

Edited a little over-dramatically, but DP Mark Toia's behind the scenes video makes shooting car commercials look like just about the most fun thing ever. Or at least, a job where you get to play with the most toys. sd-today

A Blue Blood Moon. ms-today

"Just imagine how Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson would leave a family he just saved from an earthquake. A firm but platonic hug. Strong eye contact. A tender but final good-bye." So you know, How to Get Out of Any Party Conversation, by Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz. jc-today

"I document letters and signage wherever I go, and I've increasingly found that the more mundane the subject matter, the more interesting things there are to find." Stephen ONeill (Typechap) on the beauty of decaying typographic signage. jc-today

The illustration portfolio of Nicolas Dehghani, from Paris. jc-today

Chromjuwelen. "Life is too short for ugly cars." Amen. jc-today

Sad Topographies, via This Isn't Happiness. jc-today

Roland Boutique, pint-sized versions of classic synths. Cool. jc-yesterday

From 1972, a video presentation by Alan Kay, Computer Applications: A Dynamic Medium for Creative Thought. jc-yesterday

Our very own BB shares his music knowledge on Steve Gadlin's Star Makers. dw-yesterday

Much better than the real Star Wars: Laser Moon Awakens bb-yesterday

See you in a few hours, I'll be over at the Project Apollo Archive. ms-yesterday

There Are Rules in My Bar — Yes, Even You, Who Called Yourself the Angel of Death, by Rosie Schaap, who is the bomb. jc-10.03

Do you know what tonight is? It's Friday Night! mcj-10.02

"It's raining old women with clubs" and 14 other idioms that describe heavy rain in different languages. dw-10.02

So you know, how the simplest ideas lead to scientific discoveries, Adam Savage style. jc-10.02

Final Spectre trailer. Fab. jc-10.02

1800 Tequila's artist series bottles featuring the artwork of Keith Haring. dw-10.02

The man who makes me swoon visits the Balvenie Distillery in Scotland. ms-10.02

I missed the Slivovitz Festival this year but my aunt went, and she assures me a good time was had by all. bb-10.02

Pelican Shakespeare Series covers by Manuja Waldia. Wow. Othello! jc-10.02

"Don't bring your Adidas tracksuit. You will only use it for three nights and then leave it in a bear-box because backpacking is not about being stylish, it is about getting to wherever the mules took your wine as quickly as possible." How to stay drunk on a dangerous camping trip. dw-10.02

"Chicago is the city America built when it turned away from Europe and asked itself what it really wanted to be." Thomas Dyja on the razing of The Mecca and the building of S.R. Crown Hall, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. jc-10.02

"Jack is drunk. And something he ate or drank stained his mouth blue. So when he attempts to make a point about justice, it's hard to take him seriously." Game Day in Madison, from The Cap Times. jc-10.01

Nice patterns and illustrations by Kiki Petiford. dw-10.01

Keyboard Smörgåsbord. Eli Schiff goes deep on the Shift Key on iPhones. Smart. jc-10.01

"At first, I suspected the Valencia filter, with its yellow gleam, might perfectly complement Oliver's adorable ruddiness. But then I thought, You know what? No filter. And this, in fact, became the crown jewel on the top of my caption." The Tell-Tale 'Gram, by Brent Katz and Sarah Beller. jc-10.01

Peeple is the "Yelp for people" app your mother warned you about. dw-10.01

Trade Marks & Symbols: Volume 1 Alphabetical Designs, by Yasaburo Kuwayama. Fantastic resource. Via Neil A. Stevens. jc-10.01

Chicago Tribune vintage photos from the subterranean vault. @vintagetribune. dw-09.30

A case study on Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. dw-09.30

Evolution of a Software Engineer. Yup. Via Kottke. jc-09.30

Color Hunt. dw-09.30

"Yay, now you have your cute little machine-printed souvenir — and the installation has your picture, fingerprint, and demographic data, which it reminds you by emailing all the data given up by another visitor to the installation." Sensible Data. dw-09.30

"It was supposed to be a quiet meeting of regional clubs at a local Waco breastaurant. Instead, nine men were killed, 20 were wounded, and 177 wound up in jail. Was it a turf war gone mad? Or a botched police response? Nathaniel Penn reports on how the bloodiest day in biker history went down." ms-09.30

Local Color, cool chart on the historical origins of particular shades. jc-09.30

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