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There Goes Our Fridays

It’s Back

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, and kicking things off with a doubleheader of "friendlies" a week from Friday. Sign up here and then take a couple minutes to revisit these highlight films from Seasons Two and Three to get in the mood for the old back-and-forth.

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.

From Field Notes Brand

Cherry, Baby

We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd Field Notes seasonal release is made of wood. The Shelterwood Edition features covers made from American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability.

Reading Assignment

I Had Him for Shakespeare

The Old Man and the River. Pete Dexter's exquisite profile of Norman Maclean from Esquire in 1981. Maybe the best thing ever written about CP hero Maclean, it makes you want to go back and read A River Runs Through It for the 20th time and, especially Young Men and Fire. They aren't making magazine pieces like this any more.

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

"A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching." Marilyn Myller. dw-yesterday

#catchingcorners dw-yesterday

Trailer for the documentary The Great Hip Hop Hoax, about a Scottish duo who wasn't having much luck until they started pretending to be American. sd-yesterday

Director Peter Atencio has found a link he will never click on. sd-yesterday

"Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut! Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut!" sd-yesterday

"Dating theory and Mom suggest that I will meet many other awesome women as I grow older and that I should therefore not stress this Samantha thing too hard, since there are likely 'other Samanthas' out there for me. But is the conclusion of this theoretical framework really just a total lie meant to dupe me into a lonely death?" ms-yesterday

Sun Noodle, making ramen more than a cup o' noodles in the United States. cao-07.29

The Lotus Building in Wujin, China. dw-07.29

Reddit 101. dw-07.29

A Comic-Con cosplay round-up. dw-07.29

Church of Type ms-07.29

Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Full screen/volume is best. ms-07.29

Sound Transit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography. On this site, you can plan a sonic journey through various locations recorded around the world, or you can search the database for specific sounds by different artists from certain places. Via Morning Edition ms-07.29

A Sky Portal on New Zealand. ms-07.29

"I built a giant spirograph - 8 feet in diameter." dw-07.28

Nature and Noise by Anna Marinenko. dw-07.28

Cars. Explosions. Post-apocolyptic waterless desert. The only thing it seems to be missing is Master Blaster (though a robot-armed Charlize Theron is a nice touch). Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. mcj-07.28

The Jaunt follows illustrator David Shillinglaw to Denmark. dw-07.28

Print Isn't Dead, a showcase of outstanding illustration and design work demonstrating and pushing the boundaries of print in all forms. dw-07.28

For MS. There is no better summation of how absurd "marketing speak" is than Weird Al's video for Mission Statement. mcj-07.28

Wonderful, Grandpa's Photos. Via Waxy. ms-07.28

A Film About Coffee. dw-07.25

French photographer Thomas Rousset and graphic designer Raphaël Verona took a trip to Bolivia to encounter a magical world of doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men. Waska Tatay dw-07.25

So you know, cell phone etiquette around the world. ms-07.25

I'm generally not a tattoo person, but I've finally found the tattoo I would consider getting: Bob Ross, Firing Machine Guns, Atop a Giraffe. Via Cracked. sd-07.25

It's the end of an era with the death of Bill Thompson, from the beloved Wallace and Ladmo. It's sure to have been a week of mourning in Arizona. sd-07.25

Fastco takes a look at the premier menswear fashion trade show Capsule . Our Field Notes notebooks were one of the 45 brands at that first show and we've been at every show since then. Nice job Capsule peeps! ms-07.25

Take the quiz and find out if you can identify these movie space ships. ms-07.25

Related, Canada wants you to stay safe at work. ms-07.24

We got to talking about safety videos and this came up. Dumb Ways to Die. mcj-07.24

Intricate pen drawings by Olivia Knapp. dw-07.24

It's inconceivable that we never posted this before, but just in case: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames. (Thx HP) bb-07.24

Plants in space. dw-07.24

Trailer for Space Station 76. dw-07.24

The security line at LaGuardia yesterday seems laughable compared to this. ms-07.24

Cave with Aurora Skylight. ms-07.24

Lost Scenes from Generic Hipster Indie Romance Films Found in 2076 During a Museum Restoration of an Old Macbook Air and Subsequently Adapted for the Stage During Heritage Week at a Camp for 7th and 8th Graders Later That Summer. ms-07.24

"It's difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?" Commissions for Utopia. dw-07.23

Jonah Ray's assessment of Sublime. His point couldn't be better made, even if it's shooting fish in a barrel. bb-07.23

Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm. dw-07.23


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