What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Our Field Notes Quarterly Editions aren't necessarily tied thematically to the season in which they're released, but every few years we feel compelled to head back into the woods for Autumn. This year we present the "Autumn Trilogy" Edition.It seems perfectly simple, but the subtly debossed leaves and embossed logo are the result of a very complicated process.
Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
Since the early days of Field Notes we have been searching for just the right way create an edition celebrating America's National Parks. When we saw the work of the artists of The Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series, we knew exactly what to do. We are proud to present The "National Parks" Series this and invite you to check out three 3-Packs and 52 million acres of American treasure. We're donating five percent of retail and wholesale purchases to the National Parks Service.
Check this film for a one-day Field Notes special Valentine's Day promotion. The offer is over, but the sentiment
keeps going endures.
Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.
We've long-admired the dynamism of a mural that is hangs on the north side of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on Ashland Avenue. Once we renovated and moved into our new studio space, we decided to track down who was responsible, with the idea of doing something similar for our main work space. The artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Kent Smith, were up for the idea, and also for us filming them painting the 12' x 8', 3-panel artwork. Thanks a million to them.
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.
The 41st design in our series of Field Notes Quarterly Editions has a sleek, mysterious look, fitting for an edition all about secret codes and ciphers. It features a three-part history of cryptography, and the 3-Packs themselves are puzzles, very difficult puzzles, to be solved. This is the Clandestine Edition.
Our studio on North Racine Avenue in Chicago was selected as one of the "Coolest Offices" in the city. Thanks to Crain's for that. And thanks also to Sarah Crowley for taking the photos, our contractor and furniture-maker, Peter Moorman, and to Phillip Schmidt for his advice and architectural expertise. Come by and see it yourself. Bring money.
Ten years ago we started Field Notes. Here's some background. Aaron talking about where the original idea came from and the history of American agricultural design. Jim on the mechanics of moving from working for clients to inventing one. Whet Moser's recent piece for Chicago Magazine and how we got here.
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.
What color is your name? Thanks Marshall.
Trailer for the film The Truth.
"Hi comma So-and-So period"
"The policeman isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder." The Chicago Political Quote Hall of Fame, by Edward McClelland.
Oscar nominations came out today. In the words of actress Issa Rae, congratulations to those men.
Well, that's one way to do it.
"When Wilson Bentley died in 1931, his hometown newspaper eulogized him thus: 'Longfellow said that genius is infinite painstaking. John Ruskin declared that genius is only a superior power of seeing. Wilson Bentley was a living example of this type of genius.'"Snow Crystals, Wilson Bentley.
Do not start this if you have anything to get done in the next little while. IsoCity.
The Troubadours of Drink. Thanks Kevin!
Belmont Hall Court.
Quadrantids over the Great Wall.
"Klein's paintings are in the world's best modern and contemporary art museums, and sell for six and seven digits on the open market. Below, we've included a few of his best, most expensive, and easiest to recreate works alongside some calculating to figure out how much it would cost to make them. how much it would cost to make them."
Trailer for the film Hala .
David Hudson on the most anticipated films of 2020. Quite a list.
Movie Images of the Decade from Mubi. Great feature.
I Love the 20s.
Jason has collected lists of The Year in Photos 2019.
"I have a special mat you can use for it that's woven from human hair sourced from the tribes of the South Pacific. Best snow-wiping hair ever designed, by God. Once you've cleaned up, I have a splendid repast of beggar's purses and dolloped lobster turnovers awaiting you in the dining room. You may begin eating these haute goodies at 7:45 pm and no sooner. Please do not touch ANY of the decorations in the hallway as you proceed toward the food. My decorations are for admiring only. If you mar them in any way, I will grate off your genitals using a microplane. I am the Joneses. You cannot ever keep up with me."
On 17 December at Bonhams in New York, photographs from the collection of film-maker and collector Peter Fetterman will go up for sale.
Trailer for the documentary The Times of Bill Cunningham.
"In most time lapse videos you see of the night sky, the stars wheel through the sky as the heavens revolve around the Earth... What's actually happening is that our tiny little speck of dirt is twirling amid a galactic tapestry that is nearly stationary." The Earth Rotating Beneath a Stationary Milky Way.
Akzidenz-Grotesk and how it got that way. By Dan Reynolds.
The Neighbors' Window
"In a tortilla made by the boy's abuela he watched her, with her armfat and canvas apron, cast frijoles negros upon flecks of cilantro like ash fallen silently on a bed of rice, tiny bones chalkwhite against an avocado ranchero sauce creamy in the light of the coals like the obsidian-flecked desert where God has forsaken all life. Outside a pale starving gallena quickens a lizard to its last writhing gasps. Evening creeps in, a single lobo cries out across the mesa as the sun dips bloodred below the thin black spine of the mountain where death will come again many times in the dusty clockless hours before twilight."
Moon and Planets at Twilight.
Stormtroopers, and how they got that way.
"I am a sinister surprise masquerading as an average parking lot. Little do you know that each of my parking spots is precisely three inches longer and two inches narrower than the average parking spot. The designers say it is to save money and be economically friendly, but I know the truth: my only goal is to f*ck you up."
It's Thanksgiving! You can't hide from Frozen II, but you can make sure that your nieces and nephews never mention it around you again.
I'm not a huge end-of-year list person but this one is a good one, the 78 Best Book Covers of 2019.
Christian rock band Prodigal hid Commodore 64 BASIC code in the runout groove of their 1984 LP.
It's your choice if you want to bring it up at your Thanksgiving table but in case someone else does, here is a ton of information to help you: How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic.
Milky Way over Uruguayan Lighthouse.
Trailer for the documentary Citizen K .
D&D vs ITC: TSR & WotC Font FAQ
The world's largest Starbucks Roastery opens this week in our hometown, here is a sneak peek.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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