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Live Layer Tennis Season 4

A Space Oddity

Last week's live Layer Tennis match between James White and Brian Taylor was, literally, out of this world, and for only the second time in our history, ended in a draw. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. Tune in this Friday for Tobias Hall versus Eve Warren live at 2pm Chicago time.

Field Notes Fall Limited Edition


An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

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.

This Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

This is the sort of thing that Twitter is especially good for, but a washroom full of chalkboard walls works too. A while ago we hosted a quick contest called Booking Bands in which we asked people to combine the name of a book with the name of a band. We received thousands of entries, posted a ton of them and then randomly selected three and sent those people the book and a CD from the band that they mashed together. The process of coming up with funny or unexpected associations in this contest became a central part of a presentation that JC gave at SXSW.

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.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn


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

Photoshop is used for lots of silly things these days, so it's nice to see important, critical work in the field of Art History being done. jc-today

"Imagine the classic game Telephone, but using graphic design." Studio 360 on our Layer Tennis. Thanks for that. jc-today

For my Mom, who reads the ending of books first, In Defense of Spoilers. ms-today

"The 'face-scape' was created by Cuban-American urban artist Jorge Rodriquez-Gerarda for the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. 'It's not the face of America,' he says, 'it's one of the hundreds of millions of possible faces that America has. ms-today

The NY Times confirms what we have put into practice for years here at CP, Procrastination leads to creativity. ms-today

"It's part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker." Via MeFi. ms-today

A conversation with special effects supervisor Kevin Pike on shooting the opening sequence of Back to the Future. sd-yesterday

My brain just exploded. Martin Short's amazing Jiminy Glick character was based on a real person, Skip E. Lowe, who "used to interview people like Orson Welles, Bette Davis and Tony Curtis in school community centres using his own equipment." Amazing. sd-yesterday

Daily Non Sequitur on Instagram, by Spencer Charles. jc-yesterday

If you're going to watch one 2 minute-long commercial for pudding today, please make it this one. sd-yesterday

Stupidly cool promo for the new GoPro, which a) never really shows the product and b) proves that their editors have the easiest jobs in the world. sd-yesterday

"Just myself, the actor and our Chernobyl guide. We shot for three days, limited hours 10am - 4pm. Radiation levels were fine." Music vid for Fractures' It's Alright, shot in Pripyat, Chernobyl. sd-yesterday

Let's get some hamster wheel standing desks for the office. dw-yesterday

"There were 20 other people shot that night. But the dad waited, and so I did, too. A father saying good-bye to his dead son. It was a tiny little city tale, and I watched it f*cking happen." ms-yesterday

So cute, Robot Recipes. ms-yesterday

Amazing drone footage of the Kong Kong protests. Via TMN. ms-yesterday

Glowboarders. jc-09.30

Nice illustrations by Ray Oranges. dw-09.30

In honor of the bastardization renovation that is starting this week, let's remember Weeghman Park and Wrigley Field with sweet prints from Jeff Suntala's There Used To Be A Ballpark series. jc-09.30

There's plenty of Chicago love for Bowie lately, but none greater than this 2003 Sea and Cake cover. bb-09.30

Print your own t-shirt in an old ice cream van in Paris. dw-09.30

Eyes of Hitchcock. Via Laughing Squid. dw-09.30

"Sometimes one bar leads to the next, and even maybe to a third, in a great chain of pints and tumblers of whiskey, a chain of the people who drink them, and of the stories they tell, until you arrive at the one where you're supposed to be." An early FDL this week, Rosie Schaap's favorite bar. Fab. jc-09.30

"I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full of subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that. ms-09.30

Film the Blanks, by John Taylor. "A design experiment that abstracts existing film posters by reducing them to their core elements." jc-09.30

Robert Böesch's spectacular mountaineering photos, and how they were made. Via Mefi. jc-09.30

You Are Listening To. Choose locations and feeds. Hypnotic. Via Things Magazine. jc-09.30

Where I'm from: Architecture students from Rwanda present works inspired by George Ella Lyon's poem "Where I'm From". jq-09.30

hiConsumption puts together a list of 29 of the world's most famous streets. ms-09.30

This is making me hungry right now: Back in 2000, artists Studio Orta provided lunch for the entire population of Dieuze, a small agricultural town in the north east of France. One of their many iterations of 70 x 7 The Meal. jq-09.30

"This is a collection of aerial footage which my dad shot in the late 1980's which I recently had re-scanned at 2K resolution. I then edited and color corrected this little piece just for fun. ms-09.30

Great trailer for the Paul Thomas Anderson film adaption of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. ms-09.30

J. Crew's Madewell brand and how it got that way. Hint: it has nothing to do with 1937. Via TMN. jc-09.29

Hippo Po'Thames is cruising around London. dw-09.29

Holy cow. Mars Orbiter Mission delivers on promise of global views of Mars. Thanks Andrew! ms-09.29

"When I was a child I was told that clouds' shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children. On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and I started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations where I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me." dw-09.29

"In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Coen brothers' debut, Blood Simple, I'm re-watching their 16 feature films and attempting to jot down observations on one per day, in order of their release." —Christopher Orr. jc-09.29

Tons of great images and stories about fading painted signs can be found on Ghostsigns. jc-09.29

"The Golden Era print honors the kings and queens of hip-hop who propelled the genre from humble beginnings in the block parties in New York to the global phenomenon we see today." dw-09.29

Related to the last, Leaders is awesome. jc-09.29

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