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Saturday Edition

Like those montages they run at the end of the NCAA tourney,
but our Layer Tennis recap has much better music.

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A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Live Layer Tennis

Dead To Me

Friday we hosted a live Halloween Layer Tennis match featuring Matt Stevens and Shawna X with Ben Greenman doing the play-by-play, plus a special Qualifying Match with Nick Evans facing our own Matt Jorgensen. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Fall Release


A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

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.

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.

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

Today's Main Event, Shawna X vs. Matt Stevens live in a Halloween-flavored Layer Tennis match. It's on, and as always, it's presented by our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-yesterday

Scary clowns are terrorizing France. dw-yesterday

On Sunday Nik Wallenda will cross the Chicago River on a tightrope 50 stories up. Then he'll do it all over again with a blindfold. dw-yesterday

Related to the last: some behind the scenes from A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence. This one, capturing the building of a beach scene in a small studio, is fantastic. sd-yesterday

The trailer for the final part of the "human being" trilogy by CP hero, Roy Andersson: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence. Looks fantastic. Can't wait. sd-yesterday

Local note for Toronto, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition is at the Tiff Bell Lightbox until the end of January. Highly, highly recommended. jc-yesterday

"In response to the e-mail we all received from Maddie's parents, in which they shared their decision to raise their daughter dogma-free, yes, there will be an altar, but please be assured that the Day of the Dead is a pagan celebration of life and has nothing to do with God. Keep those photos coming!" My daughters read this aloud last night (one had to take over because the first one couldn't stop laughing). A classic for Halloween, Dear Mountain Room Parents, by Maria Semple. jc-yesterday

Milky Way Over Devils Tower. ms-yesterday

So you know, the History of the Chapter. ms-yesterday

First Bite. ms-10.30

Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake. Nuff said. ms-10.30

Photographer Gray Malin went to Antarctica with beach balls and umbrellas. dw-10.30

Been waiting on this one, the Ex Machina trailer looks great. jc-10.30

So fun, from Honda, press and hold the "R" key to watch the "Other Side" of the film. Clever. jc-10.30

Souvenir magnets for places you'll never visit. dw-10.30

Local note, our co-conspirator in Field Notes Brand, Aaron James Draplin is speaking at Columbia College this evening. Open to the public. jc-10.30

Jonny Weeks chatted with several of the photographers who have known and shot Muhammad Ali including Neil Leifer, Carl Fischer and Thomas Hoepker. Ali, through the lens. jc-10.30

Relink from a few years ago because I love it and it's perfect for Halloween, author Neil Gaiman reads his Newberry medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book in its entirety. So great. ms-10.30

So you know, The History of Horror. ms-10.30

Beautiful and perfect illustrations for reissues of John Le Carre's back catalog for The Folio Society, by Tim Laing. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-10.30

"And with only a handful of tools, you and your family can easily enjoy the thrill of pumpkin carving right at home. The following tutorial will provide you with step-by-step instructions down the leafy path toward a fun fall experience." ms-10.30

"...my early experiences experimenting with and exploring the world of paste up, photostats, Zip-a-tone, and Letraset." The Romance of Offset, a presentation from TypeCon2014 by Mark Simonson. jc-10.29

The Many Lives of Darth Vader. Busy guy. ms-10.29

Music vid of the moment, Broken Bells After the Disco. ms-10.29

Illustrations by Julian House for Penguin Modern Classics' Cut-Up Trilogy by William Burroughs. Very fine. jc-10.29

Sushi is the universe. dw-10.29

"It isn't every day that a street criminal- a high-school dropout with two felony convictions- is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical." ms-10.29

In 1787 on this date, Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted in Prague at the Teatro di Praga. In honor, here is a hi def clip of Don buying the farm. ms-10.29

Ghost Stories from the absolutely wonderful podcast Love + Radio. mcj-10.29

So you know, Sweden has it's own font. Come on, USA, let's claim Futura before someone else does first. ms-10.29

"I knew it was a ghost when I saw it." jc-10.29

Propublica and NPR investigated the Red Cross response to Hurricane Issac and SuperStorm Sandy, what they found is very disappointing. Long read of the day and well worth your time. ms-10.29

Branding and identity for the Fort Point Beer Company by Manual in San Francisco. jc-10.29

The ISS Commercial Resupply Services Mission Antares rocket exploded on liftoff yesterday. Yipes. jc-10.29

"Besides edibility and orangeness the biggest appeal of carrot dipped in ink is its ephemerality." jc-10.29

"These photographs were taken on one of these occasions, possibly in 1858. All the men-- at this time in their 70s and 80s -- are wearing the Saint Helena medals, issued in August 1857 to all veterans of the wars of the revolution and the empire. These are the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armee and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia." Via MeFi. ms-10.29

Steve Carrell completely freaks me out in the full, theatrical trailer for the film Foxcatcher. Bye-bye Dunder Mifflin. ms-10.28

Trailer for the film Big Eyes. ms-10.28

Panda Daily Inspiration and News for Designers and Hackers. Nicely done. jc-10.28

"Hello, I am OSHbot. What are you looking for today?" dw-10.28

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