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New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. For example, the image above is from X-Ray Delta One's fabulous collection of scans on Flickr. 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.

New 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.

From the Archives

Stuff About SK

As you probably have noticed over the last ten 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 in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

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.

Faces Deserving of Props

The American Century

This is a new entry in our occasional series on type. The consistent beat of Century Schoolbook as it marches across the page is what makes it feel so sensible and familiar in both text and display situations. The vintage (but not old-timey) feel of it seems just about right for a new wave of popularity. Suggested pairing: Futura Std Book, all caps with extra letter-spacing. We used Century Schoolbook for A Drive into the Gap and here's what Bryan had to say in the end notes.

Century Schoolbook is one of 221 typefaces designed by American typography titan Morris Fuller Benton (1872-1948). Century Schoolbook is based on Benton's father Linn Boyd Benton's Century typeface, created for Century magazine in 1894. The younger Benton's version was created at the request of textbook publisher Ginn & Co., with the intent of improved legibility. Century and its variants were originally published by American Type Founders. Formed by a merger of 23 foundries in 1892, ATF quickly became the dominant force in American typography until the mid-20th-century, largely thanks to the Benton's typographical and technological innovations. Century is often cited as the first true typeface "family," a concept quickly embraced by type designers, foundries, and users.

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.

The Full Measure

The Weight

The Cold Horizon Edition is our latest Field Notes seasonal limited-edition, but, as demonstrated by this short film, it turns out there's more to a year-long Colors Subscription than the paper it's printed on.

Heads I Win Tails You Lose

Flipping Ridiculous

Before each of our live Layer Tennis matches, Bryan put on his referee get-up and Steve grabbed his camera and they created a short and silent film clip for the official coin-toss which determined the order of play. We did dozens and dozens of them.

For the uninitiated, Layer Tennis is a live competition in which two designers swap a file back and forth in real time, progressively adding layers and revising the artwork. Their "volleys" are posted live online while a third person provides smart and/or smart-alecky commentary. We hosted three seasons of the game and maybe we'll host another someday.

Search Different

Never Not Find What You’re Looking For Again

Think of it as the next generation of search that will change the way people find things on The Internet, E-Z-Fynd. Secret Himalayan headquarters included, plus Peppermints! From CP Labs, the folks that brought you The RinseCam 9000™, so you know it's good.

Notes Sponsorship

Been There, Done That

Follow along on the blog of Ben Saunders and The Scott Expedition, after 100+ days and 1800 miles, they have completed their trek from the South Pole. We're proud that our Field Notes Brand is a sponsor of The Scott Expedition and we're doubly proud of the guys perseverance and courage, and, of course, that our Expedition Editions went along for the trip.

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.

March Guest Robert McNees

It’s All Relative

Robert McNees (rmc) is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Loyola University. Before settling down in Chicago his research took him all over the world to exotic locations like Texas, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Ontario. He's the author of twenty-some-odd mostly readable papers about general relativity, cosmology, and string theory, and was recently named a KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. If you so much as make eye contact with him, he will assume you want to hear about black holes right now. He can be found on Twitter, or else holed up in his lakeside office of solitude, somewhere in the snowy wastes of Rogers Park.

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

Twenty-five years too late for BB, the KFC Chicken Corsage for prom. ms-today

Launch trailer for Hitman GO, a wonderfully odd looking iOS game. jc-today

23 things you didn't know about Ford Mustangs. ms-today

FotA and former Guest Editor, Mike Sacks, has just gotten a publication date for his follow up to And Here's the Kicker, his hit book about comedians and their writing process: Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers. sd-today

Trailer for Obvious Child. ms-today

"Bounty Hunters" Oil on Masonite, Satin Finish. Wooden Gold Frame. By Mats Gunnarsson. c. 2014. jc-today

Cameron Booth's massive new project, Highways of the United States of America. "It shows every single current and signed Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway in the contiguous 48 states" in a clear, simple style. Preordered! See also Cameron's fabulous Eisenhower Interstate System in the Style of H.C. Beck's London Underground Diagram. jc-today

Colorful illustrations by Lauren Rolwing. dw-today

Portlandia's Kickstarter Film Awards. sd-today

"A riddle. Children, what is this? A figure? No! It is the name 'Otta', the soap with the crayfish logo!" A quick history, along with some faded billboards and scanned ads, of Prague's Otta Soap. sd-today

Dig deep everyone, the Chicago Design Museum needs your monetary assistance. mcj-today

Pictures made with the first-generation SX-70 by Life photographer Co Rentmeester. See also Harry McCraken's seminal 2011 essay on the SX-70 and The Art and Science of the Nearly Impossible. Also this. jc-today

As of this morning, British Pathe has posted it's entire collection of 85,000 hi-res films to YouTube. Where to begin? How about 10 Tragedies Caught on Film or, on a lighter note, a 1966 Jet Pack demonstration. jc-today

Pointer Pointer. jc-today

The poster is just ok but the line-up looks great for Cannes 2014. Most anticipated, Map to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg and JLG's Adieu au Langage in 3D. Really. jc-today

From photographer Greg Briggs, his series Melbourne Cleaners. Via My Modern Met. ms-today

We linked and loved Andrew Kim's recent visual ode to The Walkman, so we spent some time in his archives and discovered he is collecting, and has an eye for, calculators. Sweet. jc-yesterday

It seemed like a good idea at the time. ms-yesterday

"But I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909 (see below). All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography." ms-yesterday

A-Z of Dance. dw-yesterday

Grantland celebrates the city of Detroit . ms-yesterday

Macro photos of insects by John Hallmen. Via The Fox Is Black. dw-yesterday

Authentic Chicago pothole products at The Pothole Store. dw-yesterday

Three pages from an ARPANET Information Brochure, 1978. A nice piece of web history. jc-yesterday

Vivarium A & B - 4 color screen print on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics. dw-yesterday

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in 1648. ms-yesterday

The Office Stare Machine. ms-yesterday

"You shopped at Sears. You wore Toughskins jeans. You paged through the Fall/Winter catalog, thumbing frayed edges onto the toy section. You mowed your grass with a Craftsman lawnmower, and ate hamburgers off a Kenmore grill. I know you shopped at Sears, because everyone shopped at Sears." Sears is dying. dw-yesterday

My fave lunar eclipse photo, from Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta BC, by Yuichi Takasaka. Via Observing Space. jc-yesterday

Meals from literature, photos of Fictitious Dishes, by Dinah Fried. jc-yesterday

Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today. Crazy. ms-yesterday

Cityscapes, impressionistic paintings by Jeremy Mann. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-yesterday

Steve Talkowski's March of Robots. "Each day I would quickly sketch a concept, then jump into Maya for an hour or two of modeling, then import in Keyshot3d for materials and final render." Via Laughing Squid. jc-yesterday

"Sweatpants are a non-verbal means of indicating that you would like your order to go." ms-04.15

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette from Nathan W. Pyle's new book. bb-04.15

"You will soon be awakened by a power deep within yourself-- a power that is sublime, karmic. Acupuncture may be the solution to what's holding you back from an ecstatic paradigm shift of complexity. Through reiki, our bodies are transformed into freedom." New-Age BullSh*t Generator. ms-04.15

New York Numbers. dw-04.15

Gorgeous restoration of a simple garage. Want badly. ms-04.15

Good news people, today, you too, can become a Glasshole! ms-04.15

First Mini Metro and now Super Planet Crash? There's no way any work is getting done today. dw-04.15

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