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Poster Art & Propoganda

Check our archive category that features posters, book covers, print ads and all manner of promotional print material including Tim Stinchcombe's old brochures and posters. Above is a detail from a fabulous 1973 poster for the ARP 2500 synthesizer.

Keeping It Close to Home

The Memo Book That Works

Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.

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.

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.

Hoping for Snow

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

Privacy and The Deck

We’re Fine with Knowing Nothing

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

Blue in the Sun


Our Field Notes limited release for winter, The Snow Blind Edition, is coated with photochromic ink that changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. Indoors, they're white, outdoors they're blue! Available in 3-Packs and as part of a year-long Seasonal Subscription now.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

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 series of posters with typographical jokes to humor fellow designers. dw-today

"Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire." The Carrington Event of September 1, 1859. sd-today

Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kites. dw-today

BB and I hit the ground running the morning, getting ourselves into a link wormhole about Hands Across America. Here's a story from one year after the event. And then 25 years. And The Ramones' Something to Believe In. sd-today

The Internet Archive's collection of curated Windows 3.x software, meant to show the range of software products available for the 3.x Operating System in the early 1990s. dw-today

Tiny Animals Dressed as Safari Animals. Exactly as advertised. ms-today

Craig Mod test drives The Leica Q for six months of travel. A comprehensive, and glowing, review, plus don't miss his "intermissions." jc-today

Gravity's just a habit. OK Go's new zero gravity video. eg-today

Various Esso NHL Pocket Schedules from the '60s. jc-today

Hitch on cutting. jc-today

Oh, Moscow. jc-yesterday

The Coen Brothers have made 3 diptychs from their last 6 films. Or so says The AV Club, and honestly it's a fairly solid case. mcj-yesterday

"Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future." ms-yesterday

Celebrating what would have been 50 Years of California Golden Seals Hockey. jc-yesterday

The transit map hall of shame. dw-yesterday

Yes, I can see myself living here. Just don't see the money to do so in my bank account. ms-yesterday

Bye, see you in a few hours, 932 WPA posters from the online catalog of the Library of Congress. Tons of treasures. jc-yesterday

Illustrator Roman Papsuev draws traditional Russian folk heroes in a modern fantasy style, and they're just fantastic. jc-yesterday

So you know, elastic spheres can walk on water. jc-yesterday

Hey baby, u awakened my force. ms-yesterday

Happy Birthday Ms. Price. Fuzzy video but that voice! ms-yesterday

30 year, 16 films. Great little tribute to the Coen Brothers, Coens | 30. ms-yesterday

Drop-dead gorgeous video of surfing in Tahiti. Do yourself a favor and watch it at full screen with volume up. ms-yesterday

The Art Socks photo series by Kate Brien. dw-02.09

So you know, how the virtual first-down line works. jc-02.09

Fantastic selections from Mind the Map a book about "Charting the Uncharted and Mapping the Familiar," available from Gestalten. jc-02.09

Ernest Hemingway satirized Sherwood Anderson to get a publishing contract cancelled on this day in 1926. jc-02.09

Oh jeez, I think I'm going to hurl. My palms are actually sweating just watching this. ms-02.09

Due to the overwhelming success of Cone Sleeping, a new product for babies has been launched: Bucket Bed. sd-02.09

Our pal Kelli wrote a book that is a camera. Cha-ching. jc-02.09

A map showing how many calories you'd burn walking between subway stops in New York. dw-02.09

"Her name is Elsbeth but I call her elsbitch" "This is going well already." Ben Rosen's little sister taught him how to Snapchat. jc-02.09

"In the morning of Shrove Tuesday the whole kingdom is quiet, but by the time the clock strikes eleven, there is a Bell rung, call'd The Pancake Bell, the sound whereof makes thousands of people distracted, and forgetful either of manners or humanities." Via Mefi. jc-02.09

Travel posters for NASA, by Invisible Creature. jc-02.09

"...make it work as an app icon, and worry about everything else after." DesignStudio rebrands Premier League. jc-02.09

Trailer for the film The Lobster. ms-02.08

The man who makes me swoon takes a look at Arion Press. ms-02.08

Related to the last, best use of an Iron Butterfly song ever. ms-02.08

Buzzfeed takes a look at 44 of the most breathtaking shots in Michael Mann movies. Included are a bunch from one of my all-time favorite movies, Manhunter. ms-02.08

Light Pillars over Alaska. ms-02.08

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