What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
Thanks for visiting. If browsing around here while at work has had a negative effect on your productivity we're sorry but imagine what it's done to ours. [Hide]
This is our studio site. Among lots of other things, we run Field Notes Brand,
go there right now and spend lots of money. Thanks.
Our Quarterly Field Notes release for the Spring of 2020 is the "Vignette" Edition. The Graph Paper Memo Books in these 3-Packs feature a clever die-cut pocket that allows you to include your own image as an integrated part of the cover design. We've noticed how people customize their Field Notes covers with a sticker, title, sketch, or stamp, so the "Vignette" Edition makes that sort of personalization quick and easy, resulting in a very slick finished product.
Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lots of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.
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.
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.
I am in love.
Escape the real world, and take a little trip to Poolside FM.
Since actual travel has basically come to a halt, take virtual world tour with live webcams of famous places around the world.
"We're waiting on specs for the San Francisco installation. Can you parallel-path two versions?" Garbage Language, by Molly Young.
Planet Earth at Twilight.
Living In A Ghost Town from the Stones. "If I want to party, it's a party of one." Right on.
"...we often forget that Planet of the Apes is based on a novel, and The Folio Society's new edition of that novel is filled with beautiful illustrations, which portray the planet of the apes in a whole new way."
What Are Pin Marks? "A 'pin mark' is a distinctive, usually circular, depression which appears on the side of some (but not all) metal printing types."
Dreaming of self-isolating here at the Home Farm Cottage.
"I've always had an obsession with straight lines and perspectives." Bucharest's crumbling modernist heritage.
Here's a little paper model of my jukebox you can build to stave off boredom, and a playlist to listen to while you build it.
Gardens You Can Virtually Tour Right Now.
OMG. 11,700 photos from John Margolies' Archive of Americana Architecture. Download, Use & Re-Mix.
Dress David Rose
Pic du Midi Panorama
Since we are all washing our hands all the time now, find a song that works for you,Wash Your Lyrics.
How to program a computer, before there were computers, or programs: The Computer-free Automation of a Jukebox.
The History of the URL.
James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, spell-checked. Thanks Paul L.
Mars occult, by Andrew McCarthy.
A deep dive into something very dumb: discovering the original 3D model for the Dancing Baby meme and converting it for modern use.
"The recent developments at Google have thrown that egalitarian story into doubt, showing that even in the most rarefied corners of Silicon Valley, the bosses are willing to close ranks and shut down debate when the stakes are high enough. The fate of these activists, meanwhile, forces America's white-collar professionals to grapple with an uncomfortable thought: If the nation's most sought-after workers can't stop their employer from behaving in ways that they deplore, where does that leave the rest of us?"
Trailer for Wes Anderson's newest, The French Dispatch.
RIP Barbara Remington. I studied her most famous work endlessly.
I did take English Saddle riding lessons growing up so think this place is perfect for me.
Printing Money. Depressing.
DIY Chicago Transit Authority schedule kiosk instructions. We might need to make one for the studio!
Af if we all don't have enough to worry about: The Vinyl Pause of 2020, a FAQ in progress.
Solar Eclipse over the UAE.
Trailer for the documentary The Booksellers.
Horde, an animated action motorcycle short by Brvtvs Collective.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
One of the most popular parts of our site is The Museum of online Museums (MoOM) which is updated quarterly. Please consider joining the MoOM Board of Directors. A subscription comes with a handsome coffee mug but none of the snootiness so often associated with the patronage of old-school cultural institutions.
Unnikrishna Menon Damodaran
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
Barbara Ann Kipfer
Supporting the MoOM requires a simple annual non-tax-free contribution of $75. In exchange for your generosity, you'll receive one sweet, tall coffee mug and a permanent listing and link as a member of the Board of Directors. Thank you in advance for your consideration.