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Appalachian Autumn

Introducing The Shenandoah Edition, our 28th limited seasonal release for the Fall of 2015. Available in 3-Packs and by subscription now.

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.

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. The image above is via Kubrick is God.

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.

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.

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books has concluded. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Brand Books

Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

We're Going On an Adventure

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.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

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

"He identifies 2,985 synonyms for 'drunk.' A few favorites: 'staying late at the office.' 'heroic,' 'T.U.B.B.' ('tits up but breathing'), 'back teeth afloat,' 'been too free with Sir John Strawberry' and 'Betty Ford-ed." ms-yesterday

Trailer for A Faster Horse, Ford Mustang doc by David Gelb. jc-yesterday

"How long since your last confession my son?" "27 Hours." Trailer for Hail, Caesar! from the Coen Brothers. Oh boy. jc-yesterday

Trailer for the documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue . ms-yesterday

For MS, Agent Sculder and Agent Mully minifigs. dw-yesterday

Interesting read on what our city might be like if the Great Chicago Fire never happened. dw-yesterday

Blip, blob, ding, zing, boing. Adi Robertson goes long on sound design and audio branding. Great piece to read and hear. jc-yesterday

A MoOM classic, the Interface: People, Machines, Design, an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney that examines how design has been applied to information technology products. I. II. III. jc-yesterday

Quick, take a screenshot. jc-yesterday

"Our orange fox is big with the different festivals, it's been a perennial seller. We have the faux fur lion costume this year that's doing great. So all our furry animal costumes. The basics do well too, like sexy cop -- we have a sexy SWAT team that just flies off the shelf because girls go as like a SWAT team." Sexy Halloween Costumes. jc-yesterday

Good Lord, I am either going to pass out or puke. ms-10.08

The Not-So Bright One. Sam Stecklow on the demise of the The Chicago Sun-Times. Sad story. Sadder product. Just shoot it and put it out of its misery. jc-10.08

In honor of National Poetry Day today, check out our Verse By Voice. ms-10.08

Daily UI elements for 100 days straight. dw-10.08

Just a few of the jaw-dropping entries for the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Wow. ms-10.08

The Spindle, Windamajig, Pinto Pelt, and floating McDonalds. Sadly Berwyn's Cermak Plaza is not nearly as interesting these days. bb-10.08

Linkbait headline aside, here's a solid interview with the perpetually underrated Redd Kross. bb-10.08

Reasons why Ali Garfinkel's printer never works. jc-10.08

Eddie Shannon's Film on Paper, great poster resource. I. II. III. jc-10.08

New trailer for the next episode of Sherlock. ms-10.07

Terrific sports photography by Marcus Eriksson. jc-10.07

A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products (PDF) bb-10.07

The 'Wellcome' Photographic Exposure Calculator - Handbook and Diary 1939. Fantastic notebook/wallet. An inspiration perhaps... jc-10.07

In Through the Out Door, Codex 99 on Hipgnosis and the 1970s Album Cover. jc-10.07

Well, it's been real. ms-10.07

A lunch menu from the Titanic just sold for $88,000. Now I'm hungry. ms-10.07

London-Centric, photos by Jason Hawkes, words by Jon Kelly. jc-10.07

Phubbed! jc-10.07

Wired takes a look Behind the Scenes at Ikea's Top-Secret Furniture Lab. ms-10.07

What's with all the weird-looking squash? dw-10.06

An animated lesson about the history of the treadmill. dw-10.06

"Hey, I wonder what that painting is in the background of that movie I'm watching?" Fortunately, for this very question, there's Paintings in Movies. Via bblinks. sd-10.06

So great, First and Final Frames Part I and Part II ms-10.06

"Human beings are 'meaning-making machines' and their survival is dependent on building meaning from what they can see to tell a story." A great, lengthy interview with Eddie Hamilton, editor of, most recently, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Worth it just to see the screen grabs of his timelines. sd-10.06

View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining. A 30-minute documentary, directed by Gary Leva, that was originally produced for the Special Edition DVD of The Shining. jc-10.06

Edited a little over-dramatically, but DP Mark Toia's behind the scenes video makes shooting car commercials look like just about the most fun thing ever. Or at least, a job where you get to play with the most toys. sd-10.06

A Blue Blood Moon. ms-10.06

"Just imagine how Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson would leave a family he just saved from an earthquake. A firm but platonic hug. Strong eye contact. A tender but final good-bye." So you know, How to Get Out of Any Party Conversation, by Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz. jc-10.06

"I document letters and signage wherever I go, and I've increasingly found that the more mundane the subject matter, the more interesting things there are to find." Stephen ONeill (Typechap) on the beauty of decaying typographic signage. jc-10.06

The illustration portfolio of Nicolas Dehghani, from Paris. jc-10.06

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