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Letters. On buttons. It's as simple as that.
Pinsetter. Every order comes with a heart.
Thanks to our pal (and former CP intern) Darren Marshall of Doejo. Darren was planning the opening of a sweet new co-working facility in Chicago called Space and he had an idea. An idea and a vending machine. Bam.
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.
Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.
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 this announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Nick Campbell's Greyscalegorilla have 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 2015 schedules now.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, right here 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.
Local note, during today's snowstorm/blizzard, you can track snow plows in your neighborhood here. We DO have a mayoral election coming up so I'm fairly certain our current mayor will do whatever it takes to make those streets clean, right?
Poetweet. Just try it. Fab.
"It is to laf." Fantastically odd souvenir booklet from Heinegabubler's Boose (booze) Shop, 536 South State Street, Chicago, 1905.
From the FDL files. Good ol' reliable John. He enjoyed a few pints this week, including a Red Spider Rye at The Pig and Porter in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. That's 12,647 pints since May of 1995, but who's counting?
Taverns. Cocktail Lounges. Night Clubs. Stock cuts from the Match Corporation of America catalog, 1958.
"Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were New York to the core, all Brill Building gone Burroughs, using the language of pop as their foot in the door to ease in creepier, more unsettling things." Nate Patrin rates the Dan albums, worst to first.
Beautiful and haunting photographs interpreting Russian Fairy Tales by artist Uldus Bakhtiozina.
Comet C/2014Q2 Lovejoy. 4 panel mosaic LRGB 400, 250, 250, 250 seconds each panel, ASA Astrograph H8 f 2.9, FLI PL 16803.
For all the girls in my life, #LikeAGirl. Gah, where'd that dust come from...
Inquisitive #24: A Third Way, I had a chat with Myke Hurley about Field Notes, The Deck and lots of other stuff today. Thanks for that.
The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies, an entertaining, comprehensive, illustrated post by Lisa Hix for Collectors Weekly. Plus, Donald Duck.
Pokémon as Corporate Identities.
If Frodo had Google Maps.
MS, BB, JC and Aaron are proud to be found in this happy group. Busy Beaver Button Co. Celebrates 20 Years.
Nearly a year after his passing, The Dissolve takes a look at the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Love at first site. One of our favorite companies anywhere, Teenage Engineering has released a new line of pocket synthesizers that are just $60 per. Pocket Operators. As with everything from TA, the design is amazing.
"September 7. Stanley quite happy: 'We're in fantastic shape.' He has made up a 100 item questionnaire about our astronauts, e.g. do they sleep in their pajamas, what do they eat for breakfast, etc." Excerpts from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 Diary.
Business Town!, "what value-creating winners do all day." Fabulous.
Good Lord people, what on earth were you thinking?
"My parents didn't love each other anymore, so at 10-, 7-, and 2-years-old, we flew unaccompanied between Idaho and LA for visits. We may not have had chaperones or the security of an intact nuclear family, but we had one essential comfort: The SkyMall catalog."
"23-year-old rum. Toasted wood chips. Digital smoke infusers. And we haven't even started mixing. While Japan has developed a reputation for lovingly crafted cocktails, Takumi Watanabe making a 'Rum Martinez' is poetry in motion. Oh, did we mention that the drink is served with its own cigar?"
A roundup of some Prohibition speakeasies in Chicago.
"You take the thing and you blow it up until you could see what was going on, then cut a piece out and stick it down. Put it across, something big, something exciting." Picturing Anarchy: The Graphic Design of Rufus Segar, covers from the UK magazine of the 60's. More here, including an interview with Segar.
The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure, from Mondo.
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