What's All This Then?

This site is edited by Coudal Partners, a design, advertising and interactive studio in Chicago, as an ongoing experiment in web publishing, design and commerce. [Next]

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]

Friday Edition

Jay Ryan and the rest of the crew at The Bird Machine
appear in our mini-doc: 6 Colors, 1,800 Pulls, 2 Dogs

Coudal Partners

Live Layer Tennis Season 4

Game On

Today, Elliot Jay Stocks faces Ryan Putnam with Ben Greenman in the play-by-play booth for Live Layer Tennis, presented, as always, by our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. And before that, our first Qualifying Match of the season, want to play in a future one?

Field Notes For Fall

The Unexposed Edition

-Redacted-

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

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?

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

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 today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has 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 Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

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.

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.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. 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.

Spring Summer Fall Winter

To Every Season

Roughly every three months since January of 2009, we have introduced a seasonal release of Field Notes. With a couple exceptions these have all been limited-editions and have all sold out quickly. Thanks for that. You can see and read about them here and also in our Obsessive's Guide videos where we chat about the "making of" each release.

Each edition was made available to our Field Notes email list first and was offered in 3-Packs and by a year-long subscription, for those wanting to collect them all and to make sure they don't miss out on one. Subscribers frequently get extra and exclusive items with their shipments. While they last, you can start a subscription right now with our current release, The Arts & Sciences Edition. The Fall edition is on press now and is a radical departure from previous releases and if we can pull off what we have planned for winter, you are surely going to want to be a part of that too.

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.

How'd That Get There?

Regarding That
Recent Order

Customer service at the Field Notes Brand Midwest HQ is handled one order at a time.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn

Multidisciplined

Jeremy J. Quinn (jq) is an architect with a multidisciplinary practice, JJQAD, which is based in Los Angeles and just celebrated its one-year anniversary. His work spans the fields of architecture, graphic design, installation art, set design and experimental music and often takes the form of collaborations with other creative people in many fields. His days are packed, exploring the wilderness surrounding LA, checking out the burgeoning LA art and design scenes and trying to get back some of his high school skateboarding skills. He can be found at @JeremyJQuinn and, more often on Tumblr, posting photos from his trusty Yashica medium format camera. For the month of September, he'll be right here with us, serving 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.

Fresh Signals

Sir George Martin makes a martini. Via Michael Kauffman. jc-today

Sam's Club is selling barrels of Jack Daniels. JC, can I borrow 10k? mcj-today

Sweet Linocut Prints by Eric Rewitzer. Via Things Mag. jc-today

Find your city and make your plans for the apocalypse with the Zombie Safe Zone Maps. Via Cool Material. ms-today

Aurora Substorm-Real Time. ms-today

For BB, a European football stadium quiz, which team plays where? ms-today

I busted out some 3-D glasses from an old VHS of "The Polar Express" and watched this ten times last night. bb-yesterday

What do Afghan Kyrgyz nomads eat? bb-yesterday

A Million Times, an installation by Humans since 1982. What time is it? More info from The Fox Is Black. jc-yesterday

Oh dear, vertigo at my desk. ms-yesterday

A Brief History of Citröen, Parts One and Two. By Rain Noe. jc-yesterday

Nick Acosta wondered what Star Trek would have looked like had it been released using the in the Cinerama aspect ratio. Via john Martz. jc-yesterday

For goodness sake, how is it we don't yet have one of these in the studio? ms-yesterday

So you know, the chemicals behind the colours of Autumn Leaves. ms-yesterday

"A schoolboy pops into the library to find a book on taxation in the Ottoman empire - this is his first mistake."A sneak peek at Haruki Murakami's illustrated The Strange Library. jc-yesterday

Totally over the top, a bit schmaltzy and even predictable. But just great Made in New York. Thanks DJ. jc-yesterday

Cartoon Bombing from Troqman. Is the drawing bombing the photo or is it the other way around? jc-yesterday

FILM FX_L3.0. ms-yesterday

"I am the ultimate fighter! I am the master of the Satsui no Hadou! I am...Steve! I work in the finance department, I think we met during that training session the other week. Yeah, I'm good, how are you? Cool, cool. Hey, how does my hair look? 'Like a volcano that's erupting candy floss instead of lava but somehow stupider than that?' ' Oh." ms-yesterday

I didn't know Canada had a "Walk of Fame," but now that I do I'm sure glad to see these fellows are on it. jc-09.17

Everyone bookmark this Enigma Machine Simulator. From now on we'll post Fresh Signals in code. bb-09.17

Auction catalog of the Ray Bradbury estate, including some lovely cover art sketches by Joesph Mugnaini. jc-09.17

Shooting a new Ref video. Sadly, my idea to copy this video frame-for frame didn't get approved. bb-09.17

Relink. Arrested Motion has some samples from Kubrick - An Art Show Tribute, plus this one by Bartosz Kosowski. The show is currently showing at Art Spoke in San Francisco and looks great. jc-09.17

"No future generation will know the joy of biking through the blistering Central Texas heat and slipping into the cool embrace of Hastings while the Knack or Blue Oyster Cult chases away the summer doldrums." ms-09.17

Every wonder about the Figure in Figure Skating? It's actually quite literal. And things get complicated in Ice Dancing. jq-09.17

My commute today felt exactly like this. ms-09.17

John Gruber on the new iPhones and some thoughts on the watch. jc-09.17

Photographs from the past, colorized. Great browse, via OMGFG Co. jc-09.17

Today's Office Digital Edition, by Jan Chipchase. jc-09.17

Walk. Don't Walk. Dance! jc-09.17

Not everyone who jumps off cliffs is doing it for an energy drink commercial... some people just like to jump off things. This is how it's done around LA. jq-09.17

Only brilliant, the entire Harry Potter saga in one comic. ms-09.17

Glad I don't work in Death Valley, high of 114 degrees. LA had a measly 104. jq-09.17

From photographer Bernhard Lang, Aerial Views. ms-09.17

GQ names our fair town as America's Best Drinking City 2014. ms-09.17

Meet the Ipsums, by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri. Yes! jc-09.16

7685 Frames of Netherlands. ms-09.16

"Japanese Maple" a poem by Clive James, who is terminally ill. More from Katy Waldman. jc-09.16

Adrian on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the movie posters of Karl Oskar Blase. The Mon Oncle one is totally brilliant. jc-09.16


Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.

Grab our blended RSS feed here.

Find a Job

More @ We Work Remotely.

Translate

French | German | Italian
Japanese | Spanish | Portuguese

One Hundred Forty

Coudal on Twitter

The MoOM Board

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.

Brian Mohney
Unnikrishna Menon Damodaran
Rick Johnson
Leah Blum
Philip Birmingham
Andrew Dale
Patch Superstore
Haris Bacic
Ian McRoberts
Seedhouse
Grettir Asmundarson
Vladimir Gendelman
Tom Shakow
Dallas Shelby
Blueberry Ln.
Michael Russem
James Sampson
Rod McGuinness
Jason Lankow
Nöel Jackson
DJ Edgerton
Carolyn Wood
Mark Powell
Chris Ebmeyer
Christen Carter
Chris Allison
Keith Krieger
Kathleen Devlin
Roger McLeish
Fred Beshid
Katie Harrar
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
Daniel Annereau
Dan Rubin
Barbara Ann Kipfer
Sunniva Geuer
Gareth Walters
Claire Zulkey
Sean Palmer
Jane Quigley
Edward Lifson
Witold Riedel
Brian Cook
Anne Herron
Abby Urban
Erik Ratcliffe
Michael Jenkins
Katie Carney
Mark Greenberg
John Boardley
Jon Tan
Robin Sherwood
William Dampier
Don Stillman
John Pojman
Werner Haker
Amy Hostler
Whet Moser
Debbie Millman
Matt Russell
Bill Keaggy
Adam Kruvand
Randy Hunt
David Demaree
Erik Vorhes
Dan Mabrey
Nalani McClendon
Mary Catlan
Anonymous (8)

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.

We actually do
stuff beside
updating this site.

Find out what.