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New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. For example, the image above is from X-Ray Delta One's fabulous collection of scans on Flickr. 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.

New From Field Notes Brand

Cherry, Baby

We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd Field Notes seasonal release is made of wood. The Shelterwood Edition features covers made from American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability.

From the Archives

Stuff About SK

As you probably have noticed over the last ten 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 in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Reading Assignment

I Had Him for Shakespeare

The Old Man and the River. Pete Dexter's exquisite profile of Norman Maclean from Esquire in 1981. Maybe the best thing ever written about CP hero Maclean, it makes you want to go back and read A River Runs Through It for the 20th time and, especially Young Men and Fire. They aren't making magazine pieces like this any more.

Faces Deserving of Props

The American Century

This is a new entry in our occasional series on type. The consistent beat of Century Schoolbook as it marches across the page is what makes it feel so sensible and familiar in both text and display situations. The vintage (but not old-timey) feel of it seems just about right for a new wave of popularity. Suggested pairing: Futura Std Book, all caps with extra letter-spacing. We used Century Schoolbook for A Drive into the Gap and here's what Bryan had to say in the end notes.

Century Schoolbook is one of 221 typefaces designed by American typography titan Morris Fuller Benton (1872-1948). Century Schoolbook is based on Benton's father Linn Boyd Benton's Century typeface, created for Century magazine in 1894. The younger Benton's version was created at the request of textbook publisher Ginn & Co., with the intent of improved legibility. Century and its variants were originally published by American Type Founders. Formed by a merger of 23 foundries in 1892, ATF quickly became the dominant force in American typography until the mid-20th-century, largely thanks to the Benton's typographical and technological innovations. Century is often cited as the first true typeface "family," a concept quickly embraced by type designers, foundries, and users.

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.

The Full Measure

The Weight

The Cold Horizon Edition is our latest Field Notes seasonal limited-edition, but, as demonstrated by this short film, it turns out there's more to a year-long Colors Subscription than the paper it's printed on.

Heads I Win Tails You Lose

Flipping Ridiculous

Before each of our live Layer Tennis matches, Bryan put on his referee get-up and Steve grabbed his camera and they created a short and silent film clip for the official coin-toss which determined the order of play. We did dozens and dozens of them.

For the uninitiated, Layer Tennis is a live competition in which two designers swap a file back and forth in real time, progressively adding layers and revising the artwork. Their "volleys" are posted live online while a third person provides smart and/or smart-alecky commentary. We hosted three seasons of the game and maybe we'll host another someday.

Search Different

Never Not Find What You’re Looking For Again

Think of it as the next generation of search that will change the way people find things on The Internet, E-Z-Fynd. Secret Himalayan headquarters included, plus Peppermints! From CP Labs, the folks that brought you The RinseCam 9000™, so you know it's good.

Notes Sponsorship

Been There, Done That

Follow along on the blog of Ben Saunders and The Scott Expedition, after 100+ days and 1800 miles, they have completed their trek from the South Pole. We're proud that our Field Notes Brand is a sponsor of The Scott Expedition and we're doubly proud of the guys perseverance and courage, and, of course, that our Expedition Editions went along for the trip.

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.

March Guest Robert McNees

It’s All Relative

Robert McNees (rmc) is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Loyola University. Before settling down in Chicago his research took him all over the world to exotic locations like Texas, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Ontario. He's the author of twenty-some-odd mostly readable papers about general relativity, cosmology, and string theory, and was recently named a KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. If you so much as make eye contact with him, he will assume you want to hear about black holes right now. He can be found on Twitter, or else holed up in his lakeside office of solitude, somewhere in the snowy wastes of Rogers Park.

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

"Sweatpants are a non-verbal means of indicating that you would like your order to go." ms-yesterday

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette from Nathan W. Pyle's new book. bb-yesterday

"You will soon be awakened by a power deep within yourself-- a power that is sublime, karmic. Acupuncture may be the solution to what's holding you back from an ecstatic paradigm shift of complexity. Through reiki, our bodies are transformed into freedom." New-Age BullSh*t Generator. ms-yesterday

New York Numbers. dw-yesterday

Gorgeous restoration of a simple garage. Want badly. ms-yesterday

Good news people, today, you too, can become a Glasshole! ms-yesterday

First Mini Metro and now Super Planet Crash? There's no way any work is getting done today. dw-yesterday

Cinefix gives us their picks for the 12 Best Long Takes in Film History. The opening shot from Touch of Evil is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks Marshall. ms-yesterday

"...dodgy jokes, lots of trips to the pub and a comic-book like narrative created through captions..." Maisie Skidmore on Tim King's "A Drawing a Day" project. Follow along on the artist's Tumblr. jc-yesterday

"Nobody wanted to sponsor a show that made fun of products that were advertised on TV, like car manufacturers." Too bad. The little-known Mad Magazine television special from 1974. jc-yesterday


TMN features Frontcountry, photography by Lucas Foglia that "finds people living in a boom cycle as a result of mining, one that's producing a new, modern take on the Wild West." jc-yesterday

"For instance, how often do a deciduous tree and a coniferous tree appear in the same painting? We know that 57 percent of paintings contain a deciduous tree and 53 percent of paintings contain a coniferous tree. According to our data set, 20 percent of paintings contain at least one of each." A Statistical Analysis of the Work of the Bob Ross. Via Waxy. ms-yesterday

Trailer for Gone Girl. ms-yesterday

Mammatus Clouds Over Nebraska. ms-yesterday

If you need some patterns of dogs rolled into your dough, here are some nifty laser-engraved rolling pins. sd-04.14

Bears on Stairs, an experiment using 3D printing and stop-motion animation. Via Waxy. sd-04.14

A great ad and animation about film editing: The Editor. sd-04.14

The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese, a sandwich offered here in Chicago for the decidedly-less-expensive-than-its-name-would-imply price of $100. sd-04.14

A film and performance series about Johnny Cash's Out Among the Stars," with Brandon Flowers, Father John Misty and Local Natives. sd-04.14

Trailer for God's Pocket. ms-04.14

A clever campaign, fundraising for returning veterans, selling a minute of pre-recorded silence. sd-04.14

Sweet Valley High No.8: "Half a Pigeon." sd-04.14

Earlier today, Abraham Poincheval emerged from living inside of a bear for 13 days. dw-04.14

Game of Firms. dw-04.14

Whipped Cream & Other Delights, the Music Mogul and the Supermodel, by Jim Hughes. jc-04.14

Batman: Strange Days, short in celebration of his 75th Anniversary. jc-04.14

Why it doesn't matter that you may never reach inbox zero. ms-04.14

Great lost manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy. ms-04.14

A look inside the fridges of 11 top New York chefs. ms-04.14

Our partner in Field Notes, Aaron Draplin is speaking at Tedx Portland today and they're streaming the event live, starting at 11am Chicago time. Break a leg buddy. jc-04.12

Re-link as the entire piece is now online, a fantastic long read, The Murders at the Lake. ms-04.12

Clouds and Crosses Over Haleakala. ms-04.12

What's the difference between tonic water, club soda, mineral water, and seltzer? bb-04.11

NSFW embroidery art by Alaina Varrone. dw-04.11

The Design Deck, a playing-card guide to graphic design. dw-04.11

Jamie Kripke's beautiful photos of the Mesa Lab, the I.M. Pei designed home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (and location for Woody Allen's Sleeper). sd-04.11

So here's this song performed at Social Media Marketing World conference: "Let's Get Social." sd-04.11

Zulkey guests on Rob Walker's The New Old Thing series, talking about Rolie Polie Olie. sd-04.11

Hey la, hey la my boyfriend's back. ms-04.11

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