What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Get your ghost stories and marshmallow-roasting sticks ready for the The Campfire Edition.
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.
We're proud of the short film (spot?) we made for a product partnership with the unstoppable Bellroy from Australia. Check out the new Everyday Inspiration, custom, compact leather cover.
Thanks to Big Delicious Planet for inviting us into their Canteen for the location, and to Spencer Tweedy for letting us use his song "Temple State" on the track. It's in heavy rotation at HQ currently.
A lot has changed around here since 2005: waistlines, hairlines, fashions, a big new studio, and new businesses to fill it with. Here's a Throwback for Thursday, in beautiful standard definition. The production values might leave a little to be desired, and the "new Canadian restaurant" in the neighborhood may have closed, but the film itself actually holds up. Sort of. Presenting Copy Goes Here.
After a long, successful run, we're shutting down our advertising network, The Deck. Jim posted about the decision and the details at the Deck site. John Gruber was one of the network's very first affiliates. John published a way-too-generous piece about The Deck at Daring Fireball. Thanks for that, and to all the affiliates, advertisers and readers who supported the network over the years.
Last year we moved into a new studio in Chicago, and in the back, near where we do screen-printing and other messy stuff, there's a shelf for projects we made, operated and eventually, shut down. We'll make some room for The Deck there, right next to Jewelboxing, The Seed Conference and The Show. We haven't stashed away Layer Tennis just yet, but who knows? Anyhow, as always, we're scheming about the future. And, of course, we're making these notebooks.
Once again, our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books which is now complete! If you're not familiar with the ToB, Angela Chen has written this excellent Brief History of the Tournament to get you up to speed.
We need your help. We created a special Memo Book for the tourney and are raising funds for 826 National, an amazing seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Dig deep people.
It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our Field Notes Quarterly Edition Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy. BTW: The Lunacy Edition is now sold out.
"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.
Just in time for gift giving, a metallic embossed cover, a new binding and orange spine, plus Drapln-designed wrapping paper and a "To/From" sticker. Our Field Notes winter limited-edition is Black Ice.
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 know for a fact that she is a seriously badass woman.
"...what they did was to take thousands of photographs of the landing from NASA's Project Apollo Archive, a free database, and then order them into a stop-motion short film that is as beautiful as it is fascinating, both familiar and foreign." Lunar, by Christian and Wolfgang Stangl. 5 Stars.
Chistopher Kirkley's Purple-Rain-inspired film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai follows Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar across the desert.
Lego masterpieces by Marco Sodano. Brilliant.
"Was your tuna trawled? Is your haddock harmfully-caught? Over 100 species of fish categorised by ocean, rated for ethics and visualized.
Friend of the Agency, Jeremy Quinn noticed that the Dodgers logo could be slightly altered to look like something else. "Since I am way more into space stuff than baseball, I whipped up some shirts in memory of Sputnik I."
From photographer Nicolas Blandin, Sardinian Notes.
"As it stared, It heard the sound of tattering. Something flapping in the wind. It looked down to see its address label still clinging to its body. Your package realizes at last that there is one place it can go, where it could always have gone, to you." Your Package's Tracking Updates Get Very Real.
Solstice Conjunction over Budapest.
Lovely modern Brooklyn brownstone.
Dan's Book Covers of Note for June.
Beautiful libraries photographed by Thibaud Poirier.
Who Americans spend their time with. Poetry in data.
Before the Internet.
Deeper Underground by In Return. "We have a thing with tunnels." Fab
The Wedge House in Athens, Greece, by Schema Architecture & Engineering.
Fabien Barral visited the Louis Jou printing workshop in Les Baux de Provence, and lucky for us, he brought his camera.
Alphabetized Newspaper is a collage made from the front page of The New York Times with all text re-arranged alphabetically. Huh.
Trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. August 4th can't come soon enough!
Making-of featurette for Blade Runner 2049
Typewriter art by Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt.
When TV Logos Were Physical Objects. This gives me an idea...
"...not all social problems can be solved by design—even very good design." Broadacre City, a suburban plan by Frank Lloyd Wright.
How Logos Became the Most Important Quarter-Inch in Business, by the always-observant Rob Walker.
"...I've been lucky enough to meet countless exceptionally talented and hard-working independent creators in many different fields. However, a lot of these artists are struggling with the same problem. Many are unable to break the cycle of burying their own goals below part-time or full-time work, living project to project without the benefit of breathing room to assess and develop their careers. This project aims to break that cycle." Right on Andy
Got a big garden? Bicycle Wall of Death for sale on eBay! by Simon MacMichael. Thanks Marshall.
So you know, how to start a fire with a sandwich bag and water.
Swell film on Typographic Terminology, nicely designed by The Futur.
"This Ken would like you to know that he is a graphic designer. He is the only person you know who uses a Chemex for his coffee every morning. Where does he find the time? Every time you go over he offers you a variety of green teas that he picked up "The last time I was in Okinawa.""
Related to the last, Zurich's 2001 production.
Georges Pansu titles and typography for Don Giovanni from 1979.
Chicago Flag Mosaic Project, congrats to the Lane kids and our pal Jeff Solin. Magnificent.
Seriously digging Exchange from Tobias Frere-Jones.
The peacocks are out at Pitti Uomo 2017.
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