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Thursday Edition

Business POV brings a camera to SEED
and conducts an interview with Jim in Crown Hall.

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A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Live Layer Tennis

Dedicated to Reducing Friday Productivity

Friday we hosted a Layer Tennis match featuring two firms with big portfolios of gig posters and other imaginative graphic work. DKNG faced The Delicious Design League and John Gruber provided the play-by-play commentary. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. There's just one week left in the regular season and that's on Halloween. Scary. Stay tuned.

Field Notes Fall Release


A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

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.

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

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 Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

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.

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.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn


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

First Bite. ms-today

Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake. Nuff said. ms-today

Photographer Gray Malin went to Antarctica with beach balls and umbrellas. dw-today

Been waiting on this one, the Ex Machina trailer looks great. jc-today

So fun, from Honda, press and hold the "R" key to watch the "Other Side" of the film. Clever. jc-today

Souvenir magnets for places you'll never visit. dw-today

Local note, our co-conspirator in Field Notes Brand, Aaron James Draplin is speaking at Columbia College this evening. Open to the public. jc-today

Jonny Weeks chatted with several of the photographers who have known and shot Muhammad Ali including Neil Leifer, Carl Fischer and Thomas Hoepker. Ali, through the lens. jc-today

Relink from a few years ago because I love it and it's perfect for Halloween, author Neil Gaiman reads his Newberry medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book in its entirety. So great. ms-today

So you know, The History of Horror. ms-today

Beautiful and perfect illustrations for reissues of John Le Carre's back catalog for The Folio Society, by Tim Laing. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-today

"And with only a handful of tools, you and your family can easily enjoy the thrill of pumpkin carving right at home. The following tutorial will provide you with step-by-step instructions down the leafy path toward a fun fall experience." ms-today

"...my early experiences experimenting with and exploring the world of paste up, photostats, Zip-a-tone, and Letraset." The Romance of Offset, a presentation from TypeCon2014 by Mark Simonson. jc-yesterday

The Many Lives of Darth Vader. Busy guy. ms-yesterday

Music vid of the moment, Broken Bells After the Disco. ms-yesterday

Illustrations by Julian House for Penguin Modern Classics' Cut-Up Trilogy by William Burroughs. Very fine. jc-yesterday

Sushi is the universe. dw-yesterday

"It isn't every day that a street criminal- a high-school dropout with two felony convictions- is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical." ms-yesterday

In 1787 on this date, Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted in Prague at the Teatro di Praga. In honor, here is a hi def clip of Don buying the farm. ms-yesterday

Ghost Stories from the absolutely wonderful podcast Love + Radio. mcj-yesterday

So you know, Sweden has it's own font. Come on, USA, let's claim Futura before someone else does first. ms-yesterday

"I knew it was a ghost when I saw it." jc-yesterday

Propublica and NPR investigated the Red Cross response to Hurricane Issac and SuperStorm Sandy, what they found is very disappointing. Long read of the day and well worth your time. ms-yesterday

Branding and identity for the Fort Point Beer Company by Manual in San Francisco. jc-yesterday

The ISS Commercial Resupply Services Mission Antares rocket exploded on liftoff yesterday. Yipes. jc-yesterday

"Besides edibility and orangeness the biggest appeal of carrot dipped in ink is its ephemerality." jc-yesterday

"These photographs were taken on one of these occasions, possibly in 1858. All the men-- at this time in their 70s and 80s -- are wearing the Saint Helena medals, issued in August 1857 to all veterans of the wars of the revolution and the empire. These are the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armee and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia." Via MeFi. ms-yesterday

Steve Carrell completely freaks me out in the full, theatrical trailer for the film Foxcatcher. Bye-bye Dunder Mifflin. ms-10.28

Trailer for the film Big Eyes. ms-10.28

Panda Daily Inspiration and News for Designers and Hackers. Nicely done. jc-10.28

"Hello, I am OSHbot. What are you looking for today?" dw-10.28

For DW, America's first Cat cafe is coming. ms-10.28

One stocking stuffer for my nieces done, The Goonies playing cards. ms-10.28

A detailed cross section of the Kowloon Walled City by Japanese researchers. dw-10.28

So you know, How to Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists, by Marion Deuchars. More on the new book here. jc-10.28

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar... jc-10.28

The baby blanket, yeah, that one. jc-10.28

The Deja Vu Blog at Lapham's Quarterly is proof positive that what goes around comes around. See Serfin' USA for example. jc-10.28

Plane, Clouds, Moon, Spots, Sun. ms-10.28

The scientist who thought that birds migrate to the moon. dw-10.27

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