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What's All This Then?

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We Choose to Go to the Moon

The Moon in a Sandbox

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our new Field Notes Quarterly Edition for Fall, 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.

A Six Tone Scale

True to the Blobbiness

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.

Moco Fun at the new HQ

We Go Round in Circles

Steve bought a cool motion-control rig. We wanted to make some sort of recap the Field Notes Quarterly Editions from 2016. So we made this film. Added bonus, it provides a nice view of the new HQ.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Because it's There

A Winter’s Tale

"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.

New from Field Notes

Eternal, Shiny
and Chrome

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 Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Faces Deserving of Props

Tight, in All-Caps with Almost No Line Spacing

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.

Verse by Voice

Poetry, After the Beep

Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lots of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.

Selling Space

Making it Real

"In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit and NASA didn't want to give him one." Now, that is a lede. An excellent, illustrated article by Darren Garret, The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

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

Curious what's playing in the Field Notes shipping department? Our own DJ Corpse Fingers (aka MossTapes MurkCast and Meester Magpie) has a radio show now. (Yes, that's Dion at the wrong speed.) bb-today

The Hague is now the largest Mondrian painting in the world. jc-today

"Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt." Ten Meter Tower from The New York Times, via Kottke mcj-today

Golden-age DC comics meet the "dad joke:" Super Antics by Kerry Callen. bb-today

Bruce pulls a Brisbane kid out of the audience and it's the best thing you'll watch all month. jc-today

Smithe, street art, graffiti and illustration by Mexican artist Luis Enrique. jc-today

Trailer for the Terrence Malick film Song To Song. ms-today

Tokyo Shop Fronts, illustrated by Mateusz Urbanowicz. jc-today

Paris Shop Signs. Photos by Sebastien Erras. jc-today

Building Blocks of Sound & Synthesis. bb-02.17

"The garage door was yet another point of elaborate decoration for the MidCentury home. It provided a broad canvas for designers to decorate..." Via Whet. jc-02.17

Relink. How Stanley Kubrick Became Stanley Kubrick: A Short Documentary Narrated by the Filmmaker. jc-02.17

Black Girls Be Boxing, Stella Binion. jc-02.17

Tim Hykes' 28 Days of Black Designers. dw-02.16

Music video for Blondie's Fun. dw-02.16

Trailer for the film Dean. ms-02.16

Bob Odenkirk Playing Stephen Colbert Playing Bob Odenkirk. mcj-02.16

Take Five distinctive USA automotive logos. jc-02.16

Scaffoldage. Fab. Via P&C. jc-02.16

Made You Look, a poster every day by Jonathan Quintin. jc-02.16

Peeping into a great series of illustrations by Andrey Prokopenko. jc-02.16

#0000EE and friends. jc-02.15

Crossword-Solving: A Search for Connections and Answers, by Deb Amlen. "Human brains are hard-wired to fill in blanks when they see them." As a daily solver, mine sure is. jc-02.15

So you know. HTML Reference, a smartly designed and organized compilation of all elements and attributes. Bookmarked. jc-02.15

The illustration portfolio of Sergey Kolesov. jc-02.15

If there was ever a song to listen to when I drive from Oak Park, IL to Benton Harbor, MI on Thursday, this is it. bb-02.14

So you know, how Sweethearts are made. ms-02.14

One Minecraft user spent years building a scale replica of Chicago. dw-02.14

Valentine's Day and the romance of cobwebs. dw-02.14

Would that I could time-travel and get this to my college-self, The Five Boys Who Will Take You For Granted in College. I dated every. single. one. ms-02.14

The Complicated Truth Behind Rat Kings. mcj-02.14

Never quit. jc-02.14

Relink. Some things Your Man For Fun In Rapidan says to his dog. My nominee for Best blog post for the years 2010 through 2016. jc-02.14

Don't Dis This Prefix, by Stan Carey. jc-02.14

"When you make a Top 10 list of the places you got to travel to because you didn't get married and have kids, what ranking is Paris?" Security Questions for Single, Childless People, by Shannon Reed. jc-02.14

Enter any geographic location anywhere on Earth and watch the terrain form into a physical model you can hold in your hand. TopoTopo. dw-02.13

Inside Daft Punk's nostalgia-laden pop-up shop. dw-02.13

"Various tones of red paint cover the exterior facade, accentuating the contrast with the landscape. Stairs and circulation surfaces, on the other hand, are treated with different tones of blue ranging from sky-blue to indigo and even violet, depending on whether the intention is to contrast with the sky or create visual continuity with it." La Muralla Roja. dw-02.13

A love story, told in notes. ms-02.13

Sotheby's has Gustav Klimt's gorgeous masterpiece Bauerngarten for sale ms-02.13


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