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Thursday Edition

State Insect of New York: 9-Spotted Ladybug
The Field Notes County Fair edition. Our tribute to the 50 states.

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Earth Day 2014

Earthrise, as seen from Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve, 1968.

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.

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.

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.

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

GIFs by Typical Hope. Via The Fox Is Black. dw-yesterday

Star Wars staple mosaics by James Haggerty. Via Laughing Squid. dw-yesterday

Richard Hincks' diagrams of significant moments in the history of (English) football. dw-yesterday

Something & Something Else. Via Brand New. jc-yesterday

"Gigantic" from Apple and from the Pixies in Boston in 2005. jc-yesterday

Helpful and very smartly done, an Interactive Game of Thrones Map that features a slider control so you can enter how far along you are in the series and avoid spoilers. jc-yesterday

For Shakespeare's birthday, The Sun gave his plays the tabloid treatment. Brilliant. jc-yesterday

Wheat is Wheat is Wheat, an exhibition highlighting "the contentious, potentially arbitrary connection that products have to packaging" at the San Francisco Museum Of Craft and Design, by Peddy Mergui. jc-yesterday

"B-Classic wants to give classical music the same recognition as pop and rock music. That's why we are proud to announce The Classical Comeback: a new music video format that combines the timeless emotion of classical music with the visual talent of a contemporary director." dw-04.22

Open Culture on two very strange Russian animated adaptations of Ray Bradbury stories and how they got that way. jc-04.22

The Dark Side of the Cover. dw-04.22

Furniture inspired by Japan's bondage fetish. dw-04.22

"The large-scale projection installation features 21 powerful projectors streaming mind-bending graphic patterns on over 20,000 square meters of space in Oberhausen, Germany's massive gasometer." 320°Licht. dw-04.22

"If you really analyze a great film, it can teach you how to make a film, and Chinatown is one of the best blueprints of all..." —Steven Soderbergh. Right on. jc-04.22

Vladimir Nabokov had three birthdays, including today. Andrea Pitzer explains. jc-04.22

First person view of Blue Angels practice. Yowza. Via The Loop. jc-04.22

This map visualizes the 1085 bicycle crashes in the city of Chicago in 2012. It's no surprise that Milwaukee Avenue leads the list. Keep your head on a swivel and your headphones out of your ears. Part of the You Are here mapping project, by the Social Computing Group at MIT. jc-04.22

Ultimate 75th, a cool interactive retrospective from Marvel. jc-04.22

If you're in Alamogordo, NM, on Saturday, you can help dig up Atari's long-rumored stash of E.T. game cartridges. Even though they're probably in Sunnyvale, CA. bb-04.21

Trailer for the film The Discoverers. ms-04.21

Excerpts of generally-misguided One-Star Book Reviews. bb-04.21

Thomas Kadlec has recreated the USS Voyager's bridge for Oculus Rift dw-04.21

Silly but totally awesome, free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems. jc-04.21

Well, it was worth a try. ms-04.21

This one is strictly for typography and illustrator nerds. Why horizontal and vertical bezier handles matter. mcj-04.21

Musical instruments photographed from inside, by Bjorn Ewers. Thanks Marshall. jc-04.21

We Made This visited the UAL Lettering: Objects, Examples, Practice exhibition last week. Lucky for us they brought a camera. jc-04.21

Way to go Boston. jc-04.21

No jokes, no attitude, just tips on punctuation, clearly stated. By Janis Bell. jc-04.21

Pro tip for a Monday. jc-04.21

Matthew Carter for Ted, My Life in Typefaces. jc-04.21

Ash and Lightning above an Icelandic Volcano. ms-04.21

Nothing like the sound of children screaming in terror on Easter, nice job Martha. ms-04.20

Local Note: 20x2 returns to Chicago again, tomorrow night at Schubas, featuring lots and lots of Friends of CP, including Mig Reyes, Justin Kaufmann, Dan Henrick, and even me. sd-04.18

How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis. ms-04.18

Good news/bad news for Chicago music fans (you decide which is which): Wax Trax! and Veruca Salt are both back in action! bb-04.18

How We Used to Live. dw-04.18

"Using color to interpret emotions, we designed unique color palettes that reflect the albums and music of artists such as Beyonce, Daft Punk and other favorites. The hope behind mixing the beauty of color, music, and emotion is that this will be a source of inspiration for those of you who are music lovers and design enthusiasts, looking to bring color into your home in a creative way." The Sound of Color. dw-04.18

Lovely, NASA images printed on silk and made into scarves. Via Another Something & Co.. ms-04.18

The party-ready, tricked-out Apollo 70 Airstream. ms-04.18


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