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Some of the best and brightest names in design going head to head.Revisit four great seasons of Layer Tennis.
The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books concluded yesterday. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."
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.
“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”
Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.
There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. 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.
Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.
In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.
"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.
In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.
The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.
Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, right here 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.
"In 2014 I travelled widely in Kenya with my drone; flying it in as many places and situations as I could. In the process I captured some unique footage of my travels in some wild and fascinating places. The different perspective that a drone gives you is incredible. It gives you a whole new appreciation for the beautiful place that is Kenya."
To me, absurdity is the only reality. Photography by Andrew B. Myers.
Three Staples on Two Rivers. Thanks for that.
Pong + Pac-Man + Space Invaders = Pacapong.
Benton Modern, lovely single page typeface site.
This is it. The Final Match of the 2015 Morning News Tournament of Books. By just about any measure, this year's edition had been fantastic. We're happy to have had a hand in presenting the ToB, with Field Notes once again acting as the tournament sponsor. Congrats to the winner and all the participants.
Gorgeous trailer for the new Netflix series Chef's Table.
Data is nature.
Surreal animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett.
A potion from the 9th century proves highly effective in combatting this century's virulent bacteria.
"Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485
So you know, how music hijacks our perception of time
"One of Riedler's favorite subjects, Berlin's Tropical Islands Resort, boasts 50,000 different plants, a huge lagoon and a wrap-around artificial horizon, all housed within a dome worthy of The Truman Show." Photos from Inside the Fake Vacation Industry. Thanks Marshall.
Symmetry Breakfast. Nuff said.
Powerful proof-of-concept short for proposed sc-fi feature Sundays, directed by Mischa Rozema.
Stephin Merritt shakes up The Morning News Tournament of Books with a controversial judgment in the penultimate match. The comment thread ought to be entertaining today, as will tomorrow's final.
Shadow of a Martian Robot
Teaser trailer for the new Bond film, Spectre
A sign of Spring, Bell's Oberon is back on shelves.
Mapping all the cities in Willie Nelson's songs
So you know, where to catch tulip mania
A day on the London Underground.
In my experience, it's not just teenagers, I see it every day on the roads on the way to work.
The Matrix of Gin Mixology.
Super-happy FDL, the Sam Adams beer company is throwing a party for city and state workers in Boston who worked their butts off to keep that city running this horrifyingly snowy winter. Well deserved and well done.
Altered books by Isobelle Ouzman.
A great judgment from Nicole Cliffe moves one book, Station Eleven, to the final in the 2015 Morning News Tournament of Books.
Do you type two spaces after a period? You're doing it wrong.
Remember that time Anton Corbijn filmed Teletubbies?
"You really can find deep-fried anything these days: pickles, oreos, and even celery, which I unfortunately know from experience. And now, large spiders..
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