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, our limited-edition release for summer.
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.
Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats.
Trailer for the film based on Jo Nesbo's The Snowman
Hey, you're in the International Space Station.
Fanilows, potterheads, moonies, and other fandom nicknames.
A massive 250+ foot long Game of Thrones tapestry depicting scenes from every episode of the show.
"See the retro-reflector up close!" A Heritage Site That's Out of This World, a lovely travel poster for Science Friday by Chicago illustrator Julia Kuo. Her portfolio is well worth a visit. Check her children's book, The Sound of Silence.
"But even though the operation was a retreat with heavy casualties, the rescue of nearly half a million troops from Dunkirk went on to be one of the most important victories of the war and may well have changed its outcome. As historian Patrick Wilson writes, "Rarely do people... give enough credit to the Royal Navy and the larger vessels that were responsible for rescuing the massive majority of troops. Dunkirk was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich."
Trailer for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk
Trailer for The Shape of Water.
"Blurring the boundaries between the artificial and organic, the nefarious, benevolent, and benign, Peter constructs environments where nanopeople, robots, cyborg plants, and curious synthetic organisms live their lives."
The scientific method vs. the mad scientific method.
Barry Lyndon is coming to Criterion.
Explore 30 years of Galaxy Science Fiction at the Internet Archive.
The The Big Muff Pi Home Page. So much grunge to love.
Consistent graphic identity be damned! Berlintypography looks at the U-Bahn Line U7.
"Greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls! You're not serious, you don't want to be a Doors fan." (Also note: most Doors songs actually do have a bass track.)
"if you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking." Bucky's map of the world.
Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself.
New trailer for Blade Runner 2049
Behind-the-scenes peek at Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Related to the last, start your own Game of Thrones death pool.
"While you're busy torturing, warring, whoring, plundering, plotting and pillaging we're busy working on your brand." Welcome to Westeros Design.
"Taking place in a creepy Victorian mansion, you'll be asked to babysit the seemingly normal 11-year-old, but it won't be long before things take a turn for the worst when the long-dormant demon inside the Annabelle doll comes to life, possesses the entire house and tries to steal your soul..." Annabelle's House.
Stunning, every single shot. The Atlantic gives us a look around the world with their Photos of the Week.
Yangtze, The Long River, amazing series of photographs by Nadav Kander.
A look at the World's Biggest Super Soaker.
Color naming around the world.
Hand-painted ceramics, by Niharika Hukku.
Windy City Nights.
The strange, surreal worlds of Michael Hutter.
Advance poster for The Presbyterian Church Wager. Never knew this bit about the original title of Altman's masterpiece.
Trailer for the film Lemon
Highlights from the Tobin International Geological Map Collection. Step through the slideshows, amazing stuff there.
If you're in Chicago or planning a trip here, it'd be well worth your time checking out the Amy Krouse Rosenthal exhibition at the Carrie Secrist Gallery, running until August 12th. It's a great tribute to a good friend we lost too soon.
"They're found on dusty warehouse shelves; buried under flea market knick-knacks; Googled, Ebayed, begged for; commissioned from blacksmiths, painters, and model makers for one-time use; and constructed out of whatever $5 can buy at the local craft store. They are sketched out, improvised, or placed in scenes by the fate of logic, existing to serve the performances or action around them." The 100 Greatest Props in Movie History, and the Stories Behind Them.
Trailer for the documentary California Typewriter.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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