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For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

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.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand


This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

In Fast Company, Good Company

Modern Americana

A lovely photo by Chris Mueller with prop styling by Elise McMahon for the "Modern Americana" section of Fast Company's just-released United States of Design issue, which is also available as an innovative iPad app. We're more than a little excited to have our Field Notes Brand products included in this curated collection of Made in the USA products. Thanks for that.

Film & Video Archives

Reach For the Stars

We're not a network an it's not the 1980s but why should that stop us from making a schmaltzy omnibus promo? We've reorganized and re-rendered most of the films and videos we have made over the past dozen years and posted them in a new archive. Enjoy.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Charlotte Dann has magnets in her hands. jc-01.24

I had a fun chat with Stephen Callendar and Noah Bernsohn about brand identity and ecommerce on the Commerce Minded Podcast. Expect just a bit of nerdiness. jc-01.23

Trailer for HBO's documentary Song of Parkland. Gah, where did that dust storm come from??? ms-01.23

Ten days, 3000 miles. Photos From the 2019 Dakar Rally. jc-01.22

The Wave in Vejle, Denmark, by Henning Larsen. jc-01.22

Illustrator, artist and filmmaker Manshen Lo. Fab. jc-01.21

"On Jan. 7, the police cordoned off the streets. The auditorium's ventilation and elevators were turned off. Every light bulb in the concert hall was unscrewed to eliminate a faint buzzing sound. Upstairs in the museum, Mr. Cacciatori put on a pair of velvet gloves and took a 1615 Amati viola from its glass display case. He inspected it thoroughly, and then a security guard escorted him and the instrument down two flight of stairs to the auditorium. The curator handed the instrument to Wim Janssen, a Dutch viola player, who walked to the center of the stage." ms-01.21

InSight Lander Takes Selfie on Mars. ms-01.21

Wow, the Staple Singers took Talking Heads' "Slippery People" to #22 on the R&B chart in 1984 bb-01.21

Here are your 2019 Tournament of Books brackets! jc-01.18

In 1989 Jean Giraud, or Moebius as he is universally known in the comix world, accepted an assignment from the Paris office of Young & Rubicam." jc-01.18

The Great Recession inspired minimalism in clothes, homes, and branding. ms-01.17

"Syrinx" is a solo exhibition of new artworks by Jesse Mockrin at the Night Gallery in LA. Masterful. Via Isn't. jc-01.17

"...a collaboration engineered to express the native flavors of three creameries in Connecticut, Vermont and Pennsylvania and create a new, totally original American cheese." jc-01.15

Partial Eclipse over Beijing. ms-01.15

Little Woods ms-01.15

"The visitor comes for dinner, goes out into the street and disappears in the dark. It's possible we will never know what it was looking for." The head of Harvard's Astronomy Department says what others are afraid to say about a peculiar object that entered the solar system. jc-01.14

"When was the last time I saw an agency advertising itself? I couldn't think of one." Dave Dye remembers "house ads." Great collection, excellent browse. jc-01.11

Lost & Found. ms-01.11

For my money, the best month of music at a single venue, ever. bb-01.11

"He wants you to look at your pepper like raindrops through a frosted window." Mortar Transparent. dw-01.10

Dinosaur Statues of Questionable Accuracy mcj-01.10

Prog rock alert. David Nixon and the Mellotron. jc-01.10

Here's a list of everything Steven Soderbergh read or watched in 2018, by date. sd-01.08

Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz Of The Year for 2018. bb-01.08

Museums on Twitter are the best. ms-01.07

Trailer for the film Cold War. ms-01.07

Old reggae album covers, on location in London. Via Things. jc-01.07

The Village in 48 Photos by Fred W. McDarrah, Sylvia Plachy, James Hamilton, Amy Arbus, Catherine McGann, and Robin Holland for the Village Voice. jc-01.04

So you know, how maths can give you the perfect roast potato. Trying this out this weekend. ms-01.04

Hatetris is even worse than you'd think. bb-01.03

From Alfonso Cuaron, ROMA. ms-01.03

"In a staring contest with VSMP you will always lose. It can be noticed, glanced-at, or even inspected, but not watched." Bryan Boyer's very slow movie player is brilliant. jc-01.02

Top 10 Title Sequences of 2018. jc-01.02

Fugazi, in infographics. bb-12.21

Historical Conjecture. Typographers Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger on researching and creating their latest release, Empirica. jc-12.19

"I feel like Jonah in the belly of the whale." jc-12.19

Here it is: the shortlist, judges, commentators, and Zombie poll for the 2019 edition of the Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes. jc-12.18

Scarfolk Council Toys & Games. "Assault and battery not included." jc-12.18

Edward Keating: Main Street, The Lost Dream of Route 66. Via Isn't. jc-12.12

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