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Thursday Edition

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Who Owns The Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

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.

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"Warren, think it over and you'll agree with me because you're smart and I'm right." Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders is always a great read, full of common sense. This year's edition, on his firms 50th anniversary is no exception. The good stuff starts on page 24. jc-02.28

SNL alumnus Gary Kroeger takes his son to the SNL40 reunion. I've read it a few times now, and it gets better every time. bb-02.27

This makes me sad, the 20 Most Popular Beers in America. ms-02.27

"So this morning I went and took the adult ADD test online. The ADHD test was boring so I gave up after three questions. I decided to write this post instead." jc-02.27


How Jeanne Gang works. dw-02.27

Paper sculptures by Adam Tran. dw-02.27

Wes Anderson inspired luggage. dw-02.27

The Designer Who Humanized Corporate America, Heller on Rand. jc-02.27

A Drinker's Guide to Hunter S. Thompson, by Nathan Borchelt. jc-02.27

Slushy waves off the shore of Nantucket. bb-02.27

While we're thinking warm thoughts, let's tag along while John Greenfield checks out Chicago's Tiki Bar scene. jc-02.27

So you know, how to understand Bayes' Theorem through Lego. jc-02.27

Going Dutch. jc-02.27

Related to today's main image. We used Century Schoolbook for A Drive into the Gap and here's what BB 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. jc-02.27

These Russian host city posters for the 2018 World Cup are mostly ok, except for Volgograd, which is awesome. jc-02.27

Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Arcade, by Nicola Twilley. jc-02.27

Daniel Benneworth-Gray knows a lot of characters. jc-02.27

Little known fact: The 'Dawn of Man' opening sequence in 2001 cuts away seconds before the Flintstones theme becomes recognizable." Xkcd charts Stories of the Past and Future. Fab. jc-02.27

Thinking hardball yet? A Drive into the Gap is a true story about fathers and sons, baseball and memory, and the improbable journey of a bat from one of the most iconic moments in the history of the game to the bedroom of a 12-year-old boy. jc-02.27

Adam Savage painstakingly builds a model of the Overlook Hotel maze from The Shining. Via John Gruber. jc-02.26

~Emphasis~ jc-02.26

"Imitations have nothing to do with design. they have to do with money and success." Karrie Jacobs visited the new Paul Rand exhibition at the City Museum of New York. jc-02.26

Sex at noon taxes. The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers, by Mark Saltveit. "Few are aware that in their spare time, these same codebreakers held a competition that created several of the finest English-language palindromes..." jc-02.26

Every year, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. ms-02.26

Love and War By Moonlight. ms-02.26

"We would have died of hunger without Durand-Ruel, all we impressionists." said Monet. "We owe him everything. He persisted, stubborn, risking bankruptcy 20 times in order to back us." The Man Who Made Monet: How Impressionism Was Saved From Obscurity . ms-02.26

Trailer for the documentary Dior and I . ms-02.26

A Bright Spot on Ceres. "This is truly unexpected and still a mystery to us." jc-02.25

"I live relatively close to the theater and wouldn't be late." Tig Notaro makes a case for why she should host the Oscars. mcj-02.25

"Senators pair their togas with top hats, generals wear muttonchops under their helmets, and priests styled as snake charmers draw gullible crowds with the help of coal-powered rotating billboards." The Comic History of Rome. dw-02.25

A very nice feature at Hoefler & Co. showcasing examples of numerical typography, Take a Number. jc-02.25

NSFW tapestries by Erin M. Riley. dw-02.25

Sea level rise maps by Jeffrey Linn. Via Gizmodo. dw-02.25

Hyper Real CG. Like it says on the label. jc-02.25

The Watcher and other beautiful, surreal work by Shanghai-based artist Jie Ma. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-02.25

Zeppelin!. ms-02.25

As soon as we figure out how to hydro-dip pocket notebooks, you'll be the first to know. bb-02.24

Movie first. Scene Second. Moment Third. Vashi on the craft of Sam O'Steen, who edited Chinatown, The Graduate and many other iconic films. jc-02.24

Saul Steinberg drawing. Fab. jc-02.24

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