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Because it's There

Winter’s Tale

"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.

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.

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

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"Did you clean your plate?" jc-10.17

"Read the letter in full below, in all its exuberant egotism." An 18-year-old James Joyce Writes to Henrik Ibsen. jc-10.17

P.P. Arnold kills "To Love Somebody" on French TV, 1968. bb-10.17

Yeah, I've had days like that. ms-10.17

Put away your Ken Bone costume, Halloween has been won by a boy and his TaunTaun ms-10.17

"The brief on this technological milestone? Images shot and projected at 120 fps, dual 4K RGB laser projectors that display wide color gamut and high dynamic range, bright RealD 3D, 12-channel audio with overhead speakers plus sub-bass." David Leitner on Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. jc-10.14

A leopard is bigger than a cheetah, though both have spots. Definiteness, Plurality, and Genericity, filed by Mark Liberman. jc-10.14

Great read, Brian De Palma chats with FFC about The Conversation and lots more. jc-10.13

XXX- Flight Attendant ms-10.13

Well, this should make for an awkward Thanksgiving. (Nice headline btw, I see what you did there) ms-10.13

"Unlike other films that have blended archival footage with interviews or narration from today, our film is unique in that we use only archival material, in other words transmission audio, original still photography and original film captured by the astronauts." Can't wait to see The Last Steps. jc-10.13

Rogue One trailer two. jc-10.13

As a pencil lover, this was wonderful. nprED takes a look at the history of the pencil. mcj-10.12

Betting we'll be hearing these soon, back in the pack-and-ship department: 31 Scary Old-Time Radio Episodes. bb-10.12

Related to the last, TFJ's Mallory: A Transatlantic Sans. Beautiful and practical, as you'd expect. jc-10.12

"The advice I'd give to my younger self is: Be more disciplined about writing stuff down. There are plenty of ideas or insights that I found at one point or another and then I lost because I didn't think I needed to write down." Belina Lanks chats with typographer Tobias Frere-Jones. jc-10.12

31 Great Magazine Cover Designs, nice selections by From up North. jc-10.12

Kids try 100 years of airline food. ms-10.12

So you know, how to open a new book. jc-10.12

"The St. John's IceCaps today proudly revealed design details of their new Royal Newfoundland Regiment tribute jersey which will be worn during Military Appreciation Weekend, November 25th-26th at Mile One Centre." Want. jc-10.11

Concept art for the 1966 Batman television series belies the silliness of the final product. bb-10.11

Syrian refugee girls dress up as their dream job. ms-10.11

Target is teaming up with Dwell for a collaboration. Start waiting in line now..... ms-10.11

Gorgeous trailer for BBC One's upcoming Planet Earth II ms-10.11

Upon reflection, Sunday's debate was maybe not as contentious as previously thought. ms-10.11

Related to the last, check this film if you prefer your moon photographs in super-slow motion and faked using old-school film techniques. Also, our earth is a beachball! jc-10.11

"The Kaguya spacecraft also carried cameras, including one with a pair of 2.2 megapixel HDTV sensors that captured the first high-definition video from the moon. Thanks to this clear-eyed video camera, many of Kaguya's images—especially the shots showing the Earth rising and setting at the lunar horizon—are moving in both senses of the word." jc-10.11

The Oatmeal on why Christopher Columbus is awful and should not be celebrated. mcj-10.10

Fab new photos of Mars from the Indian Space Research Organization. jc-10.10

Trailer for the film Tower ms-10.10

Moon, Mercury, and Twilight Radio. ms-10.10

Everyone's an Architect, an older AV Club piece on "jobs common only in romantic comedies." jc-10.10

The View from Trump Tower. Great cartoon by Ruben Bolling. See "The Boss." jc-10.10

Love these geometric lamps by COZO. dw-10.07

"How To Save The Princess in 8 Programming Languages" bb-10.07

"There are some characters you can only see on stones. If you don't move them to the web, over time those stones will become sand and we'll never be able to recover those drawings or that writing." Google's Noto typeface spans more than 100 writing systems, 800 languages, and hundreds of thousands of characters. dw-10.07

Trailer for Get Out. dw-10.07

A history of alternative and independent music mapped out to the circuit board of an early transistor radio. dw-10.07

"The recipient has no insight as to what it is until it is completed and they pull their arm out of the hole. There is no communication and no contact other than the tattoo." Whole Glory. dw-10.07

In Residence: Casa Gilardi a film by César Pesquera. Casa Gilardi is the last house built entirely by legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. jc-10.07

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