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Computer Arts visits the CP studio
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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's 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.

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.

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

ISO one brave warrior for this Friday's Layer Tennis qualifier. Wanna play? Email layertennis@coudal.com. bb-10.21

Growing up, I had a bunk bed. A boring, average, bunk bed. I would have loved to have had one like this. ms-10.21

"Death is never kind to artists, but it has been particularly harsh on Algren. But now he is back with a roar as loud as the 'L,' which Algren once described as 'the city's rusty heart.'" Rick Kogan on two new Nelson Algren films. jc-10.21

A Day in the Life of a Moscow Metro station bench. Via TMN. ms-10.21

"I refuse to give you a discount on principle because I know those shoes cost $200 and because anyone carrying a Vera Bradley handbag can afford to pay full price. I own a barn, lady- I wasn't born in one. Besides, you're wrong. I don't take this sh*t back to the farm; I take it to the food bank and sleep the sleep of the just." ms-10.21

"Waitrose sent one of its staff members to the house, whereupon the family discovered the spider had torn off its own leg to escape and had disappeared, leaving behind a sac full of thousands of baby spiders." Ix-nay on the bananas from Waitrose, folks. ms-10.20

She's back. ms-10.20

"From the eastern U.S. the eclipse will reach maximum around the time of sunset, making for dramatic picture-taking opportunities. Further west, the entire eclipse will occur with the sun up in the afternoon sky. Either way, you can't go wrong." jc-10.20

Cute cacti cupcakes. dw-10.20

Contact sheets from Hollywood Frame by Frame, by Karina Longworth. jc-10.20

"Confusion is the most common reaction." Iiu Susiraja's selfies. dw-10.20

The Famous Chunkies by Alex Solis. dw-10.20

Behind the scenes tech from the production of Disney's Big Hero 6. jc-10.20

Homer's Last Theorem. Chapter 3, excerpted from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh. Brilliant. jc-10.20

"In the Potluck Dilemma, a per-agent algorithm of motivation ("M") and previous performance ("P2") predicts compliance. Mary, for example, brought a blueberry French toast casserole to the last potluck. It was straight baller. She will most likely phone it in next time and bring cheese or something." Game Theory: The Potluck Dilemma, by Jason Hayes. jc-10.20

Jones vs. Montiel was just remarkable on Friday. Layer Tennis, Presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-10.17

DP Alex Buono on shooting the new Saturday Night Live opening. So many fun setups. sd-10.17

Trailer for the documentary The Hard Places. sd-10.17

The Minecraft megacity that took 2 years and 4.5 million blocks to construct. dw-10.17

"Hold on a second. I need to take a break from this portrait and shoot some birds that are 6 miles away." The 50 - 1000mm lens should also help you with all of your snap zooms, no problem. sd-10.17

Animated music video for Love by Sébastien Tellier. dw-10.17

From Wroclaw, Poland, a collection of images of where signs used to hang. sd-10.17

Patricia Marx takes a fun look at emotional-support animal fraud: "How to Take Your Pet Everywhere." sd-10.17

Virgin Wood Type Mfg. Co. dw-10.17

"Our songs will all be silenced." Orson Welles' bitter and delightful monologue from F for Fake. jc-10.17

Ridiculously clever. The new way to store beer in your fridge, the bottleLoft. Via Cool Material. ms-10.17

Take a look inside BLAH Airlines Flight 101 from Newark to San Francisco. dw-10.16

Through a Glass Darkly, beautiful photos of London commuters heading home in the dark, by Nick Turpin. Via Susan Everett. jc-10.16

"Nicole, can you take Matt's temp on the brodal shower idea? But first, find out if he has hot friends!!!! :) Also, Nicole you're not attracted to Matt right?? Don't want another offering to have sex with our friend's husband situation, right Jen? LOL. Awk-ward!" Hey Ladies: Autumnal Shower. jc-10.16

Giant charcoal drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips. dw-10.16

"hey yoo guys, i foun the sweet ray bans in the bafroom also, shelly is crying in thdere." Drunk J. Crew. So great. jc-10.16

Through the Ground Glass. A wonderful short about large format photography. via Gizmodo mcj-10.16

Apropos of nothing. Frank "Here's That Rainy Day". jc-10.16

So you know, MapCrow, Travel Distance Calculator and Map between World Cities. jc-10.16

Keeping Time, clocks, calendars and dating systems. From the current issue of Lapham's Quarterly, in a brand-new, lovely site. jc-10.16

Tuning '77 is "a seamless audio supercut of an entire year of the Grateful Dead tuning their instruments, live on stage. Chronologically sequenced, this remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977." Sheesh. Via Mefi. jc-10.16

Rosetta's Selfie. ms-10.16

Trailer for the film Leviathan. ms-10.16

Moiré animals. dw-10.15

Les Astronautes filled an alley in Quebec with pool noodles. dw-10.15

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