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The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer 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.

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.

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.

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

UQAM, smart exercises in industrial design. jc-04.26

The best part of the Twilight films on repeat, for five hours. mcj-04.26

Microsculpture, super-detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss. Great mini-doc. jc-04.26

A small, animated tribute to iconic vehicles of the Soviet era, by Nickola Nickolov and Nikolay Ivanov. Via Quipsologies. jc-04.26

"...if you want to make something really great, you can't think about making it great for everyone. You have to make it great for someone." Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved, by Josh Topolsky. Amen. jc-04.26

Van Life. Not for me, but way better than these. jc-04.26

For 38 years, Philip Ashforth Coppola has been exploring the NYC's subway stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. A film from GBS. jc-04.26

Audubon made up at least 28 fake species to prank a rival. dw-04.25

Thorough and insightful piece on the redesign of Ryanair's boarding pass system by Lynsey Duncan and Aonghus Davoren. jc-04.25

Milky Way in Moonlight. ms-04.25

Hiding in Plain Sight, the history of camouflage, by Josh Kramer. Via Things Mag. jc-04.25

A peek inside Aaron's book, Pretty Much Everything. Pre-order your copy now. jc-04.22

Trailer for the film Tale of Tales. ms-04.22

So you know, when "a thing" became a thing. jc-04.22

Hans Jenssen Illustration, beautifully rendered cutaways, cross-sections, exploded views and more, including classic Star Wars vehicles. Via Isn't. jc-04.22

Shipmap.org, a visualization of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012, overlaid on a bathymetric map. By Kiln and UCL. Thanks Marshall. jc-04.22

Hireth (n.) a nostalgia for a home to which you cannot return; a longing for a home that is no longer or never was. ms-04.22

"Behind the gleaming 1970s missile fuselage, three glass shelves revolve around a gold-plated spindle; while in the base, a sliding platform built from lacquered American walnut conceals an armoury of custom-made cocktail utensils." The Bomb. dw-04.22

Gorgeous loft in Spitalfields. Yes please. ms-04.22

"The blurring of everyday city life." The Others, a beautiful short film by Hiroshi Kondo. Via TMN. jc-04.22

"During my visit to North Korea, I was part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro. This may sound mundane, but the previously restricted Pyongyang Metro is surely one of the most mysterious, yet beautiful transit systems on earth, each station uniquely themed in ultra-nationalism, parading North Korea's revolutionary goals and achievements to impressionable commuters." ms-04.22

"Food is the product of love and labor, usually in equal parts. When left behind, it reminds us that our loved ones were once very much alive." Lovely. ms-04.21

"It looks like she was hauling vegetables, then dropped them behind her and pulled out a sword and shield because something's about to go down. Her face looks like 'I dare you.'" A brief history of women on the $20 bill. dw-04.21

Daniel Handal's photo project documenting the female masking fetish community. sd-04.21

Stasi-Prison, a beautiful and austere set of photos by Philipp Lohöfener. jc-04.21

How am I only hearing about this now?! Trailer for Rubber, a film about "an inanimate tire that suddenly and inexplicably comes to life, discovering that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything." sd-04.21

"There is no more television as such. There is cinema and it can be seen in the home [or] in the theater. It could be a minute or less or it could be 90 hours or more." FFC teases his next project. jc-04.21

Trailer for the film based on the best-selling novel, The Girl on the Train ms-04.21

"Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for her compelling depiction of a boy living in poverty in Maine." ms-04.21

From photographer Henry Hargreaves, Deep Fried Gadgets. Weirdly, this makes me hungry. ms-04.21

Colorful coffee art by Mason Salisbury. dw-04.21

A Shallow and Wholly Inadequate Survey of Classical Record Cover Design between 1959 and 1982. jc-04.21

So you know, How Ink is Made. A lovely film, via Quipsologies. jc-04.21

"What's incredible is that a particular brood doesn't emerge every 15 years, or 18 years... they only emerge in 13 or 17-year cycles." Joe Hanson on Prime Time for Periodic Cicadas. jc-04.21

Bourne trailer. jc-04.21

Lonely Parisian cafe exteriors, lit in red on rainy nights. Photography by Blaise Arnold. Via Isn't. jc-04.20

Scented temporary tattoos from Tattly. dw-04.20

Friendly Skies or maybe not-so. Eric Etten's airline fighter jets. jc-04.20

Yowza. The graphic manual for The VIII Mediterranean Games in Split, 1979. Designer Borislav Ljubicic. jc-04.20

Rumor has it the U.S. Treasury will announce today they are replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. Historic and amazing!! ms-04.20

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