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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

30 years ago, "Max Headroom" hijacked Chicago television. bb-11.22

"This map was made to sing the praises of the extraordinary women who have, since the beginning, been shapers and heroes of this city that has always been, secretly, a City of Women." dw-11.21

Who's Fish? jc-11.21

Dinosaurs, gods, and marshmallows: A Thanksgiving Science Quiz. ms-11.21

Ref Goals. bb-11.21

A few years back, the good people at Exponential Records helped us out a bunch providing the music for a few of our Layer Tennis recaps. Now they have two new albums out: Diego Bernal's great \e-sas\ and Ernest Gonzales' Our Lady Of.... sd-11.20

Here we go! The 2018 Tournament of Books Long List. jc-11.20

If you remember Heathrow airport's adorable ad Coming Home for Christmas from last year, you'll love the new ad this year that tells their love story. I'm not crying, you're crying. ms-11.20

Friday, the Moon Smiled. ms-11.20

Inside Information: Director's Cut, amazing, inventive print from Dorothy. jc-11.17

Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner. dw-11.17

Major Fireball Meteor. ms-11.17

Local note, this weekend is the first Chicago Art Book Fair. dw-11.17

Trailer for new horror film The Quiet Place. ms-11.17

Trailer for the new television show The Chi. ms-11.17

1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype 001. Boss. jc-11.16

Where the record shops at? jc-11.16

ODGER Chair, designed by Form With Love for IKEA, has a simple simple click-lock assembly. dw-11.16

Nice phone and tablet stands by STAK Ceramics. dw-11.16

Gastro Obscura, the world's most wondrous food and drink. dw-11.15

Color changing cabinets. dw-11.13

"...when a critical number of people try to find balance at the same time and their movements sync up, they can align with the sway of the bridge. And that's when things get scary." mcj-11.13

Happy Monday. ms-11.13

"Ben Sansum is 35. But he lives in 1946. His clothes, his house, the music he listens to - all come from an era before he was even born. ms-11.13

Color Photos of the 1939 New York World's Fair. ms-11.13

Stan Carey's periodic collection at Sentence First is always great. Here's his latest Link Love: Language. jc-11.13

"...the slinging of odd stones or dollops of mud at the windows of the stately home of linguistic decorum." Anthony Burgess' Lost Dictionary of Slang. jc-11.13

Japan in Retro-Style GIFs. jc-11.13

Celebrities at the Airport in the 1970's. So great. ms-11.11

Monsoon IV. ms-11.10

Trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Dark. ms-11.10

From architecture firm Studio MM, the gorgeous Creek House, Kerhonkson, NY ms-11.10

Digging the packaging for CoastWise Session IPA by MiresBall. jc-11.09

Our fave caterer is raising money to help each family at the Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago Public Charter Elementary School, with their Thanksgiving dinner. C'mon now, we're in, you should be too. jc-11.09

Trailer for The Post. jc-11.08

It's Day One for Ben Saunders on his trans-antarctic, solo trek. Good luck buddy. CP and Field Notes are pulling for you (although actually, you'll be doing all the pulling for the next 60-ish days.) jc-11.08

Corporate Ambigrams by Tom Goulet. bb-11.07

I never knew Aztec Camera's cover of Van Halen's "Jump" is supposed to have two minutes of guitar shredding at the end! So much better. bb-11.07

Tons of great and helpful hand-drawn notes from Insta-Chaz, including this perfect map of every city. jc-11.07

Used Car Commercial for a 1996 Honda Accord. jc-11.06

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