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Friday Edition

"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.

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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.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

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

Northerlies

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Alissa Walker on Chicago, the Mac system font, of Ed Wood anachronism fame. bb-08.22

"For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend--or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. ms-08.22

Great collection of badges designed by Allan Peters. Via WATC. dw-08.22

Venus and Jupiter at Dawn. ms-08.22

The tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK's largest hippie commune. dw-08.22

Monotype's Dan Rhatigan discusses the font Ryman Eco. ms-08.22

Trailer for the film Are You Here. ms-08.22

A nice collection of 51 vintage Chicago postcards. dw-08.21

Trailer for Automata. dw-08.21

"There is something about nighttime in the jungle of the urban landscape that reaches into the primitive part of the brain. We interpret the night differently. The ordinary is transformed. Our senses are more acute. There is a touch of danger but also a heightened loneliness. Because of the surrounding darkness, light dances and hits our eyes more intensely. Colors are more saturated. If the street is deserted, you can hear the hum of the neon, the echo on the sidewalks." Chicago Night Series by Steve Connell. dw-08.21

History of an Icon: La Vespa. dw-08.21

"Each generation has certain individuals who bring innovation and style to a field of endeavor while projecting a certain charismatic self-possession. They are the figures selected for this exhibition: the successful rebels of American culture." The National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit. ms-08.21

Comic Sans for Cancer. dw-08.21

The Frankenstein Freak Show is an exhibition of Frankenstein inspired portraits by 24 artists from around the world. dw-08.21

Colorful geometric illustrations by YoAz. dw-08.20

Toots & the Maytals, Bonnie Raitt, and Bill Cosby. Because OF COURSE. bb-08.20

"How many Americans are guilty of adding foreign countries to their travel bucket lists over un-visited states in their own country?" Everyday USA on Instagram bb-08.20

Saint Dolly, the patron saint of bad-ass hair. dw-08.20

Colorful abstract sky illustrations by Joren. dw-08.20

"Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps." dw-08.20

"Solargraphic prints are created using data from the sun, collected from a satellite one hour away from earth. This data, known as the solar wind, gives an indication of solar activity through the speed of particles released from our sun as they travel towards our planet. Each print represents one day of the sun's activity." dw-08.20

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman, the folks at Pop Chart Lab gives us the fab taxonomy of Gotham's Villains. ms-08.20

"In celebration of the original British retro telephone, also known as the 'modern phone,' the 746 remake retains a vintage look and design featured in the 1967 edition." ms-08.20

100 slightly strange London bus stop names. ms-08.20

The Film Before the Film is a short documentary that traces the evolution of title design through the history of film. ms-08.20

For BB, the chemistry of a football shirt. ms-08.20

"The former USSR with the fall of a Communist empire, places now lie derelict, uninhabited, broken shells of a forgotten time. The collapse of the Soviet Union left haunting memories of ordinary people who once lived and worked there." From photographer Rebecca Litchfield, Soviet Ghosts. ms-08.20

FWIW, Billy Bragg is stopping in Ferguson tonight. bb-08.19

Idele Muc, the pre-war "Al Capone of Tarnow, Poland." sd-08.19

Fiero + Harley = Fieri. bb-08.19

Related to the last post, anyone remember Think Big!? bb-08.19

A giant pencil lamp. dw-08.19

"In a dust,, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, points to a chain-link fence far in the distance, the mountains rising beyond in the hazy heat. 'There are 7,000 people between us and that next fence there,' she says. For almost a decade, her job has been to confirm the identification of every single one of them." ms-08.19

From photographer Krista Long, I Love Summer. Via NotCot. ms-08.19

FoTA Daniel Zarick made a really dumb app that also happens to be really really fun (if you're into pointless competition). Check out The Shakedown. mcj-08.19

Star Trails Over Indonesia. ms-08.19

"The engine runs on a mixture of gasoline and holy water. The stereo is configured to only play hymns. Hell, the cup holder only fits grails! Oh, I shouldn't say 'hell' near this thing, it may have some anti-Satan security device. Or maybe they just banked on God keeping it safe. ms-08.19

Everyone today wants open floor plans and granite counters. Back in the day, rooms were as plentiful as allowed by space. Check out these elaborate floor plans from Pre-World War NYC apartments. ms-08.19

Nice illustrations by Ale Giorgini. dw-08.18

Just because I needed to find them again: Oil Cans! bb-08.18

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We hated the options available for custom packaging DVDs and CDs so we created a brand that gives creative professionals and hobbyists the tools to make great stuff. Here's a bit from the latest Jewelboxing weblog entry:

"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.

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