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Saturday Edition

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review literary experiences at Field-Tested Books.

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From The CP Labs

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 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.

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


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.

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.

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

Cityscapes, impressionistic paintings by Jeremy Mann. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-04.16

Steve Talkowski's March of Robots. "Each day I would quickly sketch a concept, then jump into Maya for an hour or two of modeling, then import in Keyshot3d for materials and final render." Via Laughing Squid. jc-04.16

"Sweatpants are a non-verbal means of indicating that you would like your order to go." ms-04.15

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette from Nathan W. Pyle's new book. bb-04.15

"You will soon be awakened by a power deep within yourself-- a power that is sublime, karmic. Acupuncture may be the solution to what's holding you back from an ecstatic paradigm shift of complexity. Through reiki, our bodies are transformed into freedom." New-Age BullSh*t Generator. ms-04.15

New York Numbers. dw-04.15

Gorgeous restoration of a simple garage. Want badly. ms-04.15

Good news people, today, you too, can become a Glasshole! ms-04.15

First Mini Metro and now Super Planet Crash? There's no way any work is getting done today. dw-04.15

Cinefix gives us their picks for the 12 Best Long Takes in Film History. The opening shot from Touch of Evil is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks Marshall. ms-04.15

"...dodgy jokes, lots of trips to the pub and a comic-book like narrative created through captions..." Maisie Skidmore on Tim King's "A Drawing a Day" project. Follow along on the artist's Tumblr. jc-04.15

"Nobody wanted to sponsor a show that made fun of products that were advertised on TV, like car manufacturers." Too bad. The little-known Mad Magazine television special from 1974. jc-04.15


TMN features Frontcountry, photography by Lucas Foglia that "finds people living in a boom cycle as a result of mining, one that's producing a new, modern take on the Wild West." jc-04.15

"For instance, how often do a deciduous tree and a coniferous tree appear in the same painting? We know that 57 percent of paintings contain a deciduous tree and 53 percent of paintings contain a coniferous tree. According to our data set, 20 percent of paintings contain at least one of each." A Statistical Analysis of the Work of the Bob Ross. Via Waxy. ms-04.15

Trailer for Gone Girl. ms-04.15

Mammatus Clouds Over Nebraska. ms-04.15

If you need some patterns of dogs rolled into your dough, here are some nifty laser-engraved rolling pins. sd-04.14

Bears on Stairs, an experiment using 3D printing and stop-motion animation. Via Waxy. sd-04.14

A great ad and animation about film editing: The Editor. sd-04.14

The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese, a sandwich offered here in Chicago for the decidedly-less-expensive-than-its-name-would-imply price of $100. sd-04.14

A film and performance series about Johnny Cash's Out Among the Stars," with Brandon Flowers, Father John Misty and Local Natives. sd-04.14

Trailer for God's Pocket. ms-04.14

A clever campaign, fundraising for returning veterans, selling a minute of pre-recorded silence. sd-04.14

Sweet Valley High No.8: "Half a Pigeon." sd-04.14

Earlier today, Abraham Poincheval emerged from living inside of a bear for 13 days. dw-04.14

Game of Firms. dw-04.14

Whipped Cream & Other Delights, the Music Mogul and the Supermodel, by Jim Hughes. jc-04.14

Batman: Strange Days, short in celebration of his 75th Anniversary. jc-04.14

Why it doesn't matter that you may never reach inbox zero. ms-04.14

Great lost manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy. ms-04.14

A look inside the fridges of 11 top New York chefs. ms-04.14

Our partner in Field Notes, Aaron Draplin is speaking at Tedx Portland today and they're streaming the event live, starting at 11am Chicago time. Break a leg buddy. jc-04.12

Re-link as the entire piece is now online, a fantastic long read, The Murders at the Lake. ms-04.12

Clouds and Crosses Over Haleakala. ms-04.12

What's the difference between tonic water, club soda, mineral water, and seltzer? bb-04.11

NSFW embroidery art by Alaina Varrone. dw-04.11

The Design Deck, a playing-card guide to graphic design. dw-04.11

Jamie Kripke's beautiful photos of the Mesa Lab, the I.M. Pei designed home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (and location for Woody Allen's Sleeper). sd-04.11

So here's this song performed at Social Media Marketing World conference: "Let's Get Social." sd-04.11

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"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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