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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.

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

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.

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

"When a platform we designed and built to connect people across the world is used to dox the parents of murdered children, and the people who run it refuse to do anything about it; when they refuse to fix it because they don't see it as a problem; when they attempt to justify the profits with which they're lining their pockets as values, we need to burn it to the ground." ms-04.02

WUtopia Lab's incredible design for a a bookstore in Suzhou, China. Yowza. jc-04.02

Every decision my kids made me make in one day. ms-04.01

Trailer for Stockholm ms-04.01

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, the 50 Best Slaughterhouse-Five Covers from Around the World. ms-03.31

PDF of the exhibition The Bauhaus and Herbert Bayer and Banknotes from Katherine Small Gallery. Sweet. jc-03.29

"For the second year in a row, following last year's victory of Fever Dream over Lincoln in the Bardo, a weird little book has taken the Rooster, and I can't help but feel a little jolt of pleasure over this fact." The Morning News Tournament of Books -Presented by Field Notes. jc-03.29

Boxing with Phineas. jc-03.28

"By this time my dad had spent six years working on the XB-70 project. So this is the story of my dad's brush with the Cold War and, as best as I can piece together, the story of my dad before he was my dad." The XB-70, by Jim Hughes. jc-03.27

"Aiming for the Good, the True & the Beautiful through illustrative designwork since 2010." Peter Voth has pretty good aim. jc-03.27

Four Towers and the Equinox Moon ms-03.26

Hamilton, Catalog No 15, The Hamilton Mfg Co, published late 1901-early 1904. Beautiful, for example, Minnesota Suckers Shine Ice. jc-03.25

Speaking of stamps. jc-03.25

US Postal Service reveals stamps for moon landing 50th anniversary. ms-03.22

A (not) breathtaking film: One Breath Around The World bb-03.21

Trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. ms-03.21

The Stranger Things 3 trailer looks good. jc-03.20

10 Things You Probably Shouldn't Do to Your Friends' Bikes with Markers. bb-03.19

The Quarter-Finals begin today at The Morning News Tournament of Books. jc-03.19

An exhibition at London's National Army Museum featuring the iconic posters of Abram Games. jc-03.19

Tangentially related to the last, The House of The Future: Charles Schridde's 1960s print ads for Motorola. Via Chris Glass. jc-03.18

TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal open for reservations. Count me in. jc-03.18

"With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns." ms-03.16

Finding Steve McQueen. ms-03.16

Because I need this and you probably do too, Animals Hugging People. ms-03.16

Public transit seat fabrics of the world. bb-03.14

Meet Q, the first genderless voice. dw-03.13

Barcelona from above. Via Dezeen. dw-03.13

Moonrise Through Mauna Keas Shadow. ms-03.12

"You've Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman." By George Jenne. Via TOH, of course. jc-03.11

"Obviously you have a pretty cool day job..." An interview with illustrator/artist Pascal Blanche. jc-03.11

The bass part from "Lost in the Supermarket," just because. bb-03.07

These Dick Bruna book covers are each perfect in their own way. jc-03.07

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. ms-03.07

"The Odyssey, if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. But how does Odysseus' trek across the wine-dark sea map onto an actual map of the Mediterranean?" —Elizabeth Della Zazzera. jc-03.05

The tool filmmakers have been waiting for forever: Director's Viewfingers. sd-03.04

Stan Carey on being mizzled by misles. jc-03.04

"When editing text, in the back of my mind I always worry that I'm adding invisible formatting that will somehow cause a problem in the distant future." Same. jc-03.04

"There's heaps of new boutique pedals companies crafting unique, hand-made stompboxes. It's a great time to have GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and get creative with your bass or guitar tone." Ten Wacky Effects Pedals, by Leticia Trandafir. Via Things. jc-03.04

Trailer for The Best Of Enemies ms-03.01

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