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Who Owns The Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

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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.

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

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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

The paintings of Greta Van Campen. "In 2011 she received funding for her 'Greta Paints America' project which allowed her to travel the country and develop her process while painting all fifty states." More here. Thanks Marshall. jc-08.24

This Swinging City, in the 70s. jc-08.21

The same day they filed the divorce papers a tornado hit the house. Amazing, from the TMN archives. jc-08.21

Beyoncé Palettes. dw-08.21

We can tell you from experience that if you want an old-school newspaper guy to give you a tour of Chicago taverns, Rick Kogan is your man. kg-08.21

"Nord Collective's quirky titles for the DEmark 2015 feature a literal interpretation of the event's theme, 'Touch of Design.'" —Motionographer. jc-08.21

A conversation with CP hero Walter Murch. Brilliant, as always. jc-08.21

Sometimes it's perfect when it is exactly what it is. James Jones' cover for Blood On Snow by Jo Nesbo. A great read too btw. jc-08.21

Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighborhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994-2009). A love letter to the Internet of old. dw-08.20

Trailer for The Witch. dw-08.20

left/right: walk around
up: ruminate
down: smoke
Play Ennuigi, by Josh Millard. jc-08.20

A glass-bottomed swimming pool will bridge two buildings in London. dw-08.20

Banksy's Dismaland. jc-08.20

How Curiosity take selfies on Mars. jc-08.20

TV Channel Guide from the Future, by Rex Sorgatz. jc-08.20

A project from 2012 that somehow we have never linked. DKNG's poster for Paramount, 100 Years with 100 Iconic Films. While you're there, check the triptych from the recent Outside Lands festival. jc-08.20

Kurt Schwitters, Opera House ticket, 1930. Font: Venus Grotesk. Hannover, Germany. jc-08.20

Interface | People, machines, design "explores how design has been applied to information technology products; about how a handful of companies made complicated technology appealing and easy to use." Currently showing at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney. jc-08.20

Lite-Brite for grown ups with a lot of money. Via Core77. jc-08.20


So you know, where to sit if you want to catch a foul ball at the game. jc-08.20

Painstakingly created over several months, you will not find another visual interpretation of London like this. dw-08.19

We had some fun with time-lapse in the back room at Field Notes Midwest HQ, here's an excellent use of downtime by Matt, Shea and Joe. jc-08.19

"Hi, I'm Bob. Is it OK if I go by Bob? Is anyone else here named Bob?" So you know, how to hack an Amazon "Dash" button to track baby data. Via Kottke. jc-08.19

Archdirector is one of a group of fanciful sets of illustrations by Frederico Babina. See Archiset too. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-08.19

Renzo Picasso (1880-1975) was an Italian engineer, architect and designer. There's a nice archive of his work on FB. The combination of structure and engineering with a delicate, almost cartoonish style makes for some amazing illustrations. Via Transit Maps. jc-08.19

And for JC: All-synth Peg. Bleep-bl-blee-bleep! bb-08.18

I would think DW has more dignity than this guy, but maybe not: 6 Tricks to Double Your Chipotle Burrito Size (for free!) bb-08.18

Happy Birthday, Rodney Mullen! mcj-08.18

Local note, there is still a cow path in the Loop. Not many cows though. jc-08.18

Mark King "tried a million ways to get Soleil to try new foods, eat what was in front of her, and stop saying she doesn't like something before ever having tried it." The he had an idea, and put it on Kickstarter. jc-08.18

Related to an earlier post, how radio enthusiasts are listening to Earth's secret symphony. dw-08.18

Great paintings of everyday life in America by Danny Galieote. Via Empty Kingdom. dw-08.18

On August 15th, 1977, "an unusually strong radio signal was detected by the Big Ear Radio Observatory at Ohio State University, as part of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project." jc-08.18

So you know, what 14,683 Cleveland children were doing on June 23, 1913. jc-08.18

Andromeda Rising over the Alps. ms-08.18

"When riding shotgun, quietly slip the car into neutral at a red light." Plus tons more of the Oldest Tricks in the Blog. Via Quipsologies. jc-08.18

Photos of vintage movie theater concession stands. Via Messy Nessy Chic. dw-08.17

Animated Ukiyo-e by Segawa 37. dw-08.17

Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, by Barrie Tullett. Looks great. jc-08.17

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