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What's All This Then?

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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.

Einstein's Puzzle

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?

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.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

From FastCo Design, A Reading Guide for Designers Who Want to Write. mcj-03.20

"What makes gambling wrong but insurance right?" bb-03.20

Nina Keinrath explores the mountains of Morocco. dw-03.20

The Opening Round comes to a close today in the Morning News Tournament of Books. jc-03.20

Apropos of nothing, Miles Davis The Sorcerer, May 17, 1967. jc-03.20

Great Migrations, following genes around the world. From Lapham's Quarterly. jc-03.20

RC vehicles that fly at appropriately scaled speeds. Whoa, cool. jc-03.17

For St. Pat's, "I was very flattered when Joyce dropped the 'Mister.' Everybody was 'Mister.' There were no Christian names, no first names. The nearest you would get to friendly name was to drop the 'Mister.' I was never 'Sam.' I was always 'Beckett' at the best. We'd drink in any old pub or cafe." This Recording in which Samuel Beckett didn't intend to be a writer. jc-03.17

So you know, Vicemo shows you who's buying drugs, booze, and sex on Venmo. dw-03.17

Gorgeous wood art by Gordon Pembridge. dw-03.17

Let's be honest here, everyone is going to want to be the T-Rex. ms-03.17

So you know, how beer gets its color from PopSci. See also this sold out Field Notes limited edition. jc-03.17

Trailer for Dig Two Graves. ms-03.17

A classic reference that needs to be revisited periodically. Paul Brians' Commonly Made Suggestions about commonly made errors, and more importantly, Non-Errors, "those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English." Which is exactly the sort of attitude up with which I will not put jc-03.17

Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same. mcj-03.16

Local note: Our pals at the Busy Beaver Button Museum are hosting My Button, My Choice, their inaugural fundraiser, on Monday at 5:30 PM at Lagunitas. You drink a few beers and make a custom button for your own personal cause, they get a few bucks, everyone wins! bb-03.16

Related to the last, the long take opening scene from Touch of Evil. ms-03.16

Netflix is helping to bring Orson Welles' last, unfinished film to the screen. ms-03.16

Jacob Oller on Hal Ashby's seldom-seen final script, Vital Parts from the Thomas Berger novel, was written for Marlon Brando. jc-03.16

Thanks Whole Foods for playing the one song guaranteed to make me cry at your salad bar. ms-03.16

Gorgeous photos of Paris from Nathalie Geffroy. ms-03.16

Somewhere out there, a retail copywriter hangs his/her head in shame. ms-03.16

Related to the last. ms-03.16

Who gives a f*ck about the oxford comma? Dairy delivery drivers in Maine. ms-03.16

March Fadness isn't quite so compelling as last year's March Sadness, but it does give me an excuse to let you know that Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" was totally a cover. bb-03.15

Related to the last, here is a great Every Frame A Painting on How to do Visual Comedy. mcj-03.15

"Your name's Baby? B.A.B.Y. Baby?" Trailer for Edgar Wright's new flick, BABY DRIVER. mcj-03.15

"With echoes of Cubism, Lister's 8-bit art - which includes drawings, paintings, and 3D printing - deliberately avoids all use of diagonal or curved lines. Instead it combines the minimal, mathematic aesthetic of pixellated graphics with the soft transparency of watercolour paint to create something quite unique." ms-03.15

Film School Rejects on What We Learned from Terrence Malick's SXSW Appearance. jc-03.15

A big upset in today's Tournament of Books match. And now I want to read both books. jc-03.15

This Japanese poster for FFC's The Rain People from 1969 is sublime. jc-03.14

Power Stations operated by The National Power Company of Iceland. So you know. Via Darran Anderson. jc-03.14

"During her child-led, unstructured playtime on our drives to the Hamptons, she loves to ask our driver Hasaan all about how he rides his camels. He always tells her that not all people from Egypt ride camels and that he has lived in the United States for 27 years. It's become a sweet little inside joke between them." ms-03.14

Delta + Alessi. dw-03.14

"...a very grave attempt to do a first-rate piece of work." On today's date in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published. jc-03.14

Throughout March, vote for your favorite basketball, hockey, baseball and football logo designs from history and today. dw-03.14

Mir manual docking system: Toru control panel and attitude control joystick. Cool. jc-03.14

A Dark Winter Sky over Monfrague National Park in Spain. ms-03.14

Alternate Ending For TM's The Tree Of Life. jc-03.13

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick, by Eric Benson for Texas Monthly. jc-03.13

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