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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.

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


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.

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

If you're in Chicago, join us after work tonight (Wednesday) at FNHQ for the "End Papers" release party, and tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Music Box for the Chicago premiere of Gary Hustwit's new film about Dieter Rams. bb-10.03

Roald Dahl's Matilda Wormwood is 30. Mara Wilson reminisces, with illustrations from Quentin Blake. bb-10.02

Auge Design's fantastic limited-edition packaging system for Mutti tomato products. jc-10.01

What Makes The Night Watch Rembrandt's Masterpiece. jc-10.01

"But if you quote Sherlock Holmes as saying 'Exactly, my dear Watson' — which he really does say in Conan Doyle's stories — there's a good chance your listener will 'correct' you, so entrenched is the elementary version." jc-10.01

"There's no R&B in this song:" Chris Read's 25th anniversary mixtape of De La Soul's Buhloone Mindstate. bb-09.27

Let's Read Old Magazines. jc-09.27

Happy Birthday, Olivia Newton-John! bb-09.26

Five Of The Most Inspiring Explorers ms-09.26

This Unusual Cafe In Seoul Will Make You Feel Like You Walked Into A Cartoon. ms-09.26

Trailer for the film Galveston. ms-09.24

The Gorgeous Typeface That Drove Men Mad and Sparked a 100-Year Mystery. ms-09.20

"I'd venture a guess that most Americans (like us, before we started this project) can't name more than one or two amendments to the Constitution, let alone remember that there are 27 of them. But these 27 "insertions" to our founding document outline our basic rights as Americans. Not only that, they show a country changing and evolving and re-imagining itself; striving (and not always succeeding) to be better. With that in mind, the team at More Perfect challenged ourselves to come up with a way to give these words the swagger they deserve. So we invited some of the best musicians in the world to create songs inspired by each of the 27 amendments; a kind of "Schoolhouse Rock!" for the 21st Century. 27: The Most Perfect Album | WNYC Studios. ms-09.20

Werner's Nomenclature of Colours. ms-09.18

Local note. Admission 2018, an event next week here in Chicago, about organizing events, w/ a great line-up of speakers including some pals: Jessie Char, Hugh Forrest and Bryony Gomez-Palacio. jc-09.18

"I've seen the future of rock and roll and it's name is Nathan Destin." I dare you not to smile. jc-09.18

Seven endangered species that could (almost) fit in a single train carriage. dw-09.17

Preorder the Button Box, featuring 100 postcards from our friends at the Busy Beaver Button Museum. bb-09.17

"It can be difficult or impossible to know how much time has passed between scenes, or even between shots. With every cut, the world is reborn and seen anew." Let the Wind Speak. Kent Jones on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Amen. jc-09.17

Support the trans-zombie indie horror-comedy Eat Rich, follow the production, and stop by their party next Wednesday. bb-09.14

Self- described "Vinyl collector who enjoys craft beer", hip_hops is a great follow. He pairs music and beer with similar themes and gives you a taste of the music. Sorry, can't taste beer through Instagram. ms-09.14

"Earlier this summer, Theo Jansen released an improved iteration of his strandbeests, wind-powered machines that walk along the beach." From Kottke. jc-09.14

Forget what "Rap Rock" eventually became, and dig deep into the pretty wonderful and largely forgotten story of the Judgment Night Soundtrack. bb-09.13

"My focus now is to explore deeper into the concept of sharing the same world but seeing it from different points of view." Cinta Vidal, painter. Interview. jc-09.13

Trailer for the Netflix six-part series from the Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. ms-09.13

"Easy Lettering," via Nerfect. bb-09.11

Gmunk presents the first drone screen performance. Woah. jc-09.11

The new book from FOTA and master of ridiculous books, Mike Sacks: Randy: The Full and Complete Unedited Biography and Memoir of the Amazing Life and Times of Randy S.!. Buy it for the cover alone. sd-09.11

Trailer for the film At Eternity's Gate. ms-09.10

Fifty Books and Fifty Covers. A great field, as usual. jc-09.10

Composer/Sound Designer Suzanne Ciani creates the audio for the 1980 "Xenon" pinball game. bb-09.10

Trailer for the film The Front Runner ms-09.07

Why did NASA send a penny to Mars? Tangentially related, Why did we send a Field Notes to space? jc-09.05

Always nerdy fun, September Questions and Answers from the Chicago Manual of Style. jc-09.04

A great new Jack White poster project from FOTA Matthew Jacobson. In promotion of White's Vegas shows, Matthew created a complete deck of cards, poster-sized, info on the front, card on the back. sd-09.04

The Web Design Museum exhibits over 900 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005. dw-08.31

"The Changing Landscape of American Retail is an ongoing documentation of the shift from traditional brick-and-mortar locations where we once socialized and interacted with our community to the stark and generic structures that house shipping, fulfillment, call, and server centers, now essential for e-commerce." dw-08.31

"7,500 Light years away and a mind-crushing 300 light years — 3,000 trillion kilometers — across, it's the site of thousands of stars being born. The amount of gas available is something like a million times the mass of the Sun, so it has plenty of raw material to make stars for a long, long time." A massive photo of the Carina Nebula. dw-08.31

An '80s true-crime biology thriller ripped from the pages of Discover magazine: "When Snails Attack." bb-08.30

Current Instagram fave: _bands_fc. bb-08.29

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