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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

"Nobody will ever know what Mars smells like because the air is too thin to breathe." Facts from SciFri's Your Martian Daily. jc-04.05

2001's influence on pop culture, by Vikram Murthi. jc-04.05

A commemorative coin for Canada's most famous UFO sighting. dw-04.04

I was a little late for work today because Interstellar Overdrive came on and I had to wait for 8:39. Bonus: Tonite Lets All Make Love In London. bb-04.04

"Conserve the Sound is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life." jc-04.04

"Frost once claimed his goal as a poet was 'to lodge a few poems where they will be hard to get rid of'; with The Road Not Taken, he appears to have lodged his lines in granite. On a word-for-word basis, it may be the most popular piece of literature ever written by an American. And almost everyone gets it wrong." —David Orr. jc-04.04

Just ordered Ali Smith's How to Be Both because of this post by Stan Carey, Compulsive Pedantry. jc-04.03

Herb Lubalin animations designed for PBS, reanimated. jc-04.03

An embossed and foiled deck of cards by Malika Favre. Check out the limited edition prints too. dw-04.03

"Good parables explain themselves." Among the Stars, Ebert's writing about 2001, by MZS. jc-04.03

2001: A Space Odyssey at fifty. WB announces a new "unrestored" 70mm print which will play at select theaters starting in May. "For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits." Boom. jc-04.03

The Interview Show with Mark Bazar is going national. Proud to have our Field Notes on board as a sponsor of this "scintillating conversation series, taped each week at The Hideout." jc-04.02

Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters. This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space. dw-04.02

The portfolio of Dan Gretta, independent designer from Philadelphia. Check his work for El Borracho Cigars. jc-04.02

Twilight in a Western Sky. ms-04.02

Big buildings, very big. jc-04.02

The 2018 World Cup of Transit Maps. dw-04.02

Trailer for the film The Death of Stalin ms-04.02

And the winner of this year's Morning News Tournament of Books is.... ms-03.30

Last night, 36 year-old accountant Scott Foster played goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks. ms-03.30

Blue Moon Tree ms-03.29

In honor of Opening Day today, James Earl Jones reads Casey At The Bat. ms-03.29

"Also known as the 'noblewoman's laugh,' 'ohoho' in anime is an expression of amusement and condescension." dw-03.28

So you know, the reason J Peterman catalogs use art instead of photographs. ms-03.27

"It's obvious to everyone that clearly what needs to happen is a deep dive to unpack our wheelhouse, circle our wagons, and drill down into the corporate brand's liturgy. Or maybe its litany. I'm not entirely sure, but it's something that ends in "-ergy" and it has three syllables, so it's a bigtime business-guy word. " ms-03.27

Pour une poignée de girolles. ms-03.27

Olive, meet Blue Cheese. Thanks Andrew. See also, Perfect. jc-03.23

"A brief look at the earth from above, based on the shapes we make, the game of life, our playing ground." Arena, a film by Paraic McGloughlin. Yowza, this is amazing and lovely too. Full screen for sure. Thanks Marshall. jc-03.22

Stanley Kubrick memorabilia from the collection of his assistant Emilio D'Alessandro up for auction at Aste Bolaffi. Tons of interesting, and some odd, stuff in these lots. Thanks for the heads up Todd. jc-03.22

"I looked through all 14,227 Apollo photos, and made gifs." jc-03.22

"Before there was the Pantone Matching System, there was Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts." jc-03.22

Cars Matching Homes. Like it says. Via P&C. jc-03.22

So you know, what your favorite website says about you, by Alex Baia. jc-03.22

Local Note: Happy Hour Launch Party today (Thursday) at HQ from 4-7. Beer from Half Acre, snacks from Big Delicious Planet and lots of Field Notes nerdery too. Come on by. jc-03.22

Hey Chicago, Third Coast Percussion wrote a new soundtrack for the 1966 Academy Award winning film Paddle to the Sea, and will be performing it live at Thalia Hall in May, along with other works that look "at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives." I, for one, am very excited for this. mcj-03.21

James Campbell Taylor's gallery of imaginary soccer legend album covers. bb-03.21

Chicagohenge: Equinox in an Aligned City. ms-03.21

"For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. There hadn't been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn't been since." Trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor? dw-03.21

Our pal Jonathan Eig doesn't hold back when discussing his book Ali: A Life with SD. GBOAT. jc-03.20

BarelyMaps' "Intersections of Boston" and other handsomely designed map prints. bb-03.20

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