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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.

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.

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

Head over to Rea's Design is fine. History is mine and we'll see you in an hour or two. jc-11.20

Field Notes First-Ever Second Annual Holiday Open House. jc-11.20

Visual artist Paul Laffoley passed away this week in Boston. Our friend Heather Parker was his neighbor: "He made crazy art about the future. He was a squatter back in the day and knew Warhol. I will miss the conversations I had with him. I used to bring him his heavy packages, just so I could sit with him and hear his crazy stories. Such a neat guy." bb-11.19

Carrie Fisher on the set of Blade Runner. Wait, what? bb-11.19

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts from Memory, by Jez Burrows. jc-11.19

The new Snowblind Edition is white when you're inside and blue when you're in the sunshine. No kidding. jc-11.18

Long-time fave, Randall Munroe, of xkcd is in The NYer this week, explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity. No big deal. jc-11.18

The Signs Of Austin, lovely annotated illustrations by Reagan Ray. jc-11.17

Gorgeous photos of Norway, mostly shot from his kayak, the work of photographer Tomasz Furmanek. ms-11.17

In honor of his birthday today, a tribute to Martin Scorsese. ms-11.17

Peter Flynn's documentary, Dying of the Light explores "the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists." jc-11.17

Expo 67 Montreal Postcard Gallery. jc-11.17

"The cold war forgot about these relics. These images, taken by photographer Danila Tkachenko in Russia and Kazakhstan, show bold attempts at technological progress that were abandoned." jc-11.17

FastCo takes a look at How Apple is Giving Design a Bad Name. ms-11.17

Monuments Around the World Light Up for Paris. ms-11.16

Just discussed here in the studio, one of my absolute favorite X-Files episodes, The Post-Modern Prometheus. ms-11.16

A Ride in the City, a lovely trip on the Brown Line, by Ryan J Bolger. jc-11.16

The Poster Boy's podcast and gallery: Star Wars Poster Spectacular. Fab. jc-11.16

Leonids Over Monument Valley . ms-11.16

Trailer for the documentary City of Gold. ms-11.16

After three years of renovations, the Rodin Museum Paris reopens. ms-11.13

Now you can Shazam your Beer ms-11.13

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has a nice little ad out for Saucony running shoes ms-11.13

Trailer for #Horror. dw-11.13

The Gluten Free Museum. dw-11.13

Thanks to Mike & Sharon for sharing their Italian Road Trip Honeymoon. ms-11.13

Trailer for the documentary Song of Lahore. ms-11.13

The Atlantic takes us on a visit to the room where the internet was born. ms-11.12

On I Was There Too, Deb Theaker mentioned that The Folksmen (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) had recorded the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" for A Mighty Wind but it didn't make the final cut. Thanks, Internet! bb-11.12

The Oatmeal, It's Going To Be OK. Wow. jc-11.12

"It's a terrifying film because all the candlelit beauty is nothing but a veil over the worst cruelty." Scorsese on Barry Lyndon. jc-11.12

Bill Gates reviews Thing Explainer, the new book from Randall Munroe of XKCD. jc-11.12

Related to the last, Vashi's essential Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide and templates, the 2015 edition. jc-11.12

"Over a period of a year and a half, the Weinstein Company, which will distribute the film, arranged for old projectors to be procured, purchased and refurbished and new lenses to be made for theaters." Tarantino's The Hateful Eight was shot on, and will be released in Ultra Panavison with an aspect ratio of 2.76:1. jc-11.12

"Six notepads for fictional hotels. Just the sort of thing you find by the telephone in most lodgings, from the grandest establishment to a lowly fleapit." ms-11.11

Better stock up. jc-11.11

Wishing so hard this was a real thing, Star Wars See 'N Say. ms-11.11

Local Note: We love Chicago's Starshaped Press, Jen's print work is jaw-dropping-amazing and she's hosting Starshaped's Sweet Sixteen Open House this Saturday, where she'll announce a new secret project. bb-11.11

Related to the last, a map showing rents in London, by stop. ms-11.11

So you know, a map showing walking times between stations in London. ms-11.11

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