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Two designers, 15 minutes per volley, the whole world watching.
Revisit four great seasons of Layer Tennis.

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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?

An occasional series Face Time

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

If we're posting XTC videos, here they are in the amazing "Urgh: A Music War…" bb-05.19

XTC performs "King For A Day" on Late Night with David Letterman, June 30, 1989. Fab. jc-05.19

All the Wacky Packages, 1973-76. Via Mefi. jc-05.19

"The first time you drop the notebook in the creek, you'll know you made the right choice." The 8 Essential Pieces of Mountain Gear You Need This Summer includes our Field Notes Expedition Edition. Thanks for that. jc-05.19

Auroras and Star Trails Over Iceland. ms-05.19

How does it work? "You text 'heyyyyyy' to 551-333-7865. Then at 2am on Saturday night (Sunday morning), we text you something great to buy drunk." jc-05.18

"The Rockefellers, the Mellons, the Hiltons, all the great family fortunes started out with con men. Nobody makes real scratch out of nothing without bending a few rules." We Buy Broken Gold, by Clancy Martin. jc-05.18

"You should design with your mother in mind. If she can't understand your site, others will struggle as well. Your mom loves you too much to give you honest feedback. My mom thinks you're probably a lovely person, but may not like your work. She'll try to use your website and tell you how she really feels." dw-05.18

The great 8by8 magazine looks at Nick Barnes' notes for his football match commentary. Sweet. bb-05.18

Best in Show. Not to be confused with this Best in Show. ms-05.18

Trying to figure out how to present this to JC as an office necessity. Shouldn't be too hard...... ms-05.18

For BB, Sound Opinions has a great interview with Peter Hook from Joy Division and New Order. ms-05.18

100,000 Stars, a gorgeous interactive tour of the Milky Way. dw-05.18

Calculating how long it will take to check out all 4007 entries in the Museum of Pocket Calculating Devices. A beautiful collection and a staple of the Museum of Online Museums for years. Tweeted by Present and Correct, who also reminds us to check Datamath. jc-05.18

So you know, five human activities you can see from space. Via Things. jc-05.18

Local note, RIP Mr. Berman. ms-05.18

"As if we are only pulling out of a driveway, I turn right, toward Tokyo. We are underway. Via MeFi. ms-05.17

Women Making Whiskey: An 800-Year History. ms-05.15

Trailer for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. ms-05.15

"They taste very similar to soft-shell crab." A nightmare dish for MS. dw-05.15

B.B. King. dw-05.15

One down, 29 to go. ms-05.15

The stunning mansion in Ex Machina is (mostly) real, and you can spend the night there. dw-05.15

4 Famous faces get 20 years older in these 20th anniversary ads for Getty. dw-05.15

"People love Chicago more because its flag is so cool." Roman Mars on why most city flags kinda suck. via Gapers Block. mcj-05.15

Wego is a weather client for the Terminal. dw-05.14

Sorry, was just lost in Paul Greer's WordPorn. It was a scopophilic experience. jc-05.14

Exquisitely designed light bulbs from Buster + Punch. jc-05.14

Try "rbrbrbrbrbrbrzzz": typedrummer bb-05.14

"Each kinetic sculpture is a wooden machine designed to produce interesting patterns. A simple winding sets them in motion where they entertain for hours with random patterns and soft sounds. The sculptures move solely by the controlled release of energy from a spring." dw-05.14

Cubes of food. dw-05.14

The Beautiful Universe of a Typomanic. ms-05.14

For BB, Big Lebowski nesting dolls. ms-05.14

Hop on a bike and shed your monster. Cute. ms-05.14

This trailer for a female superhero movie is fake. This trailer for a female superhero show is real. mcj-05.14

A look at some of the early entries for the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Gorgeous. ms-05.14

Trailer for the documentary The Wolfpack. ms-05.14

Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak. ms-05.13

"Comprised of the tales of both famous and lesser-known criminals from the 18th and 19th centuries and named after Newgate Prison in London, the Newgate Calendar became one of the most popular books of its day, said to be as much a part of the British household as the Bible." dw-05.13

Rethinking my Apple Watch pre-order. jc-05.13

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