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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

Trailer for the film Boy Erased. ms-07.18

Vintage Library Cards (Also Called Library Tickets). jc-07.18

The new rules of CaPiTaLiZaTiOn, by James Harbeck. Via Stan. jc-07.18

Sweet color wheel gizmo. jc-07.18

Moon and Venus over Cannon Beach. ms-07.17

Deep in the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project rabbit hole. Such a crazy story. Here's "Moonviews" the project's blog and the actual images. bb-07.17

If I get to pick the soundtrack for my anniversary party tonight, how about Carlos René's YouTube channel? bb-07.17

Open Culture on the history of the 20th Century as told by 16,000 sound effects from the BBC. jc-07.17

Speaking of Stan Carey, here's his new review of The Evasion-English Dictionary, by Maggie Balistreri. jc-07.17

"To celebrate Macmillan's birthday and the magic of linguistic creativity, our regular blogger Stan Carey has created a brand-new quiz about portmanteau words." Fun. jc-07.17

Five Picassos went missing form the L.A. Times. What happened to them? ms-07.16

Carrot dodecahedron and other carved vegetables. dw-07.16

Apparently, Kubrick's Burning Secret script has been uncovered. Withholding judgment for the moment. jc-07.16

In honor of FIFA World Cup 2018 and the hosting country Russia, Carlsberg Beer made the world's first beer caviar. ms-07.13

"Each of the cities is represented by a polar histogram depicting how its streets orient. Each bar's direction represents the compass bearings of the streets and its length represents the relative frequency of streets with those bearings." Geoff Boeing compares city street orientations. dw-07.13

One hour of 80s video game commercials. dw-07.13

LogoArchive, a study of form language in logo design. dw-07.13

Take a browse through Manuja Walds's illustration series for the Penguin Shakespeare paperback series. Top-notch work. Beautiful books. jc-07.12

"Guys, you should come in and hear this and see if there's any last adjustments you want to make because I think we're getting somewhere." Robbie on the making of Music From Big Pink. jc-07.12

"Podcast From The Past is the weekly podcast where we discover the memories, mysteries and stories held by postcards that for some reason we never threw away." dw-07.12

"Hi, sweetie. It's Mom. Just walking Buster around his favorite park and thought I'd call. We're having a great time. It's so nice out and all the dogs are being been so sweet to each other. I don't know what it is! Maybe they know it's Buster's last time here. You don't have to call me back, just checking in." ms-07.11

Lewis Pugh just started The Long Swim, a 350 mile journey up the length of the English Channel and equivalent to 16 Channel crossings. dw-07.11

Today in history, Vice President Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. So, yeah, of course I'm linking this up. ms-07.11

Two antique books featuring illustrations of samurai iconography: banners, (c1850s), and Jinbaori surcoats (1921). (via Present & Correct and Jen.) bb-07.11

Great, funny episode of Back to One, "a podcast about acting." Peter Rinaldi chats with John Christopher Jones. jc-07.11

Road to Mars. ms-07.10

"The mysterious nature of the interview clip itself, a piece of the footage gathered in 1980 for a never-released Japanese documentary, suits the nature of the revelation." Stanley Kubrick on the ending of 2001. jc-07.10

An online directory of women who draw. dw-07.10

Water Towers at Night, a sweet photo series by Lloyd Lewis. Via P&C. jc-07.10

Inside the Falcon. jc-07.10

Adrian's Movie Poster of the Week: Kurosawa Abroad. jc-07.09

Chinatown NYC, as photographed by Ludwig Favre. jc-07.06

A yearly tradition, Crackerpacks. jc-07.03

The Mellow Chicago Bike Map, Chicago Reader's guide to the lowest-stress routes in the city. dw-07.03

Nice illustrations by Daniela Gallego. dw-07.03

Local note. Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living at The Art Institute of Chicago. Highly recommended. Plus, it's right next door to the new beautifully curated and annotated John Singer Sargent exhibition. jc-07.03

Your Next Kitchen, Via Things. jc-07.03

"Astronauts have gone from idolized to anonymous. As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more." ms-07.02

Thanks to David Foster and the team at MSNBC's "Your Business" for the nice feature on Field Notes. ms-07.02

Painted Street Carpets, by Arthur-Louis Ignoré. jc-07.02

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