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Horton Hears a Hoobastank and Of Mice and Men At Work.
Booking Bands. Classic books and band names, together at last.

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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

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.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"A schoolboy pops into the library to find a book on taxation in the Ottoman empire - this is his first mistake."A sneak peek at Haruki Murakami's illustrated The Strange Library. jc-09.18

Totally over the top, a bit schmaltzy and even predictable. But just great Made in New York. Thanks DJ. jc-09.18

Cartoon Bombing from Troqman. Is the drawing bombing the photo or is it the other way around? jc-09.18

FILM FX_L3.0. ms-09.18

"I am the ultimate fighter! I am the master of the Satsui no Hadou! I am...Steve! I work in the finance department, I think we met during that training session the other week. Yeah, I'm good, how are you? Cool, cool. Hey, how does my hair look? 'Like a volcano that's erupting candy floss instead of lava but somehow stupider than that?' ' Oh." ms-09.18

I didn't know Canada had a "Walk of Fame," but now that I do I'm sure glad to see these fellows are on it. jc-09.17

Everyone bookmark this Enigma Machine Simulator. From now on we'll post Fresh Signals in code. bb-09.17

Auction catalog of the Ray Bradbury estate, including some lovely cover art sketches by Joesph Mugnaini. jc-09.17

Shooting a new Ref video. Sadly, my idea to copy this video frame-for frame didn't get approved. bb-09.17

Relink. Arrested Motion has some samples from Kubrick - An Art Show Tribute, plus this one by Bartosz Kosowski. The show is currently showing at Art Spoke in San Francisco and looks great. jc-09.17

"No future generation will know the joy of biking through the blistering Central Texas heat and slipping into the cool embrace of Hastings while the Knack or Blue Oyster Cult chases away the summer doldrums." ms-09.17

Every wonder about the Figure in Figure Skating? It's actually quite literal. And things get complicated in Ice Dancing. jq-09.17

My commute today felt exactly like this. ms-09.17

John Gruber on the new iPhones and some thoughts on the watch. jc-09.17

Photographs from the past, colorized. Great browse, via OMGFG Co. jc-09.17

Today's Office Digital Edition, by Jan Chipchase. jc-09.17

Walk. Don't Walk. Dance! jc-09.17

Not everyone who jumps off cliffs is doing it for an energy drink commercial... some people just like to jump off things. This is how it's done around LA. jq-09.17

Only brilliant, the entire Harry Potter saga in one comic. ms-09.17

Glad I don't work in Death Valley, high of 114 degrees. LA had a measly 104. jq-09.17

From photographer Bernhard Lang, Aerial Views. ms-09.17

GQ names our fair town as America's Best Drinking City 2014. ms-09.17

Meet the Ipsums, by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri. Yes! jc-09.16

7685 Frames of Netherlands. ms-09.16

"Japanese Maple" a poem by Clive James, who is terminally ill. More from Katy Waldman. jc-09.16

Adrian on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the movie posters of Karl Oskar Blase. The Mon Oncle one is totally brilliant. jc-09.16

McConaughey in space. jc-09.16

Camping scenes embroidered by Stephanie Clark. Via The Jealous Curator. jc-09.16

The Crying Game, "infant distress vocalization as competitive advantage during violent conflict." Tomer Ullman's winning presentation at the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses. Via Mefi. jc-09.16

Leica M Edition 60. jc-09.16

American astronauts land in London. jc-09.16

A tweeted historic photo once an hour, on the hour from Retronaut. jc-09.16

Pics of five new airport terminals. Check Terminal 3 at Shenzhen. Via Om. jc-09.16

Please, please do this here. ms-09.16

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Municipal Museum of The Hague) manages the extensive archive of the graphic designer Gerd Arntz (1900-1988). It's a little tough to browse but worth the effort. Via Present and Correct. jc-09.16

Dudes in Startup Shirts. ms-09.16

Milky Way Above Atacama Salt Lagoon. ms-09.16

Pentagram designer Hamish Smyth's excellent illustrated post on the design and development of the WalkNYC wayfinding system currently being installed around the city. Via Khoi. jc-09.15

The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware. "A brand new graphic novella, tracing the lives of six individuals from Sandy Port, Michigan, published in weekly episodes." jc-09.15

Trailer for the film Listen Up Phillip. ms-09.15

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