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Because it's There

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

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.

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

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Related to the last, Las Onomatopeyas. From Aieee! to Zzzwap! jc-08.18

Batman Return Of The Caped Crusaders trailer. Pow! jc-08.18

Kicked this one hard, Brainstorm Deck by Scott Thomas, smart idea, beautifully designed, as you'd expect from Simple Scott and company. jc-08.18

Local note. Love this pic. Rogers Park Baseball Grounds, Clark and Devon, 1908. jc-08.18

80s Reloaded. dw-08.18

Jabari Parker. jc-08.18

Olympic athletes crafted from layered paper by Barcelona artist Raya Sader Bujana. jc-08.18

Gallery of Album Covers Recreated in MS Paint, a fantastic addition to our Museum of Online Museums. jc-08.18

John Coulthart on Roger Dean book covers. jc-08.18

"Can you imagine today someone in Boston wanting to put up a monument to an oil company?" The Untold Story of Boston's Iconic Citgo Sign, by Rachel Ellner. Via Michael "How To" Bierut. jc-08.18

Hot Wheels Road Trip. A trip indeed. More on this madness from PetaPixel. Thanks Marshall. jc-08.17

Harvard Art Museum's Bauhaus collection. dw-08.17

A great little look at how the title sequence from Stranger Things was put together. mcj-08.17

Wood sculptures by Paul Kaptein. dw-08.17

"...neither a version nor a crib: it is more like classics homework." Seamus Haney's translation of Book VI of the Aeneid. Purchased. jc-08.17

"I think I saw a Mermaid here." Duly Noted. jc-08.17

"...many cult items – Sharpie pens, Field Notes notebooks – have a potent democratic appeal. Like Levi's or Converse, the connoisseur recognises them simply as best in their class." Do the Write Thing, by Jess Cartner-Morley for The Guardian. Thanks for that. jc-08.16

Kickstart this, Why Every President Sucked mcj-08.16

This house built on a single column can rotate 360 degrees. dw-08.16

Trailer for the new alien invasion / language translation film, Arrival. mcj-08.16

The Ballerina in Containers, Le Havre, France. Photo by JR. jc-08.16

We've linked Alex Trochut's book designs for Penguin Galaxy previously, but they're worth another look, as is the rest of his portfolio. jc-08.16

120 Years of Olympic Poster Design, via the newly new Design Observer. jc-08.16

SK's top ten films. The Bank Dick! jc-08.15

"Until that day I came in for more of those cheap black plastic hangers and simply got a little turned around. It couldn't have been that long ago. It's still 2008, right?" For the Love of God, Show Me the Way Out of this Ikea, by Sarah Lelek. jc-08.15

Schindelhauer Bikes' Ludwig VIII, Brooks Edition in matte black. Wow. jc-08.15

The Olympics has nothing on this Belly Flop Competition in Oslo, Norway. mcj-08.15

The deep, flooded canyons of Titan. dw-08.15

Teaser for Death: Take 2, a new film based on a short story by our own Kevin Guilfoile. More to come. jc-08.15

Official song of the summer (at least in my household), local kids Manwolves' "You". Awesome. jc-08.15

New trailer for Rogue One ms-08.13

United States Service Symbols. dw-08.12

Good long nerd-read: The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol. bb-08.12

We used to have some fun on Fridays, didn't we? jc-08.12

"...this old maths schoolbook published in the GDR – former Eastern Germany. It's printed throughout with primary colours and shows beautiful illustrations in perfect page layouts." jc-08.12

Summer Beer. jc-08.12

So you know, how to build a full-sized, phone-controlled BB8 droid. jc-08.12

"He's the youngest old man I know," Chance is the cover story for the new Billboard Mag. jc-08.11

"Either way, you won't have the 22-inch horseshoe shaped bratwurst in a house-made bun topped by crispy fried sauerkraut, mustard and beer cheese sauce to kick around anymore at Lambeau Field." A sad day. jc-08.11

Related to an earlier post, myself.putty.battle. dw-08.11

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