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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.

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.

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

Deja Vu from Lapham's Quarterly. What goes around comes around. jc-05.20

Specimen for Pensum Pro by Typemates. "A typeface for text, text and nothing but text. A pure monster, straight and plain." Lovely jc-05.20

Teleporter Console "provides an unusual virtual travel experience. When you click the Teleport button, the program picks a random point on the Earth and displays a nearby interactive photo sphere 360° panorama from the experimental version of Google's Street View database." jc-05.19

OMG, I feel like this is our office sometimes. ms-05.19

My First Time Camping. ms-05.19

For MCJ, a giant octopus kite. dw-05.19

Berklee pianist Tony Ann plays a medley of familiar ringtones. jc-05.19

When she's finished with them, Rhonda lays them out and shoots them. jc-05.19

Are you sure you want to unsubscribe from this relationship? dw-05.18

So you know, 10 power tools that could kill you. ms-05.18

A simple concrete wall clock. dw-05.18

Trailer for the documentary on the infamous NYC Kitty Genovese murder, The Witness. ms-05.18

"Dear 'Skeptics,'" some worthwhile advice from John Horgan. bb-05.18

Related to the last, Zadie Smith reads Frank O'Hara's "Animals." jc-05.18

Take one minute to listen to Robert Frost read "The Road Not Taken." jc-05.18

I Am A Cyclist, And I Am Here To Fuck You Up mcj-05.18

If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans. ms-05.18

Relink because amazing. Ten historic mainframe computers presented through photography, retouching and post-production techniques by INK and Docubyte. jc-05.18

Book covers by Roy Kuhlman, 1952-55. jc-05.18

The Chimbu tribe from Papua New Guinea are totally badass. Via Ziya Tong. jc-05.18

360° from Mars. Curiosity at Furnace Flats Sol 647. Yowza. jc-05.18

Development Aesthetics, marketing on constructions site barriers, annotated. Fantastic, via the always observant Things Mag. jc-05.18

You spent a lot of time and money at Tower Records back in the day, why not spend another hour and a half and $4.99? bb-05.17

Official POV on the tallest, fastest, longest, dive coaster in the world. Nope. Just....nope. ms-05.17

Long read of the day, The Complicated Sisterhood of Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill ms-05.17

Writer/illustrator October Jones gets bored on the train. bb-05.17

A look inside the Pantone color factory. ms-05.17

The past took down the future with a single spear. jc-05.16

Sound Opinions did a great Classic Album Dissection of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds this weekend. While you are here, enjoy. ms-05.16

A massive video wall for the Salesforce lobby in SF. dw-05.16

Find the color palette of your favorite film scene. Check the Twitter feed of Cinema Palettes. Thanks Marshall. jc-05.16

Random architectural fragments. dw-05.16

The Comma Queen on reflexive pronouns. mcj-05.16

"For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: they were agents of Putin's Russia. Their sons tell their story. ms-05.16

Daddy's Girl. ms-05.16

After Dark, My Sweet. dw-05.16

I was all happy with myself because I can hold a plank for at least a minute. Then I read this. There goes my self-esteem...... ms-05.16

Stanley Kubrick's personal, marked-up copy of Stephen King's novel, The Shining. jc-05.16

Now that's infrastructure I can get behind, a beer pipeline. Thanks Marshall. jc-05.16

Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest. ms-05.16

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