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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

The Nobe 100, three-wheeled, electric sedan from Estonia on CarType. Check the launch film too. jc-06.01

Related to the last, a taxonomy of pizza styles in America. dw-05.31

Road Trip! Turns out America's hottest pizza trend is only a few hours away. bb-05.31

Behind the iconic graphics from 1968, from the artists who created them. I need to get a hard copy of today's special section in The Post. jc-05.30

Transit Standards is a collection of resources on brand architecture, customer experience, and design standards in public transportation. dw-05.29

The BBC takes a look inside the world of instruction manuals. ms-05.29

A slew of tech company logos from the 1985 Electronic Engineers Master Volume 2. Via Marchin Wichary. jc-05.29

Ventusky Wind, Rain and Temperature Maps. Beautiful, just beautiful. jc-05.25

Trailer for the film Damsel ms-05.25

The world's smallest house. dw-05.24

Craters and Shadows at the Lunar Terminator. ms-05.24

Paul Bacon's Philip Roth covers. Iconic. More on the prolific designer here. jc-05.24

"This incident took place sometime between 1973 and 1975, either in Cleveland or Berlin." Genesis' Tour Manager Recalls His Role in One of Rock's Most Embarrassing Moments. bb-05.22

Behind the Design. "...the story about how a former Buddhist monk designed the soy sauce bottle seen in Japanese restaurants around the world." jc-05.22

Death Valley 8K. ms-05.22

"Shot in the alpine landscape that inspired Mary Shelley's classic novel, Chloe Dewe Mathews' photographic series In Search of Frankenstein juxtaposes snow-covered mountains with a network of eerie subterranean bunkers, built in the 1960s to shelter the entire population of Switzerland in the event of a nuclear disaster. ms-05.22

Andrew McIntosh's paintings of Highland castles with portals to secretive worlds at sunset. dw-05.22

Keys, buttons, and dials. dw-05.22

The AV Club's playlist of "classic rockers grappling with punk and new wave." bb-05.22

Miniature Calendar, by Tanaka Tatsuya. Bravo. jc-05.22

The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos. ms-05.22

Alexandr Melentiev's entry for an "end of civilization" art contest, City on the Water, Post-Apocalypse. jc-05.22

Related to the last, see you in a few hours. jc-05.21

"In what has to be one of the most famous design briefs in electronics history, Bill Hewlett asked Osborne and Cochran to shrink the 9100. 'I want it to be a tenth of the volume, ten times as fast and cost a tenth as much.'" Another great post by Jim Hughes, The HP-35: Consumer Electronics, an Origin Story. jc-05.21

"Restoring dignity to the garden gnome." Pellegrino Cucciniello's Nino. jc-05.21

RIP Bill Gold. You know his work. jc-05.21

The History of the Solo Cup, From the South Side to Star Wars, great piece by Robert Loerzel jc-05.18

Perfect. jc-05.18

Hold My Beer: How I Became a Certified Cicerone (and How You Can, Too.) ms-05.18

So you know, make sure you're following the @fieldnotesbrand Instagram account. We're starting something new on Fridays at 11am sharp, Chicago time. It starts tomorrow (5/18) and you might win some free stuff, including out-of-print, rare editions. jc-05.17

Verbing and Nouning are Fine, by Stan Carey. Also, take this quiz on functional shift that Stan made for Macmillan Dictionary. jc-05.17

Filmap: film locations in Google Maps. bb-05.16

"In his 45 years on WFMT radio, Studs Terkel talked to the 20th century's most interesting people. Browse our growing archive of more than 1,200 programs." ms-05.16

The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most awe-inspiring pieces of Renaissance craftsmanship. dw-05.16

Trailer for the next Spike Lee film, BlackkKlansman ms-05.16

A view of a tomorrow we never got, from 1976. jc-05.16

M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings. The Boston Public Library collection is now digitized. jc-05.16

Microsoft Surface Hub 2. jc-05.15

DKNG created a mural for the Almanac Beer Co. brewery. Here's how. jc-05.15

Eric Kass visited the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. Lucky for us, he brought his camera. Via Fabien Barral. jc-05.15

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