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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.

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.

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

NOTHING: In a one-of-a-kind package. dw-05.23

"...looks like an eagle vomiting two strips of bacon, holding Captain America's shield in his talons, and standing on a rock while the sun rises behind him." The Illinois Flag Is Terrible, by Edward McClelland. Sad but true. jc-05.22

African Aviation in the 1960s, Identity & Branding, by Rachel Cole. jc-05.21

The Farewell. ms-05.20

A Circumhorizontal Arc Over Ohio. ms-05.20

Was in Target yesterday and saw the collab with Vineyard Vines. Here is a look at the collaborations Target has done and why. ms-05.20

Acoustics plus aesthetics. jc-05.17

"Today, new laboratory tests have conclusively determined that the overpainting was not by Vermeer's hand. On this basis, the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister decided in the course of the current restoration of the work to remove the overpaint." A "New" Vermeer in Dresden. My future travel plans need updating. jc-05.17

One of my favorite writers suffered a sudden, severe brain bleed last year. He writes about the experience, what he can remember of it, at The Night The Lights Went Out. Stay well, Drew. ms-05.17

The Posters of the 2019 Cannes Competition. jc-05.17

Jupiter Marble from Juno ms-05.16

Space Time Generator. Yup. jc-05.16

"...suffused with all of the sensuous opulence of a Caravaggio and decked out in the trappings of modern absurdity." Creative Boom on photographer Josef Fischnaller and his Renaissance styled portraits. See the entire series here. Fab. jc-05.16

An astounding catalog of vintage travel posters up for auction next week. bb-05.16

Art, a Field Notes "Clandestine" user, let us know that a UK researcher has decoded the 600-year-old Voynich Manuscript. Other sources vehemently dispute this. In either case, there are plenty of other mysterious ciphers out there, so get cracking! bb-05.16

Ingenious new identity and website for Women's Creative Collective, by Blok. jc-05.16

Library Porn. jc-05.15

"At first glance they thought that Saarinen's office had used a turn-of-the-last-century sans serif called Derek, but in visits to Saarinen's papers held at Yale University, they saw all of the signs were drawn by hand, likely from a common set of sources that did not quite correspond to Derek or any other typeface they could find." Creating a Custom Typeface for the TWA Hotel at JFK. jc-05.15

"Hey you! Look at this sleek piece of branding." jc-05.15

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics showing at MAD in NYC through August. jc-05.14

Pour 15 Minutes d'Amour, Classique. Great browse. jc-05.14

#SOS Brutalism is "a database that currently contains over 1,100 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, it is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters." Via Things. jc-05.14

360 Degree Alphabet, Form Studies by Jinhwa Oh. jc-05.14

Helpful Size Venn Diagram from xkcd. jc-05.13

"Letters persist in words despite not playing any discernible role in the word's pronunciation. It's maddening for those of us who are peeved by such things. If you are such a person and are in a foul mood already, you might as well continue on." Silent Letters. Via Stan Carey. jc-05.13

Modern Fossils by Christopher Locke. jc-05.13

Color Dot Font. jc-05.10

Longtime FOTA, Claire Zulkey, has launched the Evil Witches Newsletter to much fanfare, particularly among women who also happen to be mothers. sd-05.09

Sea cabins on Manshausen Island in the Arctic Circle. dw-05.09

Vancouver will get the world's tallest wooden skyscraper, by Perkins +Will. jc-05.09

Let's go to Berlin and see Anja Lutz's new place. jc-05.09

So you know, today is Wednesday. jc-05.08

"Italian artist Federico Borella has been named Photographer of the Year in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards for his series Five Degrees which focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, an area facing its worst drought in 140 years." dw-05.07

"When a hard rain descends on New York, the whole city feels it. Traffic stands still, puddles get deceptively deep and even the most intrepid of us cowers in the wakes of passing cabs. Any object an unsuspecting pedestrian is carrying quickly becomes a makeshift umbrella, and actual umbrellas quickly become hazards themselves, catching the wind or flipping inside out."New York Rain: Vintage Sights and Sounds of a Soaked City. ms-05.07

"A concrete bunker doesn't often inspire thoughts of a welcoming home, yet architect Matt Woods and his clients found an unexpected muse in brutalist architecture while renovating this minimalist apartment in Sydney's Camperdown suburb." dw-05.06

Todd Alcott's fab pulp/pop mashups. Via Isn't. jc-05.06

"In keeping with our mission, these spaces have been carefully curated to appeal to the male sensibility and also using whatever furniture we had left over from college. Upon entering one of our lobbies, all visitors are greeted by the music of Steely Dan played at a volume just quiet enough to be drowned out with your patronizing explanations of the band's recording techniques." ms-04.30

Odessa Utilities Signs, by Art.Lebedev. jc-04.30

Design Around the World great, deep series by Tobias Van Scneider. jc-04.30

"Only a few people have seen the entire National Park Service system, and only one of them has seen each and every one of the 419 NPS sites consecutively: Mikah Meyer. The 33-year-old is wrapping up his three-year trek across all 50 states and five U.S. territories on April 29, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C." dw-04.29

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