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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.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Corporate Ambigrams by Tom Goulet. bb-11.07

I never knew Aztec Camera's cover of Van Halen's "Jump" is supposed to have two minutes of guitar shredding at the end! So much better. bb-11.07

Tons of great and helpful hand-drawn notes from Insta-Chaz, including this perfect map of every city. jc-11.07

Used Car Commercial for a 1996 Honda Accord. jc-11.06

Animojis in movies. dw-11.06

Michael Bierut on 13 ways of looking at a typeface. jc-11.06

"In fiction weird constructions are sometimes appropriate; they should generally be tolerated until they become annoying." Answers from The Chicago Manual of Style. jc-11.06

"He packed a small bag for an undisclosed destination; he left Boston by train and New York by steamer; he began an unclear ten-mile walk into a soggy heart of darkness." On this date in 1894 Robert Frost departed for Dismal Swamp. jc-11.06

Realidades habitables. Paper shapes by Diana Beltran Herrera. jc-11.06

The Tokyoiter is a Japanese tribute to The New Yorker for illustration lovers. dw-11.03

Long read of the day, The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought A Bar. ms-11.03

Chance, Francis and the Lights and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform the Hamilton song "Dear Theodosia" at the closing ceremony of the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit. Try not to smile. jc-11.02

About the 1969 CN Logo designed by Allan Fleming, Nice resource about an iconic mark. Thanks Marshall. jc-11.02

Stranger Things special collectors' edition with sweet packaging, available on VHS! Fab. jc-11.02

Useless design features in modern products, including "buttons that lie to us." By Zaria Gorvett. jc-11.02

Fantastic deep dive into one of my favorite films of all time, John Carpenter's The Thing. ms-11.02

From photographer Mike Kelley, From Factory to Boneyard: The Life Cycles of Planes. ms-11.01

Trailer for the documentary Quest. ms-11.01

So you know, the history of trick or treating is weirder than you thought. ms-10.31

"Shelley is a deep-learning powered AI who was raised reading eerie stories collected from r/nosleep. Now as an adult, and not unlike Mary Shelley - her Victorian idol - she takes a bit of inspiration in the form of a random seed, or a short snippet of text, and starts creating stories emanating from her creepy creative mind." dw-10.31

"The former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China: three countries where posters played an important political role and received a large amount of artistic attention. This is a selection of 145 political posters, famous masterpieces as well as equally beautiful but unknown examples drawn from the collection of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam." ms-10.31

Halloween Won. ms-10.31

Night on a Spooky Planet . ms-10.31

Awesome Control Rooms. Gotta build something like this for Field Notes someday. jc-10.31

"On Sunday 2 July, a drone was spotted on the approach path to Gatwick Airport. This is the disruption it caused." Thanks Marshall. jc-10.31

Futura: The Typeface, a beautifully designed book that gives the lowdown on the second most famous sans-serif. dw-10.30

If you enjoyed the Sandwich Alignment Chart, you'll love Something Something Soup Something. bb-10.27

@20. Right on Ftrain. jc-10.26

Fab new film directed by SD. The Wayward Wind, from Carl Sondrol's Batika Hawk. jc-10.26

A map of 850 songs about London. dw-10.26

Perfect and perfecter. jc-10.26

The first album from composer, frequent collaborator and friend, Carl Sondrol, Batika Hawk, comes highly recommended. sd-10.25

How to win carnival games, backed up by science. mcj-10.25

Quipsologies says so long after an admirable record of unearthing interesting, mostly design-related stuff. I probably pinched more links for Fresh Signals from there, than from anywhere else. Will be missed. jc-10.25

"The card catalog is everything that is the best of the 19th and 20th centuries. And they look beautiful, and smell fantastic." Card Catalogs and the Secret History of Modernity, by Tom Carmody, for Kottke. jc-10.25

Sushi. dw-10.24

Nice landscape photography by Cody Cobb. dw-10.24

A set of five commemorative stamps, commissioned by China Post, to celebrate the five most important technology in the country. dw-10.24

This is stunning but it will make you cry, I Have a Message For You. ms-10.23

Desert Tombstones, monolithic architecture shot in UAE. dw-10.23

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