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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?

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.

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

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Trailer for the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. ms-09.29

"It is a sin, she said, to damage the spine." The Pleasures of Destroying a Good Book, by Nick Ripatrazone. jc-09.29

"We have a small problem." New trailer for the upcoming X-Files Revival. ms-09.29

Thanks for ordering Field Notes! Your package should arrive in about a week although sometimes it can take a little longer if it gets stuck at the post office, or not at all if a monkey eats it. dw-09.28

Women of Graphic Design. dw-09.28

"Lenny Shiller is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and classic car collector." Lenny's Garage. ms-09.28

Meet the Most Powerful Force in the Star Wars Universe: The Man Who Makes the Toys. ms-09.28

Pilotpriest's The Last Goodbye. dw-09.28

Images From Apollo. ms-09.28

Take this version of the Harvard Dialect Survey and see how close it gets to your personal dialect map. Spot on for me, thanks Marshall. ms-09.28

The typographic history of eye charts. jc-09.28

Zepplin's "Kashmir", by 4th, 5th and 6th graders on marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. Right on. jc-09.27

Craft Beer and the Rise of the Celebrity Brewer. ms-09.25

Stunning trailer for the film The Assassin. ms-09.25

Gah! Drop dead gorgeous house and views, The Edge house. Via Uncrate. ms-09.25

Great ad from Nike, Last. ms-09.25

"Oh, god, yes—we're all just panicking and tearing our hair out over here." John Pavlus on our ad network, The Deck and how we will or won't Survive iOS 9's Ad Blocker Onslaught. (Sorry about the cursing Mom.) jc-09.25

The Facebook of 400 years ago. dw-09.25

Related to the last, fall in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin, 2011. jc-09.25

Pride and Prejudice at 20: The Scene That Changed Everything. ms-09.25

Related to the new Field Notes Shenandoah Edition, a 2015 Fall Foliage Prediction Map for the United States. dw-09.25

The Rich Color Variations of Pluto. ms-09.25

"This project was born out of their love for America's National Parks and enthusiasm for engaging multimedia. Our goal is to effect a greater awareness of the treasures that reside within America's National Parks." More Than Just Parks. ms-09.25

"If the cuckoo don't crow, then you know there's wind coming." ms-09.24

What do you do in your activewear? ms-09.24

"Today my target was 35 seconds. I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today's time." Hidekichi Miyazaki finished the 100 meter sprint in just 42.22 seconds. Oh yeah, he's 105 years old. dw-09.24

Happy to have a Field Notes ad in Avaunt Magazine #2. Can't wait to see this beautiful cover arrive in the post. jc-09.24

So you know, how to unboil an egg. ms-09.24

Down At The Sweetheart Rink. Via TMN. ms-09.24

"His greatest film, hands-down, in nearly every department, but especially formal innovation, humor, icy hepcat style, and characterization as revealed through both dialogue and editing." Matt Zoller writing about Soderbergh's The Limey, which continues to reign supreme as my top pick for "most perfect film yet made." sd-09.24

Related to the last, we made our own dry transfer sheets as part of the Field Notes Brand seasonal limited-edition from the Spring of 2011. (Make sure to check Professor Bedell's instructional video.) jc-09.24

"Letraset taught you a lot about letter spacing and kerning, 'not to mention how to swear'." Rub-Down Revolution, by Jane Lamacraft jc-09.24

"According to patent drawings, it's a cloud, or a bean, or a web, or an explosion, or a highway, or maybe a weird lump." The Shape of the Internet. jc-09.24

J. Kingston Pierce's Killer Covers, pulp covers displayed and analyzed daily. Via Things Mag. jc-09.24

Pure magic! Teenage Superstars with the Pastels, Shop Assistants, Vaselines, Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, and all'a'em. bb-09.23

Dave Simpson on a top ten from the only band that matters. jc-09.23

Injun Summer, by John T, McCutcheon. Another yearly post, but this one is a politically incorrect and discontinued Chicago newspaper tradition, but worthy on a look back in the fall. jc-09.23

Annual repost for the first day of Fall, It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers. ms-09.23

Stephen Colbert launches his own lifestyle brand. ms-09.23

The snow fields of Pluto. dw-09.23

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