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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

Gary Numan's 1981 "Teletour" final show at Wembley. (The highlight is "Down in the Park," used for the film "Urgh! A Music War.") bb-06.19

"Michigan's Upper Peninsula is like no other place on earth. Sandwiched between three of the greatest lakes in the world, it's filled with peaceful forests, magnificent waterfalls, ancient rock formations, quiet and cozy towns, and miles and miles of shoreline — making it the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind road trip." dw-06.19

Trailer for the documentary My Journey Through French Cinema. ms-06.19

"Ocean City is not that kind of place, it's a family place!" bb-06.19

Trying not to hurl while watching the French spiderman climb Sky Melia Barcelona. ms-06.19

For SD, Where's Wallace. ms-06.19

"...if there's something I'm not qualified to do, you can be sure that I'll find my way into doing it." Liz Phair chats with Elizabeth Wurtzel, for Interview. jc-06.19

"Yes, some of my means are trivial, and some are quadrivial." Joyce at 100 by Richard Ellmann for the NYRB in 1982. jc-06.16

Quarto (259 x 202 mm). Contemporary purple sheep, dated 1922 in gilt at the foot of the front turn-in, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut; original printed wrappers bound in. $114,970. jc-06.16

So you know, the History of Punk Rock in 200 tracks: An 11-hour playlist takes you from 1965 to 2016. ms-06.16

1935 etchings by Henri Matisse for a special illustrated edition of Ulysses. jc-06.16

"The gole of spelling is to communikate." What Would Leopold Bloom Do? jc-06.16

Kate Bush paraphrasing, then 20 years later, finally with permission, quoting Molly's soliloquy from Ulysses. (backstory) bb-06.16

Not sure you could take this on a plane but it would definitely work at the beach, the portable BBQ suitcase. ms-06.16

From photographer Roberto Conte, Abandoned Places. ms-06.16

"Silence, exile and cunning." Djuna Barnes' interview with Joyce, Vanity Fair, March 1922. (pdf) jc-06.16

Joyce's wife Nora once asked, "I guess the man's a genius, but what a dirty mind he has, hasn't he?" She ought to know. jc-06.16

Terence Killeen on the difficult-to-navigate and not especially well scanned, treasure trove of James Joyce manuscripts placed online by the National Library of Ireland. Just dive in. Amazing. jc-06.16

Pitch 'n' Putt with Joyce 'n' Beckett. jc-06.16

"It's like stumbling into a field of diamonds — hard, brilliant flashes of light everywhere." Frank Delaney on seeing, rather than reading Joyce. jc-06.16

Happy Bloomsday, here's WB Yeats' receipt for his copy of Ulysses. jc-06.16

"All the secret sewers of vice are canalized in its flood of unimaginable thoughts, images, and pornographic words." Louis Menard on Ulysses. jc-06.16

In 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling allowing James Joyce's Ulysses into America. jc-06.16

Open Culture on everything you need to enjoy reading James Joyce's Ulysses, including what Stephen Fry has to say about it. jc-06.16

James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Ulysses in 1929. Plus, Sylvia Beach tells the story of how the the recording was made. jc-06.16

Still scandalous after all these years. Adam Thirlwell reviews The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. Illustrated by my all-time fave photo of Joyce. jc-06.16

"Mr. Joyce manages to give the effect of unedited human minds, drifting aimlessly along from one triviality to another, confused and diverted by memory, by sensation and by inhibition, is, in short, perhaps the most faithful X-ray ever taken of the ordinary human consciousness." Edmund Wilson's July 5, 1922 review of Ulysses for TNR. "Mr. Joyce has told the whole truth." jc-06.16

In 1906, James Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus and in a PPS, he added "that he had a new story for Dubliners in his head, one that dealt with Mr Hunter." jc-06.16

"...and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes." jc-06.16

One of the '90s most underrated bands: I'm Now, The Story Of Mudhoney. bb-06.15

Wired introduces us to an 89 year-old who built a train in his backyard. ms-06.15

Trailer for Detroit ms-06.15

You see that study that says french fries will kill you? Don't worry, french fries are not going to kill you. ms-06.15

Sweden's Museum of Failure succeeds. Thanks Marshall. jc-06.15

Bees & Bombs, gifs by Dave. jc-06.15

"Don't introduce sudden surprises in the conclusion." Writing Advice to My Students That Would Also Have Been Good Sex Advice for My High School Boyfriends, by Helena De Bres. jc-06.15

The Digital Dada Archive. jc-06.15

This is our current artistic and technological research. Everything is real time with no post-production." Holy shit. jc-06.14

"I've been asked why he didn't have a Trans Am instead. Well, he would've liked one -- it's much sexier -- but I don't think he could afford it." Our Favorite Underdogs: Jim Rockford and his Sierra Gold Firebird Esprit, by Priscilla Page. jc-06.14

So you know, how Microsoft researchers used AI to master Ms. Pac-Man. jc-06.14

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