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Monday Edition

Two designers, 15 minutes per volley, the whole world watching.
Revisit four great seasons of Layer Tennis.

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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

"The aim was to recuperate the essence of the classic plastic chair. The reference of Robin Day's iconic chair was always present but with the added value of timber's warmth. The shell is then held by a wooden easel." Kuskoa line by Jean Louis Iratzoki. Sublime. jc-04.21

Trailer for Tomorrowland. mcj-04.21

So you know, how the United Center is converted from ice to hardwood. dw-04.21

Podcasts featuring long and casual conversations about important poster artists, Sam Smith and Brandon Schaefer are The Poster Boys. jc-04.21

"We've pulled together beautiful photos of some of America's most breathtaking scenery and paired the with birds sounds compiled by the National Park Service." Fab. ms-04.21

The making of the new Thunderbirds tv series, featuring tons of miniature work mixed in with CGI. jc-04.21

Salman Rushdie and Adult-YA Crossovers. jc-04.21

It was just a dumb thing. Then we put a chip in it. Now it's a smart thing. dw-04.20

Tarantino: The Driving Shots. dw-04.20

Vashi's essential Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide and templates, the 2015 edition. jc-04.20

Total Solar Eclipse Over Svalbard. ms-04.20

New Topographical Lunar Maps "based on data from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter which is aboard NASA's LRO. To create the maps, the cartographers used more than 6.5 billion measurements collected between 2009 and 2013." jc-04.20

Brilliant identity system for Designmuseo designed by Bond. jc-04.20

Huey, Dewey and Louie begat R2-D2. Kitbashed on Silent Running and Star Wars. jc-04.20

The curious case of the backward Z. jc-04.20


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-04.20

All manner of ephemera from You Only Live Twice. jc-04.20

An architectural review of NYC's new Whitney Museum of American Art. ms-04.19

Too cute, Day of the Dead corkscrew. ms-04.17

Game of Thrones house sigil steins. Via Laughing Squid. dw-04.17

From the FDL archives, Dan Jenkins' Ten Stages of Drunkeness, from his book, Baja Oklahoma.
1. Witty & Charming
2. Rich and Powerful
3. Benevolent
4. Clairvoyant
5. Fuck Dinner
6. Patriotic
7. Crank up the Enola Gay
8. Witty & Charming, Part II
9. Invisible
10. Bulletproof jc-04.17

Unbelievable. ms-04.17

"Scalies." jc-04.17

Music video for David Hasselhoff's True Survivor. dw-04.17

An interactive map showing the age of Chicago buildings. dw-04.17

Gorgeous, Moments: New York City. ms-04.17

Sweet, Adrian Curry of the fabulous Movie Poster of the Week blog is launching another, dedicated to movie theater marquees. jc-04.17

"Tasting neat, warm gin at eight in the morning isn't as fun as it sounds." Brighton Gin's quest to make a hangover-free gin. dw-04.17

So you know, what North America would look like if it were on Jupiter. ms-04.17

The Imagination Machine from S7 Airlines lets people control a virtual airplane by using their brains as game controllers. jc-04.17

Use #C3P0, #Stormtrooper and #BB8 on Twitter for special Star Wars emoji. dw-04.17

Nice set of Pitney Bowes icons by Forma & Co. dw-04.17

The stylish and instantly recognizable illustrations of Ale Giorgini. jc-04.17

Drink up. jc-04.17

The music mogul & the supermodel, Whipped Cream & Other Delights. jc-04.17

Trailer for Results. ms-04.17

One Bright Dot by Clément Morin. dw-04.17

The typical American consumes more than 100,000 words a day, and remembers none of them. Binge Reading Disorder, by Nikkitha Bakshani. jc-04.17

"Death has been one of the main concerns in human society for millennia. It's been at the source of many religious traditions and rituals, myths, and philosophical debates. 'A Stranger in The Garden,' tries to suggest the complete mystery which surrounds the subject, and the many ways in which it can be perceived. dw-04.17

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