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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

Related to the last. Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, a 1944 Report by Harold N. Fisk. This is a perfect example of how the display of technical information and an obsessive attention to detail can result in something wonderful, something that can be appreciated completely outside of the original intentions of the project. Make sure to check the downloadable oversized plates and backup details too. jc-08.04

J. T. Lloyd's beautiful map of the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico, 1862. jc-08.04

Swede dreams are made of this. Collection of product packaging. jc-08.03

Bill Wyman is at it again. All 165 Pink Floyd songs, ranked and annotated. Fab. jc-08.03

"At the hard-boiled story's end, the good girl must be rejected (or recuse herself) and the femme fatale must be sent to prison (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep) or die (Farewell, My Lovely)." Dorothy B. Hughes and the Birth of American Noir, by Megan Abbott. jc-08.03

"Ooowww! Now, the big big big question:" The Purdie Shuffle. bb-08.02

"Conceived to honor the memory of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton and to encourage unpublished authors who do not have the time to actually write entire books, the contest challenges entrants to compose bad opening sentences to imaginary novels." Find the 2017 Winners here. ms-08.02

Wavegrower, sweet mathematical animations. jc-08.02

Illustrations by Tiago Galo. Via WATC. dw-08.01

Patti Smith pens a gorgeous good-bye to her friend Sam Shepard. ms-08.01

Based on a "true story," (a trashy novel written in a few days, based on a very inaccurate newspaper story) the 1982 TV movie Mazes and Monsters is not only Tom Hanks' finest work, it's also a cautionary tale of the dangers of Dungeons and Dragons and a wonderful showcase for Chris Makepeace's weird hat collection. bb-08.01

Trailer for David Fincher's Netflix series Mindhunter. ms-08.01

Short, sweet, and gorgeous. The Most Beautiful Shots of the 21st Century (2000-2016). mcj-08.01

From artist Raku Inoue, Natura Insects: A series of Insects made from Flowers. ms-08.01

Perseid Meteors over Turkey. ms-08.01

1997 Paris Review interview with Sam Shepard. RIP. jc-07.31

The Man Who Makes Me Swoon describes a Perfect Day in Las Vegas. ms-07.29

"Machine Art" at MoMA, in 1934. jc-07.29

Robot bartenders in Las Vegas. dw-07.28

"Hello Company Whose Name I've Copy-Pasted into This Cover Letter." Honesty, by Molly Cornfield. Via the Miss who is Swiss. jc-07.28

The horror of desktops and the hoarders who never delete (or file away) anything. jc-07.27

Written by the Coen Brothers, directed by George Clooney, the trailer for Suburbicon ms-07.27

New trailer for It ms-07.27

Lucky for us, Electric Lit scoured PEN's new digital archive. jc-07.26

"Edgar said, 'We're filming on the road, I'd like you to be with me editing as we're filming'... So basically, we lashed up to an apple crate..." An interesting read about how Paul Machliss edited Baby Driver in near-real time, including from the back of a process trailer. sd-07.26

David Letterman's appearance on Al Franken's Boiling the Frog web series. sd-07.26

The Milky Way over Monument Valley. ms-07.26

Every episode is represented in this Game of Thrones Tapestry ms-07.26

Related to the last, SD and DZ head to the Monona County Fair. ms-07.25

NPR's Morning Edition heads to the Sheridan County Fair. ms-07.25

Transit map of the Roman roads of Britain by Sasha Trubetskoy. Sweet. jc-07.25

Design Resources. dw-07.24

Deep Thoughts is a bimonthly animation series by MediaMonks. dw-07.24

Thanks Pearle Vision for making me cry in my office this morning, Ben's Glasses ms-07.24

Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun. ms-07.24

Stupid excited for this, trailer for Stranger Things 2. Full screen is best and turn it up loud. ms-07.23

Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats. ms-07.21

Trailer for the film based on Jo Nesbo's The Snowman ms-07.21

Hey, you're in the International Space Station. jc-07.20

Fanilows, potterheads, moonies, and other fandom nicknames. dw-07.20

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