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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.

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.

Film & Video Archives

Reach For the Stars

We're not a network an it's not the 1980s but why should that stop us from making a schmaltzy omnibus promo? We've reorganized and re-rendered most of the films and videos we have made over the past dozen years and posted them in a new archive. Enjoy.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

A new logo for This American Life by Erik Jarlsson. dw-01.11

Staying in the pocket. jc-01.11

2017 nominations for the Design Observer 50 Books, 50 Covers project. jc-01.11

Illustrated marathon course maps by a runner for runners. dw-01.10

RIP Dr. Rosenberg. jc-01.10

"Designed within the footprint of an existing 1950's rambler, this home was completely transformed to create a light filled open plan with easy and direct connections to the outdoors." ms-01.10

From artist Michele Baldini, The _Eggshibit. Now I'm hungry. ms-01.10

Need to organize a NYC visit. Film Forum Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective. jc-01.09

Screenprints by Marie Varley based on a set of Dutch matchboxes from the 1950s. dw-01.09

Isotope, new from Hoefler & Co. jc-01.09

Cristian Marianciuc has made hundreds of gorgeous paper cranes. dw-01.09

Proud to see an innovative approach to deal with homelessness working here in Chicago. ms-01.09

"Obviously, the backstory is everything: the logo being built from a piece of wood of the same batch that was originally used to build the theater is the stuff concepts dreams are made of..." Armin on the new logo and identity for Shakespeare's Globe by The Partners. jc-01.09

Never knew this. September 3rd, 1967 was named Dagen H. jc-01.09

Alphabete fur techniker und fachschulen. jc-01.09

So you know, how to take a photo of a Stealth bomber from above. jc-01.08

Remember back when Winona Ryder, Giovanni Ribisi, and John C. Reilly kidnapped the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion? bb-01.08

"Have your smartphone ready as you navigate. When you compose a photo, remember that your 'Gram should say, "I'm cultured and can afford this trip," while whispering, "Why yes, I am better than you." After all, if a photo doesn't get double-digit likes, did it really happen?" ms-01.08

Artifacts, tokens, and curio from the secret brother(and sister)hood of Beeteeth. dw-01.08

Roads to nowhere. jc-01.08

Testa di Morto, a microscopic portrait of one man's obsession with the life of insects. dw-01.05

Champagne packaging to ring in 2018. dw-01.05

From photographer Fiji Ohashi, Time to Shine. ms-01.05

The and Now: An aerial view of Chicago taken in 1914 with video from today. ms-01.05

Abandoned Theme Parks. ms-01.04

Someone from the new Star Wars movie fighting someone else from the new Star Wars movie in 16 bit. Also, do not click if you have not seen the movie yet. ms-01.04

"Synchronizing relative time across cities might have inspired Einstein's thought experiments, but it was a poor way to run a railroad." Whet Moser on How Chicago Gave America Its Time Zones. jc-01.04

A 10-by-10-foot digital image of a 60-sheet world map drawn by hand in 1587 by Italian cartographer Urbano Monte. dw-01.04

"60 years ago Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar joined forces and the world of design has never been the same. Their company Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv has designed some of the most enduring and defining logos of the modern age. of the modern age.. ms-01.04

A Norwegian University Student Used a Spy Camera in this Amazing Example of 19th Century Street Photography. jc-01.04

"You can't kill the Rooster." A Brief History of the Tournament of Books, by Angela Chen jc-01.03

By superimposing a rectangular grid on the earth surface, a grid built from exact square miles, the spherical deviations have to be fixed. After all, the grid has only two dimensions. US road grid corrections. mcj-01.03

Was it "one of the most remarkable pieces of mechanism ever put together" or "a remorseless Frankenstein monster"? Mark Twain and The Paige Compositor, an excellent Codex99 post. jc-01.03

Trailer for the new Netflix adaptation of the graphic novel The End of the F**king World. ms-01.02

"When the photographer Minor White died in 1976, after a prolific career and an epic journey of a life, he left his archives to Princeton University. But it took about forty years before that institution could make the collection truly available to the world in the form of the Minor White Archive online." -- More from Open Culture. jc-01.02

For your next Matchbox cars date: the Drive-In Phone Stand. sd-01.02

Celebs on sandwiches. dw-01.02

Also, how to make the perfect snowball. ms-01.02

In my search for knowledge in 2018, I now know how to wash my hair in space. ms-01.02

Google vs. Apple Maps Apps. Excellent analysis. jc-01.02

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