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The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

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.

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.

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

"...make it work as an app icon, and worry about everything else after." DesignStudio rebrands Premier League. jc-02.09

Trailer for the film The Lobster. ms-02.08

The man who makes me swoon takes a look at Arion Press. ms-02.08

Related to the last, best use of an Iron Butterfly song ever. ms-02.08

Buzzfeed takes a look at 44 of the most breathtaking shots in Michael Mann movies. Included are a bunch from one of my all-time favorite movies, Manhunter. ms-02.08

Light Pillars over Alaska. ms-02.08

As big fans of Pistol Shrimps Radio, its wonderful to put images to words: here's video footage of the L.A. Municipal Dance Squad, and the entire game where the Shrimps were cruelly decimated by NBA benchwarmers. bb-02.08

Beyonce drops the video for her newest song, Formation. NSFW lyrics. ms-02.08

"When Frank began painting posters for Ghanaian movie theaters he was given a clear mandate: If the movie was gory, the poster should be gorier. If it was sexy, make the poster sexier. And when in doubt, throw in a fish. " kg-02.05

Posted without comment: "How the Founder of Moon Juice Eats Every Day." sd-02.05

Now I know how excited y'all were about that Star Wars thing: Savage Steve Holland is working on a follow-up to One Crazy Summer with Bobcat Goldthwait, Joel Murray, and Curtis Armstrong. bb-02.05

Our MS has mixed feelings about the newly-discovered Aphonopelma johnnycashi. bb-02.05

Marcus is reading one book about each president from November 8, 2015 until November 8, 2016 Election Day. dw-02.05

Chicago's Oldest Bars. jc-02.05

Happy Friday. ms-02.05

Shakespeare's original pronunciation sounds amazing (and unveils ribald puns). bb-02.05

So sweet, my teeth ache. In a good way. Hershey's ad, My Dad. ms-02.05

"It's a tricky game and we don't always get it right (but we obviously did this year --obviously), but it certainly makes gambling easier." Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books. The Rooster approaches. Get reading. jc-02.05

A fun look at all of the moving parts in shooting a spot with a motion control rig. sd-02.05

"This 1930s-era newsreel was recently discovered by sisters Nancy and Barbara Sleeper of Newberry, whose grandfather, Sanborn Sleeper, was the superintendent of the Luce County Road Commission from 1928 until sometime around World War II." Winter Comes to Michigan. dw-02.05

A read that starts off as one thing and goes somewhere else entirely (and then some): "What the Heck is a Catch in the NFL, Anyway?" sd-02.05

Massive Stars in NGC 6357. ms-02.05

Roger Ebert's script for the unmade Russ Meyer/Sex Pistols film, Who Killed Bambi?. bb-02.04

NHL Players that look like Tilda Swinton. mcj-02.04

The last star in the universe will be a red dwarf. dw-02.04

Robert McGinnis at 90, a celebration of the American paperback cover illustrator. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-02.04

@tasteofstreep dw-02.04

"River North is the worst. Like, the actual worst. OK, yeah, it's pretty with all its luxury high-rises, startup offices, and AVEDA salons, but let's be honest: River North is where you go when you want to get into hour-long arguments about the validity of global warming with a 45-year-old drunk finance bro who believes the environmental movement is a Marxist plot." Spot. On. Vice gives us their City Guide to Chicago. ms-02.04

An older Movie Poster of the Week from Adrian, in light of recent news, a look at various takes on Abel Gance's Napoleon. Via John Coulthart. jc-02.04

Crossing America by bike share from Manhattan to Santa Monica. dw-02.03

So you know, the grid system for London that never happened. ms-02.03

100 Jokes that Shaped Modern Comedy. bb-02.03

Scenes From 21st-Century China. ms-02.03

"One is the most innovative writer of the 20th century, the other is James Joyce. Can you distinguish between sentences written by the Irish novelist and the lyrics of surrealist rapper Kool Keith?" bb-02.03

The Inside Story of Uber's Radical Rebranding. ms-02.03

The Strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin, the Comma Queen on, well, you know. jc-02.02

Pretty Much Everything, by Aaron James Draplin. I've peeked at this beauty and you want this, you really want this. jc-02.02

The trailer for the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game is some wholesome family fun. mcj-02.02

Scans from a (often a bit unintentionally funny) guide handed out by the German government to asylum seekers: "Germany and Its People." Every illustration would make for an awesome t-shirt or poster. sd-02.02

Stefan Glerum's Stained Glass Project for an Amsterdam residential development is fantastic. jc-02.02

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