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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.

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.

Movies About Posters

Screening Documentaries

The Beginning and End Are Up To You, is our mini-documentary about John Solimine who created the limited-edition poster and the cover for our Field Tested Books Book.

For our first summer reading feature we asked Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine to design and hand-screen a limited run of posters. We visited Jay and Mat Daly at the Bird Machine Shop and we can tell you that the whole thing is refreshingly analog and deliciously slow. Check 6 Colors, 1,800 Pulls and 2 Dogs. The next Field-Tested Poster was created by Dan and Mike of Aesthetic Apparatus. Steve buzzed up to The Twin Cities for a visit and that resulted in Found & Reused. BTW: We have a few signed and numbered posters available for sale.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"Shock is the first of eight series that collectively form my body of work Good Grief—a visual articulation of my journey through grief following the loss of my mother." By Shira Gold. jc-11.13

"...a towering pillar of musicianship, wonder, and menace." Ryan Reed on the 50th Anniversary of In the Court of the Crimson King. jc-11.13

150 years of Nature, a century and a half of research and discovery. dw-11.08

Trailer for Mickey And The Bear. ms-11.06

"Sherrilynne, I'm sorry to hear that you feel "on edge." And "trapped." And "like the wallpaper of your psyche is peeling back in ribbons." That's heavy. It sounds like you could use some more self-care, darling. Like when I go to the basement in the middle of the night and stare at the furnace with no expression.That's my "me time." " ms-11.06

An Oral History Of Blade Runner's 2019 Los Angeles, Because The Future Has Arrived ms-11.06

"Any Lone Ranger costume is going to be handmade, material custom ordered and very expensive." So you know, here's some very thorough advice on dressing up like the Lone Ranger. sd-11.01

A Novel: An Article, by Elizabeth Brooke. jc-10.31

Kern in Hell for Halloween. Thanks Paz. jc-10.30

The Future of Conde Nast. ms-10.29

"Malika Favre is one of the world's most celebrated illustrators, known for her stunningly simple work, often utilising a handful of perfectly refined vector shapes to convey her subject matter. This revealing monograph tells the story of an authentic artist, one who's stunning output showcases a unique talent attuned to spotting and appreciating the beauty in the simplest things." dw-10.25

"If she hits the three margarita mark, we strongly recommend taking the over on the number of minutes Aunt Susan will spend discussing which cousins she thinks are secretly gay. If things get out of hand and enter blowout territory (4+ Watermelon Margaritas), the smart money is on getting the hell out of the Olive Garden before the 100% chance that you will be stuck driving Aunt Susan home after she reveals the names of 1-2 family members who didn't know that they were adopted. ms-10.24

I collect numbered White Albums and currently have 2,435 copies. Every album is posted. Let me know if you have a copy in any condition." Via Gray. jc-10.24

Final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. ms-10.22

"John Downs's first day of work might have been his last. It was 1962 and it was only his second day back in town after four years in the army. A former student at the Art Institute, he'd been hired as an editorial illustrator for the Chicago Daily News. What his work might entail didn't quite hit him until he sat down in the viewing area of the death chamber at Cook County Jail, at 26th and California." RIP John Down, great piece by Paul Turner. jc-10.21

"At this level of enlargement, we become engrossed by the details of the printing process itself." Anne Collier at Galerie Neu in Berlin. jc-10.18

Congratulations to NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on their historic first all-female spacewalk. You can watch it live here. ms-10.18

Cha-ching. Arcade Game Typography, written by Toshi Omagari and designed by Leo Field. jc-10.18

Want. The Intrepid Camera Company makes large-format, 4x5 and 8x10 cameras. Via Chris Glass. jc-10.18

Trailer for the film Light From Light. ms-10.17

Th story of the Mojave phone booth. jc-10.17

Speaking of Caravaggio. ms-10.17

"A few metres from her small apartment in the Oratory of Saint Lawrence in Palermo, where her mother was a housekeeper, one of the most notorious art thefts in history was taking place, as a Caravaggio that had hung for more than three centuries above the altar was cut out of its frame." jc-10.17

This should keep Jim busy all morning: The Roman Empire's Roads In Transit Map Form. bb-10.14

Planet Earth at Blue Hour. ms-10.11

Chicago Design System. ms-10.11

Local note. What If Your Alderman Were Goth? The Chicago Genius Herald has the answer for some reason. Thanks Peteski. jc-10.11

So you know. "Traditionally, in comic book lettering, the 'I' with crossbars is reserved for the personal pronoun" and other super interesting Comic Lettering Tips. jc-10.10

"When I first applied for this position, did I know that my expected job duties would include dueling genocidal dark lords or battling Death Eaters in the Astronomy Tower? No. Did I do them anyway even after being denied a cost of living adjustment to my salary for ten years in a row while also dealing with insidiously small-but-steady cuts to my annual conference travel budget? Yes." ms-10.09

Great piece by Thomas de Monchaux on architectural photographer Ezra Stoller, who Turned Buildings Into Monuments. jc-10.09

"If I'm so average-American, how come that i've never heard of most of the musical groups that millions of other Americans apparently are listening to?" bb-10.08

FALL LAUNCH PARTY HAPPY HOUR IS THURSDAY from 4 to 7pm at Field Notes HQ in Chicago. Enjoy a cold one from our pals at Solemn Oath Brewery and snacks from Big Delicious Planet. Nerdy design, printing and typography conversation encouraged. Bring your pals, bring your Mom, and for God's sake, bring your credit card. jc-10.08

"Type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters." Eyes on the Text, Mind on the Type. jc-10.08

Musician Donald Fagen shares a true story about George Plimpton, Buck Henry, and the last will and testament of Roy Cohn. jc-10.08

New trailer for the film 1917. ms-10.07

"On February 26, 2014, Christian Andreacchio was found dead in the upstairs bathroom of his apartment from a single gunshot wound to the head. After a mere 45-minute investigation, local police ruled his death a suicide, despite substantial evidence that points to Christian's death not only being a homicide, but premeditated murder. Host Dennis Cooper investigates and shares a compelling story about this suspicious death, the questions surrounding it, and a grieving family's ongoing fight for justice." Culpable Podcast ms-10.07

Trailer for The Gentlemen. ms-10.04

Scotland in Motion ms-10.02

Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the filming of director Sam Mendes' upcoming film, 1917 ms-10.01

Orion Rising over Brazil. ms-10.01

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