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Slowtron's Western State: a documentary series about
familiar artists doing non-traditional things.

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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's 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.

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.

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Look Magazine, music special, 1970. Art director, Allen Hurlburt. Loving the Elliot Landy pic of The Band. jc-10.14

A promo video of a recording of Que Sera, complete with a full orchestra and chorus, from the upcoming Wax Tailor live album, Phonovisions Symphonic, coming out November 4th. Can't wait. sd-10.14

"The coolest of all diacritical marks is obviously the 'umlaut.'" The History Of The Umlaut In Heavy Metal, by Ben Smith. Via Quipsologies. jc-10.14

Just a taste of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. Great news. jc-10.14

Gunther and Christine Holtorf's roadtrip lasted 23 years and covered half a million miles. Are we there yet? jc-10.14

Car Show Promotional Bags Gallery. jc-10.14

Agreed. ms-10.14

The First Spacewalk, how the first human to take steps in outer space nearly didn't return the Earth. Via MeFi ms-10.14

"And in a stroke of simple genius, he added just the right 'thonk' sound from the sync generator to sweeten the experience. " The Invention of Pong, by Walter Isaacson. Via The Loop. jc-10.13

"City Railway System is a new approach to projecting the identity of a city onto its subway map. Whereas conventional subway maps aim at conveying information as clearly and concisely as possible, the City Railway System by ZERO PER ZERO distinctively incorporates symbolic elements of each city into its map while preserving clarity." Via Sploid ms-10.13

The Telegraph gives us their picks for the 40 Best Space Movies. ms-10.13

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Oh yeah. jc-10.10

"...I managed to cobble together four perfect days in Madison without a single responsibility other than trying as many new beers as possible every day while staying sober enough not to cause a scene at dinner (went three for four)." Drunkspin's fairly accurate review of Spotted Cow and the beer scene in Wisconsin. mcj-10.10

Vintage Halloween Masks. So great, via Kate Donnelly. jc-10.10

USA vs. Canada. Friday Layer Tennis, Presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-10.10

Apropos of nothing. From Comedy Bang! Bang!: America's Most Killer Burgers & Aukerman's Most Wanted Killer. sd-10.10

FotA Cameron Esposito has a new stand-up album out: Same Sex Symbol. To help promote the release, she did this meaningful Q&A with Claire Zulkey. sd-10.10

An important reminder: correlation does not equal causation. bb-10.10

Accidental Cool Art. sd-10.10

"God Only Knows" is BBC Music's big budget rehash of 1997's "Perfect Day" spot. The new one has fewer shots of Shane McGowan's teeth, more depressing shots of Brian Wilson looking lost, and totally equal parts Elton John and a handful British singers you likely won't recognize. sd-10.10

Equal Population Mapper. dw-10.10

Droga5's very silly cider ad: "Slow-Motion Horse." sd-10.10

A fun look at the behind the scenes planning for the music vid for Mutemath's Spotlight. sd-10.10

"The concept behind Ziferblat, which means clock face in Russian, is that customers pay for their time rather than their tea." jc-10.10

Boozy cupcakes. dw-10.10

"At a jury trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, Jamel Sandidge, a biology professor at the University of Kansas, described the brown recluse problem at the Trost home as 'immense,' between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders. Breathing into a brown paper bag now. ms-10.10

"My first concept was essentially a contemporary Old Style: a rationalised Caslon filtered through the plain pragmatism of Imprint. The press tests quickly nipped it in the bud: compared to Tiempos, it felt too bookish, too delicate, too 'slow'." Love this inside look by Kris Sowersby on designing type for the Financial Times. jc-10.10

The Measure, a Typesetting Contest. A fun idea from Charlie Park. Typeset the first chapter of Dracula for your chance at glory. Type-nerdy glory, but glory all the same. jc-10.10

"This isn't composing; this is clicking." Provocations of a Bad Jingle Writer, by David Safran. Via Gapers Block. jc-10.10

"...something resembling an over-sized, deformed baby might be sufficiently loathsome." H. R. Giger's list of things to be designed for Alien. jc-10.10

"The modern social web is a miracle of progress but also a status-driven guilt-spewing shit volcano... Back in the 1990s—this will sound insane—some of us paid a lot of money for our tilde accounts, like $30 or $40 a month or sometimes much more. We paid to reach strangers with our weird ideas. Whereas now, as everyone understands, brands pay to know users." The Story of Tilde.Club, by Paul Ford. jc-10.10

Ben Franklin's 200 Synonyms for "Drunk". jc-10.10

Eight types of beautiful chemical reactions are presented in this short video. Via The Awesomer. ms-10.10

The classic green army men doing yoga. dw-10.09

"Lost life by stab in falling on ink eraser, evading six young women trying to give him birthday kisses in office Metropolitan Life Building." The story behind George Spencer Miller's headstone: Kissed to Death. sd-10.09

Trailer for the film Low Down. ms-10.09

The Surrealists' tarot deck from 1940. The aces are ace. Via John Coulthart. jc-10.09

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not going to the gym today." Movie quotes according to iOS keyboard predictions. jc-10.09

Pixel art by Octavi Navarro. dw-10.09

The footbridge over the Grand Union Canal in Paddington, London folds like a fan. jc-10.09

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