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"First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't."
Jim's receipe for the perfect martini.

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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?

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.

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Do you type two spaces after a period? You're doing it wrong. ms-03.27

So great but you need to cue the music ms-03.27

Knowing what each three-letter IATA airport code stands for isn't super useful, but it sure can be fun. Thanks Andrew. jc-03.27

Teenage bedrooms on screen. Via Messy Nessy Chic. dw-03.26

Remember that time Anton Corbijn filmed Teletubbies? bb-03.26

"You really can find deep-fried anything these days: pickles, oreos, and even celery, which I unfortunately know from experience. And now, large spiders.. ms-03.26

Buckets. ms-03.26

Also Shot on iPhone 6. jc-03.26

Music festival posters with all the male acts removed. bb-03.26

Semifinals wrapped, Zombies announced, and then there were four: Station Eleven versus A Brief History of Seven Killings and An Untamed State versus All the Light We Cannot See. The Morning News Tournament of Books heads to the finish. jc-03.26

On Times New Roman. jc-03.26

If you interrupt sexy-time, you'll pay. Slowly. ms-03.26

Just kicked Briar Levit's film project,m Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production. Wax, veloxes, presstype. Hooray. jc-03.26

A Stella television set from Stern-Radio Stassfurt, photographed by Ben Garret. More information on this 1970 or 71 East German beauty. jc-03.26

"...our two most favoritest fonts ever have finally been smooshed together typographically, just as Darwin intended. Cross-bred. Cross-awesomified." Comic Papyrus by Ben Harman. Via Quips. jc-03.26

Orion Spring. ms-03.26

"Men never wore shorts when I was young. There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I'd just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade." Style Advice From Fran Lebowitz. jc-03.25

A mirrored highrise hotel in the Swiss Alps. dw-03.25

Interesting trailer for the film Slow West. ms-03.25

Emotionally Vague: A research project about emotion, sensation and feeling. Via Nicholas Felton. jc-03.25

"They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s--Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others-- remember it quite the same way." ms-03.25

Aaron needs a hand. jc-03.25

Related to below, Helvetica. ms-03.25

"ASTERISK: What about a documentary? Helvetica had one. AGENT: Helvetica is one well-connected font." ms-03.25

"In 2BC China used their invention, paper, to wrap tokens and money and these were the earliest examples of what we know today." Neal Whittington on Envelopes. jc-03.25

Book covers, etc. Daniel Benneworth-Gray. jc-03.25

"What if there was an Empire-focused short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best." —Paul Johnson. Via Mefi. jc-03.24

Illustrator Russell Walks divides his portfolio into Not Star Wars and Star Wars and all of it is great, especially the pulp covers. jc-03.24

I. Am. So. Happy. Right now. ms-03.24

A floating flower garden of over 2,300 blooms. dw-03.24

Taco Bell's Divergent-ish/Hunger Games-ish short film/ad features warped clowns. Wonder who they could be targeting there? ms-03.24

Micro-replicas of food and household items made from clay by Tomo Tanaka. dw-03.24

Let's all count the ways Marion Bataille's pop-up book, Numero is brilliant. jc-03.24


The central object at the heart of Kevin Guilfoile's A Drive into the Gap from Field Notes Brand Books, is Roberto Clemente's bat. Here's a very big photo of it. jc-03.24

"Like it? Well, I don't see why I oughtn't to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?" Tom Sawyer Invents the Hustle, from Lapham's new Quarterly, Swindle & Fraud. jc-03.24

Currently lost and happy in the pencil sketchbooks of French illustrator Pez. Lots more here. jc-03.24

That last Quarterfinal match of the Tournament of Books is today. Semis start tomorrow. jc-03.24

"The highest-resolution panorama ever taken by a rover illuminates unprecedented detail of the red planet's surface." jc-03.24

Atlas V Launches MMS ms-03.24

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