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Friday Edition

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Above the Sun

In 2011, hundreds of thousands of pounds of snow were piled next to our studio.

Field Notes: Red Blooded

A love letter from Bryan, framed inside the Field Notes Red Blooded edition.

Aaron's Red Blooded Film

Aaron Draplin finds out how Field Notes gets used by the metal band, Red Fang.

Field Notes: Northerly

A look inside the workshop as we launch the Northerly edition.

Field Notes: Fire Spotter

For the Fire Spotter edition, we traveled into the wilds of northern Wisconsin.

The Beginning and End

A short documentary on John Solomine of Spike Press.

Field Notes: Ravens Wing

The making-of behind the scenes look at the making of the Ravens Wing edition.


Can you clean your computer's keyboard in the dishwasher? We test it out.

Field Notes: Steno

The making-of behind the scenes look at the making of the Field Notes Steno.

Layer Tennis: Season 3

A recap of the whole Layer Tennis season in just over two minutes.

Copy Goes Here

If you enjoy the web version pick up a DVD or other goods in the Copy Goes Here store.

CBC: 'Reach for the Stars'

A second promo for our television network that doesn't really exist.

Regrets: Hobbies

Steve's film about not finishing what you start, featuring David Pasquesi.

Laboratory Conditions

A five-part documentary series about the Black Hole Surplus Co. in Los Alamos, NM.

MoOM: The Curators

A series about three Museum of Online Museums curators and their collections.

Field Notes: County Fair

We took a trip to the Monona County Fair for the Field Notes "County Fair" edition

Field Notes: COLORS

A full year of Field Notes COLORS in a piece of seasonal stop-motion animation.

Field Notes: Dry Transfer

An instructional how-to for the Field Notes Dry Transfer edition.

Western State #1

The first episode of Slowtron's series about designers, featuring Andy Mueller.

Field Notes: Balsam Fir

The making-of behind the scenes look at the making of the Balsam Fir edition.

Layer Tennis: Exhibition

A recap of the whole Layer Tennis Exhibition Season in just over two minutes.

Creative Mornings

Jim spoke at the innaugural edition of Creative Mornings here in Chicago.

Free Coffee When Lit

On a slow Friday afternoon, Steve and Jake made a film about a coffee machine.


An exciting new search tool. Never not find what you're looking for again!

Found & Reused

A visit with Dan and Mike of the Minneapolis powerhouse, Aesthetic Apparatus.


Instructions for the CP Fleet Vehicle Identification Symbol System.

An Unsolicited Response

Our infamous response to Agency.com's Subway pitch video.

Layer Tennis: Season Two

The whole of the second season of Layer Tennis in just over two minutes.

Patron of War

A teaser trailer for a movie we'll never make. Speakers up, please.

The Breeders: 'Walk It Off'

SD and BB got the chance to direct this interactive music video for The Breeders.

Crown Hall

A look at Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece on the IIT campus in Chicago.

Busy Beaver Button Co.

A short documentary about our favorite button company.

Western State #2

Slowtron interviews Cory McAbee about his work in the second episode of the series.


Scott Smith's short film about breaking all ten commandments before breakfast.

How to BBQ a Man

"Oh the times." Slowtron's film about summer fun.

Watch Us Now

If we ever became a TV network, this is what our vintage promo would look like.

Western State #3

Geoff McFetridge is the subject of the third episode of Slowtron's series about designers.

Jewelboxing Spot

An very quick and very animated commercial we made about Jewelboxing.

Regrets: Boxes

The first in Steve's series of films about regret, featuring Justin Kauffmann.

238 Miles

A long trip out of Iowa as Steve listens to Abba on repeat for 5 straight hours.

Bags of Air

Our #1 most requested film of all time about the most interesting machine in our office.

6 Colors, 1,800 Pulls, 2 Dogs

A visit to The Bird Machine to see the making of our 2003 Field-Tested Books poster.

It's 3 AM...

Hillary Clinton's campaign asked a question that deserved an equally serious response.

Jim at the SGDC

JC's talk at the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Western State #4

Jason Gnewikow speaks to Slowtron in the fourth episode of their series about designers.