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Einstein's Puzzle

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?

Field Notes, For Winter

You Say You Want
a Resolution?

Out latest seasonal limited-edition for Field Notes includes two Checklist Journals and one Date Book. Now is a very good time to become that organized and "has-it-all-together" person you know you are. Check out the Resolution Edition.

A Six Tone Scale

True to the Blobbiness

We've long-admired the dynamism of a mural that is hangs on the north side of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on Ashland Avenue. Once we renovated and moved into our new studio space, we decided to track down who was responsible, with the idea of doing something similar for our main work space. The artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Kent Smith, were up for the idea, and also for us filming them painting the 12' x 8', 3-panel artwork. Thanks a million to them.

New From Field Notes


We're proud of the short film (spot?) we made for a product partnership with the unstoppable Bellroy from Australia. Check out the new Everyday Inspiration, custom, compact leather cover.

Thanks to Big Delicious Planet for inviting us into their Canteen for the location, and to Spencer Tweedy for letting us use his song "Temple State" on the track. It's in heavy rotation at HQ currently.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

A lot has changed around here since 2005: waistlines, hairlines, fashions, a big new studio, and new businesses to fill it with. Here's a Throwback for Thursday, in beautiful standard definition. The production values might leave a little to be desired, and the "new Canadian restaurant" in the neighborhood may have closed, but the film itself actually holds up. Sort of. Presenting Copy Goes Here.

You Can Count On Change

That’s a Wrap

After a long, successful run, we're shutting down our advertising network, The Deck. Jim posted about the decision and the details at the Deck site. John Gruber was one of the network's very first affiliates. John published a way-too-generous piece about The Deck at Daring Fireball. Thanks for that, and to all the affiliates, advertisers and readers who supported the network over the years.

Last year we moved into a new studio in Chicago, and in the back, near where we do screen-printing and other messy stuff, there's a shelf for projects we made, operated and eventually, shut down. We'll make some room for The Deck there, right next to Jewelboxing, The Seed Conference and The Show. We haven't stashed away Layer Tennis just yet, but who knows? Anyhow, as always, we're scheming about the future. And, of course, we're making these notebooks.

2017 Tournament of Books

Literary Cage Match

Once again, our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books which is now complete! If you're not familiar with the ToB, Angela Chen has written this excellent Brief History of the Tournament to get you up to speed.

We need your help. We created a special Memo Book for the tourney and are raising funds for 826 National, an amazing seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Dig deep people.

Choose to Go to the Moon

Over the Moon

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our Field Notes Quarterly Edition Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy. BTW: The Lunacy Edition is now sold out.

Moco Fun at the new HQ

We Go Round in Circles

Steve bought a cool motion-control rig. We wanted to make some sort of recap the Field Notes Quarterly Editions from 2016. So we made this film. Added bonus, it provides a nice view of the new HQ.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Because it's There

A Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

Now it can be told: "The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys" (Seriously, super dark.) bb-yesterday

The Swissair Poster Collection. Yum. jc-yesterday

If there's any sort of book-length scholarly examination of the several-decades-long Patrick Nagel rip-off salon poster phenomenon can someone point me to it? bb-yesterday

Happy Wednesday.. ms-yesterday

30 years ago, "Max Headroom" hijacked Chicago television. bb-yesterday

"This map was made to sing the praises of the extraordinary women who have, since the beginning, been shapers and heroes of this city that has always been, secretly, a City of Women." dw-11.21

Who's Fish? jc-11.21

Dinosaurs, gods, and marshmallows: A Thanksgiving Science Quiz. ms-11.21

Ref Goals. bb-11.21

A few years back, the good people at Exponential Records helped us out a bunch providing the music for a few of our Layer Tennis recaps. Now they have two new albums out: Diego Bernal's great \e-sas\ and Ernest Gonzales' Our Lady Of.... sd-11.20

Here we go! The 2018 Tournament of Books Long List. jc-11.20

If you remember Heathrow airport's adorable ad Coming Home for Christmas from last year, you'll love the new ad this year that tells their love story. I'm not crying, you're crying. ms-11.20

Friday, the Moon Smiled. ms-11.20

Inside Information: Director's Cut, amazing, inventive print from Dorothy. jc-11.17

Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner. dw-11.17

Major Fireball Meteor. ms-11.17

Local note, this weekend is the first Chicago Art Book Fair. dw-11.17

Trailer for new horror film The Quiet Place. ms-11.17

Trailer for the new television show The Chi. ms-11.17

1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype 001. Boss. jc-11.16

Where the record shops at? jc-11.16

ODGER Chair, designed by Form With Love for IKEA, has a simple simple click-lock assembly. dw-11.16

Nice phone and tablet stands by STAK Ceramics. dw-11.16

Gastro Obscura, the world's most wondrous food and drink. dw-11.15

Color changing cabinets. dw-11.13

"...when a critical number of people try to find balance at the same time and their movements sync up, they can align with the sway of the bridge. And that's when things get scary." mcj-11.13

Happy Monday. ms-11.13

"Ben Sansum is 35. But he lives in 1946. His clothes, his house, the music he listens to - all come from an era before he was even born. ms-11.13

Color Photos of the 1939 New York World's Fair. ms-11.13

Stan Carey's periodic collection at Sentence First is always great. Here's his latest Link Love: Language. jc-11.13

"...the slinging of odd stones or dollops of mud at the windows of the stately home of linguistic decorum." Anthony Burgess' Lost Dictionary of Slang. jc-11.13

Japan in Retro-Style GIFs. jc-11.13

Celebrities at the Airport in the 1970's. So great. ms-11.11

Monsoon IV. ms-11.10

Trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Dark. ms-11.10

From architecture firm Studio MM, the gorgeous Creek House, Kerhonkson, NY ms-11.10

Digging the packaging for CoastWise Session IPA by MiresBall. jc-11.09

Our fave caterer is raising money to help each family at the Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago Public Charter Elementary School, with their Thanksgiving dinner. C'mon now, we're in, you should be too. jc-11.09

Trailer for The Post. jc-11.08

It's Day One for Ben Saunders on his trans-antarctic, solo trek. Good luck buddy. CP and Field Notes are pulling for you (although actually, you'll be doing all the pulling for the next 60-ish days.) jc-11.08

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