What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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During October, Chicago Illustrator and poster-maker Jay Ryan set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. We followed Jay's progress and found the drawings irresistible. We knew that they'd look great in a special Field Notes edition. We hope you agree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
So you know, all the fonts used on the classic Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce bottle.
"Upset, Sam leaves the protest to cry in her Volvo. Farmer Ted finds her and captures it on Facebook Live. Then he asks for her Spanx to sell on eBay and she obliges. "I can't believe I gave my Spanx to a geek," she groans. "
"A story told by my grandfather sparked a fascination. Far to the east lies a land, wild and vast, inhabited by the legendary warriors who rescued my grandfather. Mongolia. For fifteen years, I've returned to this country, seeking to understand the raw beauty and tenacity that shapes those who call it home."
True Colors, US State flags designed by data, and Olivia Johnson.
February ScreenFonts, in which newish film posters are dissected, typographically.
"...a set of pharmaceutical samples masterfully designed by Fred Troller." Flat File No.10 from Readymag.
On the Trail of the Angled Terminal, We Made This is on the hunt
Chicago intersections isolated as shapes.
"Ronald Clark's father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growing up in a library, creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him. A story for anyone who's ever dreamt of having unrestricted access to books." Yeah, that would be me.
As seen from above.
The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books. Via everyone.
Probable relink - More Perfect. A podcast from the makers of Radiolab about how the Supreme Court got so Supreme.
Cocteau Twins Fever hits Columbus, OH, 1985.
Cage interview with Aaron, and a terrific photographic portrait by Michael Poehlman.
"Geocolor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night." Animation from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16.
"Our goal is to continue our exploration of embroidery as a modern artform and to expand our creations to the larger art-scene with exhibitions." Lovely work from Charles and Erin at Lekadre.
Car Orbiting Earth.
"The following was filmed autonomously in one continuous shot." Skydio R1: Self-Flying Camera.
Windows of San Francisco. Fantastic interactive piece by Jon Murray, Matthew Pullen, Andrew Pullen & Pete Blaszkiewicz.
"The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness. Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth: white ice and blue ice, glacial-ice tongues and ice wedges. There were no living creatures in sight. Not a bear or even a bird. Nothing but him. Nothing but him."
"...covers designed by Spanish illustrator Manolo Prieto between 1940 and 1957 were done for the low-cost weekly publication Novelas y Cuentos. -Steven Heller. Highly recommended.
Related to the last, Flickr set of paperback cover illustrations by Renato Fratini.
Uncovered: Illustrating the Sixties and Seventies, at the Lever Gallery in London now. Looks fab.
New Breeders! A lovely cover of Mike Nesmith's "Joanne."
A beautiful mess at Field Notes.
Gorgeous video for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's All The Stars Full screen is best.
Open Culture on NASA posting of over 400 historic experimental flight videos. Boss.
Marshall point out this good use for a fidget spinner. Great.
The Illustrated Catalogue of Period Ornaments Cast in Composition and Wood Fibre for Woodwork-Furniture features samples of wood carvings offered by the Decorators Supply Company of Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century.
Adrian's favorite Ingmar Bergman posters to herald the upcoming major centennial retrospective. Great choices.
Winners of the 2018 Black & White Photographer of the Year competition
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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