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.
Ten years ago we started Field Notes. Here's some background. Aaron talking about where the original idea came from and the history of American agricultural design. Jim on the mechanics of moving from working for clients to inventing one. Whet Moser's recent piece for Chicago Magazine and how we got here.
Several weeks ago we tweeted that we were starting a project that involved "...a ridiculous waste of money, resources, & energy in service of making an particularly unimportant and totally obvious observation." Mission accomplished.
Once again, our Field Notes was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books. If you're not familiar with the ToB, you'll want to read this Brief History of the Tournament of Books, by Angela Chen. "You can't kill the Rooster"
We've made a small batch of special manila-kraft Memo Books, with the ToB mascot on the cover and a checklist of the tournament books on the inside. Buy one of these for $3 and we'll add $3 of our own, and then donate $6 to 826 National, a seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. This year, we raised over $10,000 for 826. You guys rock.
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.
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.
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.
Ventusky Wind, Rain and Temperature Maps. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Trailer for the film Damsel
The world's smallest house.
Craters and Shadows at the Lunar Terminator.
"This incident took place sometime between 1973 and 1975, either in Cleveland or Berlin." Genesis' Tour Manager Recalls His Role in One of Rock's Most Embarrassing Moments.
Behind the Design. "...the story about how a former Buddhist monk designed the soy sauce bottle seen in Japanese restaurants around the world."
Death Valley 8K.
"Shot in the alpine landscape that inspired Mary Shelley's classic novel, Chloe Dewe Mathews' photographic series In Search of Frankenstein juxtaposes snow-covered mountains with a network of eerie subterranean bunkers, built in the 1960s to shelter the entire population of Switzerland in the event of a nuclear disaster.
Andrew McIntosh's paintings of Highland castles with portals to secretive worlds at sunset.
Keys, buttons, and dials.
The AV Club's playlist of "classic rockers grappling with punk and new wave."
Miniature Calendar, by Tanaka Tatsuya. Bravo.
The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos.
Alexandr Melentiev's entry for an "end of civilization" art contest, City on the Water, Post-Apocalypse.
Related to the last, see you in a few hours.
"In what has to be one of the most famous design briefs in electronics history, Bill Hewlett asked Osborne and Cochran to shrink the 9100. 'I want it to be a tenth of the volume, ten times as fast and cost a tenth as much.'" Another great post by Jim Hughes, The HP-35: Consumer Electronics, an Origin Story.
"Restoring dignity to the garden gnome." Pellegrino Cucciniello's Nino.
RIP Bill Gold. You know his work.
The History of the Solo Cup, From the South Side to Star Wars, great piece by Robert Loerzel
Hold My Beer: How I Became a Certified Cicerone (and How You Can, Too.)
So you know, make sure you're following the @fieldnotesbrand Instagram account. We're starting something new on Fridays at 11am sharp, Chicago time. It starts tomorrow (5/18) and you might win some free stuff, including out-of-print, rare editions.
Filmap: film locations in Google Maps.
"In his 45 years on WFMT radio, Studs Terkel talked to the 20th century's most interesting people. Browse our growing archive of more than 1,200 programs."
The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most awe-inspiring pieces of Renaissance craftsmanship.
Trailer for the next Spike Lee film, BlackkKlansman
A view of a tomorrow we never got, from 1976.
M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings. The Boston Public Library collection is now digitized.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2.
DKNG created a mural for the Almanac Beer Co. brewery. Here's how.
"Sure, the other guys at this school all seem pretty fake and phony to me, but I recognize that adolescence is a tough time and we're all trying to figure out who we are through trial and error." If Some of Literature's Most Complicated Male Characters Were Just Reasonable People Instead, by Astrid Johnson-Krause.
A few of the 63 photographs by Linda McCartney that were donated to the new V&A Photography Center.
"Tight Science Not Touching Fiction..." Mathieu Triay's revival of Michael Chase's 1969 typeface, Marvin. Love it, and the way it's presented too.
If you're in Chicago this weekend, and into really crazy films from before making films was easy, go see Jon Moritsugu's Mod F**k Explosion at the Music Box, projected in glorious 16mm! (PS: good interview here.)
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's latest work is the Comico Art Museum.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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