What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Our 42nd seasonal release for Spring is the "Mile Marker" Edition, which celebrates the span and history of America's Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Buckle up.
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.
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.
Check this film for a one-day Field Notes special Valentine's Day promotion. The offer is over, but the sentiment endures.
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.
The 41st design in our series of Field Notes Quarterly Editions has a sleek, mysterious look, fitting for an edition all about secret codes and ciphers. It features a three-part history of cryptography, and the 3-Packs themselves are puzzles, very difficult puzzles, to be solved. This is the Clandestine Edition.
Our studio on North Racine Avenue in Chicago was selected as one of the "Coolest Offices" in the city. Thanks to Crain's for that. And thanks also to Sarah Crowley for taking the photos, our contractor and furniture-maker, Peter Moorman, and to Phillip Schmidt for his advice and architectural expertise. Come by and see it yourself. Bring money.
Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
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.
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'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 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.
Space to Roam.
Gang of Four and the Mekons both have new albums, so the Guardian looks back at Leeds post-punk
"Cerro Baul was a colonial outpost at the southernmost edge of the Wari empire, in what is now Peru. Its location- on top of a steep-sided plateau with no natural water source- was totally impractical, particularly as it was also a destination for lavish banquets and beer brewing."
A Photo Appreciation of Libraries.
Architectural Logos contains a wonderful selection of logos, trademarks and symbols from around the world formed of architectural elements such as houses, buildings, windows, stairs and doors.
Metabiota tracks ongoing epidemics and structures epidemic data for analysis across events.
Monotype has redesigned Helvetica for the 21st century. Check out the launch video for Helvetica Now.
"Hobo slang can be intuitive, or impenetrable, but it's always colorful. For example, the "jungle" is just the communal hobo camp, usually near the railroad yard. Your "bindle" is your bedroll. Your "poke" is your wallet. "Hundred on a plate" is a can of beans, and the jungle kitchen is run by the "Crumb Boss." The "bulls" are the railroad police. "Flyers" and "hotshots" and "redballs" are all fast freights. "Catching out" means hopping the train. To die is to "catch the westbound.” To die is to "catch the westbound." ."
"A transit map should be simple, comfortable, and nice-looking, designed with loving care and for people. It should attract tourists to the city and have reasons to make residents enjoy it. Berlin has received such a transit map..
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
"We didn't start the fire, but we roasted our weenies in it." Nothing Fails Like Success, by Jeffrey Zeldman.
These recently unearthed designs from 1973 show what McDonald's almost looked like.
Related to the last, a look at the 29 year-old woman who made it happen. We salute you Dr. Bouman!
This landmark image is the world's first glimpse of a black hole's silhouette.
Animations full of strange and silly characters by Julia Farkas.
The Attitudes of Animals in Motion, Illustrated with the Zoopraxiscope 1882. Happy birthday Eadweard Muybridge.
Related to the last. "...stupefied in admiration of her unapproachable beauty."
Free for dinner Thursday? Use the code RACINE and save 10% on this Spring Pop-Up Four-Course Farm Dinner at HQ!
A map of modernist architecture in Detroit.
"Remember: man sees blindly."
Nice going little buddy. Curiousity captured two solar eclipses on Mars.
Related to the last. "A human-eating lobster is very different from a human eating lobster." June Casagrande on "The Great Unifier."
"You could feel the excitement in the room when a slide appeared with the heading 'Hyphens!'" The Comma Queen does Vegas.
Heartbreakingly beautiful piece on unexpected loss, Holiday Review.
Posted without comment: "I created a character for myself, wrote my dialogue, filmed myself in a front of a green screen and used visual effects to edit myself into scenes from Black-ish, Season 5."
Local note: "Mile Marker" Launch Party at Field Notes HQ, 401 North Racine, TODAY from 4-7. C'mon by. Beer from Revolution, snacks by Big Delicious Planet, and Notebook nerdery from Field Notes.
Wow, teaser trailer for JOKER.
Space Station Silhouette on the Moon.
"When a platform we designed and built to connect people across the world is used to dox the parents of murdered children, and the people who run it refuse to do anything about it; when they refuse to fix it because they don't see it as a problem; when they attempt to justify the profits with which they're lining their pockets as values, we need to burn it to the ground."
WUtopia Lab's incredible design for a a bookstore in Suzhou, China. Yowza.
Trailer for Stockholm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, the 50 Best Slaughterhouse-Five Covers from Around the World.
PDF of the exhibition The Bauhaus and Herbert Bayer and Banknotes from Katherine Small Gallery. Sweet.
"For the second year in a row, following last year's victory of Fever Dream over Lincoln in the Bardo, a weird little book has taken the Rooster, and I can't help but feel a little jolt of pleasure over this fact." The Morning News Tournament of Books -Presented by Field Notes.
Boxing with Phineas.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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