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Thursday Edition

Laboratory Conditions, a film we made
on the way to making another film.

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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand

Northerlies

This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

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.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

In Fast Company, Good Company

Modern Americana

A lovely photo by Chris Mueller with prop styling by Elise McMahon for the "Modern Americana" section of Fast Company's just-released United States of Design issue, which is also available as an innovative iPad app. We're more than a little excited to have our Field Notes Brand products included in this curated collection of Made in the USA products. Thanks for that.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

There's no live Layer Tennis today but we're gearing up for a new season presented by our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. Check last week's Exhibition Matches and, if you want to play, in front of God and everyone else, you might want to get busy. jc-08.15

Perseid in Moonlight. ms-08.15

Kilobot Swarm, from the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard. jc-08.15

"Screen shots from Google Art Project, where the Google robot reflects itself in the mirrors of the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)." ms-08.15

Moebius created over 1000 storyboards for the Alejandro Jodorowsky adaptation of Dune. Via Matt Fraction. jc-08.15

Scottsdale Desert Courtyard House, by Wendell Burnette Architects. jc-08.15

Nora Luther's "Recipes" series. Assemble all the ingredients and toss. jc-08.15

"This is the initial blog post I have written first in a memo book before typing it up." The Story Behind My Obsession With Field Notes, by Andy Johnson III. Thanks for that. jc-08.15

Watch the first few minutes of the anti-D&D-movie based on Jack Chick's "Dark Dungeons" comic. How did this not get snapped up by SyFy? bb-08.14

Click thru the images of this new Folio Society edition of A Clockwork Orange, illustrated by Ben Jones. Nice. Via 50 Watts. jc-08.14

50 Shades of Drake. dw-08.14

"Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork." CMYK, a film by Marv Newland made from registration marks, crosshairs, etc. Via Present and Correct. jc-08.14

Godzilla posters for MS. dw-08.14

"The following is what happens when you ask the citizens of Massachusetts to combine two of their favorite traditions: the Boston accent and complaining about other drivers." jc-08.14

The Hanx Writer iPhone app by Tom Hanks. dw-08.14

"The seemingly monumental, mountainous images in the series are actually from photos taken of the giant snow mounds that built up around Boston during the recent 'polar-vortex'. Documented from certain angles & specifically framed, these snowy accumulations come to resemble an epic mountain range." Hollywood Hills. dw-08.14

"Flowering", new from Jeff and Spencer Tweedy's Sukierae. On repeat. jc-08.14

X to Close, interesting investigation on how an essential part of user interfaces came to be. Also, fabulous old OS screen grabs! jc-08.14

Knit lets you leave hidden notes at a location for your friends to discover the next time they're nearby. Smart. jc-08.14

Women and Crosswords in the Age of Autofill, by Anna Shechtman. Via TMN. jc-08.14

Related to the last, check this process video for DKNG's poster for the 2014 Galactic tour. jc-08.14

The official poster for the 2014 Outside Lands music festival by DKNG. Brilliant, as usual. jc-08.14

The dramatic and surprising photographs of Sean Mundy. Via ISO50. jc-08.14

Khoi Vinh has ads on his site aimed at designers. He's part of our ad network, The Deck. Today he has even more ads on his site aimed at designers, from the 1950s and 60s. jc-08.13

Chicago Tribune vintage photos from the subterranean vault. dw-08.13

POV of workers starting the removal of the John Hancock Building west antenna. Holy crap. jc-08.13

"The robots will be able to roam freely throughout the darkened museum, splashing light across the artwork their controllers decide to approach. This has all the fun of breaking into a museum with none of the illegality." jc-08.13

"Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: Wow. That sounds hard." So you know, How to Be Polite, by Paul Ford. Great advice. jc-08.13

"I love the idea of being just being really stupid." Regards Mr. Bingo. jc-08.13

So you know, "Um" versus "Uh" mapped. jc-08.13

My fave thing on the internets today, a Muppets tribute to Beastie Boys. ms-08.13

Juan Aballe photographed rural life in the Iberian Peninsula. Via iGNANT. dw-08.13

Cosmic Flower Unfolding. dw-08.13

Kern You Enthusiasm, a nice collection of typographic observations and celebrations, including Rob Walker on Savannah sign painters and Peggy Nelson on Futura, "Let Helvetica have all the utilitarian traffic signs it wants; Futura points at where we should be going." Amen. jc-08.13

Prog alert. "It's a crazy good. Even if you hate progrock in general, or Yes in particular, you can make an exception for this amazing song." Richard Metzger on "Starship Trooper". jc-08.13

An excerpt from the new graphic novel by Jules Feiffer, Kill My Mother. jc-08.13

Hobbit 3. jc-08.13

"Like so many Leica products though, the T hasn't been without controversy. People say that it's overpriced and say that it's beauty without any substance. Here are my thoughts." Andrew Kim reviews the Leica T in his Minimally Minimal fashion. Via Toke Nygaard. jc-08.13

The DEA has some seriously cool Drug Enforcement Patches. ms-08.13

Blade Runner Ambient Deckard's apartment sound for 12 hours. Via MeFi. ms-08.13

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