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Friday Edition

Sometimes Jake and Steve have too much time on their hands.
So they make things like Free Drink When Lit.

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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.

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


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.

Film & Video Archives

Reach For the Stars

We're not a network an it's not the 1980s but why should that stop us from making a schmaltzy omnibus promo? We've reorganized and re-rendered most of the films and videos we have made over the past dozen years and posted them in a new archive. Enjoy.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"It stands at my window, big as the sky. | It breathes from my sheets, the cold dead center" Sylvia Plath Reads "A Birthday Present" from October of 1962. jc-10.27

"For your jeans to fit correctly, pull the belt loops up a half a foot above your belly button while lost in a worry about the cable bill." N0RmC0r3 Brand Jeans Care and Fit Guide, by Noah Levenson. jc-10.27

Having read the book, I was looking forward to seeing the PBS adaptation of the P.D. James book Death Comes to Pemberley. Very well done. ms-10.27

Local Note: Tobias Frere-Jones will be in town next Thursday, Nov 6th, for a speaking engagement. See you there. mcj-10.27

New fave vintage horror film: Mario Bava's Black Sunday, aka La Maschera Del Demonio, (very loosely) based on Gogol's great story Viy. bb-10.27

Related to the last (maybe more than I'll ever know), thanks Chicago for following me around and adding bike lanes everywhere I go, it's uncanny, they did Hubbard and more of Lake Street over the weekend. bb-10.27

Plan your commute with Strava Labs' Heatmap based on user data from their running/cycling app. Awesome. bb-10.27

Seriously, it's not an RPG supplement, new scans of The Voynich Manuscript from Yale. jc-10.27

Ok Go's newest music video, I Won't Let You Down. ms-10.27

"A 5 megabyte IBM hard disk is loaded into an airplane. It weighed over 1000kg, 1956." ms-10.27

Paris/New York. ms-10.27

Sunspots and Solar Eclipse. ms-10.25

All the posters from the 75 Years of Batman Show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin. jc-10.25

Related to the last (as it's also being shot on a RED Dragon), the beautifully cut trailer for what looks like a great documentary series on CNN: High Profits about a company who opens a marijuana dispensaries in Colorado resort towns. sd-10.24

RED has entered a Space Act Agreement with NASA, with a Dragon camera (the same kind we shoot with here at CP) shipping off to the International Space Station later this year. sd-10.24

For BB, discussed at lunch: Mitchell & Webb's "Watergategate." sd-10.24

Fulfilling the wish of almost every Star Wars fan in regard to Jar Jar Binks, Thomas Dagg's Star Wars series. ms-10.24

Related to the last: Beards.org, where you not only encouraged, but are also regularly thanked for growing a beard. sd-10.24

For SD (or Grizzly Adams we call him), who is currently in process: How to Grow a Beard for the First Time. ms-10.24

Fascinating look at the effort to conserve the notebook of arctic explorer George Murray Levick, found outside Scott's 1911 Cape Evans base. More info here. ms-10.24

One Summer Swell. ms-10.24

Steve, Bryan and a pal made a cool coin-flip for this week's Layer Tennis match. Patent is pending on the Shrink-Ray 4000, btw. jc-10.24

So you know, how to draw complex highway interchanges in Illustrator. jc-10.24

So you know, the chemistry of candy. ms-10.24

Good Lord, look at the view from the breakfast bar alone. Via Uncrate. ms-10.24

Video essay by Tony Zhou on famed animator Satoshi Kon and his editing of space and time. Thanks Andrew. jc-10.24

Well worth a relink, 1949: Chicago by Stanley Kubrick, for Look Magazine. Thanks Marshall. jc-10.24

Which glass for which beer? jc-10.24

Trailer for the documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice. ms-10.23

I want to join the "Revision Killers", just one of Matt Stevens' badass Design Gangs. jc-10.23

The World Series of Food: Kansas City Vs. San Francisco. Gotta say, KC BBQ rocks. Now, where is my lunch..... ms-10.23

Autumn Colors 2014. Gorgeous. ms-10.23

Best. Photo. Ever. ms-10.23

Ben Bradlee, "speaking truth to spin doctors". jc-10.23

Nice architecture illustrations by Federico Babina. dw-10.23

"From the first scene of his first film, voiceover has been a crucial element of Terrence Malick's work..." A video essay by Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. jc-10.23

A beauty for the MoOM, check Eastern Bloc Songs, a big collection of 7" vinyl sleeves. I. II. III. Via Present and Correct. jc-10.23

Oblivion GFX Montage, by Bradley G Munkowitz. Bam. jc-10.22

Well that's a first. One of Glenn Jones' volleys from last Friday's epic Layer Tennis match has been adapted into this week's tee shirt, On My Signal. Sweet. jc-10.22

Tangentially related to an earlier post, Don Dethlefsen's restoration of a 1973 BMW 2002tii. So sweet. Via Cartype. jc-10.22

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