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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.

For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

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.

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.

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

Road Trip! bb-08.07

God Has Heard Your Thoughts and Prayers and He Thinks They Are Fucking Bullsh*t. ms-08.07

Trails of Wind, the architecture of airport runways. dw-08.06

Embroidery tattoos. dw-08.02

Trailer for the film 1917. ms-08.01

Tokyo Subway's Humble Duct-Tape Typographer, by Chris Gaul. jc-07.31

A special collaboration, via Chicago. Wilco x Field Notes. jc-07.30

Whether your prefer period pieces, musicals, or tales of haunted dolls, there's something here for cinephiles of every sort. The Fill-In Filmography. dw-07.25

Ancient ruins, reconstructed. jc-07.25

Lego Shining. jc-07.24

Trailer for the film A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. ms-07.23

Symbolikon is a comprehensive library of symbols throughout ages and cultures. dw-07.22

Right on Jason. jc-07.22

"Explore five iconic spacesuits in 3-D and more than 50 years of spaceflight in a dialogue between The Washington Post's space industry reporter Christian Davenport and fashion critic Robin Givhan. How to Dress for Space. ms-07.22

The Guardian digital design style guide. Fabulous. jc-07.19

Wonderful documentary covering the 1973 Giro d'Italia: The Stars and The Water Carriers bb-07.18

Sotheby's Sneaker Auction has sold out with the exception of one lot, the 1972 Nike Moon Shoe. The Nike "Moon Shoe" is one of the most significant artifacts in the history of the multi-billion dollar athletic brand. One of only a handful of pairs known to exist, this Moon Shoe is a handmade running shoe designed by Nike co-founder and legendary Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman. Bidding starts at $80,000.00. ms-07.17

Gorgeous, St. Stephen's Yard. ms-07.17

"So, when she came in to meet Terry, she looked at him and said, 'I liked your script.' He hired her on the spot! Just like that! Immediately!" Names and Days of Heaven. jc-07.17

The Space Station Crosses a Spotless Sun. ms-07.16

Trailer for the film Rosie ms-07.16

CBS currently has the full stream of the Apollo 11 launch up on YouTube. mcj-07.16

New Wilco single from their upcoming 11th studio album, "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)." jc-07.16

"It was the wee hours of Monday morning some months back when my computer died while I was designing a brochure that had to be finished later that day. Without a computer what could I do? Dependency is a horrible thing. But rather than self-indulgently wallow in misfortune, I walked over to a flat file where I stored dozens of old press type sheets." -Steven Heller. jc-07.12

A letter from one of my heroes to another. jc-07.12

The Downtown Collective, Kelli Ercolano draws her fave NYC restaurants. Via Kottke. jc-07.12

Toxic Dump or Darwinism? ms-07.11

Here's why we've been so busy lately, Field Notes "National Parks" Series. jc-07.08

Annual post. Light fuse and get away. jc-07.03

I don't have time for his right now, but when I do I am diving in deep. The Public Domain Review While looking for something else I stumbled on this 12th Century Cosmography Manuscript. jc-07.01

"Sectional map of the state of Illinois: especially exhibiting the exact boundaries of counties as established by law and the general topography of the state as towns, streams, lakes, ponds, bluffs, rail-roads, state-& common-roads..." jc-06.27

Strawberry Moon over the Temple of Poseidon. ms-06.26

Lovely, the St. Stephen's Yard home. ms-06.26

Trailer for the documentary Jay Myself. ms-06.26

Your Best Friend Kelly Has Been an Ad For Our Tortilla Chips This Whole Time, by Karly Brooks. jc-06.24

Tomer Hanuka's posters for The Man Who Fell to Earth. Check more of his amazing work, including a whole set of Kubrick film posters. OMG Strangelove. jc-06.20

Trailer for the documentary Honeyland. ms-06.18

Apollo 11 in real-time. ms-06.17

What Really Happened to Malaysia's Missing Airplane?" ms-06.17

Finally, a film about the grossly underrated and nearly-forgotten Suzi Quatro! bb-06.17

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