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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

Lord of the Rings Magazine, 40 pages of funky paintings, drawings and features inspired by Chris Harnan and Charlotte Me. jc-06.07

1975 Ford Taunus Coupe. jc-06.07

Mr. Heller on Mr. Zip. jc-06.07

Local note. Great cause, great event. Bid on a tour of the Wilco Loft/Studio with Jeff Tweedy, for you and 19 of your pals. To benefit The Evan Joseph Gerstein Foundation. jc-06.06

Robert Capa's Longest Day, Marie Brenner on the war photographer's coverage of D-day. jc-06.06

Chicago Wage Maps by Florence Kelley "The Hull House maps were groundbreaking in both sociology and cartography, pioneering the method of mapping 'social and demographic characteristics of a population within a geographical area.'" They are also beautiful and the color palette is fantastic. jc-06.05

Thomas Phifer and Partners Glenstone Museum in Potomac Maryland. Sublime. jc-06.05

086564, Noah Kalina. jc-06.04

To Mars, without leaving Houston. jc-06.04

Chicago painter Laura Berger. jc-05.31

Depopulated Hopper. Via Isn't. jc-05.31

Related to the last, Scorsese's doc on Rolling Thunder hits Netflix on June 12. jc-05.30

Ten Tracks from Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue. "Though it lasted only a few months in 1975 and 1976 and played mostly in tertiary-market venues, Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue occupies a mythic place in the history of rock tours." - Tom Moon. jc-05.30

"...she wrote crappy books about the power of individual achievement while she collected social security and started some pseudo-philosophy called 'objectivism', which can be summed up in five words: I got mine, fuck you." From the chapter "Ayn Rand is a Dick" in Ruined by Design, by Mike Monteiro. jc-05.30

A LEGO Lunar Lander. dw-05.30

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of The Cure album Disintegration, the band performed it live at the Sydney Opera House. ms-05.30

Trailer for the film The Goldfinch. ms-05.29

CCCP (cosmic communist constructions photographed). bb-05.29

"The cataflics came down and filled that one up," Lina says, pointing to the plugged hole at track level. "So the cataphiles lit a fire to soften the stone and then used pickaxes to open up this new one. It's probably the safest way in and out right now, but we'll plan to exit by a manhole, whenever we come out." She gestures back up the tunnel with a smile, then eases herself feet first into the ragged hole, raises her arms above her head, and disappears. ms-05.28

"The posters created by the Atelier Populaire during the May 1968 riots in Paris may be one of the best examples of how the medium of graphic design has the capacity to help bring an entire country to its knees." La Lutte Continue, by Anna Talley. Via Sunannah Breslin. jc-05.24

Coca-Cola Signature Mixers. dw-05.24

Moons Near Jupiter. ms-05.24

Nice story by Sean Captain on synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. jc-05.23

86. jc-05.23

Instantly signed up. Playdate, from Panic. jc-05.23

NOTHING: In a one-of-a-kind package. dw-05.23

"...looks like an eagle vomiting two strips of bacon, holding Captain America's shield in his talons, and standing on a rock while the sun rises behind him." The Illinois Flag Is Terrible, by Edward McClelland. Sad but true. jc-05.22

African Aviation in the 1960s, Identity & Branding, by Rachel Cole. jc-05.21

The Farewell. ms-05.20

A Circumhorizontal Arc Over Ohio. ms-05.20

Was in Target yesterday and saw the collab with Vineyard Vines. Here is a look at the collaborations Target has done and why. ms-05.20

Acoustics plus aesthetics. jc-05.17

"Today, new laboratory tests have conclusively determined that the overpainting was not by Vermeer's hand. On this basis, the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister decided in the course of the current restoration of the work to remove the overpaint." A "New" Vermeer in Dresden. My future travel plans need updating. jc-05.17

One of my favorite writers suffered a sudden, severe brain bleed last year. He writes about the experience, what he can remember of it, at The Night The Lights Went Out. Stay well, Drew. ms-05.17

The Posters of the 2019 Cannes Competition. jc-05.17

Jupiter Marble from Juno ms-05.16

Space Time Generator. Yup. jc-05.16

"...suffused with all of the sensuous opulence of a Caravaggio and decked out in the trappings of modern absurdity." Creative Boom on photographer Josef Fischnaller and his Renaissance styled portraits. See the entire series here. Fab. jc-05.16

An astounding catalog of vintage travel posters up for auction next week. bb-05.16

Art, a Field Notes "Clandestine" user, let us know that a UK researcher has decoded the 600-year-old Voynich Manuscript. Other sources vehemently dispute this. In either case, there are plenty of other mysterious ciphers out there, so get cracking! bb-05.16

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