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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

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.

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

"...an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real." Tolkien reads from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. jc-04.24

Who thought it was a good idea to start making documentaries about design? Our pal Gary Hustwit, that's who. jc-04.24

"...he is haunted by what he has seen and the photographs he has made, revealing, 'I think about it all the time. I don't have any freedom from it.'" Seeing war abroad and at home through the eyes of Don McCullin. jc-04.23

500px features the photography of Tobi Shinobi today. jc-04.23

This modernist swimming pool in the French hills is a geometric masterpiece. dw-04.22

"...although European printing was born in Germany, it is in France, in the shadow of Notre Dame, that the modern book was born." —John Boardley. jc-04.22

"Last fall, when the deadliest blaze in America in a century blew through Northern California, thousands of people- including those in the tiny community of Helltown- were forced to flee. This is the story of four friends who stayed to fight." The Hotshots of Helltown. ms-04.22

Space to Roam. dw-04.19

Gang of Four and the Mekons both have new albums, so the Guardian looks back at Leeds post-punk bb-04.19

"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." ms-04.19

Our pal Phineas made a t-shirt of the Mueller Report, and you need it. bb-04.18

A Photo Appreciation of Libraries. ms-04.17

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. dw-04.17

Metabiota tracks ongoing epidemics and structures epidemic data for analysis across events. dw-04.17

Monotype has redesigned Helvetica for the 21st century. Check out the launch video for Helvetica Now. mcj-04.17

"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." ." ms-04.17

"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.. ms-04.15

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ms-04.15

"We didn't start the fire, but we roasted our weenies in it." Nothing Fails Like Success, by Jeffrey Zeldman. jc-04.12

These recently unearthed designs from 1973 show what McDonald's almost looked like. dw-04.12

Related to the last, a look at the 29 year-old woman who made it happen. We salute you Dr. Bouman! ms-04.11

This landmark image is the world's first glimpse of a black hole's silhouette. dw-04.10

New logo and identity for Oslo Kommune. jc-04.10

Animations full of strange and silly characters by Julia Farkas. dw-04.09

The Attitudes of Animals in Motion, Illustrated with the Zoopraxiscope 1882. Happy birthday Eadweard Muybridge. jc-04.09

Related to the last. "...stupefied in admiration of her unapproachable beauty." jc-04.09

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Free for dinner Thursday? Use the code RACINE and save 10% on this Spring Pop-Up Four-Course Farm Dinner at HQ! jc-04.08

A map of modernist architecture in Detroit. dw-04.05

"Remember: man sees blindly." jc-04.04

Nice going little buddy. Curiousity captured two solar eclipses on Mars. jc-04.04

Related to the last. "A human-eating lobster is very different from a human eating lobster." June Casagrande on "The Great Unifier." jc-04.04

"You could feel the excitement in the room when a slide appeared with the heading 'Hyphens!'" The Comma Queen does Vegas. jc-04.04

Attorney General William Barr Summarizes Famous Broadway Musicals. ms-04.04

Heartbreakingly beautiful piece on unexpected loss, Holiday Review. ms-04.03

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." sd-04.03

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. jc-04.03

Wow, teaser trailer for JOKER. ms-04.03

Space Station Silhouette on the Moon. ms-04.02

"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." ms-04.02

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