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State Dinosaur of Texas: Paluxysaurus jonesi
The Field Notes County Fair edition. Our tribute to the 50 states.

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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

The Secret Life of Passwords, by Ian Urbina. Great, thoughtful piece. jc-11.21

When the promo posters are this good, you gotta figure the game, Firewatch from Campo Santo, is going to be amazing. jc-11.20

There's nothing like a good Steve Albini keynote. Via Chris Glass. bb-11.20

The Psychedelic Customized Big Rigs of India. ms-11.20

"Are we going to have things that pass down through the generations? Or does no one care anymore? Is it irrelevant?" John O'Reilly chats with Brendan Dawes about his Six Monkeys project for MailChimp. jc-11.20

Local note: Way to go, CHIRP! If you're outside that few square miles, you can still listen online, of course. bb-11.20

Layer Tennis Semis live tomorrow, presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-11.20

The Good Web Bundle, the best of the web, half of the price. Great sites, great idea. jc-11.20

Tsubomi Home by Flathouse. dw-11.20

"The Art of Space organizes the sprawling history of artistic depictions of space into eras and schools of style and technique, letting the reader see how space art has developed and changed over the past two hundred years." dw-11.20

Link o' the month. Cymatics: Science vs. Music, a video by Nigel Stanford. All the experiments are real. Check the "making of" too. Impossibly fantastic. Via Joe Hanson. jc-11.20

Better wed over the mixen than over the moor. jc-11.20

Time-lapse of Machiko Ono painting an oversize portrait. jc-11.20

"In Japan, napping at work is often viewed as a sign that a person is committed to one's job." No more Saturdays in the office for me, I'm breaking out my pillow. ms-11.20

Drone Footage of Storm West Seneca NY. ms-11.20

Smooth, Gillette. Smooth. bb-11.19

This is absolutely priceless and goes directly into The MoOM. The Gallery of posed studio "action" shots of 19th Century Baseball Players. jc-11.19

Discussed at lunch today, "We forgot about the flowers". ms-11.19

So you know, Why the Chicago flag kicks such ass, by Whet Moser. jc-11.19

We knew this already but it's great to see it all cut together, Red: A Kubrick Supercut, edited by Rshi Kaneria. jc-11.19

Andrew Kim's extended and illustrated review of the Leica T. jc-11.19


"Internet bullies are eager to belittle me for both the message of the shirt and the misspelling of 'you're.' Hopefully you now see that by knowingly wearing the shirt, typo and all, I was displaying a carefree attitude and trying to better myself, each of which are admirable qualities." Please Stop Spreading Around That Meme of Me Choking On a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, by Chelsea Clarke. jc-11.19

Virgin's lipstick logo and how it got that way. jc-11.19

Witty, happy, sketches from Shanghai Tango. Can't. Stop. Scrolling. jc-11.19

Wildcard is a really interesting, and perhaps slightly ahead of its time, app, designed by our pal Khoi Vinh. jc-11.19

Was Vincent Van Gogh Murdered? ms-11.19

Winter is coming. jc-11.19

The family that went to the moon, and stayed there. jc-11.19

So you know. "For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online 'best of 2014' book list I find in this post." —David Gutowski. jc-11.19

A sweet series of animated icons for the What's Next Conference. jc-11.19

The United States of Thanksgiving. ms-11.19

Sympathies to the Buffalo folks. ms-11.19

In 1922, the Evening Star Building was an organism for making newspapers. Super sweet cutaway illustration. jc-11.18

"...by 2001 the picture will have been forgotten" Bell Labs Memo, 1965, in regards to consulting on 2001: A Space Odyssey. jc-11.18

Happy Tuesday. ms-11.18

"Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds--opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely-seen items in the American Museum of Natural History." ms-11.18

Mark Liberman for Language Log. on the word "ass" as an intensifier, plus wise advice on the subject from Randall Munroe. jc-11.18

The illustrations of Federico Babina. Check his series, Archilife where he puts famous actors into famous houses. jc-11.18

Super Heroes Meet Flemish Art by Sacha Goldberger. "By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible." Really great, via Fubiz. jc-11.18

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