What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.
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.
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.
We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of the sudden, flush and hang style, and the difference between truth and Truth. Chicago Style Q&A.
A quick primer on Popcorn.
"Never going dark these institutions permeate beyond their physical boundaries. This encroachment symbolizes a powerful tension that implicates the very nature of social priorities. I seek to explore this uneasy relationship through my photographs." From photographer Stephen Tourlentes, Of Length and Measures. Via Feature Shoot.
Nice illustrations by Gracia Lam.
"My business card plays Tetris."
Trailer for the documentary For No Good Reason.
Happy Birthday to our fair city.
A Mardi Gras playlist.
The Great Discontent: Alissa Walker. Yay!
"This is not orange. This is cadmium." Must see. Video of Steven Heller and Radislav Sutnar discussing aspects of the life and work of iconic 20th century designer Ladislav Sutnar.
"...artistic taste in selection and arrangement of type faces and pictures, grammar, spelling and appropriateness of copy." An utterly charming post by Jennifer Kennard on Superior Marking Equipment's "The Cub," a tiny printing press marketed to kids and other aspiring press barons in the 50s.
Carolyn Kellogg for the LAT on the first-day controversy in this year's Tournament of Books. Gotta love a little dust-up to get things started.
The Tetris diet.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, genius from Roz Chast.
The University of Chicago Library has made the Norman Maclean Papers 1880-1990 available for research. CP hero Maclean was the author of A River Runs Through It (a perfect book which was made into a seriously imperfect movie) and Young Men and Fire, an account of the 1949 Mann Gulch fire that claimed the lives of thirteen forest service smokejumpers.
The Lunar Map Catalog.
"SOCRATES: Tell me, Marty, you produce, direct and write many of your films. In other words, you have firm control over all major aspects of your art. Yet you're creating product for Hollywood's large studios, which are, in turn, owned by even larger multinational conglomerates, making you a contributor to the profits and power of a soulless, dehumanizing, commercial force. Tell me, does this make you, ultimately, an artist, a slave or an oligarch?"
So great. A visual guide to all of Shakespeare's Tragedies.
Wow. Northern Lights Illuminate the UK.
Trailer for The Retrieval.
Zulkey interviews Emily Graslie, the Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent.
The 10th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books starts next week. We're jacked to have our Field Notes Brand as the title sponsor of this readapolooza, so we made a special memo book and while supplies last, you can get one free with a purchase. My prediction? The Good Lord Bird squeaks by The Goldfinch in the final.
Nothing Stops Detroit.
Icons for every Best Picture winner since the inception of the Academy Awards.
Field Notes (In the Field). So much awesome. Thanks for that.
"Power, in business, comes from sharing money and valuing love." What Bill Drentell Knew, by Michael Bierut. Yes.
Gorgeous. January in Japan. Full screen is best.
"Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening-- and it's going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad." The Mammoth Cometh.
"It was clear the line between Twin Peaks costumes and the regular winter dress of Chicago twentysomethings can be difficult to discern."
"I like the idea that one doesn't need their clothes to make a statement," says a person making a statement about the lack of statement their clothes are making. An article in New York about a fashion thing that could only be 'a thing' in that city: "Normcore."
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A post from our monthly guest editor. The complete listing af all the people we owe favors can be found here.
We love these products so much we even paid for them.
A post with this icon may well end up in our Museum of Online Museums.
About Depth of Field.
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A Friday Drink Link. Hic.
Film feed. Short attention span video theater.
Having to do with our Field Notes Brand.
What we just talked about at lunch.
We hated the options available for custom packaging DVDs and CDs so we created a brand that gives creative professionals and hobbyists the tools to make great stuff. Here's a bit from the latest Jewelboxing weblog entry:
"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.
Pinsetter: Spell with buttons.
The Deck Network. Interested in getting your product or service in front of millions of savvy, curious remarkably good-looking people? Give a shout.