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Who Owns The Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

Chauncey H. Griffith's Bodoni Poster Black was developed for Mergenthaler in 1929 and features strong verticals and shallow descenders. It's regularly employed for era-specific "Appearing Nightly at the Copacabana" lobby-card-ish announcements and by and large it's serviceable, if not particularly interesting. But, just in case you find yourself in need of a two skinny chicks whispering near the coke mirror, late 70's, Los Angeles sort of vibe, set it tight in all-caps with almost no line spacing. Suggested pairing: Univers Light Extra Condensed.

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"Dictionaries are a lagging indicator." I'm with Adam Nathaniel Peck when he says to stop capitalizing the word internet. jc-07.29

61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle. Right on. jc-07.29

Big thanks to the folks over at Gear Patrol for including our Field Notes in their list of the 50 Made-in-America Style Brands, Doing It Right. Lots of friends on that list and inspiring company too! ms-07.29

St. Landry Crime Stoppers looking for thief who broke into Stelly's Supermarket. ms-07.29

So you know, the Chemistry of Ice Cream. ms-07.29

If you ever heard that the song "Happy Birthday" was was protected by copyright and you thought that was crazy, well, it looks like you were right. jc-07.29

Excellent selections by Adrian in his round-up of The Best of 'Movie Poster of the Day,' Part 11. jc-07.28

This is fucking great and the promo site is the shit. jc-07.28

So you know, how to shake someone who's tailing you. Via Kottke. jc-07.28

"Split over two parts and recorded off the wall from the projection of the rare 35mm reel, the promo reel features some alternate takes not used in the final cut." Nice find. Stanley Kubrick narrates a "promo reel" for Dr. Strangelove. jc-07.28

Pull Quotes, 63 ideas for editorial design from H&Co. jc-07.28

Lovely design for Law Winery in Paso Robles, by BAR Architects. jc-07.28

So you know, The Frequency of English Words, by Abacaba. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-07.28

The Art of the Car Chase. ms-07.28

"I have painted three more big canvases... They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness..." On today's date in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself. See also his letters, annotated. jc-07.27

Natasha's Dad. jc-07.27

Totally cool. Night time F-18 launches and landings from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. ms-07.27

"From 17th century Postmedieval English abodes to 19th century Tudors all the way through the 'McMansions' of the 1990s, this detailed diagram of hand-illustrated domiciles brings together 121 American houses in all, sorted into seven major categories and 40 subdivisions." dw-07.27

Lots of details behind none, the architectural drawings of Minty Sainsbury. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-07.27

The app-powered Skysphere. Via Contemporist. dw-07.27

History of Icons, lovely, informative scroll, by Futuramo. jc-07.27

An instant MoOM classic, Power Lines in Anime, "Dedicated to power lines, power line support poles and lattices, and rail overhead lines." Via Things Mag. jc-07.27

Notes on Your Novel. ms-07.27

Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica. ms-07.27

Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips. ms-07.27

Gorgeous conversion of an old garage in Amsterdam. ms-07.27

Tokyo has unveiled the logo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. dw-07.24

For JC, who is ignoring all of us and watching the Tour de France right now, GoPro give us a look at the Best of Stages 1-7. ms-07.24

Nice tattoo designs by Axel Ejsmont (NSFW). Via Fubiz. dw-07.24

Root Beer is for adults again. ms-07.24

Tweet of the day. ms-07.24

Great news, there will be another season of the fabulous series Top of the Lake. ms-07.24

Why I Deleted Your Band's Promo Email. bb-07.23

"DeluxePaint is a graphics tool that can help you create works of art with an ease and precision that you may never have though possible." bb-07.23

People ask me, "What's your secret?" Obviously, it's the Bill Clinton Workout. bb-07.23

Cinefix gives us their picks for the the 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time. ms-07.23

Comet PanSTARRS, Moon, and Venus . ms-07.23

"For 26 days, Fitchburg, Massachusetts' Sentinel & Enterprise will put a letter of the alphabet on their front page from a collection of 26 different graphic designers' typefaces." dw-07.23

From photographer Mario Dotti, Vistamar, 2010-2011 ms-07.23

The title sequence from Foxy Brown employs "almost every trick in the title design book, from image rotoscoping and solarization to multi-layered optical animation and colorization." Groovy. jc-07.23

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