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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

"I don't have a lot of time to spend talking to a man who don't see a good proposition when it's put to him." Edward Copeland on one of our all time-faves, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, which was released on today's date in 1971. jc-06.24

"What kind of idiot spends £84.20 every year on notebooks?" Our kind of course. Thanks for that Luke. jc-06.24

Fun GPS contest from Nixon Watches, featuring a custom Field Notes 3-Pack in the prizes. jc-06.24

"His materials are little more than smoke and water vapor, and the results vary with the size and temperature of the location." Berndnaut Smilde's ten-second indoor clouds. Via Kari Byron. jc-06.24

"Deftly balancing visuals and content, the guide rounds up iconic homegrown brands that attest to the current golden age of design in Singapore, and captures the creative labours gone into the making of the 17 brands featured." Brand Guide: Singapore Edition, created by Foreign Policy. Cha-ching, via Brand New. jc-06.24

Smile of the day. Watch as this little guy realizes his dad has one of the coolest jobs in the world. ms-06.24

Whoa, Google's research into neural networks is freaking me out. bb-06.23

A richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a beautiful ode to an all-but-obsolete creative companion. dw-06.23

Ricky & Doris. dw-06.23

Trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
So excited for this. mcj-06.23

Ah, true love. Or not. ms-06.23

"I thought you were a harbinger of Death," I told him. "I get that a lot," he said, peering down at the place on the clipboard where I had signed. "Spell your last name?" Le Blog de Jean-Paul Sartre, by Bill Barol. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-06.23

That Weirdo Announcer-Voice Accent: Where It Came From and Why It Went Away, by James Fallows. jc-06.23

Not open to the public, an inside peek at the Le Creuset factory. ms-06.23

The American Civil War then and now, or how David Levine photographed the war in 2015. Excellent interactive feature from The Guardian. jc-06.23

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies are collaborating on an auction of fabulous vintage movie posters. I want this one. ms-06.23

Stanley Kubrick Civil War screenplay from 1956, The Downslope to be filmed. jc-06.22

Dawn. dw-06.22

Corpus typographique français. Via MessyNessyChic. dw-06.22

The 2015 Into the Pixel collection. dw-06.22

So you know, how to tell if your boyfriend just got married. jc-06.22

London design studio Purpose recently developed a custom typeface and a series of posters for its own internal darts league. Nice. jc-06.22

The Selfie Plant. dw-06.22

So you know, 10 ways to make cheap IKEA stuff look luxurious. ms-06.22

1960s & 1970s Scandinavian logos. jc-06.22

Tiny Media Empire is the home of illustrator Daniel Danger's portfolio. Which is fantastic. jc-06.22

This story on the Moth Radio Hour had me unexpectedly sobbing in the middle of my kitchen this weekend; A New Home. Major dust storm warning but worth listening to every single word. ms-06.22

"Put the cross hairs on her nose! Put the cross hairs on the gun!" Vashi on the editing of Mad Max: Fury Road. jc-06.22

Photo series by Ralf Peters, Petrol Stations. Fab, via Present and Correct. jc-06.22

Trailer for the film Runoff. ms-06.22

Julian Kay tried Field Notes. "I was immediately hooked." Thanks for that. jc-06.22

Perfect. jc-06.19

So you know, it is National Martini Day. Sure JC will post his Perfect link shortly.... ms-06.19

7 Ways to enjoy Campari. dw-06.19

Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time. I'd totally argue about this but first I have to find where I hid the bong last night. jc-06.19

"...that kind of magic that almost no poster has nowadays." Adrian on The Czech movie poster art of Bedrich Dlouhy. jc-06.19

"Wine, Fags, Beers" . ms-06.19

Had a little party here yesterday. ms-06.19

Music video for Beirut's No No No. dw-06.19

Thomas Phinney helps you find out if that font sucks. Via Quipsologies. jc-06.19

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