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Because it's There

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

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.

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

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Particular and fluid in-browser simultators. jc-06.20

Behind the Scenes Photos of NYC's Steinway Piano Factory ms-06.20

Nice film documenting Monotype's introduction of Johnston100, "a contemporary update to Transport for London's Johnston typeface, marking the centennial of its use across the London bus, rail and Underground systems." jc-06.20

"...omnipresent corporate branding is the single most important sign of a successful international conglomerate." Dave Addey's remarkable series, Typeset In The Future, continues with Blade Runner. jc-06.20

"She was dying, dying, omg, and then proclaimed dead." Obituaries for Teenage Girls if They Actually Died When They Say They're Dying, by Karen Chee. jc-06.20

Trailer for Love Witch. and an interview with writer and director Anna Biller, both of which are endearingly odd. jc-06.20

London-based illustrator Jamie Jones. jc-06.20

Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge. ms-06.20

Some things Your Man For Fun In Rapidan says to his dog. Best blog post for the years 2010 through 2016. Via Laura Olin. jc-06.17

Mr. Shortcake's Break Down. jc-06.17

Joe Hanson says "Watch the gif for 20 seconds, then look at the picture. Do what Joe Hanson says. jc-06.17

So you know, how to be an optimal human. jc-06.17

Trailer for the documentary The Lovers and the Despot. ms-06.17

Footage from Japan's Onbashira festival- reputed to have continued, uninterrupted, for 1200 years- where young men prove their mettle by by riding enormous logs down a hill. ms-06.17

Coffee Drip Printer. Why not? Via Quips. jc-06.17

According to the The Comma Queen herself, if you want to sound pompous use the reflexive pronoun. jc-06.17

Katy Cowan on photographer Edward Way's series that explores Japan's obsession with vending machines. Thanks Marshall. jc-06.17

Cha-ching. A member of our advertising network and an essential daily browse, This Isn't Happiness has an excellent tee-shirt available. So you know, last time they sold out quickly. jc-06.17

"The sudden popularity of the Beehive is hard to explain, as though it stepped fully formed out of its first editorial into every bathroom in America, only to die slowly, entombed in grandma's Jello 'salad.' But the super stacked style was one woman's conscious creation." dw-06.16

"Yes." jc-06.16

Sweet! Totally. ms-06.16

"Would it kill you to pick up a dictionary?" The NYer's Mary Norris reviews Frank L. Cioffi's One Day in the Life of the English Language, "A microcosmic usage handbook." jc-06.16

The folks at Every Day Carry give us their picks for the best 25 Father's Day Gifts. Thanks for that. ms-06.16

Trailer for the upcoming HBO mini-series, The Night Of. ms-06.16

"We must hold our Congress accountable for arming criminals and terrorists with military-style weapons." Make It Stop. Amen. ms-06.16

Northern Lights above Lofoten. ms-06.16

Dancing about architecture. eg-06.16

"Silence, exile and cunning." Djuna Barnes' interview with Joyce, Vanity Fair, March 1922. (pdf) jc-06.16

Joyce's wife Nora once asked, "I guess the man's a genius, but what a dirty mind he has, hasn't he?" She ought to know. jc-06.16

Terence Killeen on the difficult-to-navigate and not especially well scanned, treasure trove of James Joyce manuscripts placed online by the National Library of Ireland. Just dive in. Amazing. jc-06.16

"It's like stumbling into a field of diamonds — hard, brilliant flashes of light everywhere." Frank Delaney on seeing, rather than reading Joyce. jc-06.16

In 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling allowing James Joyce's Ulysses into America. jc-06.16

The Origins of Bloomsday. jc-06.16

Open Culture on everything you need to enjoy reading James Joyce's Ulysses, including what Stephen Fry has to say about it. jc-06.16

James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Ulysses in 1929. Plus, Sylvia Beach tells the story of how the the recording was made. jc-06.16

Still scandalous after all these years. Adam Thirlwell reviews The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. Illustrated by my all-time fave photo of Joyce. jc-06.16

"Mr. Joyce manages to give the effect of unedited human minds, drifting aimlessly along from one triviality to another, confused and diverted by memory, by sensation and by inhibition, is, in short, perhaps the most faithful X-ray ever taken of the ordinary human consciousness." Edmund Wilson's July 5, 1922 review of Ulyssesjc-06.16

In 1906, James Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus and in a PPS, he added "that he had a new story for Dubliners in his head, one that dealt with Mr Hunter." jc-06.16

For Bloomsday. Pitch 'n' Putt with Joyce 'n' Beckett. jc-06.16

"One is the most innovative writer of the 20th century, the other is James Joyce. Can you distinguish between sentences written by the Irish novelist and the lyrics of surrealist rapper Kool Keith?" bb-06.16

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