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Thursday Edition

State Shell of New Jersey: Knobbed Whelk
The Field Notes County Fair edition. Our tribute to the 50 states.

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From The CP Labs

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 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.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

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?

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.

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.

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

Souvenir booklet from Heinegabubler's Boose (booze) Shop, 536 South State Street, 1905. jc-04.18

From Chris Ware, Heads or Tails. ms-04.18

Twenty-five years too late for BB, the KFC Chicken Corsage for prom. ms-04.17

Launch trailer for Hitman GO, a wonderfully odd looking iOS game. jc-04.17

23 things you didn't know about Ford Mustangs. ms-04.17

FotA and former Guest Editor, Mike Sacks, has just gotten a publication date for his follow up to And Here's the Kicker, his hit book about comedians and their writing process: Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers. sd-04.17

Trailer for Obvious Child. ms-04.17

"Bounty Hunters" Oil on Masonite, Satin Finish. Wooden Gold Frame. By Mats Gunnarsson. c. 2014. jc-04.17

Cameron Booth's massive new project, Highways of the United States of America. "It shows every single current and signed Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway in the contiguous 48 states" in a clear, simple style. Preordered! See also Cameron's fabulous Eisenhower Interstate System in the Style of H.C. Beck's London Underground Diagram. jc-04.17

Colorful illustrations by Lauren Rolwing. dw-04.17

Portlandia's Kickstarter Film Awards. sd-04.17

"A riddle. Children, what is this? A figure? No! It is the name 'Otta', the soap with the crayfish logo!" A quick history, along with some faded billboards and scanned ads, of Prague's Otta Soap. sd-04.17

Dig deep everyone, the Chicago Design Museum needs your monetary assistance. mcj-04.17

Pictures made with the first-generation SX-70 by Life photographer Co Rentmeester. See also Harry McCraken's seminal 2011 essay on the SX-70 and The Art and Science of the Nearly Impossible. Also this. jc-04.17

As of this morning, British Pathe has posted it's entire collection of 85,000 hi-res films to YouTube. Where to begin? How about 10 Tragedies Caught on Film or, on a lighter note, a 1966 Jet Pack demonstration. jc-04.17

Pointer Pointer. jc-04.17

The poster is just ok but the line-up looks great for Cannes 2014. Most anticipated, Map to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg and JLG's Adieu au Langage in 3D. Really. jc-04.17

From photographer Greg Briggs, his series Melbourne Cleaners. Via My Modern Met. ms-04.17

We linked and loved Andrew Kim's recent visual ode to The Walkman, so we spent some time in his archives and discovered he is collecting, and has an eye for, calculators. Sweet. jc-04.16

It seemed like a good idea at the time. ms-04.16

"But I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909 (see below). All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography." ms-04.16

A-Z of Dance. dw-04.16

Grantland celebrates the city of Detroit . ms-04.16

Macro photos of insects by John Hallmen. Via The Fox Is Black. dw-04.16

Authentic Chicago pothole products at The Pothole Store. dw-04.16

Three pages from an ARPANET Information Brochure, 1978. A nice piece of web history. jc-04.16

Vivarium A & B - 4 color screen print on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics. dw-04.16

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in 1648. ms-04.16

The Office Stare Machine. ms-04.16

"You shopped at Sears. You wore Toughskins jeans. You paged through the Fall/Winter catalog, thumbing frayed edges onto the toy section. You mowed your grass with a Craftsman lawnmower, and ate hamburgers off a Kenmore grill. I know you shopped at Sears, because everyone shopped at Sears." Sears is dying. dw-04.16

My fave lunar eclipse photo, from Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta BC, by Yuichi Takasaka. Via Observing Space. jc-04.16

Meals from literature, photos of Fictitious Dishes, by Dinah Fried. jc-04.16

Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today. Crazy. ms-04.16

Cityscapes, impressionistic paintings by Jeremy Mann. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-04.16

Steve Talkowski's March of Robots. "Each day I would quickly sketch a concept, then jump into Maya for an hour or two of modeling, then import in Keyshot3d for materials and final render." Via Laughing Squid. jc-04.16

"Sweatpants are a non-verbal means of indicating that you would like your order to go." ms-04.15

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette from Nathan W. Pyle's new book. bb-04.15

"You will soon be awakened by a power deep within yourself-- a power that is sublime, karmic. Acupuncture may be the solution to what's holding you back from an ecstatic paradigm shift of complexity. Through reiki, our bodies are transformed into freedom." New-Age BullSh*t Generator. ms-04.15

New York Numbers. dw-04.15

Gorgeous restoration of a simple garage. Want badly. ms-04.15

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