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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Masakazu Shirane's giant shipping container kaleidoscope. dw-07.18

"...the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences." —Daniel Kukla. Thanks Marshall. jc-07.18

One of the last hosts of Ebert Presents: At The Movies talks about being part of its demise and the reason behind the success of the original dueling critics show. cao-07.18

Type and The Grand Budapest Hotel, an interview with lead graphic designer Annie Atkins. jc-07.17

The Computer Virus Catalog. dw-07.17

Font of the Future, from Google? We'll see about that. jc-07.17

Carly Ayres is pinning stuff that makes her uncomfortable. Me too, eesh. Via Tina. jc-07.17

Meet the new Thor and Captain America. dw-07.17

Check the beautiful prints by Stellavie Design Manufaktur in Hamburg, including this: Exceptionally Great Espresso — Art & Science. jc-07.17

"So I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to pop culture: I'm sorry for creating this unstoppable monster." Nathan Rabin wishes he never coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl". jc-07.17

Priority Designs engineered a sweet futuristic bike design by Cannondale. Todd Mendoza fabricated the prototype. jc-07.17

A novel way to celebrate books and life, leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you've lived. Via FastCo. ms-07.17

The Green Turtle, considered by some the first Asian American superhero, is making a come back on comic bookshelves. cao-07.17

Go under the sea with Fabian Cousteau. dw-07.16

Weird Al is releasing a new music video every day this week. dw-07.16

Some NSFW art, Presidents with Boob Faces. dw-07.16

Related to an earlier post, black and white paintings by Johnny Abrahams. Via People of Print. dw-07.16

Local note. Glossop's Hotel, Amusement and Business Map. The Loop in the 1880s. Via Dmitry Samarov. jc-07.16

"It's unclear if the spider survived." ms-07.16

Just thought you should all know MS is wearing a Telnyashka today. bb-07.16

"45 years ago today--on July 16, 1969--astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched to the Moon on top of the mightiest spaceship ever built. These amazing photos from NASA's vaults show how they built and launched that spaceship." ms-07.16

CR's record sleeves of the month. Dig the 442s package. jc-07.16

How the recent DashCon 2014 conference quickly went to hell in a handbasket. ms-07.16

Emoji Among Us. Brilliant, from Dissolve. jc-07.15

100-Year-old photos of Chicago parks. dw-07.15

The Worst Comic Book Heroes That Never Existed. ms-07.15

Adventure.com it's full of great photography and travel stories like NYC to Hong Kong By Bike. Oh and they dig our Expedition Edition too. Thanks for that. jc-07.15

Trailer for The Reconstruction of William Zero. dw-07.15

So you know, How to Stay Healthy In Flight. ms-07.15

"Though we were accustomed to working on projects like these for corporations, we were now asked to design 'for the people.'" Jürgen Huber and Martin Wenzel of Supertype on the design of Bundessans and Bundesserif type families for the German government. jc-07.15

I bought one of these beauties from Cameron and it's truly amazing. Now I just have to find a wall big enough for it. Highways of the United States of America. Plus, check this short, hypnotic printing video. jc-07.15

When they closed the tube station they left the posters up. Via Things. jc-07.15

Hong Kong has opened a 3D museum. cao-07.15

"Kingston graphic design graduate Marianne Hanoun has spent the last three years collecting every star from every Disney and Pixar animated feature-length film, to create The Disney Universe, a beautiful 4m long print." —Creative Review. jc-07.14

Trailer for the documentary Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth. ms-07.14

Krautrock pioneers Can, live in Cologne, 1972. bb-07.14

So great, Made in Minnesota. Via MeFi. ms-07.14

Dutch artist Joram Roukes' solo show, "Paramnesia" at Thinkspace Gallery. Thoughtful, unsettling, beautiful. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-07.14

Have you ever wanted to test out a guillotine? Don't worry, it's made out of paper. cao-07.14

A smashable concrete lamp. dw-07.14

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