What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.
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?
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"10 Jokes That Make Russians Laugh."
Ubisoft and Google are using A.I. to unlock the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt.
"Saner has painted murals and participated in exhibitions everywhere from Morocco to Arkansas, combining contemporary Mexican and ancient Aztec and Mayan iconography with local history and folklore from around the world, as he tries to understand what divides us, and, hopefully unites us."
"The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland's Stern Pinball, the "oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet," according to its website."
Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
"This California roller rink has held an Organ Night every Tuesday since Eisenhower. And the diehards are determined to keep waltzing and rexing until their legs won't carry them any longer." Welcome to Moonlight Rollerway, Where Nothing Has Changed Since 1956.
The Strangers Project is an ongoing collection of 25,000+ anonymous stories from the lives of the strangers we share our world with.
That cow from 146 years ago.
Bowling Alleys as photographed by Robert Götzfried.
Our KG wrote a short story called "O Death Where is Thy Sting" and now it's been made into a feature film that's debuting at the Chicago Film Festival. Rick Kogan on Chasing the Blues. Can't wait.
Trailer for Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.
Great essay by Peter Bilak on Related Type Families.
"Plunged into a foreign dark I found a new way of seeing, strange and alien. Synthetic light creeps into my eyes, the air thick with colours shifting and angles unbending. In the midst of the night a new day begins." Ultraviolet Break of Day. Via WATC.
Hundreds of new emoji, including more emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more, are coming to iOS.
From the always great podcast, The Memory Palace, A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station.
Stranger Things: The Game.
⌘, a brief history.
Clever as hell: The Academic uses Facebook Live as a loop pedal.
The finalists have been announced for the 2017 National Book Award.
"Everything in North Korea is state-owned, therefore even the design and products reflect how the nation portrays itself."
Love it, the Roellinger Pepper Mill.
A young Italian designer's new take on centuries-old Venetian glass
Brian and Charles.
Drop dead gorgeous trailer for Blue Planet II. Full screen is a must.
Teaser for Annihilation.
Explore over 100,000 street segments and 800,000 building photos over at Street View of 1980s New York
Japan Package Design Awards from JPDA. Very scrollable.
I haven't read Joshua Allen's Knife Fite yet but I'm going to as soon as it downloads, because every sentence to ever leave his keyboard is solid gold.
How to design believable fantasy beasts.
"For years I've wanted a writing machine that would combine the best parts of a typewriter and a word processor. After months of tinkering, my friend Ben Gross and I just finished building one. We call it the DocWriter. It's a typewriter that sends its keystrokes in real time to a Google Doc."
"A cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a rocky site."
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What all those little square icons in Fresh Signals mean.
A post from our monthly guest editor. The complete listing af all the people we owe favors can be found here.
We love these products so much we even paid for them.
A post with this icon may well end up in our Museum of Online Museums.
Not to be missed.
A Friday Drink Link. Hic.
Film feed. Short attention span video theater.
Having to do with our Field Notes Brand.
What we just talked about at lunch.
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