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For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

So you know, the world's most haunted wineries. ms-08.17

Jack White's Corporation Mature content. ms-08.17

"I thought it was a nice accident so I kept it." The Cindy Sherman "Oops" Pool Float. bb-08.16

Ice Cube celebrates Charles and Ray Eames. bb-08.16

Across the United States, run-down motels and motor lodges from the 1950s and 1960s are being given a new lease of life as contemporary hotels and guesthouses. dw-08.16

Cutoutmix is a free open platform to provide new inspirational cutouts for the design industry. dw-08.15

Moon, Mars, and Milky Way ms-08.15

It's just like working at Kuma's: play Burger Time and a bunch of other '80s video games. bb-08.14

Heads up BB, buying this for the office, Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit. ms-08.14

Wormholes explained. dw-08.13

Growing Things: A Film Lesson in "Nature Study" (1928). dw-08.10

NASA's 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. So cool. jc-08.10

The Liebian International Building in Guiyang, China incorporates a dramatic 350 foot waterfall on the facade. dw-08.09

Wander. Roam. Replicate. dw-08.09

"There is a sense of brazenness to unintentionally bad art-it embodies desire gone awry. And being able to enjoy ugly art isn't simply about making fun of it. It's also about being able to sit in discomfort and recognize mistakes. Ugly art demands a sense of looseness; it asks you to dip into a slippery state of mind where you can hold multiple beliefs simultaneously. The piece can be both ugly and unappealing, and it can also delight and appeal for those very reasons. ms-08.03

Local note. Chicago's Gangland 1923-26, beautifully mapped. jc-08.03

It's been quite a while since we checked in on good ol' reliable John. He enjoyed a pint of Yakima Grande at Conwy in Gwynedd, Wales the other night. That's 17,085 pints since May of 1995, but who's counting? jc-08.03

So you know, it's International Beer Day. Cheers. ms-08.03

"Nan Davis, there to represent several women's clubs, asked for permission to address the committee. "If the men of Chicago want to take the hatpins away from us, let them make the streets safe," she said. "No man has a right to tell me how I shall dress and what I shall wear." ms-08.02

Stunning trailer for the Barry Jenkins' film If Beale Street Could Talk. ms-08.02

A brief excerpt from Parker Posey's autobiography You're On An Airplane. BRB, headed to the book store now........ ms-08.02

Trailer for Anthropocene. dw-08.01

1988 in pictures. jc-08.01

Like a... jc-08.01

Your daily dose of Reg Presley on a train: Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. bb-08.01

"Ever had a holiday that wasn't your cup of tea? Bored Tourists is a photo series and new book that explores the phenomenon of travelling to a foreign country with every intention of being inspired by it, only to be left feeling bemused, bored or half asleep." dw-07.31

Related to the last, NASA has released thousands of hours of Apollo 11 tapes. dw-07.31

The top five designs in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge. dw-07.30

"...photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street. An all known object which produces a strong graphical effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup." Long Exposure Traffic Lights, by Lucas Zimmermamn. Via Chris Glass. jc-07.30

A good glimpse at cinema history, the AV Club lists their 50 Greatest Special Effects Movies of All Time. mcj-07.26

A real way with light. The photography portfolio of Lorne Bridgman is a great browse. Check his portrait work and this series from Oslo is sweet. Thanks Marshall. jc-07.25

Mirai Live is an online community providing accessible bonsai knowledge based in sound horticulture. dw-07.25

Water on Mars. jc-07.25

Hunter and Dave. jc-07.24

Design for The Great Electronic Swindle, by Carosello Lab. jc-07.24

Our friends at Bellroy love travel just as much as we do. So we were thrilled to join their Big Travel Prize. The prize includes gear from us and other great brands, so head over and win the whole lot! jc-07.23

"Maybe he could come over here and give me a quarter of a million dollar tutorial?" Stanley Kubrick at home, talking about MS-DOS in 1984. Via John Gruber. jc-07.20

Some folks in Australia are working on the world's first beer made for space. ms-07.20

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind. ms-07.20

"For an entire generation, MySpace was a gateway to the addictive social networking platforms that are now a ubiquitous feature of our lives. And for many members of that same generation, MySpace was a gateway to another inescapable part of modern life — writing code." dw-07.19

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