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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

Lots of places I'd like to go. The Calvert's list boutique bookshops across the New East. jc-10.25

Light Pillars over Whitefish Bay ms-10.24

"FRIEND: Did you see The Good Place last night? YOU: I did. But you know what the real "Good Place" is? Your local polling location with your voter registration card in hand, where you can apply everything you've learned about ethics to the waking-nightmare Bad Place that is your state's governance." ms-10.24

The Color Wheel Of Book And Movie Titles. jc-10.24

Trailer for the directorial debut from Jonah Hill, Mid90s ms-10.23

"List of shibboleth names by which the privileged judge their inferiors." Oh man, I have been judged inferior hundreds and hundreds of times. Great resource. jc-10.22

Found while looking for something else entirely, this great Sam's Myth post from 2015 on Polish artist and designer Romek Marber. jc-10.19

So you know, 5 Spooky Cocktail Recipes for Halloween. ms-10.19

"Each house drink is featured on a single page, which is accompanied with an incantation written by co-owner Ryan Ringer and an illustration by co-owner Becky Ip." The Grimoire of Grey Tiger. dw-10.19

Related to the last. A classic reference. Paul Brians' Commonly Made Suggestions about commonly made errors, and more importantly, Non-Errors, "those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English." Which is exactly the sort of attitude up with which I will not put. jc-10.18

"After 200 years of preachment the following observations may be made: the position of only in standard spoken English is not fixed." Amen. New Questions and Answers from The Chicago Manual of Style. jc-10.18

Fold N Fly. Like it says. jc-10.18

A Rabbit, One Wedding and Two Funerals. ILT on decorated Books of Hours. Fab post. jc-10.18

Shots from Google Earth showing approximately seven square miles of various landscapes around our planet. Absolutely gorgeous. mcj-10.18

X-Rays of Oregon Zoo residents. jc-10.18

So you know. A Brief History of the Ouija Board, by Erin McCarthy. jc-10.17

Trailer for the film Wildlife. ms-10.17

When you ask FOTA Wakiza Gamez to redub a Kickstarter video, he delivers the goods. sd-10.17

The man who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for the past 50 years is retiring. ms-10.17

The Rijiksmuseum in Amsterdam is restoring Rembrandt's The Night Watch and they will livestream it online. So cool. ms-10.17

"This giftable godsend for the under-rested features dozens of snoozy short texts, including 'The Motion of Sand Dunes,' 'The Administrative Bureaucracy of the Byzantine Empire,' 'White Noise: A Technical Explanation,' and many dozens more — though good luck reading very far on any one evening." This Book Will Put You to Sleep. dw-10.16

These exquisite photogravures are from one of the first series of X-rays ever produced. dw-10.16

A map of every building in America. dw-10.16

"When the unveiling of the long-lost Salvator Mundi was cancelled last month, there were cries of fake. But is there more to the controversy surrounding the world's most expensive painting?" A $450m Da Vinci Mystery. jc-10.15

New trailer for Glass. High hopes for this one. ms-10.15

3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images. Stanford Libraries make Warhol photography archives public. jc-10.15

If you like today's Google Doodle, you'll love A Drive into the Gap and you may want to support hurricane relief efforts with our new Puerto Rico Field Notes. bb-10.12

Kate Beaton has officially ended Hark, a Vagrant to focus on her other work that actually generates money, but fear not, hundreds of educational Tycho Brahe d**k jokes are safe in her archives. bb-10.11

"Julien de Casabianca, 46, French and Corsican, is both a visual artist and a filmmaker. In 2014, he launched Outings Project, which consists in bringing paintings from museum walls into the streets." ms-10.11

The Man who made me swoon is getting his own college course. Sign me up. ms-10.11

Spot for the Google Pixel 3, created "in collaboration with Terrence Malick." Hmmm. Via John Gruber jc-10.11

Moonlit shots of yesterday's view of tomorrow, by Tom Blachford. Via Isn't. jc-10.11

"This is a solar-powered website, which means it sometimes goes offline." dw-10.09

Nueva Edición Regional. jc-10.09

"There is a set of scratches in 2001: A Space Odyssey that are not on the film, but in the film." Perhaps just a small thing but big props to Philippe Theophanidis, for getting to the bottom of it, and discovering lots of other awesome stuff along the way. jc-10.09

23 photos of The Imprint by MVRDV, in Seoul. Yowza. jc-10.09

Codex 99 goes deep on The Steamboat and the Cornfield. jc-10.09

Colossal's headline sums it up. A Gargantuan Purple Sea Monster Lurks Inside a Two-Story Warehouse at Philadelphia's Navy Yard. jc-10.09

Lego Vestas Wind Turbine. jc-10.09

Chasing the Blues, a dark and funny film by our pal Scott Smith and based on a story by Kevin Guilfoile is playing in theaters starting today. Check it out. Here's the trailer. jc-10.05

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