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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.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

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?

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"10 Jokes That Make Russians Laugh." bb-10.11

Ubisoft and Google are using A.I. to unlock the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. dw-10.10

"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." dw-10.10

"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." ms-10.10

Eclipsosaurus Rex. ms-10.10

Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ms-10.10

"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. ms-10.09

The Strangers Project is an ongoing collection of 25,000+ anonymous stories from the lives of the strangers we share our world with. dw-10.09

That cow from 146 years ago. jc-10.09

Bowling Alleys as photographed by Robert Götzfried. jc-10.09

Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton, by Steven Holl Architects. More here. jc-10.09

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. jc-10.06

Trailer for Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. dw-10.06

Great essay by Peter Bilak on Related Type Families. jc-10.06

"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. dw-10.06

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. dw-10.06

From the always great podcast, The Memory Palace, A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station. mcj-10.06

Stranger Things: The Game. dw-10.04

⌘, a brief history. bb-10.04

Clever as hell: The Academic uses Facebook Live as a loop pedal. bb-10.04

The finalists have been announced for the 2017 National Book Award. ms-10.04

BikeBlock concrete bicycle stand. Via Swissmiss. dw-10.03

Greetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards of the Motor City. dw-10.02

"Everything in North Korea is state-owned, therefore even the design and products reflect how the nation portrays itself." bb-10.02

Japanese noise rock legends Boredoms' 77 Boadrum with 77 drummers at Empire Fulton Ferry Park, 2007. Get 'em, Yoshimi! bb-09.29

Love it, the Roellinger Pepper Mill. ms-09.29

A young Italian designer's new take on centuries-old Venetian glass dw-09.29

Brian and Charles. dw-09.29

Drop dead gorgeous trailer for Blue Planet II. Full screen is a must. ms-09.28

In honor of National Poetry Day today, revisit our Verse By Voice feature. Don't miss Zadie Smith reading Animals. ms-09.28

Scrap book of Russian bookjackets, 1917-1942 at the NYPL. Via Present & Correct. jc-09.28

Teaser for Annihilation. dw-09.27

PlayTime Controlled Chaos. Smart, entertaining commentary on Jacques Tati's masterpiece by the The Royal Ocean Film Society. Via TMN. jc-09.27

Chromatin is the animated variation of Medina Dugger's Chroma photo project which celebrates women's hairstyles in Nigeria. dw-09.27

Explore over 100,000 street segments and 800,000 building photos over at Street View of 1980s New York ms-09.27

Japan Package Design Awards from JPDA. Very scrollable. jc-09.26

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. bb-09.26

How to design believable fantasy beasts. dw-09.26

"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." jc-09.26

"A cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a rocky site." dw-09.26

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