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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.

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.

Movies About Posters

Screening Documentaries

The Beginning and End Are Up To You, is our mini-documentary about John Solimine who created the limited-edition poster and the cover for our Field Tested Books Book.

For our first summer reading feature we asked Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine to design and hand-screen a limited run of posters. We visited Jay and Mat Daly at the Bird Machine Shop and we can tell you that the whole thing is refreshingly analog and deliciously slow. Check 6 Colors, 1,800 Pulls and 2 Dogs. The next Field-Tested Poster was created by Dan and Mike of Aesthetic Apparatus. Steve buzzed up to The Twin Cities for a visit and that resulted in Found & Reused. BTW: We have a few signed and numbered posters available for sale.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Trailer for the film Light From Light. ms-10.17

Th story of the Mojave phone booth. jc-10.17

Speaking of Caravaggio. ms-10.17

"A few metres from her small apartment in the Oratory of Saint Lawrence in Palermo, where her mother was a housekeeper, one of the most notorious art thefts in history was taking place, as a Caravaggio that had hung for more than three centuries above the altar was cut out of its frame." jc-10.17

This should keep Jim busy all morning: The Roman Empire's Roads In Transit Map Form. bb-10.14

Planet Earth at Blue Hour. ms-10.11

Chicago Design System. ms-10.11

Local note. What If Your Alderman Were Goth? The Chicago Genius Herald has the answer for some reason. Thanks Peteski. jc-10.11

So you know. "Traditionally, in comic book lettering, the 'I' with crossbars is reserved for the personal pronoun" and other super interesting Comic Lettering Tips. jc-10.10

"When I first applied for this position, did I know that my expected job duties would include dueling genocidal dark lords or battling Death Eaters in the Astronomy Tower? No. Did I do them anyway even after being denied a cost of living adjustment to my salary for ten years in a row while also dealing with insidiously small-but-steady cuts to my annual conference travel budget? Yes." ms-10.09

Great piece by Thomas de Monchaux on architectural photographer Ezra Stoller, who Turned Buildings Into Monuments. jc-10.09

"If I'm so average-American, how come that i've never heard of most of the musical groups that millions of other Americans apparently are listening to?" bb-10.08

FALL LAUNCH PARTY HAPPY HOUR IS THURSDAY from 4 to 7pm at Field Notes HQ in Chicago. Enjoy a cold one from our pals at Solemn Oath Brewery and snacks from Big Delicious Planet. Nerdy design, printing and typography conversation encouraged. Bring your pals, bring your Mom, and for God's sake, bring your credit card. jc-10.08

"Type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters." Eyes on the Text, Mind on the Type. jc-10.08

Musician Donald Fagen shares a true story about George Plimpton, Buck Henry, and the last will and testament of Roy Cohn. jc-10.08

New trailer for the film 1917. ms-10.07

"On February 26, 2014, Christian Andreacchio was found dead in the upstairs bathroom of his apartment from a single gunshot wound to the head. After a mere 45-minute investigation, local police ruled his death a suicide, despite substantial evidence that points to Christian's death not only being a homicide, but premeditated murder. Host Dennis Cooper investigates and shares a compelling story about this suspicious death, the questions surrounding it, and a grieving family's ongoing fight for justice." Culpable Podcast ms-10.07

Trailer for The Gentlemen. ms-10.04

Scotland in Motion ms-10.02

Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the filming of director Sam Mendes' upcoming film, 1917 ms-10.01

Orion Rising over Brazil. ms-10.01

An Annual re-link. Fall is in the air, Pumpkin Spice everything is for sale, and It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers . ms-10.01

A 13,235-Mile Road Trip for 70-Degree Weather. On my way to Nebraska now...... ms-10.01

A new book for people (cough) with fifty rolls of film sitting around, dating back to the 90s: FLAVR: Film Lovers Analogue Visual Reference. bb-09.26

If you're into the whole "ancient grains" thing, you're gonna want to use ancient yeast to make your bread. bb-09.26

"... the single 'eye' in blazing red was played by one of Nikon's most extreme lenses, its 8mm f/8 fisheye. But how did they add the glow? Simple - they used the camera's very own red filter (R60) which screws on to the back of the lens. Then they simply shone a light through it." jc-09.24

How we make pencils. ms-09.24

Wim Crouwel. ms-09.22

So you know, 251 words you can spell with a calculator. Via Meanwhile. jc-09.20

Mr. Heller makes a list. jc-09.19

Robbie Robertson plays The Weight with Ringo Starr and dozens of other people for Playing For Change. Fab. jc-09.19

The Care and Feeding of the Uffington White Horse. jc-09.19

A Harvest Moon. ms-09.18

65 Block Parties, 5 Boroughs, 20 Photographers: See What They Found. ms-09.17

The designer's guide to Netflix. dw-09.16

"Photographer Vincent J. Musi chose almost two years ago to end his years of travel for National Geographic assignments to be home with his wife, Callie, and his then 16-year-old son, Hunter. He built " The Unleashed Studio" in the back of a pet food store and began making extraordinary portraits of our furry best friend in Charleston, S.C.." ms-09.16

0°C is a creative collaboration between artist Tharien Smith and photographer Bruce Boyd, featuring unique images of flowers, fynbos and found objects encapsulated in ice. dw-09.13

Tank Man. ms-09.13

Antonio Tempesta, after Niccolo Circignani and Giovanni Battista Lombardelli - Saint Anthony With Demons, 1598. Via Isn't. jc-09.11

RIP Robert Frank. jc-09.10

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