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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

Is it Ella Fitzgerald or is it Memorex? bb-09.04

On the Hunt for Boston's Signtronix Signs. jc-09.04

"12. The one time you attempt sex, you get interrupted by someone in a unicorn onesie and swim goggles jumping up and down on your mattress while begging you to make a grilled cheese." Attending Burning Man or Parenting a Toddler? ms-09.03

If you're not listening, you should. The New York Times 1619 Podcast is fantastic. ms-09.03

Trailer for the documentary Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins. She is missed. ms-08.30

Summer cocktails. dw-08.30

Well, that settles that. jc-08.30

Final trailer for JOKER. I smell an Oscar.......... ms-08.29

"The 2019 Tahiti Pro, stop No. 7 of the World Surf League Men's Championship Tour, is under way this week in Tahiti. Brian Bielmann, a photographer with Agence France-Presse, is on the scene, capturing images of the surfers amid the beauty and chaos churned up by the famous waves of Teahupo'o reef." ms-08.28

Trailer for the film The Report. ms-08.28

Hubble's new portrait of Jupiter. jc-08.28

The Unexpectedly Tropical History of Brutalism. dw-08.27

"It's possible that you don't immediately recognize the name Robert McGinnis. But if you are even remotely interested in vintage crime, mystery, and thriller novels, you've certainly spotted his artwork." -J. Kingston Pierce. jc-08.27

Trailer for the film Motherless Brooklyn ms-08.23

Atlas at Dawn. ms-08.16

Trailer for the Bong Joon Ho film Parasite. ms-08.16

Trailer for Malick's A Hidden Life. jc-08.16

Now That the Secret Job Search Is Over, My First Act as President of Your University Is to Be Completely Honest About My Questionable Qualifications For This Important Position, by Andrew Berish. jc-08.15

Designer Jordan Vincent takes a look at overnight stays in National Parks. via kottke mcj-08.15

A One-Shot Music Video Filmed From the Perspective of a Toy Train. Thanks Colossal. jc-08.14

So you know. A design guide for the flags of the United States, by Lynn Fisher. Fab. jc-08.14

"INJUSTICE ALERT! The other jurors think the doc is innocent since the other kidney works fine. They say I haven't paid attention. Um, I've been paying the MOST attention!?! What do you guys think? Also, what are your favorite true crime podcasts? I may have some time to kill. #deadlock #juryfury." ms-08.13

"Football manager Bill Shankly famously said: 'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death... I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.' The same could be said of punctuation -- or indeed typography. And though I don't share that particular passion, typography fans may savour Watson's vivid descriptions." Stan Carey on Semicolon, by Cecelia Watson. jc-08.12

David Hudson on D. A. Pennebaker, Observation as Action. jc-08.12

The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 21, great selections. jc-08.09

Rakotzbrucke Devil's Bridge in Gablenz, Germany. jc-08.09

The Long and Surprising History of Roller Derby. Great pictures. ms-08.07

Road Trip! bb-08.07

God Has Heard Your Thoughts and Prayers and He Thinks They Are Fucking Bullsh*t. ms-08.07

Trails of Wind, the architecture of airport runways. dw-08.06

Embroidery tattoos. dw-08.02

Trailer for the film 1917. ms-08.01

Tokyo Subway's Humble Duct-Tape Typographer, by Chris Gaul. jc-07.31

A special collaboration, via Chicago. Wilco x Field Notes. jc-07.30

Whether your prefer period pieces, musicals, or tales of haunted dolls, there's something here for cinephiles of every sort. The Fill-In Filmography. dw-07.25

Ancient ruins, reconstructed. jc-07.25

Lego Shining. jc-07.24

Trailer for the film A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. ms-07.23

Symbolikon is a comprehensive library of symbols throughout ages and cultures. dw-07.22

Right on Jason. jc-07.22

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