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Field Notes for Fall

the Dime

Months of research and a host of tests and solving production issues have led to our Fall limited-edition release for Field Notes. It's an homage to an 1860's American publishing phenomenon and it's called The Dime Novel Edition.

A Six Tone Scale

True to the Blobbiness

We've long-admired the dynamism of a mural that is hangs on the north side of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on Ashland Avenue. Once we renovated and moved into our new studio space, we decided to track down who was responsible, with the idea of doing something similar for our main work space. The artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Kent Smith, were up for the idea, and also for us filming them painting the 12' x 8', 3-panel artwork. Thanks a million to them.

New From Field Notes


We're proud of the short film (spot?) we made for a product partnership with the unstoppable Bellroy from Australia. Check out the new Everyday Inspiration, custom, compact leather cover.

Thanks to Big Delicious Planet for inviting us into their Canteen for the location, and to Spencer Tweedy for letting us use his song "Temple State" on the track. It's in heavy rotation at HQ currently.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

A lot has changed around here since 2005: waistlines, hairlines, fashions, a big new studio, and new businesses to fill it with. Here's a Throwback for Thursday, in beautiful standard definition. The production values might leave a little to be desired, and the "new Canadian restaurant" in the neighborhood may have closed, but the film itself actually holds up. Sort of. Presenting Copy Goes Here.

You Can Count On Change

That’s a Wrap

After a long, successful run, we're shutting down our advertising network, The Deck. Jim posted about the decision and the details at the Deck site. John Gruber was one of the network's very first affiliates. John published a way-too-generous piece about The Deck at Daring Fireball. Thanks for that, and to all the affiliates, advertisers and readers who supported the network over the years.

Last year we moved into a new studio in Chicago, and in the back, near where we do screen-printing and other messy stuff, there's a shelf for projects we made, operated and eventually, shut down. We'll make some room for The Deck there, right next to Jewelboxing, The Seed Conference and The Show. We haven't stashed away Layer Tennis just yet, but who knows? Anyhow, as always, we're scheming about the future. And, of course, we're making these notebooks.

2017 Tournament of Books

Literary Cage Match

Once again, our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books which is now complete! If you're not familiar with the ToB, Angela Chen has written this excellent Brief History of the Tournament to get you up to speed.

We need your help. We created a special Memo Book for the tourney and are raising funds for 826 National, an amazing seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Dig deep people.

Choose to Go to the Moon

Over the Moon

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our Field Notes Quarterly Edition Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy. BTW: The Lunacy Edition is now sold out.

Moco Fun at the new HQ

We Go Round in Circles

Steve bought a cool motion-control rig. We wanted to make some sort of recap the Field Notes Quarterly Editions from 2016. So we made this film. Added bonus, it provides a nice view of the new HQ.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Because it's There

A Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

New from Field Notes

Eternal, Shiny
and Chrome

Just in time for gift giving, a metallic embossed cover, a new binding and orange spine, plus Drapln-designed wrapping paper and a "To/From" sticker. Our Field Notes winter limited-edition is Black Ice.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

Perception vs. Reality, Joe Alexander looks back at a classic Rolling Stone print campaign. jc-today

"No one has more fun at a Chance the Rapper show than Chance himself. But a close second, at stage left, is Matt Maxey- who, along with his company, DEAFinitely Dope, is translating the magic of Chance shows for deaf concertgoers." ms-today

All I need is $10 million bucks and my new address would be Barnhouse, Highgate, London N6 ms-today

The "About Us" Page of Every Digital Media Agency. ms-today

"People have been painting celestial bodies for thousands of years, but only after World War II, as space programs flourished, did the field evolve into a thriving subgenre, and an occupation in its own right; with new technology came a new lust for imagery. NASA, founded in 1958, has commissioned space art since its inception, and along with the European Space Agency it's sponsored artists' residencies over the years." ms-today

Wonderful article, Fashion, the Beauty (and Challenge) of looking Back ms-today

Local note. Field Notes and STA Present: A Design Documentary Double Feature at the Music Box tonight. Join us, won't you? jc-today

Delightful trailer for the documentary Faces Places ms-yesterday

Cassini's Final Image. ms-yesterday

It is an honor to post this yearly re-link, It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers ms-09.15

Trailer for the TV adaptation of Lore. dw-09.15

Craft Beer Branding Guide. dw-09.15

Vintage Japanese slot machines. dw-09.15

Composer Jeff Russo leads a 60-piece orchestra in recording the new theme for Star Trek: Discovery. dw-09.15

Ikano playing cards. dw-09.15

"Parks are a call to the people to rest and play in family groups, a cure which has been seriously advocated for most of our social difficulties." Park Conscious. dw-09.15

Lovely and heartbreaking, @tweetsoutloud gives a fantastic farewell to Cassini. ms-09.15

The ten winners in Hyperloop One's search for the world's most promising routes. dw-09.15

Teaser for an animated history of the Seven Kingdoms. dw-09.15

Local note, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off this weekend. dw-09.15

Cars of LA. dw-09.15

Drinking Not Drinking. dw-09.15

A visual time capsule of life in 1960s Noordwijk. dw-09.15

Chicago's Newberry Library needs help transcribing magical manuscripts. dw-09.15

Trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-helmed The Shape of Water. ms-09.14

Happy Thursday. ms-09.14

Wilco's studio, theloftchicago is an Instagram must-follow, with slick photos of their goofy collection of rare instruments, and their new account is even better: fonts_of_the_loft zeroes in on the typography found therein. bb-09.14

A welcome reminder to shut down your photography machine before you go to bed at night. Stay safe! bb-09.14

Kevin Cyr's exhibition of paintings of vehicles covered with graffiti. Fab, via TMN. jc-09.13

"A defining moment in American history, the Civil War is an event that still resonants across the country today. And thanks to one man, we are able to have a first-hand view into what life was like in camp and on the field. Known as the father of photojournalism, we can thank Mathew Brady for exposed the American public to the effects of war for the first time through photograph." ms-09.12

"Putting the Beatles back together isn't going to be the salvation of rock'n'roll. Four kids playing to their contemporaries in a dirty cellar club might." NME critic Mick Farren's epic 1976 call to arms. bb-09.12

30 Days Timelapse at Sea. Full screen is best. ms-09.12

Eat the ice cream. dw-09.12

Media Archaeology Lab. dw-09.12

"The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani." ms-09.12

Trailer for the film Downsizing ms-09.12

UFO Drawings from the National Archives. jc-09.11

The state of the galaxy in Star Trek Discovery. dw-09.11

So long, buddy. jc-09.11

Gil Bruvel explores the creation of the largest corso in the world. dw-09.11

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