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An Adventure of a 2-Pack

Meet Haxley

During October, Chicago Illustrator and poster-maker Jay Ryan set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. We followed Jay's progress and found the drawings irresistible. We knew that they'd look great in a special Field Notes edition. We hope you agree.

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 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.

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

Perfect for this cold morning: Heatwave live on Musikladen, 1976. bb-12.15

NME's "50 Unfashionable But Brilliant 80s Bands That Time Cruelly Forgot." A few are maybe better forgotten, but there's some good stuff here. bb-12.14

Trailer for the film Annihilation. ms-12.14

The Not Yorker is a collection of declined or late cover submissions to The New Yorker Magazine. jc-12.14

Avant Garde Magazine Volumes gave been digitized. A great resource, browse the magazine "that gave birth to a much maligned and equally lauded typeface of the same name." jc-12.14

So you know, how to hijack Amazon Prime Now for good. dw-12.13

"In November, the artist and writer Molly Crabapple spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts by communities to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here are excerpts from her sketchbook." ms-12.13

Adrian on 2017 Movie Posters. Right on. jc-12.12

Pantone has announced their pick for the color of the year for 2018. ms-12.12

"Spanish furniture designer Fernando Abellanas has carved out a new creative home in a section of Valencia that isn't the typical artist neighborhood: he's built a studio affixed to a highway underpass." jc-12.12

"Radio broadcasts leave Earth at the speed of light. Scroll away from Earth and hear how far the biggest hits of the past have travelled." Lightyear.fm. jc-12.12

Adorable. I'm not crying, you're crying. ms-12.12

In Green Company: Aurora over Norway . ms-12.12

Interesting read on the two people who pick the music played in Starbucks. ms-12.12

Everyday Objects Obsessively Organized into Patterns by Adam Hillman. More here. jc-12.11

Scribble > Rough > Finished Drawing > Coloured Artwork. Tom Gauld. jc-12.11

Yay. Matthew Baldwin's 2017 Good Gift Games List is up. I've played The Fox in the Forest, and it's simple and just great. Clicking on all the others. jc-12.07

Errol Morris on the season finale to Nathan for You: "My New Favorite Love Story." Glad to hear he also loves the best show on TV right now. sd-12.06

Blondie and Joan Jett in Doom or Destiny. dw-12.06

"Each transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes [for a day]." Wired looks at Bitcoin's carbon footprint. bb-12.06

"The destruction of the Death Star has been the initiating event that led to the explosion of the speculative bubble thanks to which the Empire became rich and funded its wildest plans. Now, the Empire and Darth Vader are ruined. Besides the money and the staff lost in the destruction of the Death Star, they have seen their savings, exclusively invested in aggressive hedge funds, reduced to zero. Darth Vader has therefore no choice but roll up his sleeves and find jobs in order to benefit the Empire's treasury andand pursue his struggle to exterminate the rebels." ms-12.06

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor. ms-12.06

LIDAR exposes the hidden landscapes of forested areas. dw-12.04

Gorgeous, Transient. Full screen is best. ms-12.04

How the Sandwich Consumed Britain. ms-12.04

"We call this vigorous work-life balance being "peculiar," and there are definitely some peculiar folks here! Karen wept openly at her desk today. Naturally, I made sure my supervisor heard about it through the Anytime Feedback Tool. I thought her crying was a little disrespectful to the team's hard work. We're trying to become a bar raisers, here! Or we're trying to become Operating Thetans and eradicate the fourth dynamic engram. Again, not entirely sure." ms-12.04

Grain Kings. jc-12.01

Which World Cup Team Should You Root For? Thanks FiveThirtyEight, let's go Iceland! jc-12.01

Pro Scrabble players brag about their greatest plays. jc-11.30

How did I not see this until now? Mudhoney playing atop the Space Needle in 2013. bb-11.29

Very much looking forward to the just-announced, star-studded audio version of FotA Mike Sacks' very silly book, Stinker Lets Loose!, featuring Jon Hamm as Stinker and a whole host of other funny people. sd-11.29

Cabin art prints by DKNG. dw-11.28

Newsday film critic called 2001: A Space Odyssey a "bizarre" failure when he first reviewed it in April 1968. Then Stanley Kubrick convinced him to watch it again. kg-11.28

Happy Monday. ms-11.27

Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater. ms-11.27

A critical look at the the first page of Art Spiegelman's Maus. How to Design a Comic Book Page. mcj-11.27

Now it can be told: "The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys" (Seriously, super dark.) bb-11.22

The Swissair Poster Collection. Yum. jc-11.22

If there's any sort of book-length scholarly examination of the several-decades-long Patrick Nagel rip-off salon poster phenomenon can someone point me to it? bb-11.22

Happy Wednesday.. ms-11.22

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