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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.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

"Ten years ago, under the direction of founder Ludovica Rambelli, eight members of the Italian company, Malatheatre, discovered first hand the insanely rigorous poses Caravaggio demanded of his models, creating 23 tableaux vivants inspired by the master's oeuvre." jc-11.14

Buying for the office, The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space. ms-11.13

RIP Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival pioneer and voice of HAL. jc-11.12

Crane Pavilion By GBBN Architects. jc-11.09

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen streams "bullet chess." Yowza, via TMN jc-11.08

Check the results from the year-long project from Cards Against Humanity, Pulse of the Nation. ms-11.08

Second trailer for the new Coen Brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. ms-11.08

I am a computer. jc-11.07

Recycled Packing Materials Sculpted Into Elaborate Renaissance Costumes by Suzanne Jongmans. ms-11.07

Miniature Calendar. jc-11.07

Vote, and when you're done send some pizza to the polls. jc-11.06

January 24, 1977: The day the S.F. Chronicle discovered burritos. bb-11.02

A craft beer risograph print by East End Press. dw-11.02

"In a moment of lucidity, I thought to myself, while a woman near me crumpled to her knees, This really isn't how this article was supposed to go." Rosecrans Baldwin's Life Cleanse. Great piece. jc-11.02

Halloween won. Forever. Don't even bother trying anymore. ms-11.02

So you know, why pencils are yellow. Via Kottke. jc-11.01

Orionids Meteors over Inner Mongolia. ms-11.01

"We get the big truck, start driving, see the people we know, and buy. We do that for about a week and usually run out of money." Local note. Architectural Artifacts is having a moving sale. jc-10.31

"Elevated: Art and Architecture of the Chicago Transit Authority, serves as a guide to the more than 70 works of art and 24 significant architectural elements showcased across the CTA system." dw-10.30

A Groovy Look at Mid-Sixties Interior Decor. jc-10.30

"I have two presses, maybe 400 fonts of nineteenth century wood type, and maybe twice that of mostly nineteenth century lead type. A lot of ornaments, borders, both wood and metal, cuts, dingbats, pen flourishes, all that kind of stuff. So, I can fairly quickly and easily put together a period prop that looks great. If you get a good look at it on screen, you can really see that the type pressed into the paper, and the texture, and all of that stuff." ms-10.29

So you know, Graveyards of The Contiguous USA. Via TMN. jc-10.29

Local note, Live Art: Design Your Visual Voice with Carlos Segura at the Michigan Avenue Apple Store on Thursday. Woot! jc-10.29

Twelve Blocks, excellent set of essays in the new Chicago Magazine. jc-10.29

"For our 50th Anniversary, we've taken our HWC Original 16 retools of these rare castings and constructed one awe-inspiring showroom-style display set." jc-10.29

Tiny Doors ATL. dw-10.26

You can now browse through over 44,000 images over at The Art Institute of Chicago's website. ms-10.26

Episode 1 of Studio B. SD served as Director of Photography on this series and man it looks good. Check the 3 minute-long single shot at the opening. jc-10.26

Trailer for VOX LUX ms-10.25

See the Glorious Winners of the 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest. ms-10.25

Lots of places I'd like to go. The Calvert's list boutique bookshops across the New East. jc-10.25

Light Pillars over Whitefish Bay ms-10.24

"FRIEND: Did you see The Good Place last night? YOU: I did. But you know what the real "Good Place" is? Your local polling location with your voter registration card in hand, where you can apply everything you've learned about ethics to the waking-nightmare Bad Place that is your state's governance." ms-10.24

The Color Wheel Of Book And Movie Titles. jc-10.24

Trailer for the directorial debut from Jonah Hill, Mid90s ms-10.23

"List of shibboleth names by which the privileged judge their inferiors." Oh man, I have been judged inferior hundreds and hundreds of times. Great resource. jc-10.22

Found while looking for something else entirely, this great Sam's Myth post from 2015 on Polish artist and designer Romek Marber. jc-10.19

So you know, 5 Spooky Cocktail Recipes for Halloween. ms-10.19

"Each house drink is featured on a single page, which is accompanied with an incantation written by co-owner Ryan Ringer and an illustration by co-owner Becky Ip." The Grimoire of Grey Tiger. dw-10.19

Related to the last. A classic reference. Paul Brians' Commonly Made Suggestions about commonly made errors, and more importantly, Non-Errors, "those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English." Which is exactly the sort of attitude up with which I will not put. jc-10.18

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