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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.

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 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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

B-A-R-B-R-A Barbra, Vancouver, 1980. bb-04.20

What became of America's drive-thru Fotomat? dw-04.20

Qi And Za. jc-04.19

We need to get some Field Notes to this guy right away: Dumb Birds of North America. bb-04.19

It's a few years old, and totally juvenile, but Pointer Pointer can still enrapture my entire family for a good half hour. bb-04.19

Gorgeous conversion of a Victorian school building. ms-04.18

Night Glows ms-04.18

"'Goddamn it,' he said. 'Well, goddamn it.' And he hung up." Kogan on Royko who died 20 years ago today. jc-04.17

Cal Henderson's talk from Webstock on the history of emoji. is great. jc-04.17

"Drawing your objects gives you time for reflection and you start to think deeply about your relationship to your stuff and other human relationships that might surround that object." A Grain Edit interview with Kate Bingaman-Burt. jc-04.17

"What working as a waterfowl taught me about gender" bb-04.17

Trailer for The Last Jedi ms-04.14

The Last Jedi poster. jc-04.14

Earth Shadow over Damavand. ms-04.14

If you're in D.C., you still have a couple nights left to check out the Super Mario pop-up bar. dw-04.14

"As Bernini's peer and first biographer Filippo Baldinucci reported, the sculptor would rebuff people who criticized his long work hours with the retort: 'Let me be, for I am in love.'" Alexxa Gotthardt on The Power of Human Sexuality in Stone. jc-04.14

"Designer and part-time photographer Mantas Baciuska uses aerial photography to capture the frozen lakes of Lithuania." —Colossal. jc-04.14

If you thought it would be a good idea to hire the firm that designs Apple Stores to design your house, you'd be right. jc-04.14

"I just gave a $4 million apartment complex for homeless women and kids to the YWCA. Let me explain why." Way to go Rick. jc-04.14

Local note. There's a buzz about Tuesday April 18's event at Big Delicious Planet. Sweet. jc-04.13

Wendy's epic own on Twitter is a work of art. Best read while this plays in the background. ms-04.13

Via Darran Anderson on Twitter, so great. Moonbase Alpha from Space 1999, and here is the show's fantastic title sequence. jc-04.13

Thursday morning smile/cry, guy makes an engagement ring entirely from scratch and then pops the question. ms-04.13

Toronto, in seedier times. Great photos, thanks Marshall. jc-04.13

So you know, the most underrated place in every state. jc-04.13

Trailer for the film Detroit ms-04.12

Happy Wednesday ms-04.12

It would probably take thousands of years to draw, and its architects needed a supercomputer to visualize just a fraction of it. This is the most complex architectural structure In history. dw-04.12

"You've probably heard the statistic that nearly half of all films produced before 1950 are entirely lost, and that's only one of the many reasons that proper restoration and preservation is so important." The Unsung Heroes of Cinema ms-04.12

NASA invites you to celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. dw-04.12

Architectural illustrations by Andrea Minini. dw-04.12

"We've done almost no research into this area, but human reproduction in space is going to be key to us living on Mars." Space Sex is Serious Business. Design and animation by Tom McCarten. jc-04.12

Kumiko Cabinets designed by Staffan Holm. Sublime. Via Daily Icon. jc-04.12

Local note. FNZN, Field Notes Zine Night at HQ. Thursday, April 27th. Pass it on. jc-04.12

KG's son Vaughn is a chip off the old block. These Kids Who Named Their Baseball Team The Illuminati are Winning at Life. Amen. jc-04.11

Proposal for the UK Holocaust Memorial by Anish Kapoor with Zaha Hadid Architects. Brilliant. jc-04.11

Trailer for the documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story ms-04.11

The Tom Tom Club, live from June 26, 2008 at McCarren Pool. Just one of a motherlode of live shows recorded and posted by NYC Taper. Via Things Mag. jc-04.11

"As you make your way from one fun, freewheeling, well-styled protest to the other, don't forget to text INEEDALAY to our Lay's Potato Chip Lady Protest Line! For each text we receive, we'll donate 17 cents to some sort of lady-related charity as a hollow gesture about equal pay. We'll immediately counteract that hollow gesture by shooting skin tight women's T-shirts emblazoned with I NEED A LAY from a phallic T-shirt gun into the protesting crowd." ms-04.11

Man, Dog, Sun ms-04.11

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