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What's All This Then?

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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.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Jacob Oller on Hal Ashby's seldom-seen final script, Vital Parts from the Thomas Berger novel, was written for Marlon Brando. jc-03.16

Thanks Whole Foods for playing the one song guaranteed to make me cry at your salad bar. ms-03.16

Gorgeous photos of Paris from Nathalie Geffroy. ms-03.16

Somewhere out there, a retail copywriter hangs his/her head in shame. ms-03.16

Related to the last. ms-03.16

Who gives a f*ck about the oxford comma? Dairy delivery drivers in Maine. ms-03.16

March Fadness isn't quite so compelling as last year's March Sadness, but it does give me an excuse to let you know that Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" was totally a cover. bb-03.15

Related to the last, here is a great Every Frame A Painting on How to do Visual Comedy. mcj-03.15

"Your name's Baby? B.A.B.Y. Baby?" Trailer for Edgar Wright's new flick, BABY DRIVER. mcj-03.15

"With echoes of Cubism, Lister's 8-bit art - which includes drawings, paintings, and 3D printing - deliberately avoids all use of diagonal or curved lines. Instead it combines the minimal, mathematic aesthetic of pixellated graphics with the soft transparency of watercolour paint to create something quite unique." ms-03.15

Film School Rejects on What We Learned from Terrence Malick's SXSW Appearance. jc-03.15

A big upset in today's Tournament of Books match. And now I want to read both books. jc-03.15

This Japanese poster for FFC's The Rain People from 1969 is sublime. jc-03.14

Power Stations operated by The National Power Company of Iceland. So you know. Via Darran Anderson. jc-03.14

"During her child-led, unstructured playtime on our drives to the Hamptons, she loves to ask our driver Hasaan all about how he rides his camels. He always tells her that not all people from Egypt ride camels and that he has lived in the United States for 27 years. It's become a sweet little inside joke between them." ms-03.14

Delta + Alessi. dw-03.14

"...a very grave attempt to do a first-rate piece of work." On today's date in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published. jc-03.14

Throughout March, vote for your favorite basketball, hockey, baseball and football logo designs from history and today. dw-03.14

Mir manual docking system: Toru control panel and attitude control joystick. Cool. jc-03.14

A Dark Winter Sky over Monfrague National Park in Spain. ms-03.14

Alternate Ending For TM's The Tree Of Life. jc-03.13

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick, by Eric Benson for Texas Monthly. jc-03.13

Concrete Feats is a curation of Brutalist structures from around the world. dw-03.13

LEGO compatible tape. dw-03.13

Let's design a book cover! jc-03.13

Hitting theaters March 31st, the remastered Donnie Darko. ms-03.13

Westworld 1973. jc-03.13

So glad we have a tv in the kitchen now, let the madness begin. ms-03.13

True. True-sh, False-ish. False. jc-03.13

A wonderful short about the people making everything sound right in film, The Secret World of Foley. mcj-03.10

Garden and Gun magazine brings you Good Libations: A Southerner's Guide to Drinking. ms-03.10

Digital typefaces are getting pretty crazy and amazing these days. mcj-03.10

Trailer for Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. ms-03.10

The Flight Attendants of Reddit on a great thread, what do the passengers not know. ms-03.10

The Man Who Was Godzilla. ms-03.10

"Probably the best Modern house in the world" is how this incredible property was described in an article in The Sunday Times by the architecture critic Hugh Pearman. Designed in 1962 by Jorn Utzon, best known for his world-famous design of the Sydney Opera House, it is understandably one of the most admired residences of our age. ms-03.09

70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green explores the effects of Chicago's 1.5 billion dollar Plan for Transformation, an order requiring the demolition of the city's public housing high rises, and the building of mixed-income condominiums. The film chronicles the demolitions at the Cabrini Green Homes, a development erected from 1942-1961 as a housing solution for the working poor. Located a mile from Chicago's world-famous lakefront, the neighborhoods adjacent to Cabrini Green are some of the most conspicuous and symbolic reminders of income inequality in the city. ms-03.09

Meet Fearless Girl. ms-03.09

Related to the last, one of my favorite pieces, Yo Yo Ma plays the Bach cello suite No.1 in G Major. ms-03.09

In 1962, a performance for President John F Kennedy included a 7-year-old Yo Yo Ma. ms-03.09

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