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Field Notes Film

Several weeks ago we tweeted that we were starting a project that involved "...a ridiculous waste of money, resources, & energy in service of making an particularly unimportant and totally obvious observation." Mission accomplished.

Ten Years of Field Notes

Origin Story

Thanks to Whet Moser and Chicago Magazine for this in-depth story on Field Notes 10th anniversary and how we got here.

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.

The 14th Tournament of Books

A Literary
Cage Match

Once again, our Field Notes was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books. If you're not familiar with the ToB, you'll want to read this Brief History of the Tournament of Books, by Angela Chen. "You can't kill the Rooster"

We've made a small batch of special manila-kraft Memo Books, with the ToB mascot on the cover and a checklist of the tournament books on the inside. Buy one of these for $3 and we'll add $3 of our own, and then donate $6 to 826 National, a seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. In 2017, we raised over $8600 for 826. Together let's do a lot better this year!

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.

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.

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

Trailer for Filmworker about Stanley Kubrick's right hand man, Leon Vitali. We did a special Field Notes edition for the film, which was give away when Filmworker was on the festival circuit. jc-today

FotA Matthew Jacobson not only created the poster for Jack White's biggest hometown show of the musician's career, but he also filled the poster with Detroit history, specifically about the theater Matthew's grandfather owned starting in the 1930s, the Stone Burlesk. sd-today

C&B goes long on Terrence Malick's The New World. The interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is especially good. jc-today

"Have you ever been to Baden-Baden or Walla Walla? Have you worn a tutu or a lava-lava? Have you eaten a bonbon or suffered from (let's hope not!) beriberi?" Reduplication. jc-yesterday

A wide array of international posters for two of Milos Forman's early classics. jc-yesterday

"Rosebery House is a 2,699-square-foot Australian residence that's thoughtfully layered to create a powerful sense of transition, transparency, and enclosure." dw-04.20

A poster of every emoji ever, arranged chromatically. dw-04.20

We recently went on a Field Notes Field Museum Field Trip, and look what happened. jc-04.20

"This work is intended for those who take delight in plants, but have not the advantage of a gardener who understands them." Fifty Plates of Green-House Plants from 1807. dw-04.20

Pantone's 8.5" x 11" TPG sheets. dw-04.19

Trailer for the film You Were Never Really Here. ms-04.19

Tableware art by Andrea Zarraluqui. dw-04.19

Long read of the day, Palantir Knows Everything About You. ms-04.19

Just Brutal. jc-04.18

Software Library: Macintosh. Run "a collection of emulated software for the early Macintosh computer" in you browser. People who like this sort of thing will find it exactly the sort of thing they like. Via Jim Dalrymple. jc-04.18

"The stars were brightly shining in Durham, North Carolina, when three women obsessed with Jell-O mounted a pop-up museum exhibition of molded foods. Your grandmama's green 'congealed salad' was one thing --but you've never seen the likes of these creations from chefs, home cooks, and one punk-rock bass player. ms-04.18

Trailer for Design Canada. dw-04.18

A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree, Bruno V. Roels' show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Via Isn't. jc-04.18

"Whether it's a running gag in the industry, a movie easter egg, or a very popular prop, it has certainly caught our attention." That One Newspaper. jc-04.18

Great footage of NYC in 1911 from MoMA, speed corrected, with added sound. bb-04.17

All Detroit murals in one place. dw-04.17

Voices from the Deep displays a selection of over 700 personal letters that have been trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in a sunken ship for nearly three quarters of a century. dw-04.16

If it's Joshua Allen's favorite blog post of all time, it's worth reposting here: Kevin Fanning reviews the Sonic Peanut Butter Fudge Shake from The Knowledge for Thirst. bb-04.16

Space Shuttle Rising. ms-04.16

Multiplayer Minesweeper. jc-04.16

Hearing so many good things about this, trailer for the film The Rider. ms-04.13

Photographer Art Shay sure has some stories to tell. jc-04.13

NBA Court Database. Via Kottke. jc-04.13

Trailer for the documentary The Quest of Alan Ducasse. ms-04.13

Nerd alert. This is what laid low The King of Kong. jc-04.12

Brick pyramids, indoor pools, and outdoor baths on Copenhagen's waterfront. Water Culture House. dw-04.12

Trailer for the film American Animals. ms-04.11

Type in Couture. ms-04.11

Tons of great Bergman posters. jc-04.11

While we're on film posters, check Jason Hardy's 2018 retrospective poster for Ingmar Bergman's Cinema. jc-04.11

Prolific movie poster designer, Midnight Marauder, chats with Adrain and chooses his favorite posters. Impeccable taste, as you would expect. Love his Hal poster that leads off the post. Check his work here. jc-04.11

Nice look at the new logo and identity for American Express, by Pentagram. jc-04.11

Trailer for the documentary Mountain. ms-04.10

Related to the last, a 4K virtual tour of the Moon created from data the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has collected since 2009. dw-04.10

A magnetic folding moon. dw-04.10

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