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To Every SEason

Our Field Notes Brand offers seasonal limited-editions individually and through year-long subscriptions. You can start yours with our current release for summer, The Workshop Companion. Our 28th release for fall is heading to press in the next couple days and you're not going to want to miss that one either. Really.

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.

JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

The Latest from Field Notes

Home Improvement

Our 27th seasonal Field Notes release is a set of six books, boxed in a sturdy 60-pt custom slipcase with a sheet of crack-and-peel decals. Each of the books focuses on one DIY discipline — Wood Working, Automotive, Gardening, Painting, Plumbing, and Electrical — with tips, reference materials and the usual Field Notes wise-cracking. It's called The Workshop Companion, it's a limited-edition and we just talked to your Dad. He wants one.

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books has concluded. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Brand Books

Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

We're Going On an Adventure

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.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

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

Psychedelic and chaotic paintings by Hannah Faith Yata. Via Empty Kingdom. dw-yesterday

Light. Motion. Time. The photography of Stephen Orlando. Via . jc-yesterday

Two Hour Lunch y'all. Science. ms-yesterday

World Order has a new video out, Multipolarity. Not sure why but these videos make me so happy. ms-yesterday

The ISS and a Colorful Moon ms-yesterday

Vintage Robots and related materials. Via Present & Correct. jc-yesterday

Meet Charlie Pellett: The Most Recognizable Voice in New York City. ms-yesterday

Teaser trailer for the film Room ms-yesterday

Peter Tsai shoots our fair city from above the clouds. Via Megan Stielstra. jc-07.30

Nice colorful photos by Polish Pattern. dw-07.30

I'm already hungry for lunch so looking at 13 sandwiches from around the world is not helping the situation. ms-07.30

"If Dad hadn't shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!" That's the first sentence of "Vacation '58" by John Hughes, the story that launched the movies. jc-07.30

Kalle Mattson's "Avalanche" video recreates 35 famous album covers. (via Dana. bb-07.30

So you know, The Best Coffee Maker Today. mcj-07.30

Kelli Anderson's flip book collage recreating part of the Eameses' iconic 1979 film, Powers of Ten, using only found-imagery from the internet. jc-07.30

Selections from the personal annual reports of the German zoologist Carl Apstein covering 1905 to 1938. A beautiful find from Nicholas Felton, who knows a thing or two about personal data reporting. jc-07.30

"Without the logos, could you tell which companies own which screenshots? Does it matter? The pattern's become its own trademark. Just one of the popular yet mediocre ones plaguing modern screen-based design." —Travis Gertz. jc-07.30

So cute, R2-D2 & C-3PO Spice shaker set. ms-07.30

Inside the 2015 Man Booker Longlist. ms-07.30

A short look at the Timmy Brothers, Brooklyn-based makers of bespoke drinking water. ms-07.29

Trailer for the film SpotLight. ms-07.29

"Dictionaries are a lagging indicator." I'm with Adam Nathaniel Peck when he says to stop capitalizing the word internet. jc-07.29

61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle. Right on. jc-07.29

Big thanks to the folks over at Gear Patrol for including our Field Notes in their list of the 50 Made-in-America Style Brands, Doing It Right. Lots of friends on that list and inspiring company too! ms-07.29

St. Landry Crime Stoppers looking for thief who broke into Stelly's Supermarket. ms-07.29

So you know, the Chemistry of Ice Cream. ms-07.29

If you ever heard that the song "Happy Birthday" was was protected by copyright and you thought that was crazy, well, it looks like you were right. jc-07.29

Excellent selections by Adrian in his round-up of The Best of 'Movie Poster of the Day,' Part 11. jc-07.28

This is fucking great and the promo site is the shit. jc-07.28

So you know, how to shake someone who's tailing you. Via Kottke. jc-07.28

"Split over two parts and recorded off the wall from the projection of the rare 35mm reel, the promo reel features some alternate takes not used in the final cut." Nice find. Stanley Kubrick narrates a "promo reel" for Dr. Strangelove. jc-07.28

Pull Quotes, 63 ideas for editorial design from H&Co. jc-07.28

Lovely design for Law Winery in Paso Robles, by BAR Architects. jc-07.28

So you know, The Frequency of English Words, by Abacaba. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-07.28

The Art of the Car Chase. ms-07.28

"I have painted three more big canvases... They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness..." On today's date in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself. See also his letters, annotated. jc-07.27

Natasha's Dad. jc-07.27

Totally cool. Night time F-18 launches and landings from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. ms-07.27

"From 17th century Postmedieval English abodes to 19th century Tudors all the way through the 'McMansions' of the 1990s, this detailed diagram of hand-illustrated domiciles brings together 121 American houses in all, sorted into seven major categories and 40 subdivisions." dw-07.27

Lots of details behind none, the architectural drawings of Minty Sainsbury. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-07.27

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