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Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out the Strangelove script by SK, Terry Southern and Peter George and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

New From Field Notes

That One Thing

Our Summer release from Field Notes is The Byline Edition. It's a Reporters Notebook, reimagined with the help of John Dickerson of Face the Nation, the Whistlestop podcast, and a just-published book on the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history. Bylines are available in 2-Packs and as part of a year-long subscription now.

From The DDC

Chock Full

Pretty Much Everything, the new book by our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin, is available now. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Component Design

Turn the Dial,
Push the Button

Enjoy Ranier's Flickr stream from Luebeck, Germany. These heroic shots of classic hi-fi components demonstrate an attention to design detail and tactile controls that, unfortunately, have been left behind in pursuit of simplicity and spareness in modern objects. A shame that.

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.

Privacy and The Deck

We Know Nothing
and We’re Just Fine with That

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

Let's Pretend You're Not You

Mr. Shortcake’s
Break Down

When it comes to the economic value of a subscription to Field Notes Quarterly Editions, this is the sum off all things. For the spiritual value, as proved through science, there's this.

Advice from Wally Wood


A great resource to solve a design problem by coming at it from another perspective, and not just if you're a comic book artist, although I'm thinking this is practically holy scripture, if you are. Here's a scan of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work.

For lots more on Wood's life and work including his infamous Disneyland Memorial Orgy Poster from 1967 and how that came to be, by publisher Paul Krassner. "He accepted the assignment and presented me with a magnificently degenerate montage."

Take Five

Is it Wrong to Fall in Love with a Woman Photographed Sipping Juice in a Robot Suit 90 Years Ago?

The image above, from the set of Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis, might just be the best motion picture production still ever, "There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." Here's the trailer for the restored masterpiece. Tons more on the 1927 film here. Also check the amazing original 32-page program for the film from 1927.

Bergman Face To Face

Silence in Heaven

Basically an excuse to post this seminal image from The Seventh Seal and a link to The Bergman Archive, a comprehensive collection of materials from the estate of Ingmar Bergman, including lots of videos, photos, posters, scripts and correspondence. All well organized and presented.

Stuff About Terrence Malick

There Wasn’t No
Harm in Him,
You’d Give Him a Flower, He’d Keep
it Forever

Because there aren't many dedicated resources, we've created a new archive category about one of our heroes. Stuff About Terrence Malick is full of links, including Bilge Ebiri's essay on Malick, Kubrick and Narration, Voiceover, and the Shape of the World. The Malick link archive is a nice complement to our big Stuff About Stanley Kubrick collection. Logically, Bergman is next, but for now we'll leave that up to the excellent Face To Face.

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

Whenever you want to focus on your work, plant a tree. In the next 30 mins, it will grow when you are working. The tree will be killed if you leave this app. Forest. dw-today

Concert Mats. dw-today

Drawings and collages by Jenny Brown. dw-today

Wire furniture by Muller van Severen. dw-today

"The rediscovery of the woodcut and associated techniques was an experiment with far-reaching effects during Modernism, not least for successive generations of artists. What is so fascinating about the color woodcut in Vienna is the stylistic and thematic variety as well as the mood of change, which can still be sensed today." dw-today

"I don't take many photos so I'll post the pictures I'm most proud of taking #Apollo11." dw-today

Paris sketches by Nicolas Weis. dw-today

Related to the last, PS1 House built into a rock wall. dw-today

The disappearing romance of Russia's window art. dw-today


So you know, the nearest stars to Earth. dw-yesterday

For MS, Blair Witch 360. dw-yesterday

"There's a table surface that rests upon the knees of the couple, physically connecting them as they eat or drink. The nature of the design leads the duo to focus on each other and to be aware during the experience." Sati Tala. dw-yesterday

Olguín House in Mexico. dw-yesterday

Line drawings by Jimmy P. dw-yesterday

Twisted buildings around the world. dw-yesterday

These "Paul Lynde "Zingers" are just alright, but the intro might be the best Hollywood Squares lineup ever. bb-08.22

"You have never before eaten ice cream in your life." ms-08.22

From Tbub Photo, Weeping Stones. Via My Modern Met. ms-08.22

"What did you guys do this weekend?" "Went out to dinner, to the grocery store, and played Yahtzee. What did you guys do?" "Went for a climb." ms-08.22

"These tables sport curvaceous wooden legs in lieu of the regular spindly ones, and boasts a new table color called 'Les yeux bleus.'" Rio's Olympic ping pong tables. dw-08.22

Gorgeous landscape photos by Luca Tombolini. Via WATC. dw-08.22

Fascinating look at Color from the guys at RadioLab. Did you know that this guy see way more colors than you do? ms-08.22

"It's like standing outside and trying to take a photo of a DVD on the moon." The scientist that's taking the world's first ever photo of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Sagittarius A*. dw-08.22

Trailer for Girl Asleep ms-08.22

This Stubby Squid looks like a Pixar character brought to life. ms-08.21

Every day a few more details. jc-08.19

"Love in the midst of the imaginative foreshadowing of the ultra-scientific and mechanical world of the future." From the original 32-page program for Fritz Lang's Metropolis from 1927. jc-08.19

"One by one, Prince painted white dots on our faces. He gave us little envelopes and pencils. 'Tonight is probably the most special part of camp.' Beginning in a moment, and lasting about an hour, there'd be camp-wide silence, during which we should roam the grounds in silence, then at some point open the envelope and follow the instructions inside." Rosecrans went to camp, adult camp. jc-08.19

The spectacular paper sculptures of Li Hongbo. dw-08.19

Our pal and occasional co-conspirator Brendan Dawes' work for FITC Tokyo 2016. "The design for both the identity and titles centred around the idea of computer as possibility machine." Fantastic. jc-08.19

So you know, how to tell if a J. Crew woman is quirky. jc-08.19

Metallic structures, sculptures and installations by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi. This one. jc-08.19

"If you become too influenced by others or worried if people will accept your style, you might not seem confident, and I don't think anyone wants to hire someone who isn't confident." TGD interviews Jean Jullien. dw-08.18

Follow the development of the NASA Mars rocket Space Launch System. jc-08.18

TBT, Weaver vs. Reyes Layer Tennis match. jc-08.18

Related to the last, Las Onomatopeyas. From Aieee! to Zzzwap! jc-08.18

Batman Return Of The Caped Crusaders trailer. Pow! jc-08.18

Kicked this one hard, Brainstorm Deck by Scott Thomas, smart idea, beautifully designed, as you'd expect from Simple Scott and company. jc-08.18

Local note. Love this pic. Rogers Park Baseball Grounds, Clark and Devon, 1908. jc-08.18

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