What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Months of research and a host of tests and solving production issues have led to our Fall limited-edition release for Field Notes. It's an homage to an 1860's American publishing phenomenon and it's called The Dime Novel Edition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once again, our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books which is now complete! If you're not familiar with the ToB, Angela Chen has written this excellent Brief History of the Tournament to get you up to speed.
We need your help. We created a special Memo Book for the tourney and are raising funds for 826 National, an amazing seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Dig deep people.
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.
"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.
Just in time for gift giving, a metallic embossed cover, a new binding and orange spine, plus Drapln-designed wrapping paper and a "To/From" sticker. Our Field Notes winter limited-edition is Black Ice.
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.
Pressing Matters, a magazine about the passion and process behind modern printmaking.
If we're going to have a panhandle, why not commit to it?
Explore other planets and moons in Google Maps.
"Inspired by letterpress printing and childlike observations – The Typefaces are simply faces in type. All 26 Roman letters have been paired with rhymes in a charming print-on-demand book. The idea invites your participation as the faces are mostly 'found' within the negative space which in turn creates an emotional connection."
Grandma would be proud of me.
"A sewing sampler can be the only trace of a 17th- to 19th-century woman's existence, and the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge is recovering this lost history through over 100 examples."
Alexander Perrin's Short Trip. Get on board.
Georges Perec books reissued by Modernist with covers by Lars Sundh. Yowza.
A thin carbon fiber chair that weighs just over a pound.
"We have hit the mother lode!" says Laura Cadonati, an astrophysicist at Georgia Institute of Technology and LIGO's deputy spokesperson. "This is really the first time we have multimessenger detection of a single astrophysical event, where gravitational waves are telling us the story of what happened before the cataclysm and the electromagnetic emissions are telling us what happened after."
10 iconic logos. 156 Americans. 80 hours of drawing from memory
Love this, a smokeless wood-burning fire pit that you can also cook on, the BioLite FirePit.
Ciclotramas rope installations by Janaina Mello Landini.
Related to the last. A classic reference. Paul Brians' Commonly Made Suggestions about commonly made errors, and more importantly, Non-Errors, "those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English." Which is exactly the sort of attitude up with which I will not put
A to Z of English usage myths. Right on Stan.
Printer's Ale packaging by Codo Design. Smart.
Mark Laita's Snakes.
Trailer for season two of Stranger Things
Stay at Mr. Anderson's House.
Bird Nest Villa at Segera Retreat in Kenya.
Chicago's most recognizable, timeless and contemporary neon signs.
"If the sight of an exasperated Colombian shouting "Señor Wilbur, you have to move too!" (…) floods your brain with the kind of dopamine rush most people associate with the deepest kind of love, or maybe cocaine, then you and I are on the same wavelength, my friend."
Jim Wilson and 40 years of news photography.
Old men who always keep a notebook in their top pocket: What are you writing down all the time? AskReddit.
Of course I have beefs with this, and plenty of them, but respect to Bill Wyman for all 139 songs from the Only Band That Matters, ranked from worst to first.
A history of the world in five typefaces, by Paul McNeil.
"10 Jokes That Make Russians Laugh."
Ubisoft and Google are using A.I. to unlock the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt.
"Saner has painted murals and participated in exhibitions everywhere from Morocco to Arkansas, combining contemporary Mexican and ancient Aztec and Mayan iconography with local history and folklore from around the world, as he tries to understand what divides us, and, hopefully unites us."
"The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland's Stern Pinball, the "oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet," according to its website."
Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
"This California roller rink has held an Organ Night every Tuesday since Eisenhower. And the diehards are determined to keep waltzing and rexing until their legs won't carry them any longer." Welcome to Moonlight Rollerway, Where Nothing Has Changed Since 1956.
The Strangers Project is an ongoing collection of 25,000+ anonymous stories from the lives of the strangers we share our world with.
That cow from 146 years ago.
Bowling Alleys as photographed by Robert Götzfried.
Our KG wrote a short story called "O Death Where is Thy Sting" and now it's been made into a feature film that's debuting at the Chicago Film Festival. Rick Kogan on Chasing the Blues. Can't wait.
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