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Verse by Voice

Poetry, After
the Beep

Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lost of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.

New From Field Notes

A Phase We’re
Going Through

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our new Field Notes Quarterly Edition for Fall, 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.

Selling Space

Making it Real

"In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit and NASA didn't want to give him one." Now, that is a lede. An excellent, illustrated article by Darren Garret, The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art.

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.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Final trailer for Arrival. ms-today

Famous movie titles, translated. jc-today

It sure would be nice if they parked right in front of the new HQ. jc-today

I'm not proud to say that this is statistically accurate. jc-today

Trailer for Gore Verbinksi's A Cure For Wellness. ms-today

The secrets of Magic Eye, revealed. (also: the one in Mallrats is not a sailboat!) bb-today

From photographer John Thackwray, the fab series My Room Project. Via Lost at E Minor. ms-today

Full Moon in Mountain Shadow. ms-today

A Bar on North Avenue, by Roger Ebert. "O'Rourke's was the ultimate singles bar, it was said: You went there with a date, and came home alone." jc-today

Dodecahedron + Calendar = DodeCal. dw-today

Impact: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1922-73] and [1974-2016]. Cha-ching. jc-today

"'You know how a surfer gets excited when the waves are good,' he says, 'The same goes for me when there's not a cloud in the sky and the sun is out.'" Rusty Wiles, firefighter turned artist. dw-today

Excellent interactive feature from Radio Free Europe, Budapest: 60 Years After The Uprising. jc-today

Perfect. jc-today

Dave and Frank from 2001, at 1/6th scale. Want. jc-yesterday

With their intricate line and often ghoulish tone, the works of Irish artist Harry Clarke are amongst the most striking in the history of illustration and stained glass design. dw-yesterday

Vice President Joe Biden gets permission to drive a Corvette, immediately does a burnout. jc-yesterday

"I pledge allegiance to the flags of GT America, and to the foundry for which they stand, many glyphs in one font, indivisible, with spacing and kerning for all." GT America builds a bridge between the American Gothic and European Grotesque typeface genres. Beautiful type family and great site too, from Grilli Type. jc-yesterday


"Jean-Charles Debroize was asked to recreate Caravaggio's Saint Matthew and the Angel from 1602, which was destroyed by Allied bombing in the Second World War. Here's how he did it." jc-yesterday

"Recreating a figure from a Chinese painting in the gongbi style." ms-yesterday

"On New Year's Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades conspiracy theories abounded as the wreckage remained inaccessible, the bodies unrecovered, the black box missing. Then two friends from Boston organized an expedition that would blow the case wide open. ms-yesterday

Harry Potter prints by Olly Moss. I repeat. Harry Potter prints by Olly Moss. jc-yesterday

So you know, an update on Boaty McBoatface. ms-10.19

Interesting idea for bikers but there are some drivers who would consider that a red flag in a bull fight. ms-10.19

Nerd alert for the Harry Potter fans in the office, (me and BB) a chart showing when every spell was cast in the books. ms-10.19

The photography of Mária Svarbová, thanks Marshall. jc-10.19

Yes please, drop-dead gorgeous modern home in Costa Rica. ms-10.19

A pride of lions under the African night sky. Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Photo by Will Burrard-Lucas. jc-10.19

In 1966, writer Jeremy Bernstein sat down with director Stanly Kubrick for a series of tape recorded conversations. These interviews took place during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. jc-10.19

I am a shapeshifter. jc-10.18

Dropped some new products at Field Notes today. jc-10.18

"Did you clean your plate?" jc-10.17

"Read the letter in full below, in all its exuberant egotism." An 18-year-old James Joyce Writes to Henrik Ibsen. jc-10.17

P.P. Arnold kills "To Love Somebody" on French TV, 1968. bb-10.17

Yeah, I've had days like that. ms-10.17

Put away your Ken Bone costume, Halloween has been won by a boy and his TaunTaun ms-10.17

"The brief on this technological milestone? Images shot and projected at 120 fps, dual 4K RGB laser projectors that display wide color gamut and high dynamic range, bright RealD 3D, 12-channel audio with overhead speakers plus sub-bass." David Leitner on Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. jc-10.14

A leopard is bigger than a cheetah, though both have spots. Definiteness, Plurality, and Genericity, filed by Mark Liberman. jc-10.14

Great read, Brian De Palma chats with FFC about The Conversation and lots more. jc-10.13

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