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Field Notes for Summer

Fire It Up

Get your ghost stories and marshmallow-roasting sticks ready for the The Campfire Edition, our limited-edition release for summer.

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.

2017 Tournament of Books

Literary Cage Match

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.

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.

Because it's There

A 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.

New from Field Notes

Eternal, Shiny
and Chrome

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.

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

When a Boston banker sponsored a contest to coin a derogatory term for law-breaking drinkers, a Paris bartender took advantage of the buzz and created a cocktail in its honor. The Scofflaw. dw-yesterday

"In 1973, Lella and Massimo Vignelli invited a number of other star designers to join them in making proposals to American Optical for a new 'Designer's Line.'" bb-08.17

If you happen to be visiting Unalaska, Alaska, watch out for Bald Eagles. mcj-08.17

The world's most advanced traffic map with literally millions of individually tracked public transport units across the entire world. dw-08.17

Great post at Atlas Obscura by Anika Burgess, Documenting America's Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs. jc-08.17

Todd Webb's photographs of postwar New York 1945-1960 at the Museum of the City of New York. jc-08.17

The Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2017 shortlist. Great selections. jc-08.16

"It's like a 1960s corporate identity got dropped like a hammer next to this friendly 'P' mark and the two look like a hippie and a business executive in line at the grocery store, brought together by circumstance more than mutual agreement." Brand New on the new Pinterest logo. dw-08.16

Ford GT 1967 Heritage Edition. Boss. jc-08.16

"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" bb-08.15

A four-hour exposure at f/240, Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30. jc-08.15

Debbie Millman: Anything Worthwhile Takes Time. dw-08.15

Illustrations by Spider Money. dw-08.15

"The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute, the global color authority, announced today the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince. The (naturally) purple hue, represented by his "Love Symbol #2" was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince's indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture." ms-08.15

Related to the last, all the X-Men. dw-08.14

Comic book jewelry. dw-08.14

From the creator of Veep comes a new film, The Death of Stalin. mcj-08.14

The world's largest bike parking garage. dw-08.11

Giving the classic boozer a sharpener. jc-08.11

It's Not About Censorship, But People "Being Turned Into Morons by TV." Amen. jc-08.11

Oscar Isaac in a new short film, LIGHTNINGFACE. mcj-08.11

"Tubthumping" is 20 years old. AV Club interviews an under-appreciated socio-political band (whose arguably greatest record was never officially released). bb-08.11

"I replaced the narrator in The Wonder Years with an 80's horror synth." Nice job Jon. jc-08.11

Rendering for the proposed new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in DC. jc-08.10

Happy Thursday. ms-08.10

IKEA ASMR. dw-08.10

Night of the Perseids. ms-08.10

Derrick Lin is "an observer of the tiny moments of agency life, figuratively speaking." Wow. More at Colossal. jc-08.09

The Wind Cathedral. dw-08.09

Related to the last, one of my favorite This American Life episodes ever, Brooklyn Archipelago ms-08.09

"Did 1997 contain the worst two weeks in music history?" They make a very good case. bb-08.09

Did you know there is a tiny island in New York City that no one is allowed to visit? ms-08.09

Email Reply. jc-08.08

Trailer for first oil-painted film, Loving Vincent. ms-08.08

The portfolio of Eskimo Design, from St. Petersburg. Fab. jc-08.08

Based on the Guardian review, I couldn't be more excited about this this new book about photographer W. Eugene Smith. bb-08.07

Magical, Striking Scenes From... Google Street View, especially #15. jc-08.07

Jackson Pollock at work. jc-08.04

Trailer for the film Wind River. ms-08.04

IN 1814, a beer flood killed 8 people. ms-08.04

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