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One Link American Pie

A map we made at Field Notes for the launch of our popular County Fair Edition, featuring 50 versions, one for each state in the Union.

The Latest from Field Notes

Six Pack

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.

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.

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.

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

"French artist Charles Petillon has filled London's 19th century Covent Garden Market building with 100,000 giant white balloons." ms-yesterday

Trailer for the film Youth ms-yesterday

The making of the L.A. Metro "M" logo. dw-08.28

French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens takes the ads out of Tokyo. jc-08.28

History vs. Hollywood, movies based on true stories. Via Mefi. jc-08.28

"The manner in which you hold the bottle can portray the perfume as glamorous or fun." So you know, how to be an excellent model. Thanks Ant. jc-08.28

New Macklemore video is a shot-by-shot remake of one of BB's longtime recurring dreams. (Some language NSFW.) kg-08.28

In 1953 Francis Crick wrote his son to tell him about the discovery of the "beautiful" structure of DNA. "In April of 2013, this letter became the most expensive in history after being sold at auction for $5.3 million." jc-08.28

When Cesar Pieri "decided to take up painting as a creative outlet, he found inspiration from his day job," using Jaguar hoods as canvases. jc-08.28

Drunk History. the rise, fall, and revival of American whiskey. jc-08.28

Excellent advice. jc-08.27

Digging Realtime, a new fixed width typeface. Just need to figure out where to use it. jc-08.27

@dirty_corner by Anish Kapoor. dw-08.27

The Chicago Park District just found three Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. dw-08.27

Judge books by their covers dw-08.27

Flora for those without a green thumb. dw-08.27

"Bass showed that if you put a small title in an area where you can read it, it's more readable than a big title." Title sequence for Wiiliam Wyler's The Big Country. jc-08.27

Throwback Thursday. Copy Goes Here. jc-08.27

Sorta related to the last, Road Trip Kits from our Field Notes Brand. jc-08.27

1962 Trip Planning Map of the United States by The General Drafting Company of Convent Station, New Jersey. This is the finest map of its kind. Zoom in for fantastic detail, typography and illustration. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-08.27

Gear Patrol gives us their picks for the 50 Best Menswear Shops in America. Lots of Field Notes retailers on that list. ms-08.27

Great goodbye video from CBC's Wiretap, How to Age Gracefully. ms-08.26

"Although he doesn't hold a grudge against the puny humans who disturb his silence with their 'skiing,' Mr. Yeti does like the way all those winter clothes keep their juicy insides warm. Mr. Yeti calls them Burritos on Sticks." dw-08.26

Pitchfork gives us their picks for the 200 Best Songs of the 1980s. ms-08.26

Lean Cuisine Meals for the Newly Single ms-08.26

Julius Grimm painted the moon in 1888. jc-08.26

"...a training-wheels urbanism that dates back to when American cities were fitfully trying to attract suburbanites who'd abandoned them long ago." Whet Moser on Chicago's Navy Pier. jc-08.25

An online annotated edition of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland featuring twelve Lewis Carroll scholars taking one chapter each, plus new artwork and remixes from classic 1865 and 1905 illustrations. dw-08.25

New trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian ms-08.25

"Author Ian Fleming wrote for the 1950s Englishman, whose everyday experience of the world was colored by the devastating consequences of war. The 50s postwar man could read Fleming's Bond books and dream not only of adventure and villains in far-off lands, but of an exciting lifestyle of fast cars, beautiful women, finely tailored clothes, and exotic gourmet meals from around the world. Sadly these meals were missing from the cinematic adaptations. This is a depiction, direct from Ian Fleming's books, of what Bond was Dying to Eat." dw-08.25

Judgemental NYC Subway Map. Via Quipsologies. jc-08.25

Meteors and Milky Way Over Mount Rainier ms-08.25

Fabulous black and white celebrity portraits by Bob Willoughby, (1927-2009). jc-08.25

RIP Merl Reagle, check his Sunday Crosswords. jc-08.25

"Forty-five years after the publication of James Dickey's acclaimed novel, an oral history of one of the most unforgettable Southern movies of all time." Delivering Deliverance ms-08.25

Related to the last, from the summer of 2013, The Stars and Their Courses, an anti-time-lapse from Field Notes and how it all came to be. jc-08.25

The Beauty of the Heavens, astronomy illustrated in the 1840s. jc-08.25

Ten years of Charley Parker's Lines and Colors. jc-08.24

During the 1960's, a competition was held resulting in each Metro station in Montreal being redesigned by a different architect. And now, lucky for us, Chris Forsyth is photographing the stations. jc-08.24

Nerd alert. Moonjs is an online Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) simulator. jc-08.24


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