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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.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand


This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

In Fast Company, Good Company

Modern Americana

A lovely photo by Chris Mueller with prop styling by Elise McMahon for the "Modern Americana" section of Fast Company's just-released United States of Design issue, which is also available as an innovative iPad app. We're more than a little excited to have our Field Notes Brand products included in this curated collection of Made in the USA products. Thanks for that.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Related to the last, the film is based on this short story by E. L. Doctorow. ms-05.09

Trailer for the film Wakefield. ms-05.09

Big Dipper Above and Below Chilean Volcanoes. ms-05.09

Add your line to the Hovering Art Director contest and you could win the action figure. Mine? "Great input, I'm going in the total opposite direction." ms-05.09

Wow. I'm totally in love with this... Mergenthaler Linotype Company film from 1969 on the Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting. jc-05.09

The Pudding, a "weekly journal of visual essays." Nicely done, lots of data visualizations, smartly presented. Bookmarked, jc-05.09

New trailer for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 2049 ms-05.08

So you know, how to defend yourself, as demonstrated by Stevie Nicks. jc-05.08

Japanese poster for Le Cercle Rouge, France, 1970. Check out more posters for Jean-Pierre Melville films, from Adrian Curry. jc-05.08

A history of alternative music, mapped on a transistor radio circuit board. jc-05.08

I focused on that generational gap, reading the two Mike Nichols' movies as a single study on two generations." Performing Adulthood: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge and The Graduate, a film by Luios Azevado, for Mubi. jc-05.05

Chart chart. jc-05.05

Jessica Hische overhauled the Southern Living Magazine masthead and, lucky for us, she took the time to write up an account of the process. jc-05.05

"The rig pitched to the south, away from the beach, her derrick cutting obliquely across the sky and her helipad inclining at an angle that to the human eye read as almost apologetic. However terrific a noise this made nobody was around to hear it, bar the seabirds and snails. The police started to arrive around 7am, as did the first stunned residents. ms-05.04

Park Ranger Matt Holly's favorite National Park Service maps from a great hi-res collection he made available for everyone. Via Kottke. jc-05.04

Stories from The Godfather cast reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival. More here. jc-05.04

2001: A Space Odyssey Howard Johnsons 1968 Children's Menu. Find tons more about our all-time favorite filmmaker in our big, messy archive of Stuff about Stanley Kubrick. jc-05.03

Relocatable shipping container pools. dw-05.03

Classic photographs, reinterpreted in Play-Doh. jc-05.03

See you Saturday? jc-05.03

GQ has a terrific and heartbreaking interview with Nick Cave. ms-05.03

"F*ck all of your excuses." 3,654 Consecutive days of Beeple projects (and still going). dw-05.02

Trailer for the film The Big Sick. ms-05.02

Lucky ducks in certain cities will have the opportunity to see Logan in black and white. ms-05.02

Trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle ms-05.02

Elon Musk's boring TED talk. dw-05.02

Dream world: "Were do you live?" Assington, Suffolk. In a Barn. ms-05.02

"Simpkins was founded in 1921 after Albert Leslie Simpkin returned from the First World War. They began making glucose sweets using natural flavours and colours and quickly became famous for their sweets in travel tins. Today they still use traditional methods and recipes in small batches without artificial colours or flavours." ms-05.02

Popular Mechanics gives us their picks for the 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time ms-05.02

Print ad for the Hedstrom Trail Cycle from 1974. You know where you've seen that before. jc-05.02

Related to the last, Tests for Colour-Blindness, also from Codex 99. jc-05.02

"He organized all of the Lego Mursten sets around a single, common theme - the Town Plan. He called it the System i Leg (System of Play) and with this System came new boxes." Codex 99 isn't publishing new stuff too often, but the archives there are full of treasure. For example Lego: A Natural History of Package Design. jc-05.02

Science Fiction Interfaces. Only great. jc-05.02

Saturday is Draplinday. jc-05.01

"Installations are made without permission, using found materials within the retail landscape." Mass, a photo series by Carson Davis Brown. More at Colossal. jc-05.01

Inside the insane feud between the vegan strip club and the steak house next door. Where? Portland of course. ms-04.28

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games. Via P&C. jc-04.28

Adorable and creepy, right up our alley: Little Nightmares for PS4/XB/PC. bb-04.28

The consequences of too much butterbeer. dw-04.28

"Here, do something with these four letters." Jenna, "OK." Jay, "Sure thing." Phineas, "You got it." Matthew, "Hold my beer." Come meet these folks and lots of others this evening at FNZN, a free event at our studio in Chicago. jc-04.27

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