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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

7th Regiment Small Brass Ensemble Performs For Beluga Whale. This. Is. Wonderful. ms-07.10

Leica updated TL2. Yum. jc-07.10

A huge collection of vintage sewing patterns. ms-07.10

See how well you can draw all 50 states. ms-07.10

Gorgeous home in West Hollywood with a surprising nod to The Smiths. ms-07.10

"In 1966 Mao launches the Cultural Revolution to eliminate his reformist rivals and set the country back on a rigid communist course. An enormous propaganda campaign gets under way, with hundreds of thousands of copies of posters being distributed. The posters show political adversaries crushed by giant workers, determined volunteer soldiers carry machine guns and seem ready to use them. The smiling image of Mao overshadows all, hovering above crowds carrying red flags and Little Red Books." ms-07.10

"On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. ms-07.10

Accidental Wes Anderson. jc-07.10

Soviet children's books from the Cotsen Collection at Princeton's Firestone Library. Via SwissMiss. jc-07.10

Trailer for the film Lucky ms-07.07

"The oldest set of federally placed monuments in the United States are strewn along busy streets, hidden in dense forests, lying unassumingly in residential front yards and church parking lots. Many are fortified by small iron fences, and one resides in the sea wall of a Potomac River lighthouse. Lining the current and former boundaries of Washington, D.C., these are the boundary stones of our nation's capital." dw-07.07

Work, Nap, Work, Beer! ms-07.07

"INDIANA JONES: Smuggled all the way from the Middle East -- stolen from their rightful owners! I thought you people were Christians! I thought your were bound by the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt not steal! BARON BOBBY VON HOBBY: Eh, I mean sure we're Christian when it comes to preventing our female employees from getting birth control -- you know, the important part of Christianity -- but who follows every little thing?" ms-07.07

Homeland of Tea. ms-07.07

I read that last Drink Link incorrectly as "Infused Cuties" and it turns out that's a thing you can do. bb-07.07

Cheap old houses. dw-07.07

Just combine the suggested liquor and Herb and Lou's Infused Cubes for an instant cocktail. ms-07.07

"Letters and Liquor illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails. From the 1690s to the 1990s, I've selected 52 of the most important drinks in the cocktail canon and rendered their names in period-inspired design." Thanks Erica. ms-07.07

Gap in-store playlists at Gap Stores 1992-2005 ms-07.07

"M. Vignelli is the Secret Designer of Emigre." bb-07.06

The rise of verdant architecture. dw-07.05

Chance the Rapper on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. ms-07.05

Related to the last: Jonah's Kaiju Rap from MST3K, written by Paul and Storm bb-07.05

Bogeyman Hunt: A Dossier of Monsters Worldwide. ms-07.05

The Summer Triangle over the Great Wall. ms-07.05

While waiting for Green Day to take the stage last Saturday, the crowd in Hyde Park sang Bohemian Rhapsody. ms-07.05

An annual tradition, NPR staff read The Declaration of Independence. ms-07.04

As Canada turns 150, a look back at the 1967 Expo. Thanks Marshall. ms-06.30

Manhattan Moonrise. ms-06.30

Lovely graphic of 77 drinks every bar person & party monster should know. ms-06.30

You've probably never heard of up-and-coming singer Annie Lennox, but she's going places. bb-06.30

Hoefler & Co. release Inkwell, a Comic Sans for people who hate Comic Sans. ms-06.30

BRB, running to the store to grab ingredients to make Harry Potter's Butter Beer. ms-06.30

Enter your Instagram account and watch this interactive short film with your photos in it. ms-06.29

Trailer for The Hippopotamus. ms-06.29

"How would you like to wake up and find your wife's face had changed?" The Evolution of the NYT nameplate, by David W. Dunlap. jc-06.29

I was wondering about this. The story behind the huge oil painting from the opening of Wonder Woman. jc-06.29

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" performed in a variety of classical styles. It's almost educational! bb-06.29

The ultimate urbex, photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski snuck Into the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. Thanks Marshall. jc-06.29

How An 80-Year-Old Murder Inspired My Present-Day Novel, by our pal Rosecrans Baldwin. His new book is The Last Kid Left. jc-06.29

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