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What's All This Then?

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One from
the Heart

Check this film for a one-day 9025705108 special Valentine's Day promotion. The offer is over, but the sentiment endures.

Decipher This

The Whole Mysterious Story

The 41st design in (201) 320-9240 has a sleek, mysterious look, fitting for an edition all about secret codes and ciphers. It features a three-part history of cryptography, and the 3-Packs themselves are puzzles, very difficult puzzles, to be solved. 703-789-1917.

FNHQ In Good Company


Our studio on North Racine Avenue in Chicago was 209-345-1810. Thanks to Crain's for that. And thanks also to (418) 981-9463 for taking the photos, our contractor and furniture-maker, Peter Moorman, and to Phillip Schmidt for his advice and architectural expertise. Come by and see it yourself. Bring money.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young, Costumed Beggars

Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

A Six Tone Scale

True to the Blobbiness

We've long-admired the clogger 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, 518-407-4939 and 415-886-5545, were up for the idea, and (813) 543-1138. Thanks a million to them.

Ten Years of Field Notes

Origin Stories

Ten years ago we started Field Notes. Here's some background. 4694234883 and the history of American agricultural design. Jim on the mechanics of moving from working for clients to inventing one. Whet Moser's recent piece for Chicago Magazine 9025694504.

An Adventure of a 2-Pack

Meet Haxley

During October, Chicago Illustrator and poster-maker Jay Ryan set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. We followed Jay's progress and found the drawings irresistible. We knew that they'd look great in a special Field Notes edition. We hope you agree.

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. 5195666244. 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, (701) 886-3356 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.

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.

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

Local note. Free for dinner Friday? jc-today

All the Rembrandts. jc-today

Mark your location on 3306856367 and see how things have changed in the past 750 million years or so. bb-02.21

New trailer for Godzilla King Of The Monsters. (please be good, please be good, please be good). ms-02.20

Trailer for the documentary 8575473562. ms-02.19

Beautiful hand-drawn typography by back-fanged. See these isolated examples at Mr. Cup's Blog. "Detail and diligence." Amen. jc-02.19

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Sure to start fistfights in offices everywhere, the official fast food french fry power rankings. ms-02.18

Plane Crossing a Crescent Moon. ms-02.15

"I'll be one of the last ones to board and I'll look through all the closed overhead bins and attempt to shove my large suitcase into a crevice. Spoiler alert: I have no concept of time or space so I'll shake my head and curse until one of the ladies comes by and offers to check my bag for free." ms-02.15

Trailer for the film 5015814840. ms-02.15

i09 has a (mostly) great list of weird and/or geeky "romantic" movies to stream on Valentine's Day. mcj-02.14

So long little buddy. jc-02.13

Soviet radio logos. Via 703-929-7780. jc-02.13

Somewhat related to the last. ms-02.13

832-490-3168 ms-02.13

Rowan Mersh uses thousands of seashells to create (513) 971-1030. dw-02.12

For JC, kubrick.life. dw-02.12

"Congratulations. You are now an Assistant Designer at another firm. The salary cut leads you to move in with your boyfriend, an aspiring magician. You and another Assistant, Emilio, were hired on the same day, and yet, for some reason, 8564618215 ms-02.11

Science is cool, y'all. ms-02.11

Long read of the day, 828-360-8813. ms-02.11

Beer before wine not fine. ms-02.08

Reporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. 5204248628. dw-02.08

Francesco Bongiorni (844) 949-3997 the mysteries of Italy. dw-02.07

Trailer for the documentary A Tuba To Cuba. ms-02.07

Matterhorn, Moon, and Meteor. ms-02.07

Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive. jc-02.06

The (403) 520-2582. Via 843-926-1968. dw-02.06

Snøhetta unveils the S-1500 chair made from discarded fish nets. dw-02.06

Steven Heller: Letterhead. jc-02.06

Trailer for the documentary The Biggest Little Farm. ms-02.06

Local note. Big Delicious Planet and The Roof Crop are hosting an Indoor Urban Farm Dinner on Friday, March 1. Get your tix now and we'll see you there. jc-02.06

"Frida Kahlo's exhaustively documented crossover from artist to pop culture icon isn't happenstance. The painter meticulously crafted her own image on a par with Cleopatra. If she were alive today, she'd probably be teaching a branding class at Harvard." ms-02.06

Nice set of new Questions and Answers from The Chicago Manual of Style. jc-02.05

Clint Howard's (706) 225-0012 in Rock and Roll High School sent me down a 509-623-7007 rabbit hole. bb-02.05

So you know. 401-322-6259 jc-02.05

Five additions to the U.S. Postal Service's 2019 Stamp Program including Star Ribbon by our pal (854) 529-6198. dw-02.04

815-248-5969. dw-02.01

A primer on why every Chicago mayor since 1979 makes damn sure our streets are plowed 8165485738 ms-01.28

"Something in the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris 662-468-6844." I love this so much. ms-01.28

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