Design // Friday, May 29, 2015
One of the most versatile items ever invented is the playing card. The number of decks sold each year is staggering; the US Playing Card company alone sells more than 100 million decks to individuals per year and another 20 million decks to casinos. The number of games played with standard playing cards is impressive as well. Pagat, one of the largest collections of card game rules on the internet, lists more than 1,200 games, not including solitaire and newly invented, but not well known, games.
Erotica // Thursday, May 07, 2015
While obviously the content of these posters is unapologetically dirty, not to mention the films themselves, we have to say, the design on some of them are fantastic. From back in the day when people used to visit theaters to watch XXX movies, these vintage posters celebrate "the timeless cool and lurid delights of the most exciting, entertaining Pop Art-form of the late 1900s—the exploitation movie posters...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sylvain Viau shot this fun series against the seascape of Cherbourg, France using both his own and his friends’ cars from the ’80s and ’90s. These floating cars in the photo series delightfully combine the past with the future.
Erotica // Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Before home video brought pornography into living rooms in the 1980s, adult films were projected to audiences in theaters and even reviewed by Variety and The New York Times. Films were often made under threat of legal action and for every big-budge film, "there were smaller films made in motel rooms with ookers or women who hated it...Just because it's old doesn't mean it's classic. Here are a collection of posters from that era of adult film...
Design // Thursday, March 12, 2015
As we've noted before, while scouring the deepest corners of the internet, we love finding collections of vintage graphic design, book covers, and illustrations. Ryan Hageman, has dedicated his blog Gura Fiku to putting together a collection of visual research surveying the history of graphic design in Japan. Go check out Gura Fiku for more, but here is a selection of a few of our favorites...
Design // Thursday, March 12, 2015
Andy Rementer, who was cover artist of our April, 2014 issue, recently completed a really cool project. He designed some 3D Printing-inspired stamp for the enclaved microstate The Republic of San Marino. Now, how cool is that?
Design // Thursday, February 12, 2015
One of the most well-known, influential, and transcedent artists of post-war Japan, Tadanori Yokoo has one of the best styles of psychedelic, meets graphic design, meets poster art, meets traditional printmaking you will ever see. He has had numerous retrospectives over the years, and recently was shown at the Iwate Museum of Art in Morioka, Japan.
Design // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Established in 2002, La Boca is an independent design studio specializing in illustration and image-making of various kinds. La Boca strives to "create emotional connections through our work and value any small part we can play in contributing to popular culture as a whole." La Boca has worked on a wide spectrum of international clients on projects ranging from limited edition vinyl record sleeves to full-scale campaigns that touch just about every time of media. La Boca is based in Portobello, West London.
Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Being lovers of book cover design, and especially vintage book cover design, and even more so vintage science fiction book cover design, we were pleased to come across Ski-Ffy, a blog that features just that.
Design // Thursday, December 18, 2014
Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations...