Design // Monday, October 05, 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, September 24, 2015
In this unprecedented publication by TASCHEN, author Jens Müller brings together approximately 6,000 trademarks, focused on the period 1940–1980, to examine how modernist attitudes and imperatives gave birth to corporate identity. Ranging from media outfits to retail giants, airlines to art galleries, the sweeping survey is organized into three design-orientated chapters: Geometric, Effect, and Typographic.
Design // Thursday, August 20, 2015
Corita Kent—for thirty-two years an active member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—is perhaps today’s most unexpected underground art star. Acclaimed for decades by cognoscenti as a unique contributor to Pop Art and the generator of an effective style of socially engaged art making, she has been rediscovered by a new generation bred on Photoshop, grassroots activism, font-tweaking and DIY publishing.
Design // Thursday, August 13, 2015
We just found this great article by Display on The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Design Program, an "emblematic design program" that was eventually dropped. The article follows a heartfelt personal account from designer Bruce Blackburn of Danne & Blackburn, on the "obstacles and achievements of one of the century's mores important and widely published design programs.
Design // Monday, July 06, 2015
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well-designed logo can be valued at twice that amount. Sure, a memorable slogan or catchy jingle can help to keep a business in the forefront of a consumer’s brain, but in the increasingly important world of branding, the logo is king. Adapting, reinventing, and refining a logo is fundamental to keeping pace. Today, most of the company logos that you recognize instantly look almost nothing like their original iterations.
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...