Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Office with a View...

Intriguing digital photo collages from "The Office" series by Dutch artist Ruud Van Empel.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dinosaurs 2.0...

The Z-4, Pegasus, ENIAC , and the IBM 702 were hard to miss when you walked into a room. Who could have thought that these hefty early computers would lead to the tiny personal laptops we have today. See more of these bulky, but beautiful, retro machines from the 1940s - 60's.
Click here to see a mainframe (named Emerac) on the big screen opposite Hepburn and Tracy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Avant Ads...

Vintage ads from the Polish arts magazine Ty i Ja ( You and I). It was published from 1960 - late 1980's. See more of these bold ads here . View some eye-catching Ty i Ja covers here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vending, Vidi, Vici...

From packaging, to ornate ashtrays, to these beautiful vending machines, smoking has left a distinguished graphic legacy. Art-o-mat, has taken retired cigarette vending machines and souped them for the more benevolent cause of selling tiny art. See more here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

In Stitches...

Above label is from a vintage 'car coat' (below) that I had in NYC in the 80's- it was one of my favorites. I finally parted with the coat, and a lot of the hair, but saved this great label.

When I used to buy vintage clothing, one thing that always caught my eye were the graphic labels that were stitched inside. Like the clothing hangtags I collect, they add a small, yet valued detail to the garments they are attached to.  The assorted labels above came from a collection on this site.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Signs for the Times

California artist Steve Lambert's work is inspired by the commercial signage that we encounter everyday. He builds his own signs and adds an ironic twist to the messages they deliver. See more of his signs here. Watch video.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Judging a Website by its Cover...

If websites started out as books what would their covers look like? Here are a few possible answers. More of these striking covers can be seen here.

(Thanks Elisa)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tied Up...

Ties have always allowed the wearer to add a little individuality to their generic dark blue business suits. Here are a few from the 'golden age' of neckwear. See more ties here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Graphic Noir...

A cool little black and white animated movie by designer/illustrator Richard McGuire.