I stumbled across Free Vintage Posters
today and what a great resource it is. Packed full of, well you guessed it - vintage posters!
They're not 'free' to use, only to download as they don't own the copyrights to the posters or the images but none-the-less I think it's worth a bookmark. Enjoy...Via Notcot.
December passed by in such a whirl this year we barely had time to catch a breath, but after a week relaxing, listening to our newly purchased vinyl and eating a lot of Quality Streets we're back to work today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for what is shaping up to be a very busy January.
2013 is set to be an exciting year for Delicious what with a new website, blog & shop launching very soon and some fun print commissions, so Happy New Year - lets hope it's a cracker!
These gorgeous vintage prints are from a selection in the newly opened Shop at number 57
, a virtual shop full of wonderful vintage prints and eclectic objects. In their own words it's a shop of, "industrial vintage style & all things British. Our range is a mix of old, new & re-purposed items".
I guarantee there'll be something on there that you cannot live without - be warned! Images copyright Shop at number 57.Via Kickcan & Conkers.
Our lovely friends at Castor + Pollux
have just launched their new website and online shop with a great selection of limited edition prints, books, jewellery, stationery and pottery from artists including Rob Ryan, Paul Catherall, Charley Harper and Jonathon Adler.Buy online before 21 December 2010 and receive a £10 gift voucher for every £50 you spend!
Our friends over at Sell! Sell!
have just finished their new website and it’s definitely worth a look. As you can see it’s not what you will have come to expect from a creative agency, but since they write as much as they design & create I think it’s a refreshing idea and one that pushes the value of copy to the fore.
The copy is written in a way that keeps you reading without realising it - there’s also a more immediate navigation for the more traditionalists, but I quite enjoyed the journey through the site via the copy. It’s a very bold approach, but I think it really works and obviously I can’t help but love the big bold type!
Take a look here
The lovely people at Unicorn Graphics
have put together a fantastic Web Museum of Wood Types & Ornaments
showcasing a selection of specimen catalogues, borders, cuts and engraved woodblocks.
Their mission is to, "gather, save, preserve, and interpret wood types and information about them"
to educate future generations, "on the beauties of wood types and engraved blocks"
They've already succeeded in educating me - I'm a massive fan of wood type blocks, but had never really considered the circumstances in which they first came about, but now I know: "As the demand for broadsides increased during first years of the nineteenth century, the need for the process of producing large letters cheaply arose. Wood was a logical material choice because of its ready availability, lightness, and proven printing qualities. In 1827, Darius Wells of New York City first found the means to mass produce wood letters. In March of 1828, first wood type catalogue was published by Wells"
It's an amazing resource and I can't wait to go through all the content, so far I've only had enough time to look through a couple of the catalogues. That's my weekend planned out!
Images copyright Unicorn Graphics.
I just saw these over on Sell! Sell!
, they're a collection of North American, classic and contemporary Union Labels from Look for the Union Label
, an online exhibition celebrating Union logos and Emblems. They have been collected together by Jeff Rosen and Susan Parker Sherwood from the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University."The union label is an imprint or design fixed in plain view on any item, as evidence that is was produced by union labor".
The first national Union Label was first adopted in 1880. Seeing a Union Label on a product is, “emblematic of a high standard of living, of tolerable conditions of employment, of those conditions surrounding working men and women which makes for a higher and better standard of living”.
I love to see black and white logos and the detail on some of these is fantastic. Take a look at the full collection here
along with some ephemera and some advertising.Images copyright Look for the Union Label.
Via Sell! Sell!
I discovered Golden Gems
quite recently and I love it! It's an inspirational blog packed full of modern & vintage illustration along with a selection of Little Golden Books.
All the books have been lovingly scanned for our pleasure. I really love the illustrations from the 1961 'Humpty Dumpty's Magazine
' (above and below), especially the animals with their speech bubbles.
Check out the rest of this book and many, many more here
Images copyright Golden Gems.
Our friends at Sell! Sell!
are celebrating their blogs 1st birthday this week. It's a great resource of design/illustration and photography tip bits mixed up with some interesting thoughts on the world of advertising - here's to another successful year!
Just saw this over at Sell! Sell!
- it's their excellent new infomercial for FoneGloo:"FoneGloo is the latest innovation in mobile phone retention - a sticky gloop that will stick your mobile to your face so that you don't lose it on one of those boozy nights out."
Today I found a fantastic website
jam packed with vintage packaging, advertising and store displays, mainly for food and drink products. It's a brilliant resource and must have taken years to compile.
I love the product ranges that have characters - which seem to be mainly drink sachets...
There's a whole section on Funny Face Drink Mix
packages showing the development of the characters and design from the early 60's through to the late 70's...
These McDonalds signs from the 60's, were my favourite find, they're really well designed with fun typography and great illustrations - not at all what I imagined!All images copyright The Imaginary World and Tick Tock Toys.Via the wonderful Found in Mom's Basement.
Thanks to Lizy Gershenzon at Froeter Design for sending me the link to Ed Lives Here
, “Ed’s your friendly educator for all things paper, printing and design. He's here to help you communicate your ideas, on-press and on paper. He's your source for information - and inspiration”.
Basically, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to familiarise themselves with the print process. Experienced designers will probably know most of what’s here, but it’s good to have a reference to hand just in case. I think graduates will find it a really useful guide as the production side of being a designer is rarely covered in detail when studying and is a bit of a blackhole for many fledgling designers in their first job.
The diagrams and charts are really well designed and simplifying the information, making it easier to understand. On many occasions during the past few months this website would have helped me explain a process or print technique easily, to a client. For example trying to explain the differences between printing presses, what spot and process colours are and why they are not always identical, what a foil block
or an emboss
is and the old favourite – why monitor and printed colours are different.
Here are some other examples from the site:
It's a really interesting site, with loads of information and if you don’t believe me, take a look for yourselves here.Images taken from Ed Lives Here. Sponsored by NewPage.
Kids with Cameras
was founded by NY photographer Zana Briski
in 2002 as a result of her work teaching photography to the children of Calcutta's red light district. She realised that photography ignited their imagination and helped to build their confidence - ultimately it had the power to transform their lives.
In 1997 Zana went to Calcutta to photograph the real lives of the prostitutes there. During her stay she became familiar with the children, and their interest in her camera inspired her to teach them photography to see the world through their eyes. From 2000 to 2003 she ran photography workshops teaching the children basic techniques and giving them a safe place to learn and enjoy themselves. The images produced where fantastic and gave a unique account of Bengali life. Kids with Cameras
raises money and awareness for these children through print sales, world-wide exhibitions, film festivals and a book of their work, published in 2004.
The story of these children and their new found photography skills was documented by Zana and filmmaker, Ross Kauffman to create the film, 'Born into Brothels
', which won 25 major awards including the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
To date, successful workshops have been developed in Jerusalem, Haiti
. For more information about the current projects, events and exhibitions or to buy prints of the children's images visit Kids with Cameras
.Images copyright Kids with Cameras.
Check out Pictures of Walls
, a site devoted to photos of stuff written on walls - some are just genius!Via our good friends at Sell! Sell!