#136 - "Farmhouse Teas' Recipes leaflet by Summer County Margarine
, circa. 1950. This lovely little leaflet is packed with margarine based recipes illustrated with some fine 50's food photography, but I bought it purely for the giant 't' and the leaves on the Summer County ad!
Auto Type XXVX
- some lovely American lettering to get us through the rest of the week. The C-750 Big Job Ford was the hands down the biggest auto type I've ever seen!
If Auto type is your thing, check out the rest of our collection here
The wonderful Daphne Padden
collages discovered and reproduced as screen prints by Quad Royal
(read about them here
) are now available as fabulous tea towels over on ToDryFor
. Problem is, they're almost too gorgeous to dry dishes with!
Not long now until the Bob Gill & Print Club exhibition
. Designer, illustrator, teacher and one of the founding partners of Pentagram (then called Fletcher/Forbes/Gill) Bob Gill has had a remarkable career honoured by both the London and New York Art Directors' Associations with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The exhibition will showcase 6 new silk screen prints in editions of 15. Each one has been lovingly hand coloured by Bob with watercolour in the Print Club studio making them all unique.
It opens with a preview on Friday 28th and runs until 11 April at the Print Club Gallery
, 10-28 Millers Avenue, Dalston E8 2DS.Image copyright Bob Gill.
is one of my favourite photographers. At the age of 65, when most people are thinking of retirement, Garcin gave up his lamp manufacturing business in Marseille and became a photographer.
Garcin's images are self portraits featuring himself, usually in a grey overcoat to represent the everyman and sometimes his wife. They're beautifully graphic, surreal and a little crazy - I love them!
You can find out more about Gilbert Garcin and view his full portfolio of work here
.Images copyright Gilbert Garcin.
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.
Today is World Book Day
so I thought I'd share with you my all time favourite book, Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals
First published in 1956, it follows the life of a young Durrell when he & his family moved to Corfu (1934 - 39) - something he describes as, "like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas"
Packed with anecdotes of his eccentric family, his pets, the wildlife on the island and the characters he encounters along the way, it starts with a wonderful quote:"There is a pleasure sureIn being mad, which none but madmen know."DRYDEN, The Spanish Friar, II, i
Eyebombing, Humanizing the world, one googly eye at a time - what could be more fun?!
Googly eyes on inanimate objects always amuses me, it reminds me of wet camping holidays as a child. My sisters and I used to glue googly eyes onto shells to make little creatures - the hours used to fly by!
The idea of Eyebombing
was created by 2 danes. It's "the act of setting googly eyes on inanimate things in the public space. Ultimately the goal is to humanize the streets, and bring sunshine to people passing by".
1. Only images of inanimate objects with wiggle eyes - NOT stickers.
2. Only images taken in the public space.
Images from Eyebombing. Copyright of the individual photographers.
Auto Type XXVIX - we had a wonderful morning at yesterday's Goodwood Breakfast Club. It was the first of the year and the Pre-73 theme meant a vast turn out of quality motors from hotrods to historic racers - here are some of our favourite auto types.
You can see more of our Breakfast Club pics over on Super Ninety
and view our full collection of Auto Type here
It's been a while since we posted some of our actual work (yep, we do have to do some of that), so above are a few identities we've created over the last few months; Propelia - a Navigation Agency for Audacious Thought Leaders (top), GGT - Green Gas Trading (middle), ADBA - The Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (bottom).
Check out more of our Delicious work here.
This 1942 photo made me chuckle this morning - clever marketing and funny how circumstance changes what's acceptable.Image via Retronaut.
I just saw this lovely little ABC book over on Brain Pickings
. It was designed by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich and published in 2000 so it's been around a while but it's typographic illustrations have definitely stood the test of time.
Roberto wanted an ABC book he could use to teach his daughter both English and Portugese so it needed animal names that started with the same letter in each language. After an unsuccessful search he created his own version, Bembo's Zoo using the typeface Bembo as a basis for all the typographic illustrations...
You can see more of Roberto's beautiful typography here
All images and illustrations copyright of Roberti de Vicq de Cumptich
“God created the world in seven days, and on the eighth day, he called Pantone to put color into it.” Lawrence Herbert
Many of us use the Pantone colour system pretty much everyday, but do any of you know it's origins - who created it, how and why?
No? Neither did I until today when I read this
great little article in The NY Times. Via the lovely @MaraidDesign on Twitter.
#135 - The County of London Plan, published by Penguin Books in 1945
. This lovely little booklet is packed full of beautifully graphic maps (which I'll do a separate post about) showing the County of London and the surrounding London areas.
It covers current and proposed land use residential and commercial (this was immediately after the war and much of the city needed re-development), looks at traffic & public transport solutions, population density problems and shows plans for the Thames riverside re-development. All of which are illustrated with these wonderful infographics...
The booklet credits the British Council for use of the illustrations, so I'm afraid the artist is unknown.
For more delightful ephemera have a dig around the rest of our reference box here
Metropolitan Railway, unknown artist, 1886
To summer sales by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1926 & London Zoo, Abram Games, 1976
Cycle and Motor Cycle Show, Charles Burton, 1930
Brightest London is best reached by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1924 & Avoid the wet - travel Underground, Kathleen Stenning, 1925
London Underground is continuing it's 150 year anniversary celebrations with Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs
- an exhibition showcasing 150 of the greatest ever Underground posters selected from their collection of over 3300 posters.
The last major exhibition of these posters was way back in 1963 to celebrate it's centenary so it really will be worth a look. Alongside letterpress posters from the late nineteenth century, there will be designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Man Ray.
The exhibition runs until October 2013 so there's plenty of time to see it. But if you can't get over there don't worry, the exhibition sponsors, Siemens are running an online vote for your favourite poster so you can see them all (and vote for them) here
.All images copyright London Transport Museum.