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.
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.
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.
These lovely Daphne Padden collages; Gardener (above left) and London (above right) are now available as screen prints on Ebay
courtesy of Quad Royal
When Daphne died in 2009 these unused collages were discovered in her studio and with the permission of her estate have been turned into screen prints by Quad Royal."Daphne Padden was one of the best designers of her generation. Working from the late 1950s until the 1970s, at the same time as artists such as Tom Eckersley and Abram Games, her work is only now being recognised. She created not only posters - for British Railways, Tillings Coaches and commercial companies - but also packaging for companies like Lux and Marks & Spencers. Her trademark style combines simplicity with a touch of humour typical of the mid-century."
Images copyright Quad Royal.
Auto Type XXVIII
- some fine additions to the auto type collection from a glorious New Year's Day meet at the historic Brooklands Museum
. From buses, to Messerschmitt this show had it all!
You can see our full Auto Type collection here
or take a look through other auto related posts here
We were lucky enough to get these lovely vintage embossing stamps off santa, and this week the excitement continued when they arrived back from City Company Seals Ltd.
with their new shiny blocks.
One is a circular 'notary' style stamp and the other is a rectangular address stamp. Both are fantastic, they not only look gorgeous, but they'll add a lovely bit of finesse to all our stationery and prints.
Strongly resisting the temptation to stamp everything in sight!
#134 - Russian (?) Concert/Circus Programme, 1971.
I love the illustrations on this cover with the lovely contrast between the intricate black lettering and the simple colourful figures, but I have no idea what any of this says!
I think it's Russian and it is definitely a programme of events for a show of some kind, I'm guessing a circus or music concert purely from the illustrations so please correct me if I'm way off!
On the 9 January 1863 London Underground, the World's first underground transport system, opened and the first underground train took passengers on a 3.5 mile ride from Paddington to Farringdon.
To celebrate this 150 year milestone Royal Mail
have released a set of 6 commemorative stamps (above) that illustrate the tube's timeline with lithographs, illustrations and photographs. They also give a nod to the design of the iconic tube map.
However, it's these miniature stamps each showing 3 classic London Underground advertising posters that I found the most interesting/inspiring...
Images copyright Royal Mail.Stamps designed by Hat-Trick.Miniature stamp sheets designed by NB Studio.
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!
Auto Type XXVII
- a small selection of auto type from a very cold, sunny breakfast meet at the classic car & historic racing specialists, CCK Historic
. Our favourite is the 'Boara' type from a Russian Gaz Volga.
Take a look at the rest of our auto type here
and if classic cars and historic racing do it for you, check out our sister blog Super Ninety
Right, we're back in the zone, our poor blog has been the victim of our super busy December!#133 - Monotype Newsletter 90, November 1971.
I completely forgot buying a few 70's copies of the Monotype Newsletter last Summer, so it was a pleasant surprise to find them hidden away in the reference box
Here's No. 90, the first of the new format newsletters which includes a selection of pangrams on the inside covers, a list of London Monotype machine typesetters, an article on Michelin Guides, some metric conversions and a little history of Times Condensed...