I love this vintage Nintendo poster so much, put out by a desperate Nintendo of America Inc, way back in 1990.
Such a classic, and shows how times change when it comes to brand names becoming nouns.
You see, "Nintendo" is an adjective, not a noun.
There's the Nintendo Entertainment System.® There's the Nintendo ® game software. And there's Nintendo Power TM magazine.
But there's no such thing as a Nintendo.
You see, "Nintendo" is an adjective, not a noun.
It is our registered trademark that identifies the high quality products that marketed and licensed by Nintendo of America Inc.
So please use out trademark carefully.
And never use it generically to describe all video game products.
We thank you. Mario thanks you.
This epic collection of Race Posters, from Manor Racing Team, is an extraordinary treasure trove of gorgeously designed, vintage style, Formula One posters.
All of these race posters depict the F1 races from this past year of races (2016), and were all designed by the folks from the F1 Manor Race Team.
Each of these posters was developed at the time of each race, then uploaded to their blog and made available as a high resolution download, as well as posted to their Instagram feed.
Download Race Posters in High Resolution
I've only uploaded a handful of these posters below, so visit this following link: http://www.manorracing.com/ to view the complete collection, and also download as high resolution versions.
2016 Race Season Posters from Manor Racing Team
Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Throughout History
As a graphic designer, where colour is pretty darn important, This selection of Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Throughout History has made me far too excitable!
The moment I found the post, and saw the featured image and post title, I clicked it straight away, and onto the website of Public Domain Review: A Project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which is a website I'd highly recommend poking around.
You know sometimes you can visit a post and ultimately end up somewhat, or very, disappointed with the content, like the featured image and fancy headline is literally the best bit, but not so in this case.
So here's the thing for any of your commercial printing nerds (me included): many of the images featured have been sourced from Sarah Lowengard’s book: The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe – published electronically on Gutenberg-e in 2006.
Also, according to PDR, another must-have book on colour, is: Philip Ball’s Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (2003) for a great look at how art, chemistry, and technology have interacted through the ages.
Anywho, enjoy some of the featured images below, and remember to visit: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/colour-wheels-charts-and-tables-through-history/
I've picked out a handful of the various colour charts, colour wheels and other forms of colour illustrations for you – not all of them as that'd spoil the surprise when you visit the original post on : Colour Wheels, Charts, and Tables Through History
My favorite has to be this one below. It's just so gorgeous, and just so very olf, not to mention trying to visualise Richard Waller painstakingly creating this colour chart, or to be precise: Tabula Colorum Physiologica (1686)
Richard Waller’s “Tabula Colorum Physiologica”, from “A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties,” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6 for the years 1686 and 1687 (1688)
Circular chart showing “complementary contrasts” from A Class-Book of Color: including color definitions, color scaling, and the harmony of colors (1895) by Mark Maycock
Philipp Otto Runge’s Farbenkugel (1810). The top two images show the surface of the sphere, while the bottom two show horizontal and vertical cross sections
Parsons' Spectrum Color Chart, an Illustration from The Principles of Advertising Arrangement (1912) by Frank Alvah Parsons
Page from Priced catalogue of artists’ materials : supplies for oil painting, water color painting, china painting … and drawing materials for architects and engineers, manual training schools and colleges (1914)
Sony Playstation 1 Logo Design Ideas and Concepts
I know the Sony Playstation 1 Logo Design Ideas and Concepts isn't exactly breaking news, as it's been floating around for a while: http://imgur.com/qf2cSHU
I came across it again by accident the other, and I do like looking at all unused concepts for any branding project, then comparing them to the chosen one.
As a logo and graphic design, it's generally always heartening to see another designers/studios early logo concepts, as they are rarely works-of-art when compared to the final logo design.
I'm always looking back at my early logo design concepts and laughing at how awful they are.
Some of these early Sony Playstation 1 designs are interesting to say the least, but the whole process of exploring the shit early ideas generally leads you to eventual fame and glory.
Also check out the: Meaning Behind the Sony Vaio Logo
The Sony Nintendo Playstation Console
Here is what the Sony PS1 was supposed to look like before Sony took it on without Nintendo.
Erich Dieckmann: Design Development of a Metal Tube Chair
The Erich Dieckmann tube chair development illustration has been doing-the-rounds of late, and it's quite a interesting—at least to me—look into the design process way-back-then.
It's really way-back given Mr Dieckmann was born in 1986, and passed 1944.
Seems this particular illustration is from a rare book, titled: Erich Dieckmann - Möbelbau in Holz, Rohr und Stahl, which you can buy from Amazon for a thrifty £150.
More on the Bauhaus-Movement: architects and designers.
Erich Dieckmann Bio
Erich Dieckmann (1896-1944) studied architecture at Danzig Polytechnic from 1918 until 1920. After finishing the foundation course, however, he dropped out and went to Dresden, where he began to study painting and drawing. In 1921 he enrolled at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Between 1921 and 1925 Dieckmann served an apprenticeship there as a carpenter.
When the Bauhaus school moved to Dessau in 1925, he transferred to the Staatliche Bauhochschule in Weimar and was head of the carpentry workshop there from 1925 until 1930.
From 1931 until he was dismissed by the National Socialists in 1933, Erich Dieckmann was head of the carpentry workshop at the Kunstgewerbeschule Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.
From 1939 he lived in Berlin. Erich Dieckmann was one of the most important furniture designers at the Bauhaus, developing type ranges for seat furniture. Like Marcel Breuer, Erich Dieckmann experimented with steel tubing but is primarily known for his standardized wooden furniture. Dieckmann's designs for seat furniture are stringently geometric, with frames based on right angles and constructed of almost pieces of wood that were either almost square in cross section or flat; another feature typical of Dieckmann's work is linking armrests and chair legs in a runner construction.
By using quality hardwoods such as beech, cherry, oak, and ash as well as cane matting, Dieckmann loosened up the stringent geometry of his designs; on the other hand, however, standardization and normed proportions were to keep the prices of these mass-produced pieces of furniture as low as possible.
'Around the World' - Colourful Modern Vintage Posters Designed by Bo Lundberg
These 1960's Swedish inspired posters make me feel so happy when looking at them, and I was immediately drawn to them when I first spotted them on Bo's Pinterest board.
I'm also taken back to the gorgeous 1960's Air Canada poster that I posted a while back, when I see these posters from Bo. That's a very good thing by the way.
Around the world, cities and countries: Every now and then Bo tries to find time to come up with interpretations of different cities and countries.
He first imagined that he was a designer during the sixties who had been commissioned to design travel posters.
And if I'm not mistaken, that could quite well be Helvetica…
60's inspired posters by Swedish illustrator and graphic designer Bo Lundberg. More here.
Apollo 11 Mission Logo Design as used in Vintage NASA Brochure
Here's a bit of logo design porn for you. Found this on Imgur, and it's the Apollo 11 Mission Logo Design as used on the original mission brochure front cover.
Googling this image came up with a few links, one of which lead to www.lostateminor.com This post showcases a number of vintage NASA brochures and posters, which were auctioned off back in 2013: Spring 2013 Space Exploration Signature Auction.
NASA may have an outstanding space program, but they’re not too bad in the design department either. During the 1960s, hundreds of manuals, guidebooks, covers, and posters were created to promote NASA and their events. The posters are filled with vintage typography, classy artwork, and retro colors. The covers are set to be auctioned off at the 2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction
Vernacular Circles - Archive of Vintage Milk Cap Designs
It's almost as though I've died and gone to heaven to browse through so many wonderful examples of vintage milk cap designs. The presentation of which really helps make the whole experience rather lovely.
This really is a massive collection of 'real' vintage graphic design, with emphasis on the typography and colours.
So much vintage graphic design inspiration to soak up.
Midnight Umbrella have clearly spent an awful lot of time to scanning, cleaning up, and ultimately displaying these vintage milk caps in Vernacular Circles.
Vernacular Circles is a visual survey celebrating an honest, hardworking gem of commercial art—the common milk cap.
Once a ubiquitous part of everyday life, why preserve them now? Aside from the nostalgia they may evoke, mid-century milk caps are also artifacts of nimble graphic design.
These compact designs feature messages that were part advertisement, part aphorism and utilized energetic typography and illustration—all while relying on an economy of form and color.
Look for designs to be added periodically. Vernacular Circles is a Midnight Umbrella project.
Want to explore similar visual archives? We highly recommend the Library of Congress,
Vintage Racing Logo Decals from the 1970's
It was only a quick link post that I did back in the day, but have meant to adjust some of the racing decals by turning some of the black backgrounds back into white. So this time I've done just that, and also cleaned up some of them a smidgen.
My favourite is Valvoline, just because of the general style, and the typography. It's just a classic. Turtle Wax is my bonus fav just due to the fun and colourful illustration. Although saying that, having an owl wearing ski googles is pretty bloody cool!
I'm now also tempted to faithfully recreate all of these in Illustrator just as a little fun side-project.
Also note how the Wynn's Oil logo has barely changed in the years, with the current version just sporting an italic version of the brand name and lacking the black keylines. That's some logo longevity and timelessness right there!
Vintage Racing Logo Decals from the 1960's-1970's
Penguin Books Logo Design Evolution
Recently Penguin Books celebrated the 80th anniversary of it's very popular range of paperback books.
Like many famous logos with such a long history, Penguin Books logo has seen a number of relatively 'subtle' design changes in it's 80 years of fronting the Penguin brand.
Worth a Read:
Evolution of the Penguin logo via The Book of Paperbacks (1981) by Piet Schreuders. pic.twitter.com/ryHEb0teD8
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