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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)

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

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)

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

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

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

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

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Three plates from Robert Ridgeway’s Color Standards and Color Nomenclature (1912)

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

Parsons' Spectrum Color Chart, an Illustration from The Principles of Advertising Arrangement (1912) by Frank Alvah Parsons

 

Vintage Colour Wheels, Charts and Tables Through History

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)




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Vintage Racing Logo Decals from the 1970's

Came across this lovely Vintage Racing Logo Decals from the 1970's over on ISO50's blog some years ago, where they were picked up from Sarcoptifom's Flickr Set.

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.

Wynns logo old and new

 

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

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WD 40 Vintage Advert

Do You Have TIGHT NUTS or A RUSTY TOOL? WD 40 Vintage Advert

This 'faux'  WD 40 Vintage Advert has just about made my Friday complete, save for some lubing I have planned for later. The innuendo has been masterfully created to work just seemingly with the true facts of what WD 40 can do for you.

Even though it's fake, I still want to believe this is a real advert from the 1960's. It's innuendo at it's most brazen, but oh my my my, so utterly hilarious.

Do You Have TIGHT NUTS or A RUSTY TOOL?

then use WD 40 in the MAN SIZE PRESSURE PACK.

STANDS 9" HIGH 1 1/2 DIAM. (COMPLETE WITH RED KNOB)

• Makes old tools like new again

• Tools slide in and out with ease

• Lubricates dry passage ways

• Makes screwing a pleasure

• Gives better penetration

BUY SOME TRY SOME. KEEP A SPARE PACK IN YOUR CAR FOR EMERGENCIES.

WD 40 IT'S GOOD STUFF






public gothic font

Here's some tasty visual inspiration for a Sunday afternoon for you. In terms of nailing the marking and promotion of their vintage style font, Antrepo sort of hit it smack bang middle of the head.

Awesome graphic design work, not to mention superb vintage style typography to really drive home the visual message of their font: Public Gothic.

Those vintage style cans are so perfect: the colours, the layout, the distress, everything about the graphic design is spot-on. If you don't have your own copy of the Public Gothic Typeface family, then seriously think about getting it at the following link: http://www.antreposhop.com/product/public-gothic-font-family

It's certainly a worthwhile addition to your vintage typeface collection. Here are some of the details:

Public Gothic
Font Family (5 fonts)

It is little industrial, little vintage, little condensed, little bold.
Public Gothic is our new retro typeface! PB family members are PG Square, PG Vintage, PG Circular, PG Federal, PG Little and Italic variation of PG Square, PG Circular, PG Little. It's compatible with any OS system.

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Totally love little logo trivia bits like this. Not sure I've actually seen, and took notice, of this particular design before, yet this version of the Coca-Cola logo was only designed, and used, for one whole year: 1890-1890.

Notice the adorable extra swirls and other fancy adornments. Awwww just so cute.

The previous Coca-Cola logo designed before it, even way back then, was more like the logo in we know and 'love' now. Interesting, that for just this one year, the logo would changed so significantly before quickly reverting back to the familiar script used now. What was the reason? Who was responsible? Was it a planned and temporary novelty-style logo where they always planned to revert back to the first style? So many questions.

With today's mentality (talking here about the importance of keeping ones brand image consistent, and not throwing it down the drain with hastily and ill considered changes), it might be too easy to look upon such radical, and short-lived, logo redesigns with shock and horror: how dare such a big company play so fast and loose with their company logo? I'm only 41 so it's a little hard for me to imagine how people back then viewed such changes—possibly made with such reckless abandonment—and might be fair to assume they simply didn't have the benefit of experience that we have now some 2000 million years later.

CreativeBloq: In 1890, a version of the logo was created and used only once, on the first calendar ever printed by the company. It features a style heavily reminiscent of musical notation and wholly out-of-kilter with the logo we know today. The creator of this design is unknown, but they certainly brought an unusual feel to the lettering.

It wasn't until 1893 that the first iteration of the logo we recognise today was unveiled. A slightly thinner rendering of the words Coca-Cola coincided with the company's early growth. Asa Candler had acquired the brand from Pemberton and the strategy was to outfit chemist shops with soda fountains. At this time syrup plants were built in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

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Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

About Ben: "My name is Ben Didier. I am a graphic designer, type addict and music nerd who can usually be found cooking tacos or riding my bike around Vancouver, Canada. I am currently the Senior Designer at CBC Music."

When I first came across Ben's website: Pretty/Ugly Design, via a post for some promotional t-shirt designs for Handsome, I first thought I'd simply post about those as they were so very cool.

Problem was that once I stared browsing the rest of Ben's portfolio I simply couldn't just post about one project because so many of them are outstandingly and fantastically awesome

So here (below) are a few select designs, all mostly come with a hand crafted typographic lettering vintage flair.

I think some of my real favourites are the Zatec Beer Ads, all last 6 of them below.

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Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

Vintage Designs by Ben Didier

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Space Programme Cover Designs

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A stunning collection of 20 American space (NASA) program: covers, reports, brochures and other vintage era space themed design and typography all from an upcoming: 2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions.

Just trying to imagine the excitement of having the responsibility to create such historic pieces of design. My favourite cover is this last one above for the Gemini Press Reference Book, but in general there is some gorgeous typography through out the entire collection.

» Via: Daring Fireball