BMD Design Serves Up Tasty Retro Typography

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With an aged patina of motor oil and the healthy scent of flaming exhaust wafting through the air, BMD Design out of Bordeaux France has some vintage influenced designs that will get any motorhead or rummage sale enthusiasts mouth drooling. Forget about digital perfection, this is the hand-made, home-spun article and the rubbed off paint is there to prove it. BMD has made a name for itself with old-school iconography and well organized flourishes of typography… it’s a style often attempted but rarely executed with such deft skill.

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Soft Drink Evolution: Their Can Designs Since the 1950s

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The products created by soft-drink companies rarely change, so how do you keep your brand feeling fresh, relevant and enticing? Redesign the can! Soft drinks have been a part of world culture since the early 20th century, with their iconic logos often dominating the landscape and making a mark on the subconscious of thirsty nations. Travel to cities like New York and you’ll see gigantic Coca-Cola billboards towering overhead, brightly displayed in neon and on jumbo-trons. Travel through countries like India and entire buildings can be haphazardly covered with dozens of individual signs featuring their ubiquitous logos.

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Sharp Graphic Design from Shanghai

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If you’re looking for unique design inspiration, you won’t do much better than the work of Tang Shipeng. This Shanghai-based freelance graphic designer/typographer is producing some wonderfully versatile work, all with an eastern aesthetic that can be highly refreshing to weary western eyes. From his posters, to his books and typefaces, each and every example is a study in clean minimalist design.

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A Periodic Table of Muppets

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Jim Henson was the mastermind behind The Muppets, which has been a staple of American children’s upbringing and development for decades. The coolest part about them is that they aren’t exclusively interesting to children. Grown-ups have found their absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy enthralling. Designer Mike BaBoon has created this comprehensive depiction of many memorable Muppet characters from throughout the years (and he even threw in some not-so-memorable ones as well). Whether you’ve been a fan of The Muppets since you were in diapers, or just beginning to enjoy them in their current incantation from their seventh movie, The Muppets (written by Jason Segel), this periodic table of Muppets is enjoyable for all generations of Muppets fans.

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Iconostory: Minimalist Designs Represent History

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From the big bang all the way to Usain Bolt’s 9.58 second hundred- meter dash record in 2009, French graphic designer René Mambembé takes us on a minimalist journey through history. With clean, simple designs to represent each major event, looking through his work is almost like taking a history quiz to see how many key moments you can identify. After the dinosaurs and the Ice Age, Mambembé starts with Cubism in the 1900’s and goes decade by decade highlighting the most memorable occasions, ending with some likely predictions for the 2010’s. Brush up on your history by trying to label each minimalist design as you scroll through!

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Retro Travel Posters for Famous Movie Locations

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As far as travel posters go, there have never been any to match the romantic versions from the mid-century. Starting with streamlined steamship and aircraft posters in the 1930s, the world was becoming smaller at an exciting rate. No longer did it take months to reach your destination, and no longer did it cost a fortune. If exploring nature was more your speed, the WPA pumped out a series of exquisite US National Park posters that make America truly look like the promised land. Now, South African illustrator MUTI has created a series of four posters channeling the spirit of those classic times into fictitious travel posters for famous movie locations.

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Hipster Kits for Cult Classic Movie Lovers

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Calling all hipsters! Paris-based artist Alizée Lafon has created a series of posters that are dying to be displayed on the walls of your Brooklyn apartment. The series, called Movies Hipster Kits, features illustrations of all of the essential props from your favorite cult classic movies and tv shows on a colorful background. But not just any colorful background- one surrounded by a border that makes it look like a Polaroid picture! Can’t get much more hipster than that!

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Binary Prints Appear Wildly Different at Day or Night

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When we arrive in a new place at night, the world looks different. Colors – if we see any – are muted, and dark shapes dominate a landscape difficult to accurately decipher. When the morning comes and we see the same place again, it can appear completely different. Colors invisible in the night now appear bright or even florescent. Objects hidden in shadow reveal themselves. Why bring this all up? Because this new series of posters from Alex Trochut, called Binary Prints, turns the whole light/dark concept on its head, revealing far more at night than during daylight hours.

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The Vancouver Aquarium’s Smart New Ad Campaign

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The Vancouver Aquarium is doing it right… especially when it comes to their recent ad campaigns. Using the lethal combo of interesting scientific facts and smart/funny ad placement, they are making a real splash around the Canadian city. You know you’ve got a hit campaign when people stop just to photograph your ads!

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Monolithic Typography in Vintage Collage Worlds

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In Space Relationship, huge typographical forms rise from the grounds of vintage structures, dwarfing often famous locations with bold and mysterious messages: INTERVAL, LARGE, FRONT, DISCONTINUITY. The scenes themselves blend together imagery from vintage postcards and photography into a collage of impossibly scaled worlds – bridges, mountains, boats and rivers are all dwarfed by ornate victorian ceilings which tower above the foreground, enclosing the scene with a grandeur more architectural than natural. These infinitely explorable images are the work of French illustrator and graphic designer Stéphane Massa-Bidal aka Rétrofuturs.

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