It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion. [Read more...]
Do you have Pacman fever? Two hands on the lever? If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, during the golden age of video game developement, you’ll remember that sore thumb, fuzzy eyed feeling from playing now classic hits like River Raid, Pacman, Pong and Pitfall until the early hours of the morning. Or, maybe you got your gaming start on the floor of the 70s arcade, gazing at the glow of the pixilated but exciting screens of the era. Either way, you’ll remember the advertisements and graphics those games brought along with them… near florescent rainbows of color dominating the design genre. [Read more...]
Although it may not be Mother’s Day for another month, that isn’t going to stop us from appreciating all the strong women that take on as many responsibilities as their arms can carry. They could be cooking and cleaning at the same time as organizing a weekly planner on the fridge, drinking coffee, feeding a baby (this sounds dangerous), all while typing with one foot and collecting laundry with the other – okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the picture. [Read more...]
This groovy classic film looks at the creative process through a series of fun, explorative shorts. Created in 1970 by the legendary graphic designer and film maker Saul Bass, the highly regarded film avoids pigeonholing the process of creation with explanations, but instead explores the varied experiences of different individuals through visual storytelling. Be sure to check out more on Saul Bass, creator of many famous company logos, film titles and movie posters. [Read more...]
Wearing styles that would get them in deep trouble today, this classic documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s covers the bad ass street gangs of late 70′s New York. Although there are many interviews, the film mainly focuses on two groups, the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads of the South Bronx. Is it just us or have gangs gotten a little more savage?
“Honey, I’m taking the Bubble Mobile to the disco!” This wacky concept car from 1970s France was called l’Automodule. Designed by engineer Jean Pierre Ponthieu, the vehicle was equipped with a small two-stroke engine, a hydraulic transmission and electronic controls. It was capable of turning on a single point and changing its ground clearance… perfect for dodging kids in the parking lot! [Read more...]
In the era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, there were no better wheels to get your bell-bottoms around than in custom, tricked-out vans. These shaggin’ wagons had booming sound systems, captain’s chairs, refrigerators, custom windows and the all-important plush shag carpet interior to roll around in… [Read more...]