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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more…]

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Nothing Makes a Morning Like Exceptionally Great Espresso (and This Fine Print Tells You How to Make It Right)

Friday 07.11.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a great espresso. Just the aroma alone is enough brush away the memory of sleep and excite us about the day ahead. Printmakers Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein of Stellavie Design Manufaktur know that making a truly great espresso is both an art, and a science. They’ve embedded their rich knowledge on the subject into this exquisite silkscreen print featuring the ins and outs of preparing the perfect espresso, and a number of delicious espresso based beverages. [Read more…]

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Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more…]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more…]

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Architecture From the Silver Screen: Illustrations from Federico Babina

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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Barcelona-based illustrator and architect Federico Babina has a passion for combining his dual professions. In his latest series, Archicine, he’s been recreating famous buildings from cinematic history. From the apartment block in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, to the purely digital house in The Incredibles, each is illustrated as a flat elevation against a solid field of color. Depending on which print you’re looking at, his minimalist homage to the silver screen is both aesthetically pleasing and funny. [Read more…]

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Disney Posters Get ‘Honestly’ Remixed

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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When we were children, Disney films were often the pinnacle of entertainment, and as our young minds absorbed the fascinating and memorable plot lines, nothing could distract from the sugar filled story playing before our eyes. But now, with adult minds and some critical thought, our view of these films can often have humorous and not-so-innocent twists our young minds could never imagined. These brutally “honest’ remixes of classic Disney film posters by Christine Gritmon, see each movie re-titled with surprising new interpretations. [Read more…]

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Stunningly Designed Stellar Maps of Our Night Sky

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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For anyone who wants to see their place in the universe, there is hardly a better way to get perspective than taking a look at the stars. With head lofted towards the sky we see a multitude of worlds so distant that the light originated eons before our birth. These star maps from Stellavie Design Manufaktur are perhaps the most lovely we’ve seen, providing us with both attractive detailing and meaningful content… the perfect inspiration for becoming more familiar with our night sky. [Read more…]

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Schematic Posters for Your Favorite Retro Electronics

Tuesday 04.09.2013 , Posted by

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It would be hard to get any more retro-nerd-cool than this. If you can identify any of these wiring schematics (without reading further) you score 200,000 points, with a 16x multiplier for every extra ID. You’re looking at the inner workings of some of the most revered personal computing and gaming consoles from the rise of the electronics era – from the Apple I and Commodore 64, to the Atari 2600 and Nintendo. Each two-tone print from City Prints celebrates the inner workings of the devices that have come to enhance and even dominate our society – and they do it with style. [Read more…]

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A[rchitecture] B C: A Building-Based Alphabet

Friday 03.08.2013 , Posted by

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English photographer Peter Defty has recently produced a fantastic print for lovers of unusual typography. Using just his camera, his talented eye and a lot of looking up, he’s created an entire alphabet using just the shapes of gigantic architecture. His print, titled Geordie Alphabet, features buildings shot in abstract. The space between the often modern, city-based structures is what creates the highlighted lettering we see so prominently when viewing the print at a distance. Upon closer inspection we get a glimpse of familiar architecture from famous cities. [Read more…]

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UK Road Safety Posters from the WWII Blackout

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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During the German bombing raids of WWII city dwellers in Britain were subjected to long nights of complete darkness to protect them from being spotted from above. Called the Blackout, it was a dark foreign world for people accustomed to the brightly lit city, and one which posed new challenges many weren’t aware of. These road safety posters from the period (1939 – 1946) point out some of the hazards people needed to watch out for as they tried their best to “keep calm and carry on.” [Read more…]

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