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Way Tubular 80s Mobile Phone Commercial… Psych!

Saturday 10.06.2012 , Posted by

As crowds of people rush to get the new iPhone 5, we thought it would be fun to remind you just how far cell phone technology has come. In this hilarious Radio Shack commercial from 1989, you can see that mobile phones weren’t always so sleek. Watch as these hip people from the 80s lug their lunch box sized receivers to the office, the beach, Cub Scouts camping trips, and even out on a boat. [Read more...]

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Chicks & Wheels with Vintage Cool

Wednesday 09.26.2012 , Posted by

Just the subject of cars and pin-up girls has a retro flare to it… add the distinctly old school stylings of Florence Italy based designer Simone Massoni, and you have one tasty morsel of sexy vintage wheels. His series Chicks & Wheels features just that, fantasy women with fantasy cars, done up in a style somewhat reminiscent of the swinging illustration king of lead sleds and cocktail hour, Shag. [Read more...]

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Stairway to Heaven: 3D Printing Fisher-Price Records

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

For kids who grew up in the 70s and 80s, there’s a very good chance your first music player was none other than the Fisher-Price Record Player. That vintage, jangly sound has a special spot in many of our hearts as it played such hit songs as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Humpty Dumpty and, don’t forget London Bridge. [Read more...]

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Retro Collage Done the Old Fashioned Way

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to retro collage, these examples by artist Muharrem Çetin really stand out from the crowd…. and, unlike much imagery you’ll find today, he uses no computer editing to create his highly detailed works. Each beautiful piece features classically themed subjects; from a portrait of Darwin and anatomical drawings of skulls (there are plenty), to abstract typographical messages and technological advances of the early 20th century. Çetin manages to create images which draw us in to explore their deeper hidden meanings; images which seem to peak out at us from just below the surface of his skillfully cut paper. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #235> A Little Retro, A Little Vintage

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by



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Visual Bits #223> The Future Is Near

Thursday 06.28.2012 , Posted by



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The Good Life, Illustrated

Wednesday 04.04.2012 , Posted by

It might be hard to tell from these bold illustrations populated by American icons like cowboys, indians and Mexican wrestlers, but illustrator Matt Taylor is from good old Brighton, England. His bright works celebrate sunny days well spent, drawing inspiration from rocking wild-music, wild-life and the Old West. His style harkens back to days of mass produced silk screen posters with well chosen but limited color palettes… but if that description makes you think his posters are only retro, you’d sadly be missing a lot of their charm. Many of his works stir up time periods like a vintage cocktail shaker throwing together a modern club drink. I mean… he’s got cowboys floating in space! [Read more...]

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This Just In: The Future is Illustrated and Retro!

Wednesday 03.21.2012 , Posted by

From utopian to dystopian worlds, on thing can be said about the future predicted in illustrator Matthew Lyons’ work: it’s going to look seductively retro. Drawing heavily from Bauhaus like boxy architecture and the wedge shaped automobiles of Bertone, his works place this now classic design right next to modern technology like tablets, wind energy and smart phones. For those in love with the aesthetics of the past, this is paradise. [Read more...]

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Retro WPA Inspired Poster Art for GOOD

Tuesday 03.20.2012 , Posted by

Do you ever see artwork in a magazine and think about how much fun it was for the artist to create? This is how I felt when I saw the WPA poster art inspired illustrations by Dan Cassaro for GOOD magazine. Each of these full page illustrations were for the latest issue of the magazine and meant to act as public announcements for our modern times. Just as the WPA posters of the past where witty, bold and colorful, Dan’s work is right on par. [Read more...]

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Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash Inspired Luggage Labels

Monday 03.19.2012 , Posted by

Ongoing design projects have been all the rage lately amongst the design community, and this luggage label project in particular has been getting a lot of viewers and designers very excited. The Been Everywhere Project was born out of graphic designer and illustrator, Adrian Walsh‘s, love for Johnny Cash’s music. After hearing the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” in his music queue, he came up with the brilliant idea of creating a project where he would invite talented artists to take part and design luggage labels for each of the 92 locations Cash mentions in the song. Once the project started, just as Walsh had hoped, designers began choosing places that meant something to them personally. Whether it was where they grew up, had family, visited, etc., each label so far has been very unique and meaningful. [Read more...]

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