Data + Design Project

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…]


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…]


The Musically Inspired Work of Pascal Blanchet

Tuesday 02.14.2012 , Posted by

The illustration work of Pascal Blanchet may trick you into thinking it was created in the 1960s with its effortless vintage style. Blanchet is a graphic novelist and illustrator born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. His work is reminiscent of mid-century jazz record cover art, which he says is a source of inspiration from his childhood. His work is compositionally beautiful, and each piece tends to use strong shapes and colors with hints of texture that add just the right amount of depth and detail to his work. Blanchet is a very versatile illustrator because he can work in perspective, add wonderful lighting, or create something flat and still be interesting. [Read more…]


Retro Twist: Owen Gatley’s Editorial Illustrations

Thursday 01.26.2012 , Posted by

Owen Gatley is making all of the right strokes with his hand-drawn vintage illustration style. Gately’s vintage style is reminiscent of something you would see in an old children’s book, with the soft pencil strokes and shading that add a lot of depth and life to his scenes. It’s always nice to see artists adding craft back into their work, which he does splendidly through mainly using hand drawn illustration. The use of bright, often primary colors teamed with conceptual images, makes his environments fun and engaging… with just the right amount of detail. [Read more…]


The Past in Color: Bringing Old Photographs to Life

Wednesday 01.18.2012 , Posted by

Did you ever stop to think that the black and white photographed world of the past actually occurred in color just like today? Sanna Dullaway, an artist from Sweden, gave us a glimpse of what this colorful world looked like. Dullaway took old, iconic pictures and colorized them using Photoshop. She cleaned up the photos and converted them from black and white to her own interpretation of what the colors may have looked like. “I did not want to ‘improve’ nor ‘replace’ the photos I DID colourize as some of you may think. I just wanted to show you a new perspective of the black & white old world, it used to be in colour, too. I thought famous photos would touch most hearts,” Dullaway said on her deviantArt profile, Mygrapefruit. [Read more…]


Now Classic: Errol Morris Lives the High Life

Friday 10.28.2011 , Posted by

Roger Ebert once said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more… Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Perhaps best known for his documentary films such as The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, Morris has been honored with shelves worth of awards, including an Oscar. He has also directed a large collection of advertisements: here we bring you a sampling of what he considers his most impressive television achievement: over 100 retro-themed commercials for Miller Hi-Life. It’s a tribute to the classic American man [Read more…]


It’s Great to Be Alive! Shocking 1950s Kids Into Safety

Thursday 09.08.2011 , Posted by

I’m pretty sure it’s not what the original author was going for, but this vintage childrens safety manual still has me laughing at the crazy images and captions. Each illustration features Dick and Jane type comments about kids getting into this trouble or that… some advice still fits today; others like getting locked in a refrigerator have luckily passed. If I was a kid in the 50’s, this pamflet would have been a real keeper! [Read more…]


I Am Nerd: A Photographic Celebration of Nerdery

Tuesday 07.26.2011 , Posted by

I Am A Nerd, a new series of playful images by freelance photographer Heather Landis, celebrates the inner and sometimes outer nerd in all of us. While the photographs do poke fun at a stereotypically lacking sense of fashion sense, the artists tender and respectful treatment of each individual actually comes across with a lot of heart. [Read more…]


Retro-Futuristic Illustrations Bring Back The 70s

Monday 07.11.2011 , Posted by

Check out these retro-fantastic illustrations by Stockholm based Kilian Eng… many look like they jumped directly off the shiny airbrushed sides of a 70’s van or the album cover of some space opera composing, Minimoog playing music outfit. Whatever the inspiration, you can see many more of his works at [Read more…]


Fifty and Fifty: State Motto Posters by 50 Artists

Thursday 07.07.2011 , Posted by

This new collaborative series of posters, Fifty and Fifty, taps into the skills of 50 local designers using all of the American states mottos as their inspiration. Each print uses a similar, muted red, white and blue color pallet and most feature a catchy retro feel… so if you’ve called more than one state home they will look superb on the same wall.

If you can’t quite remember your own states motto, check out the whole series at, then swing by to purchase one of the affordable prints. [Read more…]

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