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 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...]
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 behance.net/KilianEng [Read more...]
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.
Growing up in the late 60s, photographer Jeff Divine was a participant and witness to the young days of surfing, before mass popularity made an influence. Here we bring you a sampling of his beautiful photographs from the sunny 70s surf scene. Taken mostly in Hawaii and California (near his native La Jolla), these images capture the original look so emulated in the throwback photography of today. [Read more...]
When the video game crash hit North America in 1983 the market was flooded with poorly made versions of just about every movie of the era… with the biggest flop being a quickly produced version of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The folks over at Penney Design have re-imagined that fantastic 8-bit period by creating Atari-like game boxes for todays movies and a few shows. We’re pretty sure Snakes on a Plane will be even better than the movie!
The swinging 60s stoked the fire for Hugh Hefner’s bathrobe and tobacco pipe aesthetic. The 70s witnessed the ascension of Playboy to the zenith of popular culture, and Hefner became the envy of every red blooded American male; beautiful women, wild all-night parties, and a lenient attitude toward drugs. The magazine came to represent the culture of the 70s, with Hefner branding himself as a bon vivant and man about town. If Playboy became Hefner’s platform for promoting his hedonistic lifestyle, then the design of the Playboy Land Yacht was his chariot. [Read more...]
Scotty Reifsnyder is a powerhouse of a young designer. His mid-century themed creations have a level of well thought out detail not often seen in this time of trending minimalism. His pieces rework old themes and add modern subjects while retaining a welcome familiarity. The world has taken notice and as Scotty has spent 3 years working for Headcase Design he has produced pieces for the likes of GQ, Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Wired. See his impressive portfolio at seescotty.com
Recalling the sunny, fun filled counter culture days of the early 70′s, these inspired photographs by Neil Krug look like they could have been taken in Laurel Canyon while playing dress up with Joni Mitchell. Part of Krug’s recently released Pulp Art Book Volume One, the retro images featuring model Joni Harbeck (recently married to Krug) were made using Polaroid film far past it’s expiration date. The old film lends a washed out, grainy effect reminiscent of those nostalgic vinyl album covers begging for a new listen. The book is split up into 12 vignettes, highlighting subjects from the struggles of a housewife to spaghetti western flashbacks and a Bonny and Clyde revival.
Next up from Krug? He will soon be releasing a music video for artist White Heat’s track Children of the Light, featuring his oh so tasty style. Find the trailer for the video at the bottom of this post.
Ok, hold on to your hats, because we’re about to blast you back through the 80′s on an internet adventure! It was a time when handheld gaming was black and white and the only sound was a simple beep… and it was still a blast. Ready to go? Hipopotam Studio has been swiftly creating Pica Pic: retro handheld games with complete playability right here on the net. Classic and rare titles are included, from Donkey Kong JR. and The Terminator to Search Light and Thief in Garden. Just scroll across the screen to find a vintage game, select it and follow the clever diagram to figure out keyboard controls. After you’re fingers are sore, be sure to check out Hipopotam Studio’s outstanding website… but be careful, you could get sucked in for weeks!