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Happy Vintage New Year!

Monday 12.31.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again… one where tomorrow is next year. Starting at the islands of Kiribati and Samoa, the world begins to welcome in the new year, beginning its march from time zone to time zone, finally ending in Hawaii. The traditions and celebrations each nation practices are varied. Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. In Italy, New Year’s Eve is celebrated by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing red underwear. In Ecuador it’s a tradition for men to dress as women representing the “widow” of the year that has passed. [Read more...]

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Famous Photographs Recreated With Legos

Monday 12.17.2012 , Posted by

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We’re continuing our love of Lego remixes today with some seriously well made retakes on classic photography. Taking the ubiquitous miniature figurines from his Lego set and recreating iconic scenes from classics like Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In”, english artist Mike Stimpson has a passion for using toys to create photographic remakes of famous photographs. [Read more...]

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Hilarious Technology Ads From Yesteryear

Sunday 12.16.2012 , Posted by

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When we look at the smart phones in our pockets that can do everything and so much more than the first computers which took up an entire room, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when floppy disks were the latest, greatest invention! We can get so impatient when a website seems to be taking too long to load, but if we think back to the time of dial-up where we had to wait for our computers to call a server- sometimes several times unsuccessfully- that minute doesn’t seem so long anymore! This collection of retro technology ads is quite hilarious to see, but each one was a necessary step in getting us to the amazing technology we have today. It’s funny to think that in twenty more years we will be looking at the gadgets we currently have in the same way. [Read more...]

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A View of Paris in 1878… From the Air

Wednesday 12.12.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe that humans have been flying for well over 100 years. Even when we take into account that the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903, that isn’t even old when compared to the first flights. Before the Wrights there was Octave Chanute and Otto Lilienthal, pioneering glider inventors; and before them there was Henri Giffard, creator of the first powered flying machine – a steam powered airship. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #331 > Back In The Ol’ Days

Saturday 12.08.2012 , Posted by

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Bold Typography in Vintage Japanese Newspapers

Wednesday 12.05.2012 , Posted by

As a designer, it’s easy to get stuck in the style trends of today… so here’s some typographic inspiration from vintage Japan. Coming from a large collection of 3000 ads from the years 1891 – 1945 (put together by the University of Tokyo), these vintage newspaper pages feature a bold style we don’t frequently see today. Huge glyphs boldly displayed in neat blocks. The emphasis here is often on the arrangement of elements, rather than a reliance on imagery… something to which the both vertically and horizontally orientable Japanese characters lend themselves well. [Read more...]

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Animated Victorians: Anatomy from 111 Years Ago

Monday 12.03.2012 , Posted by

It’s now time to take an animated look inside the human body – as seen in 1901. These fantastic anatomical animations were recently created by Maria Popova at one of our favorite sites, the very smart Brain Pickings. The images, illustrated by E. J. Stanley, are unique in that they are made up of three pages which flap-up; each turn revealing another layer of the human body, from bones and muscles, to brains and organs. [Read more...]

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Women In Bubbles Over Paris- Long Before Photoshop

Saturday 11.24.2012 , Posted by

With photoshop anything is possible, but it is fascinating to see how creative photographers were before its time. This collection, from 1963, was shot by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar “Bubble” Spring Collection. Each image features model Simone D’Aillencourt in elegant fashions of the time, floating in a bubble through the fashion capital of the world: Paris, France. The bubble was made of plexiglass and it was hung from a crane in each of the various locations, yet the strings that held it in place are completely invisible. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

Friday 11.23.2012 , Posted by

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We Love Friday!- Honoring Veterans

Friday 11.16.2012 , Posted by

Eve Merriam once said, “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’” While world peace would be the most wonderful thing imaginable, freedom is an amazing privilege that we would not have without the soldiers who have protected our country. The men and women who have served in the military have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and one day each year does not seem like enough to thank them for all that they have done. If you are fortunate enough to know any living veterans, I hope that you took the time to thank them in honor of Veteran’s Day this week. If not, it’s not too late! [Read more...]

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