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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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Satoshi Hashimoto Illustrates a Retro/Modern World

Wednesday 11.07.2012 , Posted by

Yokohama based Satoshi Hashimoto is kicking it old-school cool. This Japanese illustrator has the touch of a mid-century master, creating a world of goatee sporting beatniks and cocktail swizzling cool guys brought up to the modern age. His figures, which feature in plenty of modern periodicals, are surrounded by the technological signs of our modern world: laptops, rooftop gardens and DJ turntables place these images decisively in the 21st century. [Read more...]

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Blast From the Past: Hilarious Halloween Costumes

Monday 10.29.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to imagine what Halloween costumes were like before slutty versions of every imaginable character fresh from the sweat shops of China graced our store shelves. Back in the day before temporary Halloween stores could be found in strip malls everywhere, many more people created their own costumes and the results were impressive to say the least. Check out this fun collection Halloween attire from yesteryear. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #300 > Kickin’ It Old School

Thursday 10.25.2012 , Posted by

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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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