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Aug
2011

beautiful vintage travel posters

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

I love it when arts and education institutions use social media to make art more accessible. The Boston Public Library has an amazing Flickr sharing highlights from their collection of books, prints, memorabilia, and other objects. Yesterday, I got really caught up looking through their set of gorgeous vintage travel posters from the early twentieth century.
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10

Jul
2011

susanne nobis minimalist lake house

On 10, Jul 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

This minimalist lake house designed by (and for) engineer/architect Susanne Nobis is so striking, with clean lines and simple, graphic shapes. The overall effect is airy and modern, and the design allows for maximum views of the surrounding nature. The house, located by Lake Starnberg (near Munich), is a modern reimagining of a traditional twin boathouse.
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06

Jul
2011

der muslhaufen: armin blasbichler’s south tyrol home

On 06, Jul 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Architect Armin Blasbichler’s home was featured on Design*Sponge recently, and I was blown away by its whimsical, clean aesthetic. I think that so often, spaces are really cool and modern but somewhat lifeless, or they’re very creative but feel too precious/overblown to live in. This house has a wonderful balance of playfulness and minimalism.
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01

Jul
2011

antique tarot and playing cards

On 01, Jul 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

I was searching for photos of a certain tarot card deck and I ended up on the World of Playing Cards site. It’s a treasure trove of images and information about playing cards through the ages (well, since they were invented in the 14th century).

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01

Jun
2011

le cirque: vintage french circus posters

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Today’s obsession: this Flickr collection of late 1800s-early 1900s circus and theater posters. I love the flamboyant designs, bold colors, animated drawing style, and most of all, the absolutely ridiculous acts (I mean, The Marvelous Foot Silhouettist?).

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01

May
2011

animal collective noun prints by woop studios

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Design, Selected Posts | By sue

For something fun to offset this endlessly gross weather, check out this series of animal prints by Woop Studios. Each colorful print depicts a group of animals and the appropriate collective noun used to describe them. I’m obsessed with collective nouns—my favorites include “a murder of crows,” “an exaltation of larks,” and “an aurora of polar bears”—so these really appeal to me.
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01

May
2011

100 years of sex: std posters through the years

On 01, May 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

The San Francisco City Clinic is marking its 100th anniversary with an online exhibition of 100 safe sex posters from the past 100 years. It’s really illuminating to see the diversity of approaches–friendly, funny, sensationalist, solemn—and how they illustrate our changing attitudes about sex and sexually-transmitted diseases.
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02

Apr
2011

more book covers by coralie bickford-smith

On 02, Apr 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Yesterday I posted about Coralie Bickford-Smith’s beautiful covers for Penguin’s Great Food series. Bickford-Smith has also created many other visually striking book cover designs for Penguin, from the starkly dramatic Gothic Horror collection to the cheeky, retro Boys’ Adventure series. Her work combines a clean, modern graphic design sensibility and offbeat, old-fashioned patterns and design elements.
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01

Apr
2011

coralie bickford smith’s great food covers

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a consistently brilliant book cover designer at Penguin Books. She’s the creative mind behind their popular Hardcover Classics clothbound series. Now, she’s created gorgeous covers for Penguin’s new Great Food series, a collection of 20 books representing “the finest food writing from the last 400 years.”
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01

Apr
2011

“spomenik” by jan kempenaers: yugoslavia’s forgotten monuments

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

These imposing, space age, Halo-esque structures are monuments of former Yugoslavia’s Socialist Republic. For his project “Spomenik: The End of History,” Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers spent three years traveling around the Balkans to capture the forgotten structures. During the 60s and 70s, the Yugoslavian government commissioned hundreds of monuments (“Spomeniks”), built at sites of WWII battles, concentration camps, and cemeteries.
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01

Mar
2011

enviably awesome business cards

On 01, Mar 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

I’ll know I’ve made it once I have a really cool business card. My obsession with business cards stems from high school, when my friend’s older brother got a voucher for free printing and promptly ordered rainbow cards reading “Winner, Dreamer, Achiever.” What can I say, I had excellent role models. Here are some fun and creative cards I found recently.
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01

Feb
2011

awesome graphic design resumes

On 01, Feb 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

For the last few months, during my job search, I’ve been thinking a lot about resumes and cover letters. You want to stand out, but you have to do it within very strict parameters. Graphic designers get a lot more latitude with it, though. I came across a cool infographic resume yesterday and proceeded to spend way too much time combing the internet for more fun resumes.
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