Lorraine Kew

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History-Infused Posters for the Total Solar Eclipse

Artist, astronomer and “night sky ambassador” Dr. Tyler Nordgren has created a series of history-infused poster designs for the impending total solar …

What Made Women Happy

According to advertisements of the 1930s and ’40s, women weren’t asking for a lot from men, but every little bit helped—from close shaves to pain …

11 All-American Design Projects Featuring Great Typography & Lettering

The extended deadline for the HOW In-House Design Awards is July 5. Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize your team’s work—because a boost of …

Milk Makes Better Teens

In 1949 the National Dairy Council conceived a checklist of virtues that the average American teenage boy should strive for. Of course, drinking milk …

The Deco Way

Art Deco came in various forms, in numerous colors, with dozens of typefaces and scores of illustrative methods. This rare promotion for the Broadway …

Art Deco Brazil

Brazil’s Para Todos (For Everyone) magazine, under the art direction of illustrator José Carlos (1884–1950), is the gem of the country’s jazz- and …

Julius Klinger Reappreciated

I cannot wait for the Wolfsonian’s fall exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age (Oct. 6, 2017–April 1, 2018). As its organizers say, “The …

12 dazzling vintage film posters from the golden age of Indian cinema

Song of Life (Bhikharan, 1935) Credit: BFI National Archive Duniya Na Mane (The Unexpected) (1937) Credit: BFI National Archive Baghban (1938) …

When Men Were Commodified

Men have never been as commodified as women, but men have nonetheless been a big consumer market—what Hercule Poirot might call <i>La mode masculine</i>. …

Graphic Design

Life as it Once Was

Women of a certain kind were at the heart of <i>Life</i>. <i>Life</i> magazine, that is. The <i>Life</i> magazine that was published for decades prior to Henry Luce’s highly …

Graphic Design

Drinking in Bottle Design

So, what makes people drink? There are many very sound—and some unfortunate—reasons: social, medicinal, addictive, pleasurable, etc. But there is …

Graphic Design

16 inspirational ski posters not to live your life by

These Creepy Paintings Look Ripped from a Surreal Storybook

Roby dwi Antono’s paintings portray children frolicking with ghostly creatures in an unsettling fantasyland.<p>Young but far from foolish, a cast of girls stand their ground while animal specters invade their immediate surroundings. The image of an unperturbed pre-teen girl holding an oversized insect …

Digital Art

London's 14 oldest shops

England

Smokin’!

Rolling papers were not just for Mary Jane. Before mass-produced cigarettes were available starting in the 1880s, rolling papers were sold as packs …

Graphic Design

New York City World’s Fair

Tadashi Ohashi advert for Meiji Caramels 1957

These Kaleidoscopic Paintings Look Like Optical Illusions

Evie Zimmer's hypnotizing works unleash a world of drippy, trippy psychedelia.<p>Rich amalgamations of color funnel towards a narrow epicenter, guided by an invisible current. Some of these iridescent designs abide by a strict, spiral shape, while others branch off into horns and crescents. The …

Modern Art

Slenderizing Design

One lovely thing about the past is the language used in advertising and other designed materials. Consider <i>Slenderizing Frocks</i>. This was the theme of …

Graphic Design

A World Without Design Software: Graphic Design Posters From The 1920’s

<b>Imagine having</b> to design a poster from scratch, without the help of digital tools.<p><b>That was</b> how things were for graphic designers from almost 100 …

Graphic Design

Dancin’ Jamaica

Not all “vernacular” signs are created equal. Indeed, most vernacular signs by virtue of the name should be different. They are often handmade by …

Graphic Design

Advertising Dutch

The advertising universe may not be as infinite as the real universe, but everywhere never before seen stars all of a sudden shine. These are …

Graphic Design

Germany’s in the Details

The Germans are detail-oriented. I don’t mean to sound stereotypical, but during the Nazi era countless documents, books, newspapers, magazines and …

Graphic Design

The Modern Masterpiece

German Modernism in interior design was given a showcase at the Section Allemande, also known as the Werkbund Exhibition, at the 20th annual Salon of …

Graphic Design

Precision Hand-Work

Before Photoshop, it took a lot of time and considerable skill to paint variations on a piece of graphic design. I have no idea who did these comps …

Graphic Design

Do Not Hold In Hand After Lighting

Fireworks are not a toy. Or at least not a safe one. But if you were going to use “state-approved fireworks,” you probably used them the other night …

Fireworks

Whip Up Some Hard-Hitting Ads

Advertising during the Great Depression and through the 1930s was an industry cut off at the knees. All the fine talk of bringing art to advertising …

Great Depression

Gorgeous Vintage Soviet Art and Propaganda Posters

The convergence of vintage design and propaganda is a thing of beauty and power, be it in science or in politics. Ben Perry’s massive collection of 20th-century Soviet and Russian propaganda, advertising, and art posters, created between 1917 and 1991, offers a beautiful perspective on mid-century …