How great are these old Hoover Electric Washing Machine Instructions? We have a collection of vintage instruction cards and this is one of our favourites. The colour, the quality of the print and the detail of the illustrations are fantastic and for the amount of information on there, it is really well designed.
#6 then - Hoover, Electric Washing Machine Instruction Card
Remember our Ebay bargain, Trademarks & Symbols, Volume 2: Symbolical Designs by Yasaburo Kuwayama, well it arrived today and it is every bit as great as we expected. There are 1500+ marks from all over the world organised into themed sections - the pics above show pages from the Circles, Birds and Eye categories. It's a great piece of reference, so the search is now on for volume 1!
We've just completed another great project with the folks at Sell! Sell! creating letterpressed-style typography to accompany their period looking ads for Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages. There are 4 in total; Cola, Lemonade, Ginger Beer and Dandelion & Burdock.
We are big Fentimans' fans here at Delicious, so it's been a fun job all round.
This is probably the best item that is ever going to be in our 'Things to buy' category - it's the 'Pacific Wheel', the famous Santa Monica Ferris Wheel, which is now on ebay.
The wheel debuted in May 1966 at the opening of Pacific Park and in 1998 became the world's first solar-powered ferris wheel. It's a great item for those with a giant garden and a lot of spare cash (Bidding is currently at $50,000), but it says in the details that the wheel base is not included in the sale!! What is a buyer going to do with a 90ft high ferris wheel with no base?
These fantastic posters, and many others are currently on display until 17 May in the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins as part of an exhibition celebrating the Modern British poster. For those who can't make it, Ace Jet have a cool quicktime showing the highlights.
Starbucks appear to be undergoing a rebranding exercise, or at least they are in the US - there doesn't seem to be any evidence of it in the Uk. There's lots of confusion on the internet as to the extent of this nostalgic rebrand, but it seems on their cups at least, they have reverted back to the style of their very first, single colour logo with the full graphic of the original twin-tailed mermaid.
According to Business Week, "Starbucks plans to use the logo on all its cups for about eight weeks. It will remain in ads and as the logo for Pike Place bags of coffee" - their new product.
It seems like an odd thing to do, and although the new/old logo is much more appealing and less corporate looking (which seems to be the strategy) - are consumers really stupid enough to perceive Starbucks as a small boutique coffee brand, by the use of a nostalgic logo for 8 weeks? I really hope not!
Something else from the depths of the Delicious Reference box - one of our vintage photos. This one is superb, it has such great contrast, unfortunately though we have no idea, what type of planes these are, what they are doing flying in a row so close together or who took the picture, but it's still one of our favourites. Enjoy!
So here we are, #5 - vintage, aeroplane photograph
Our friends at Sell! Sell! are on the lookout for a full-time, junior designer. We've worked with them on quite a few projects now and it's always fun - although you may want to brush up on your Wii skills!
Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org with current work or visit their blog for more info.
Nike 1/1 is an art competition, this year themed on the Art of football - submit your work for the chance to exhibit in Basel with some of the world's most respected talents (the Nike 1/1 associates). 11 artworks will be selected to exhibit and 1 chosen as the overall winner which will be immortalised on a new limited edition series of Nike Dunks.
It doesn't sound like a great prize to me, but if it's your bag, get those pens and pencils out - oh, and 'Be True' apparently that's the only rule!
We have just finished working on these characters for use on ScreenThing, an interweb project for the Motion Picture Association, for young film & TV fans. The ScreenThing characters run throughout the site, which is hosted on the Piczo network.
Big thanks to Sell! Sell! for getting us involved, it was a fun job!
For those of you who are not familiar with it, Craphound was a zine created by Sean Tejaratchi, each one themed and filled from cover to cover with line art and clip art in b&w. We are big fans here at Delicious, they are fantastic, and through the late 90's Sean created 6 in total.
We recently found out that in 2005 issues #5 and #6 where re-published by Show & Tell Press in Portland, and that there is now a #7: part 1 currently available and a #7: part 2 on the way. Yeah! Reading Frenzy have copies of #6 and #7: part 1 in their online store if anyone wants one.
Meanwhile there is a great article all about Craphound and an interview with it's creator on Ping Mag.
Have a go at this type quiz. It's tough. A couple, I'm ashamed to say, I have never even heard of. Still 27/34 is above average according to their stats. Come on GMan, I challenge you to take the quiz - no cheating now!
Check out the Spring 2008 issue of Eye Magazine (#67) out his week. This is the publications first independent issue after being 'released' by Haymarket Publishing to editor, John L Walters. Fingers crossed it will be onwards and upwards from here on in, I think design mags need the freedom of independence to be able to push the boundaries and remain inspiring. Look at Grafik it is better now than it ever was.
Typogabor has a great collection of scanned in design and typography books as well as 'tributes' to the great Lou Dorfsmann and Herb Lubalin which are collections of some of their best work. It's a really good resource as books like the 'Top Symbols & Trademarks' are such good reference yet so hard to come by.
Neatorama has researched the logo development of some of the biggest brands in the IT world. It's really interesting to see the changes over the years, but I'm not sure all the changes are for the better.
I recently came across the surf photography of Surfer Magazine creator, John Severson. John was a pro surfer, turned film maker, producing some of the very first surf movies including 'Big Wednesday' and 'Surf Safari' before starting the magazine and turning his time more to surf photography and graphics.
His photos are of the big wave riders from the late 50's and early 60's printed in black and white. Signed versions are available to buy from Surfer Art along with his paintings, block prints and re-prints of his promotional movie posters.
Saw this today and it made me smile - if you are going to modify a road sign why stop at giving it a magic wand, and for that matter, why give it a magic wand? Maybe they were trying to conjure up a real pavement??
Matt & Pat Carroll and Karen Jackson at Central Station, have produced some of the most iconic design to come out of Manchester, working with Manchester's finest; bands like Happy Mondays & Black Grape, Tony WIlson, The Hacienda and more recently with Michael Winterbottom on the film '24 hour Party People' starring Steve Coogan.
“Central Station’s work is widely accepted as amongst the most influential; they inspired a generation of designers and music fans and helped define the infamous ‘Madchester’ era.” says Richard Goodall the gallery curator.
During the exhibition there will also be a selection of limited edition fine art prints available, so get saving!
Here we have some vintage wine labels that have been in the Delicious reference box for quite a long time now. The quirky typography and great print quality make them far more interesting than most wine labels today. I am particularly fond of the very simple 'Bordeaux, Supérieur' and 'Vin Blanc, Moelleux' labels.
Here at Delicious we love the work of Dutch illustrator, Dick Bruna, especially Miffy, one of the best-loved children's book characters of all time. Bruna's use of simple line drawing with bold, blocks of red, blue, green and yellow create a wonderfully 2-dimensional graphic image. These fantastic illustrations are now available as limited edition prints from the UK Miffy Shop.
We would like to pay tribute to Paul Arden, who died yesterday after a long illness. He was a Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi for many years creating great campaigns such as British Airways and Silk Cut. In recent years he became a published author, with top selling books, 'It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be', 'Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite' and, last year, 'God Explained In A Taxi Ride'.
He also ran one of our favourite galleries, Arden & Anstruther, a New York-style Photography Gallery in Petworth along with his wife, Toni.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. Messages of condolence can be left on the Creative Review Blog.
Ever fancied designing your own typeface but didn't quite have the technical know how to make it work? Well the very kind people at Fontshop have created 'Fontstruct' a free font-building tool where fonts can be constructed using geometric shapes in a grid-like pattern. Once complete it is turned into a working true-type font ready to use on either Mac or Windows systems. I wonder how well it works? I guess there is only one way to find out...
The Royal Mint has just revealed new designs for all UK coins as the result of a national competition started in 2005 and won by London designer, Matthew Dent. This is the first time that a single design has been carried through all denominations in the UK. The 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 50p each display a section of the Royal Arms that can be arranged to make up the full shield, and in case you don't know what that should look like, the £1 coin shows it in full. "It's easy to imagine the coins pushed around a school classroom table or fumbled around with on a bar - being pieced together as a jigsaw and just having fun with them." says Matthew.
They do have a really modern feel, having no numbers and the denomination only in word form gives them a very fresh appearance. I think it's about time they were given a facelift, however I can't help thinking the 5p looks like an old Roman or Saxon coin??
The new designs will be integrated into circulation throughout the year alongside the existing coins. For more information go to the Royal Mint website.
No - not fairies and pixies, but really little, model people in unexpected, everyday places just doing their own thing, or as their creator, Slinkachu puts it, 'Little, hand-painted people, left in London to fend for themselves'... To see more of this 'tiny street art project' click here and remember to watch out for our tiny friends on a street near you.
We love collecting these old Photographic Studio cards, the typography and typesetting are always wonderful. They are printed in a single colour onto a smooth board with a portrait and usually some foil blocking on the front, and the studio's details on the reverse as shown above.