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Vintage Color & Design: Bolt Labels

Vintage Color & Design: Bolt Labels


Bolt labels, also called tickets, were stuck to the ends of bolts of cloth. The labels acted as a sort of trademark or brand, identifying a particular producer or merchant’s wares in the market place. Each label was designed specifically for the market it was sent to. The label was supposed to catch the eye of the shopper. You can read more about the history of the bolt label over at Bolton Museum. Thanks goes to flickr user Trevira for sharing this collection.


rich_merchant

double_value

rainbow_print_cloth

the_ricksha_boy
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Vintage Color & Design: 50's Tourism Brochures

Vintage Color & Design: 50's Tourism Brochures


Here's some color inspiration by way of Florida tourism brochures from the 1950's. This great collection was put together by newhousedesign and can be found here on flickr.


Miami_Beach

The_Brahma
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18 Colorful iPhone Apps

18 Colorful iPhone Apps


While some might argue that the most colorful apps for your iPhone are those that mimic flatulence, and there are more than enough of those available, here are some colorful apps that are a little more useful, fun and at least in better taste. To download the apps just simply search for the name in the iTunes store.

iSteam
$0.99

Welcome the first "steamy" photo editor for the iPhone / iPod touch. Turn your device into a foggy surface just like our mirror after a hot shower or as your window on a winter day. iSteam exploits all features of your device... - blow on your mic to haze the screen / use your fingers to write messages and draw, etc...

Mood Touch
$0.99

Happy? Sad? Stressed? Mood Touch will tell you! It's designed to have you interact with it to determine the mood that you're feeling as you touch it.

Quadrum:colors
$0.99

This is a new action-puzzle game with colors - a brand new twist on the match 3 formula. The basic rules are simple - you slide rows and columns of colored tiles to combine groupd (verticle or horizonal lines) of the same color and double-tap to remove them from the screen...

Bloom
$3.99

Generative, ambient music by Brian Eno. The app also allows you to create ellaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply apping the screen. Part instrument, part composition, part artwork, and totally awesome.

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Vintage Color & Design: Sci-fi Book Art

Vintage Color & Design: Sci-fi Book Art


Inspiration from classic sci-fi novels... these classic tales of alter universes and predictions of future societies were always accompanied by some really great art and color palettes. Thanks to levar for putting together this great gallery of scans from his personal collection.


anarchaos

The_Atom_Conspirarcy

Implosion

WhispersFrmTheStars
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The Colors of Erik Nitsche

The Colors of Erik Nitsche


Designboom brought my attention to this great flickr set and biography of design legend Erik Nitsche (1908-1998) whose "genius encompasses virtually the entire sphere of visual communications. Nitsche's prodigious and globe-straddling career, spanning nearly 60 years, included art direction, book design, typography, illustration, photography, film, signage, exhibits, packaging, industrial design, corporate design, and advertising."

"If Nitsche’s name is unfamiliar to some who pride themselves on being knowledgeable about the history of graphic design, this can only be attributed to Nitsche’s reluctance to court publicity and to his belief that his work should speak for itself. In an essay about the designer in the late 1950s, P. K. Thomajan wrote, “Self-effacement, [Nitsche] finds, keeps the blighting shadow of the ego out of one’s work." - The Art Directors Club

Eric Nitsche may not be as well known today as his contemporaries, Lester Beall, Paul Rand, or Saul Bass, but he is their equal. Almost 90 years old, this Swiss born graphic designer is arguably one of the last surviving Modern design pioneers. Although he never claimed to be either a progenitor or follower of any dogma, philosophy, or style other than his own intuition, the work that earned him induction last year into the New York Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame, including the total identity for General Dynamics Corporation from 1955 to 1965 and the series of scientific, music, and world history illustrated books, which he designed and packaged during the 1960s and 1970s, fits squarely into the Modernist tradition... continue reading at typotheque

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Colorful Label Template Exhibition at Worldlabel.com

Colorful Label Template Exhibition at Worldlabel.com


The folks over at worldlabel.com had an idea to create an easy way for people to create their own cd and address labels using palettes geometric patterns and color palettes, and asked the members here at COLOURlovers to contribute designs for an exhibition. Here's what they had to say about worldlabels.com and the COLOURlovers Exhibition:

This whole exhibition idea started when one of the employees at Worldlabel.com a manufacture of blank laser and inkjet printer labels started using a colour palette to design geometric patterns.

We took these design and created a label template so folks could personalize and print. It looked great, we thought an exhibition would be a great idea, so we asked on the COLOURlovers forum if anyone would want to contribute designs for an exhibition and received several contributions. Lyell Rodieck, GreenMyEyes, submitted over 50 designs. The result of this collaborative effort is an online exhibition of CD and address label templates which can be personalized, and downloaded for free on display at WorldLabel.com.


Deciding on a favorite to download is the hardest part to getting started. Once you decide, click the template you want to download. The templates are created in Open document Format (ODF) and are easily viewed by any of these office suites: OpenOffice.org, Koffice, Staroffice IBM Lotus Symphony, or any other office suite supporting the OpenDocument format. WordPerfect Office X4 has native ODF support.

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Vintage Color & Design: Advertisements

Vintage Color & Design: Advertisements


Color inspirations by way of advertisements from the 50's and 60's.

Many of these great ads were selected from an inspiring post by the design blog WellMedicated and the others from flickr. Image source links can be found by clicking on the images themselves.


sprite

VW_bus_ad

suit_ad

lamp_ad
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The Colors Of Kashiwa Sato

The Colors Of Kashiwa Sato


Kashiwa Sato is a Japanese art director that is anything but afraid of color. Of all his creative work, which has been for companies such as UNIQLO, docomo, and the list goes on and on, his site might be the most colorful of all. At its core, the site is minimal, but in a way that might make your head explode after an extended period of surfing. The site, created by Yugo Nakamura, includes an unique color navigation system that uses animated color palettes made up of colors that were used on the projects themselves. This system is not only visually impressive but gives a good sense of his creative aesthetic as well.

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Color & Design: 60's & 70's Brazilian Album Covers

Color & Design: 60's & 70's Brazilian Album Covers


Color inspiration by way of Brazilian album covers from the 60's and 70's during the popular Bossa nova movement.

This selection of album covers is part of a larger collection on the site sabadabada which recently celebrated its four year anniversary. sabadabada is run by Peter who has been collection records from Brazil for over 15 years.

"My reasons for building this site were simple. I set out to build the site that I wished somebody else had built before I started collecting. I wanted to post some information, without opinion or commentary, and to share some of the music that I thought was worth collecting."

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Color & Design: Postage Stamps

Color & Design: Postage Stamps


Color inspiration from some recent stamp designs. Two series by graphic designer Gavin Potenza entitled 'A Field Guide to: the Stamps of the World' and 'Homage to the Stamp'. Along with a New Zealand heritage collection of the alphabet of cultural icons.

AtoZ of New Zealand

a_is_for_aotearoai_is_4_interislander f_is_for_fantaile_is_for_edmonds

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