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Vintage Color & Design: Valentine's Day Cards

Vintage Color & Design: Valentine's Day Cards


While it can be a little nauseating searching through all the cutesy, cuddly, blush-colored cards, I did find some, thankfully, with surprising palettes of unexpected colors. There are even a few that don't use red at all. Thanks goes to riptheskull for sharing their collection of 1,722 Valentine's Day cards.

The Valentine dates back to the 1400's where handmade version were first exchanged in parts of Europe. As early as the 1800's valentines began to be mass produced and have since been grossly commercialized, but i'm sure it was all for love.


valentine_kids

valentine_girl

to_my_valentine

to_one_i_love
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Vintage Color & Design: Czech Film Poster

Vintage Color & Design: Czech Film Poster


I came across this wonderful art film poster shop and gallery located in Prague called Terry Posters. The selection below is from their ongoing 'best of' Czech film posters series all of which, plus many, many more, are available for purchase on their website. Click on the image for the link.

The selection of the best Czech film posters ever selected by its curator Pavel Rajčan. This Best Of selection is updated on regular basis and is based on more than 7000 posters from Terry Posters´ collection.

Lucky Dragon No.5
Lucky_Dragon_No.5

A Jolly Bad Fellow
A_Jolly_Bad_Fellow

The Brothers Karamazov
Brothers_Karamazov

Alibi
Alibi
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Vintage Color & Design: No. 1 Comic Books

Vintage Color & Design: No. 1 Comic Books


Here's some color inspiration by way of cover art from the No. 1 issues of classic comic books. Thanks to j_philipp for sharing this collection.


DetectiveComics_No.1

Batman_No.1

Action_Comics_No.1

Captain_America_No.1
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Eclectec Color Roundrup

Eclectec Color Roundrup


Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.

Illustration/Web

COLOURBOX



colourboxonline.com; taktak.net

A wonderfully built and designed portfolio site for talented illustrator colourbox. The site allows visitors to sort through the work by color.

There's also a fun drawing app, or kind of visual 'guest book' for visitors to create their own colored pixel signature then save it to a flickr account. The site was created by taktak.net

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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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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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