While discussing some plans for a future Tycho video with Ghostly, the Legowelt "Disco Rout" video by Brazilian firm Lobo.cx came up. This was an incredible video at the time (2002, Ghostly International), and still is. It’s like a bunch of European travel posters coming to life. Lobo did a great job making it all feel authentic while lending a modern edge with the 3D work. The song itself is amazing as well; the video fits it perfectly. Listening to this track always makes me think of driving an ’84 BMW down the Autobahn at speed with perforated driving gloves and Ray Ban Pilots. Jakub probably did that already, or at least mocked it up for a photo-op. See the video here >
People often ask about the origins or significance of my posters so I’ll be posting the stories behind them from time to time. Pictured above is the "Vuela" print, a variation of the "1971" print. I created this after I first visited Spain; Vuela in Spanish means "Flight". I saw this word everywhere in the airports and it stuck with me. I spent most of my time on that trip in the city of Barcelona which is filled with design and art, it truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. This poster was meant to evoke the same sort of feelings I got from the people and places I encountered on that trip.
ISO50 Vuela Print >
Italian manufacturer Brionvega has reissued Richard Sapper and Marco Zansuso’s iconic TS502 portable radio, now dubbed the TS522. These things go for $250 which is a bit steep, especially considering I haven’t listened to the radio in years, but with this kind of style who cares what it does.
Images via Anthony Mark
This image comes in via the Mid-Century Modernist in the comments of the RCA HiFi ’67 post. Very similar design here, I definitely prefer this version best. I love wanut / white combinations (if that is, in fact, walnut) and the blue screen is a perfect touch. Be sure to check out Mid-Century Modernist, it’s a great resource for vintage designer furniture.
This is the sign out front at the Camper Hotel, Barcelona. Camper is a Spanish company that makes great shoes and although I’m not sure what they’re doing in the hospitality industry, I’m all for it. This place was amazing, very nice design throughout. If you have a chance be sure to visit, it’s in the El Raval which is a very cool neighborhood with great design shops and one of the best book stores I’ve seen at the CCCB (where OFFF is held each year). Loved this sign, was a nice take on Americana via the venerable motel sign.
Here’s another version of the CBC Annual Report that I posted on a while back. I like the colors of this one more and the nice border and info panel add to the poster vibe. Not sure which is more loyal to the original, but as I said in the original post, I thought a more muted palette would serve it well, and here it is.
George Nelson’s classic 1958 design. Always loved this desk (walnut and white laminate gets me every time), so pricey though ($1745!). As a designer it’s a tough decision when it comes to furniture. Do you spend your money surrounding yourself with inspirational pieces of design like this, or do you spend it on equipment to make better design yourself? I always lean heavily towards the latter, as evidenced by the glut of Ikea products that fill my house.
Black and white at their finest from The Poster Library via Joyrex. I really like how this piece emphasizes extremes; dark / light, massive headline / miniscule copy. As a poster designer you dream of being able to keep the detail copy this small. Unfortunately, clients don’t always appreciate the finer points of minimalism.
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Update: Title translation via Jessie Rumble: "Never think in Clichés"