These great shots sent in by Jason Bustin:
"I found a home graphics kit that was made in Canada back in 1974 named “Supergraphic”. Its slogan was, “Professional wall graphics made easy for you to paint” and was geared towards creating cutting edge graphics in your household without having to hire a professional, (back at that time). The examples featured in this do-it-yourself kit remind me of the graphics in your “High Ceilings” photo on your ISO50 blog."
Some very familiar forms in there, check out the circle pattern reminiscent of the 1975 CBC report. There’s also the L shapes that look like either an upside-down Huron Spectrum print or the Sacramento Regional Transit Logo. This concept is a bit garish by today’s interior design standards, but it would still make a nice addition to an office or rec room.
The 70’s were really an interesting time for DIY arts and crafts. It seemed like people were more willing to take on projects such as these back then. I remember it seemed like everyone’s mom had a sewing machine, and actually used it. And a lot more people were into things like ceramics, wood working, and other hobbies with artistic leanings. This is something that in my experience, has sort of been lost on our generation. With everything in our lives either electrified or automated, I think we may have lost the patience for activities like these.
Bonus: Name that font (The headline: "Supergraphic")
As Horacio pointed out in the comments, Batman makes a cameo on this 1968 Design Magazine Cover. Such a specific pop culture reference seems a bit out of place among it’s vaguely evocative surroundings (the Union Jack excluded). As the title suggests, this all must be in reference to Carnaby Street which was sort of a fashion / cultural center to the Mod movement in 1960s England. Perhaps it had lost it’s hip status by the time this issue was published and the cover depicts the death knell of the movement. At any rate, a very nice illustration worthy of framing. Right after you clone-stamp out the byline at the bottom, that is.
This via Matthew Tellier. Wish I had this illo by itself, really like the vibe. At any rate, a standout cover for BusinessWeek to be certain. Looks like it was originally screenprinted, anyone know the artist?
Update via TKTK: The artist is Jimmy Turrell.
Layer Tennis was a blast…thanks to everyone for watching and commenting. Thanks to Rob Cordiner for a great set and to Coudal and Co. for putting us on. I have to say it was a very interesting experiment. Continue reading →
Drove to Sacramento today to deliver the artwork for this Saturday’s Gallery Show. Stuck around for a while to watch them hanging the work, took some shots. Should end up looking nice, there will be some new stuff in there along with five large format pieces and some as yet unreleased work that’s just been printed for the first time. All the work is limited edition printed in Giclee on watercolor paper. Try to make it out and say hi…There will also be a live Tycho set and the whole thing is free for all ages. Info
I’ll be battling Rob Cordiner in Layer Tennis Tomorrow. I apparently won the coin toss so I’ll be going first. The whole thing kicks off at 12pm PST (GMT -6), details are here. Should be a good time, you can comment along in the forums of the Layer Tennis site.
Some more Otl Aicher Munich ’72 artifacts. I found this image on Flickr but now can’t seem to find who took it. If you are that person, or know who did, please let me know so I can properly credit this. Of course the design is amazing, but the picture is great too. The reflections are really complementary to the designs.
I’ll be doing a poster show at Sacramento’s Artisan Gallery this Saturday, 11/10/07. There will be large format Giclee versions of many of my prints on display as well as a lot of 12×18" show posters. All will be for sale along with prints from the shop and t-shirts. Afterwards I’ll be doing a Tycho set with visuals and all. Try to make it out, it’s free and it’s a very cool venue so should be a lot of fun. This will be part of Sacramento’s "Second Saturday" art walk which is always a great time. The show runs from 6-11pm.
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
Admission: Free / All Ages
1901 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815