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Nitsche

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John Coulter sent me a bunch of wonderful Erik Nitsche images.  This is the first of many to come, so amazing.  I think this sort of illustrative design style is something that our generation has lost.  You rarely see anything quite like this anymore.  Most of the true illustrators these days stick to the sort of fanciful, handmade-looking things that you would expect and most pure designers stick with the computer producing things that sometimes feel a little too perfect.  This is an example of how great things can be when you create graphic design by hand, in the real world.  I know it’s not really practical in most commercial settings, you would hardly be competitive with other designers if you were trying to make everything by hand. But still, it would be nice to see a little bit more of this around.  What’s really amazing is that this work of art was commissioned by a defense contractor, my how times have changed. I wonder if companies are just placing less emphasis on the printed form as they migrate to newer media, or if people simply don’t see the value in quality design like this anymore.  Either way, it’s images like this that make me lament the passing of the golden age of design and the fact that I was born too late to be a part of it. I suppose that’s why I’ve always put so much emphasis on selling my work directly, by circumventing the world of client-driven design it’s still possible to create images with these ethics intact. 

SUPERGRAPHIC

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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")

DESIGN 230

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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.