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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.

1971 – Reprinted

Posted by Scott

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The 1971 Print has been reprinted and is now in stock at the ISO50 Shop.
A lot of people have asked me what the significance of the year 1971 is (no, it’s not the year I was born). Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” first appeared as a two part series in Rolling Stone magazine that year. Wikipedia sums up the main theme of the book which was based on these articles:

“It explores the idea that 1971 was a turning point in hippie and drug culture in America, when the countercultural movement no longer had momentum and its innocence and optimism of the late 1960s turned to cynicism.”

This print sort of juxtaposes the design ideals of the 60′s: the earth-tones and swirling, psychedelic, patterns; with the harsh, solid forms of the gothic lettering.
Oh, and also 1971 just looks badass all stretched out like that.