Photographer Lizzy Oppenheimer has recently launched a Kickstarter project aimed at raising funds to continue her documentation of America’s swiftly vanishing highway rest stops. With the budgets of states and towns continually diminishing, these architectural artifacts and pieces of Americana are prone to closures and neglect. Lizzy aims to continue her series of striking images and those who pledge have the opportunity to score beautiful prints and other great works from the ongoing series.
I have such fond memories of my childhood taking epically long roadtrips and stopping at these sometimes strange, but always needed rest stops. To see them slowly erased from our landscape is saddening and hopefully Lizzy can raise enough funds to continue in her efforts to document them.
Visit the Rest Stops of America Kickstarter page here.
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Tagged america, americana, architecture, art, artwork, fundraising, kickstarter, modern, photography, photos, pictures, retro, USA
I can honestly say I do not know what the purpose of this video is, but it did make me smile. Legos? check. NES sounding theme song? check. Kung Fu video game? check. Tetris? check. Yup, all the pieces are in place for one entertaining, anachronistic, and nostalgia filled trip. Watch 8-Bit Trip above.
Those creative folks over at Project Game Over have released another “video-game”, this time using 110 people in a large theater to reenact the beloved classic Pac Man game. The video is obviously adorable, I love the man-made bleeps and the ghosty whose eyes roll.
Posted in art, design, film, game, inspiration, motion
Tagged Arcade, classic, french, human, pac man, project game over, retro, video game
Here’s the latest Weekly Stimuli, a batch of visual delights from my inspiration archives.
Enjoy the images after the jump! Continue reading
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Tagged advertising, art, art work, artwork, branding, Christian Dior, color, design, Dior, fashion, IBM, iceland, illustration, inspiration, kodak, logo, macaroons, painting, photography, pictures, polaroid, polaroids, retro, revolution, typography
Air sickness bags don’t have to be nauseating to look at. In a dark corner of the internet I recently found a treasure trove of images of “barf bags”, some decades old. Some were awful, some, like the ones above, were either witty or well designed. I especially love the Pan Am waste bag, which I think would actually look quite nice framed in a bathroom.
Take a look at the hundreds of bags here.
(thanks to BrainPicker for the idea)
Jesse Brew is a west-coast raised photographer and designer, whose roots in the sun drenched California heat are easily recognized in his work. There’s also more than a nod to retro-Americana and especially with his images of the beautiful Seattle Public Library, a nod to the sci-fi lure of the late ’50′s.
View his portfolio here.
Here’s the latest installment of Weekly Stimuli – a batch of images from inspiration archives.
Enjoy the visual candy after the jump!
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Tagged americana, arcade fire, architecture, color, crime, culture, dance, dancing, earth, elvis, fire, Graphic Design, gun, hand-drawn, health, lava, life, medicine, modernist, music, nature, night, ocean, photography, retro, swimming, typography, violence, water
I’ve admired the graphic design of Stephen Kelleher for some time now, his illustration and composition style references the stark and bold design of the 1960′s while adding his own unique comical take for some of his projects. Check out his portfolio and be sure to visit his growing online store, where you can buy your very own copy of his adorable “Self-Help Book”.
Visit his website here.
Taking a hint from type designers Hoefler & Frere- Jones in their news post here, I took some time and went through the amazing collection of WPA era Federal posters from 1936-1941 at the Library of Congress online digital collection. The posters highlight great illustrations and use of typography, and an evidently rampant epidemic of syphilis.
You can find dozens more, and download them at hi-resolution, here.
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Tagged americana, art, culture, design, federal, Graphic Design, posters, retro, WPA
It’s no secret that I love Madmen, what creative worth their salt doesn’t? These posters designed and created by Christina Perry are a clever way to showcase the male leads. Well done.
You can see more of Christina’s work and purchase the posters here.
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Tagged advertising, AMC, design, designer, fashion, Graphic Design, mad men, madmen, posters, retro, tv, tv show