1960s vintage postage stamp – 100 years of baseball

vintage us postage stamp 1969

stamp commemorating 100 years of Professional Baseball c 1969 – printed on a Giori press.

One of my favorite stamps from the US. It all works for me, the use of negative space, the colors, and the 6 cent price tag. Makes me miss the days of buying big league chew at the candy store and watching TWIB.

Also worth checking:

vintage modern stamps from Israel

modern sticker, label and stamp club

Moodswing9 interview

moodswing9 interview

moodswing9 (me) digging for records circa 1998

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. We had a few people over and watched the fireworks from our deck. Ryan “burger mother” tenderly worked the grill and successfully brought over 10 meat patties to life. This man knows his stuff. Thanks to everyone that came through. In addition to all this patriotic partying, it was my birthday, so it was a pretty busy weekend.

Now onto the picture above. Before I was interested in design I produced music for many of the guys in the Anticon collective under the moniker Moodswing9. Marc of We Push Buttons recently interviewed me. You can read the full interview here.

Happy 4th of July!

uzi vintage firecrackers

If the bomb doesn’t get you maybe the Uzi will.

Have a great 4th of July. We’ll be back on monday.

(vintage firecrackers via crackerpacks)

Evan Geltosky

Evan Geltosky

You may have seen these colorful blocks and the accompanying video where they move, running around on the web lately. It’s the work of Evan Geltosky, a recent Long Beach State graduate. On his site he has some nice typographic work, and a sweet poster/illustration of Mike Tyson!

2000+ Bossa Nova album covers

bossa nova album covers

bossa nova album covers

Bossa Nova Online has an insane collection of Bossa Nova album covers. I counted over 2000 albums! what! Tons of records from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. You can sort by labels as well. The site has archives for some of my favorite labels including: equipe, Forma, Odeon, Elenco, MPS and Som Maior. I’m not sure if these records are store inventory or part of someone’s personal collection. Either way you can easily spend a few hours browsing this monster.

Also worth checking:

Quarteto Em Cy – album cover design

Japanese graphic design in the 1950s exhibition

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

1950s Japan: The blossoming of the graphic designer exhibition book

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Packaging -  Honen salad oil – design by Kenji Ito 1959, Snow ice cream -design by Tadashi Masuda 1959, KAO soap – design by Hideo Amano 1958

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Wall-E retro art posters – illustrations by Eric Tan

wall-e pixar poster by Eric Tan

Eric Tan nailed it with his recent line of limited edition prints for Wall-E. The illustrations were inspired by vintage Disneyland attraction posters.

I saw Wall-E on friday. The theater was packed, as you might expect for the premier in Oakland. Pixar is only a few miles away from my house, so I’m sure there were illustrators who worked on the film in the audience. It was unlike any other Pixar film I’ve seen. Amazing in so many ways.

(image via Slash Film)

Also worth checking:
Exclusive look at the making of the Wall-E picture book.

STEP Inside Design business annual – cover design by Wink

wink step inside design cover

Finished Cover

The cover of the July/ August issue of STEP Inside Design magazine was designed by Wink. Scott Thares of Wink shares with grain edit some of the thoughts that went into the cover:

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Matthew Bowers

Matthew Bowers

German Shepherds and Ham Radio! My two favorite things together at last! Matthew Bowers, purveyor of such fine imagery and juicy type, is a Portland, OR based designer. In addition to his regular work, he also publishes the art book series, Downy Bird Art Kingdom.

Forest Small Book Series

forest small book series

Of Great Masses Moving at Visionary Speeds – Small Book Series vol. 2

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Joel over at the design studio Forest (of The Drama magazine fame) sent us this swell little book that’s part of the Forest Small Book Series. Books in the series are released quarterly and feature various thoughts, sketches, collections, and travels. Each issue is handmade using French paper and designed by Forest.

Vol. 2 (seen above) features photos by Joel and quotes from CS Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet. I really like the quotes Joel selected for inclusion in the book. Here’s one:

“To EVERY MAN, in his acquaintance with a new art, there comes a moment when that which before was meaningless first lifts, as it were, one corner of the curtain that hides its mystery, and reveals, in a burst of delight which later and fuller understanding can hardly ever equal, one glimpse of the indefinite possibilities within.”

Each issue is only $5, so stop by the Forest website and pickup vol. 2 and the recently released vol.3. You can sign up for a yearly subscription as well.