Mid Century Modern airline ephemera

Mid Century Modern ephemera sabena luggage label
Sabena label from the late 1950s/ early 1960s

Wow, amazing luggage label from Belgian airlines Sabena. This label is promoting travel to Africa. Look at those colors! I love how the illustrator portrays the faceted shades of the girl’s face in bold “Fauvist” hues.

This is part of Art of the Luggage label’s amazing collection of luggage labels on flickr. Please check them out. They were nice enough to add the label to grain edit’s mid century modern sticker, label and stamp club as well.

Be sure to check these luggage labels we’ve posted in the past.
Modern Swiss label
Portuguese modern label

Richard Erdoes – Childrens book illustration

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Richard Erdoes – Policemen around the world c1967

Richard Erdoes was an author and illustrator. He was born in Vienna, Austria in 1912 and later immigrated to the United States. The book above is one of a 3 part “around the world” series. The other two books were Musicians of the world and Peddlers and Vendors of the world. Both of which, were produced around the same time in the late 1960s.

It looks like Erdoes’ used a combination of Pen/ Ink and gouache to achieve the finished look found in the images above. This reminds me of the work of Miroslav Sasek who I believe used gouache as well.

Many thanks to grain edit reader Thorsten Schmidt for sending the following Richard Erdoes link in:
Richard Erdoes magazine illustration

You can pick up a copy of Policemen around the world at Amazon.


Also available for your viewing pleasure: Ryohei Yanagihara

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Dave @ Book By Its Cover

 Julia Rothman - Book by its cover blog

All this week I will be guest blogging at Julia Rothman’s wonderful Book By Its Cover blog. This is one of my favorite blogs, so please stop by! Today’s posting is a beautiful book by Tim Biskup.

Herbert Bayer poster contest – we have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their reason for wanting the Herbert Bayer Olivetti poster! After a week of voting, we closed the polls last friday. We’re proud to announce that Simon P. from the Sichuan Province of China reeled in the most votes. He won with his submission, “I live in china, my walls are bare, inspiration comes via a slow broadband connection.” Simon has a shiny new poster coming his way.

Keep an eye out for Simon’s upcoming T-shirt line at escape artist apparel.

Geoff McFetridge show in San Francisco

Geoff Mcfetridge show in San Francisco

For those of you in the San Francisco/ Bay area, Geoff McFetridge has a show tonight at Mollusk surf shop.

show 7-10pm

Mollusk Surf shop
4500 Irving st.
SF, CA 94122

(Big thanks to Nicole for passing this along)

Marcus Walters

Marcus Walters

Marcus Walters, a designer and illustrator from the UK, loves washing machines. A lot of his work is similar to the above image — which reminds me of putting felt onto a feltboard as a kid. They have that very flat, semi-dimensional quality to them which I love.

Marcus is also a part of New Future Graphic, which is more graphic design-oriented (posters, ad’s, books, etc).

Saul Bass exhibition at the Design Museum

Saul Bass exhibition at the design museum
Matchbooks for Hunt-Wesson by Graphic designer Saul Bass

Jon (Insect54) posted this amazing set of matchbooks on flickr last night. I’ve never seen these before. I’m digging the pixelated flower in the lower left corner and the orange and yellow pattern on the 3rd down, 3rd to right is really nice. Saul designed the logo for Hunt-Wesson in 1964 so I’m guessing this work was produced right around the same time.

Can’t get enough of Saul?
check these out:
Henri’s Walk to Paris – children’s book illustrated by Saul Bass
San Francisco International Film Festival poster
Saul Bass’s Case study house

Dutch Typography – Lettergieterij Amsterdam typefaces

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Vette Annonce type specimen sheet late – Netherlands 1950s/ early 60s

Happy Wednesday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted any type specimens, so I figured it was time to post this gem from Lettergieterij ‘Amsterdam’ (Amsterdam Type Foundry) which was founded by Nicolaas Tetterode. The specimen is a tri-fold that opens to reveal an 11 X 17 sheet. I’d love to know more about Tetterode, ATF, and this typeface. Can any of the typographers out there fill in the blanks? Has Vette Annonce been digitized? I believe “Vette Annonce” translates to “fat advertisement”. With that in mind, is “Vette Annonce” even the name of the typeface?

Cool Type contest

Sander from segd sent me a link to this cool font contest. Try your luck at What the Font?

Tyler Lang – Graphic Designer

Tyler Lang - Graphic Designer

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. I first came across Tyler Lang a few months ago when his Universal Demand poster for Ringling School of Art and Design was making the rounds on select blogs. His portfolio is filled with great work, I just wish I could see more. I especially like his logo system for the Sarasota Design Summit and the Ford piece seen above.