Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo might have been a critical disappointment when it came out in 1958, but it definitely had one of the most eye-catching poster designs in cinema history.
The poster was designed by Saul Bass who also did the movie’s groundbreaking title sequence.
“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography Palm Sunday. His answer? His master’s thesis in anthropology for the University of Chicago, “which was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun.[...]
Looking like a haute couture treatment of “As the World Falls Down” from Labyrinth, by way of Peter Jackson’s Beautiful Creatures, the “Director’s Cut” of this Louis Vuitton ad above, titled “L’Invitation au Voyage,” is pretty stunning.[...]
It’s been all over the news recently: two Swedish design students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, have created what they call an “invisible bike helmet.” This description is a little misleading.[...]
There was lots of money to be made at the end of the 19th century and Dudley Docker made his share of it. He was what they called a “baron of industry” at a time when manufacturing was exploding in Britain. Docker made his fortune in paint, motorcycles, arms manufacturing, railways, and banking.[...]
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In the image above, we see a slice of an impressive pre-internet macro-infographic called a “Histomap.” Its creator John B. Sparks (who later created “histomaps” of religion and evolution) published the graphic in 1931 with Rand McNally.
Walking around L.A. just yesterday, I noticed new banners emblazoned with illustrations touting subway stations now under construction. In bold, bright colors, they deliver clear, ambitious imagery of a bright future ahead: dedicated builders, focused students, noble working commuters, surging trains.[...]
Many interests have spurred creative alphabet collections: New York City. Geekdom. Food snobbery. Childhood calamity. And now?
Actually, LSD ABC, defies neat categorization.
To those who haven’t delved deeply into his considerable body of work, twentieth-century architect, inventor, and futurist Buckminster Fuller seems to have left behind a single lasting contribution to the built environment: the geodesic dome.[...]
The long and cozy relationship between alcohol and music is well-documented—in song. Did George Jones ever sing about anything else?
But until now there’s never been so literal a partnership as the one between Beck’s beer and the New Zealand pop band Ghost Wave.