daily-heller-8-22-14_f

Sticker Stock

Do you remember the days leading up to the start of school? Every culture uses pictorial cues to help keep track of the experiential flood of stuff in our lives, but I find this vintage French stock stickers among the most charming bits of organizational stuff.

daily-heller-8-21-14_f

What Was Good About the ’80s?

What was good about the ’80s? Think Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse and Gary Panter, one of the graphic wizards that made Pee Wee’s sets and stuffs so hypnotically superific.

daily-heller-8-20-14_f

Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.

daily-heller-8-18-14_f

Packaging Package Design

Those vintage, so-called “vernacular” packaged food boxes, cans and labels from the ’40s and ’50s – when supermarkets were on the rise – were, in fact, designed by designers in design departments. Take a closer look at these package designs.

daily-heller-8-15-14_f

Surviving Attack

This special issue of Architectural Forum from January 1942 focused on civil defense in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

daily-heller-8-14-14_f

Shoes, Jam, Mosquitoes

These posters are from the period of Dutch advertising design between the wars, when Holland exhibited as vibrant an advertising culture as the rest of Europe — and obviously using many of the same graphic idioms as the rest of Europe.

daily-heller-8-13-14_f

Before The Tea Party

Patriotism and revolution went hand in hand in during the late ’60s and early ’70s when the “new left” was challenging the authority of government. Even before the so-called Tea Party adopted the American Revolution’s finest slogan and flag (designed by Benjamin Franklin), members of the Students For A Democratic Society (SDS) appropriated the symbol.