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Weird-Century Modern

This French ad for Le Laboratoire de Controle Physiologiue is what I would call Weird Mid-Century Modern.

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Normalized Letterheads

These innocent-looking letterheads, void of political references, were examples of Gleichschaltung in Nazi Germany.

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Dancin’ Lines

Lou Myers was a hilarious cartoonist with an expressively lunatic line.

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Riting Rite and Rong

Lucian Bernhard designed Fonotyp to be a practical typographic writing system to spell English words phonetically.

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Alllllllll Aboardddddd!

Michael Russem and the staff of Kat Ran Press make small booklets that are packed with wonderfully curious design work.