Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

Ralph Mcquarrie: The Look of Star Wars

January 28th, 2013



Ralph Mcquarrie is a man to be remembered. He was an American conceptual designer and illustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon. His work is nothing short of outstanding. Via Paul Pants.

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Sheats Goldstein Residence: Interview with James Goldstein

October 24th, 2012


John Lautner was one of the greatest architects. He designed this home back in the 70s in the hills outside of Los Angeles and eventually James Goldstein purchased it from the original owner. This glass walled home in the Hollywood Hills has been used many times in photoshoots and in movies. To live in this home would be extraordinary.

View more images of this house or of Lautner’s work.

Mens Fashion of the 70s

February 16th, 2012



It would take a truck load of confidence to sport theses 70s jumpsuit. Adding sunglasses to the outfit sure makes it seem even cooler. Also worth checking out are these outfits from women’s fashion from the 1970s.

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Sainsburys Vintage Packaging

October 4th, 2011


Sainsbury’s was founded in 1869 and has become the third largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. Sainsbury’s great in-house design team in the 60s and 70s produced these beautiful packaging samples.

If you get Creative Review, check out the September addition for an article about a new book by Fuel about the team and the approach behind the designs—buy the book here.

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Belgian Design from Paul Ibou

September 7th, 2011



Paul Ibou was a great Belgian graphic designer who studied at the Royal Academy in Antwerp. In 1961, at age 23, he began working as a freelance designer under the pseudonym Ibou. The term Ibou meant “inventive book designer and publisher”. Also, in French Ibou also meant “owl” which initiated the beginnings of his large collection of owl symbols.

Found via Aisle One

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Retro Futuristic Space Colonies

July 6th, 2011



Designing for the future is difficult. It’s hard to know what exactly will be happening and where technology will be. Proof of it has been with Google’s recent projects, Wave, Buzz and now Google+. Do they know exactly what the future is? I’m not sure, but since they are such a huge corporation they have power to change or create things that do impact the future. Now what if Google turned its efforts into just space—would we be able to vacation in space in the near future?

There were a lot of very great futuristic visualizations that came out of the 1970s including these brain warping space colonies. NASA’s Ames Research Center gathered artists to help design spaces colonies in the cosmos that could accommodate up to 10,000 people.

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Verner Panton Visiona

June 12th, 2011




Experiencing the Sixties to mid-Seventies learning under Verner Panton would have been amazing. He was commissioned multiple times to design an exhibition for the chemical company Bayer. Each year the company rented a boat during the Cologne furniture fair and turned it into a temporary showroom. The designed by Panton were titled ‘Visiona’ and ‘Visiona 2′. Both showcased surreal organic interior home furnishings that consisted of vibrant colors. The word psychedelic is continually lingering in my mind and I do wonder his process of coming up with these color and shape choices.

As you can imagine the day I begin designing my own home, reflections of this intriguing style will be present somewhere inside. It’s places like these that are unnatural that seem to be the best fitting for my ability to create things. Make sure to check out the videos after the jump to see a quick walk through.

Found on Space Invading

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Playboy Land Yacht Concept

April 21st, 2011




Talk about the ultimate retro-futuristic mobile pad. The Playboy Land Yacht was designed by Syd Mead for Playboy Magazine. Though only conceptual, the yacht is capable of driving itself with electronic sensors:

The brain box of the vehicle, located on the right side, incorporates radar activated sensors for remote controlled cruising, trip lapses with recorded tips on throughway exits, and two zoom-lensed TV cameras to monitor the road far and off.

Also, the brain box can be closed and pivoted to double as cocktail table, and it also features bathroom, food prep unit and an open air skylight with its electronic sun deck. On the other, Yacht’s pointed nose has dual role: it provides the aerodynamic styling and allows for the four lounge seats, up front, to be arranged at 45 degree angle.

For night driving, the yacht’s front lighting consists of two swing-down iodine quartz lamps, plus four normal high/low/intermediate lights, which are folded back when off, swinging out against adjustable stops (for proper aiming) when the sliding cover door is activated. In addition, a front-scanning infrared lamp produces a wide-angle fan of radiation, for pickup on the yacht’s console-mounted TV screen. What you see in the monitor is an infrared-filter view of the roadway. This system is an outgrowth of the exotic Air Force fighter-pilot technology, which produces an animated, terrain-characteristic “picture” in front of the pilot, regardless of the weather or visibility conditions.

The yacht’s pointed nose serves two functions: It provides the aerodynamic styling that a machine of this size demands and it allows for the four lounge seats up front to be arranged at a 45-degree angle to the axis of the vehicle, thus saving considering interior space.

In the rear of the yacht is a lounge complete with a 6 x 7 foot bed, TV, movie projector, and a bar capsule. Last but not least, the most important feature, a padded sun deck—a feature that Wilt Chamberlain would know all too well.

More images after the jump. Via Color Cubic / Automotto

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1970s Vintage Australian Packaging

April 19th, 2011






Getting my hands on some of this vintage Australian packaging from the 1970s would be downright awesome. What I wish was available alongside this packaging was a statistics chart showing the amount of sales, etc. Comparing that to the next redesign and similar products now would be interesting to see.

Via Re:Collection

Bulletin Publication from the 1972 Olympic Games

March 4th, 2011




The Bulletin was the official report of the preparations leading up to the Olympic Games. It appears they were released as far back as October 1968.

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.

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Posters of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 3rd, 2011




These posters for the games weren’t just created for advertising specific events, they were also used for public relations to help the sports be understood throughout the world. Each poster had to fulfill requirements of being intelligible throughout international cultures and appealing to the majority of people.

The use of photographs bled into the design helped symbolize the sport and to be easily comprehended. Remember that old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words?

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.

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Matchboxes of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 2nd, 2011





There were many great accessories done for the ’72 Olympics; matchboxes and lighters being of them. Although the design remained very consistent with the rest of the collateral pieces, it doesn’t become redundant or boring. The smaller presentation shows how great design should also work when scaled.

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.

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