Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

Ticket Passes of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 1st, 2011

Ticket passes are usually the first things we throw away when passing through the entrance gates. Luckily for us the great 1972 Olympic Games Archive collected them and we’re able to see the continuation of simplicity throughout the design collateral.

As a kid I sometimes wish I would have collected things such as ticket passes. I’m sure it would have been interesting to look back at the design—if only I would’ve been into design at that age. Also it would have helped to be born twenty years earlier.

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Brochures of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

February 28th, 2011

The overly minimal and straight-to-the-point design was appropriate and entirely useful as an overheading design theme for the ’72 Olympics. These printed brochures focused more on the necessary information and excluded nonsensical riff raff—less really said much more.

Hit the jump to see more images all brought to us via the 1972 Olympic Archive.


A Week of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

February 28th, 2011

The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany had some of the greatest and most memorable graphic design of the 20th century. The pieces shown here throughout the week were all designed by Otl Aicher, an outstanding German graphic designer. Besides the work done for the games he also worked on the corporate branding for Lufthansa Airlines in 1969 as well as designed the “M” logo of the Munich Airport.

Tune in this post each day of the week or the front page of the blog to get the latest post.

Day 1: Brochures
Day 2: Ticket passes
Day 3: Matchboxes
Day 4: Posters
Day 5: Bulletin Print Publication

A Week of Mid-Century Design

January 3rd, 2011

For the next week (January 3rd through the 7th) I will be posting collections of mid-century design on the blog. Each of the posts will be archived here and added to each new post. Hope you enjoy the posts and can’t wait to share some of these images.

View each of the mid-century modern collections:
See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

Womens Fashion of the 70s

September 15th, 2010

1970s fashion as we know it was all about the mini skirts, bell-bottoms and the hippie look. That characterization will probably never change either. After looking through a group pool on Flickr called Lovely 70s Girls, I saw just how much more there was to 70s fashion. Whether it was good or not is what I’m questioning. Some of the styles are interesting, but I think that I find them more funny than anything.


Star Wars Nostalgia

September 13th, 2010

While searching through images for interior design inspiration, I stumbled upon these Star Wars gems. So many memories were brought back when I saw these. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I watched my first Star Wars. I’m guessing at least 10 years.

It’s been a long time, but I think I was always sort of torn between what side to root for because I liked the look of the storm troopers so much. Hopefully someone can vouch for me here. On top of thinking Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers looking cool, I used to want a lightsaber. Admittedly I’m pretty sure I still do want one.

Images via Jovisala47

Mid-Century Interior Design Flashback

September 10th, 2010

The Flashback group on Flickr has one of the best collections of vintage goodies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of the interiors that I found are really outstanding. Particularly the ones that look really modern—modern to today. It’s amazing how organic the design was as well.

Images via Flashback Group


Vintage Audio Cassette Inserts

August 7th, 2010

If you were to ask me three years ago if I liked these cassette inserts, I probably would have said no. It just hadn’t occurred to me just how powerful the design is on these. I just can’t seem to get enough—these inserts are beautiful in every way. I believe they are from the 70’s but I’m not exactly sure on that. Check out the full collection and this site for the cassette stickers.

Found on Ffffound

Swiss Utopia

April 27th, 2010

When I think of Switzerland, I think of it as this wonderful place to travel to. A lot of that has to do with my feelings toward Swiss design and my prior perceptions of the country based on movies or reading.

As I came across these images I couldn’t help but notice just how amazing each image looks in both a stylistic and compositional sense. I also came across these other photos in the same flickr stream that had that same 60’s/70’s film look that we’ve all come to love, but I don’t believe they are all from Switzerland.

Images via Post-Utópica.

The Colors of Mid-Century Modern

April 7th, 2010

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There is always something stunning about coming across gems like these two mid-century color palettes. While they may not be the most attractive images, they certainly have helped me nail down that ever-so-unique mid-century vibe. I’m most drawn to the Siliconized High Gloss and Color Varnish sets.

You can see some other examples of these colors in use here and here.

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