Tag: graphic design

Is This Blue Bell Potato Chips Bag the Coolest Thing Ever?

Is This Blue Bell Potato Chips Bag the Coolest Thing Ever?

Ephemera
If I didn't know any better I'd swear that this vintage Blue Bell Potato Chips bag was designed rather recently, and by someone with a real love for retro styling. In fact, this may just be the most perfect example of mid-century packaging graphic design I've ever seen. Let's take a look and then review why this is so great, shall we? The Blue Bell logo is strong, and I love how it incorporates the clapper into the product description. (Not sure what "smoky flavored" is supposed to mean, however.) To further the bell motif, there are musical notes for "fresh" and "crisp," which is just great. So very mid-century. The yellow portion of the bag design appears to be somewhat Googie-influenced, even if subtly so. Although I had no knowledge of the "10 cents" graphic when I des...
20 Beautiful Vintage Airline Travel Posters

20 Beautiful Vintage Airline Travel Posters

Ephemera, Featured Posts
In addition to their primary purpose in drumming up business for their company, airline travel posters of course wanted to get you in the mood to visit places all over the world. And without the benefit of a TV commercial, travel posters had to work overtime to help you paint a picture of exotic locales in your mind. Here are 20 such vintage travel posters that did their job exceptionally well, most dating from the 1950s and '60s. And if I may be allowed a shameless plug -- which I am -- I should tell you that some of these images are available as beautiful custom apparel and other products on my Zazzle shop. Why not go there now? Just click on The Hangar for all airline-related goods.
The Evolution of Fast Food Logos: Top 10 Burger Chains Edition

The Evolution of Fast Food Logos: Top 10 Burger Chains Edition

Advertising, Featured Posts
I know I'm certainly not the first person on the internet to post a gallery showing the history of fast food logos. But I'll be honest -- a lot of the other ones I've seen have been half-hearted at best, completely lazy and misleading at worst. So here's my attempt to remedy that. Here is my turn at a gallery showing the evolution of fast food logos, featuring the top ten largest chains in America (measured by number of locations in 2010). Dates on some of these logos are estimated, as exact years are difficult to come by for some. If anyone has higher-resolution versions please let me know. #1. McDonald's (est. 1940) The restaurant that became McDonald's was started in 1937 in Monrovia, California by Patrick J. McDonald, and sold burgers and orange juice. In 1940 his sons Maurice and...
Vintage Movie Title Camera Art

Vintage Movie Title Camera Art

Featured Posts, Movies
Back in the day, before fancy computers and gizmos and whatnot, title graphics in movies were painted by hand. By real human beings. And somehow they managed to look fantastic. So now I present to you a gallery featuring a host of vintage title art graphics, most of which date from the 1950s and '60s. (Click for a larger version.)
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Northwest Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Northwest Division)

Sports
I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up next are the five teams of the Western Conference’s Northwest Division — the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, and Utah Jazz.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Denver Nuggets Best What's this, you ask? Well, before the Denver Nuggets came to the NBA from the old American Basketball Associ
Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It was on this day 41 years ago that one of the great albums in rock 'n' roll history was released. I'm talking about Sticky Fingers, the 11th studio effort from the Rolling Stones. It's memorable today not just for great songs like "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch," but for the classic album cover. As you might be able to tell from the picture, that's a working zipper on those pants. Apparently the zipper caused some problems for record retailers, but not for the reason you might think. What they complained about was that the zippers were damaging the records due to the way they were stacked together. Subsequent shipments of Sticky Fingers had the zipper undone a bit to minimize vinyl damage. As for the seemingly, er, gifted model for the album, it was not Mick Jagger. I...
I Love You, Internet: DangerMouse fan art I would totally buy

I Love You, Internet: DangerMouse fan art I would totally buy

Internet
I'm going to get around to posting a tribute to Danger Mouse, my favorite all-time cartoon, some day. Until then, DazTibbles from DeviantART has produced something almost as cool with some DM art for a conceptual movie poster. Love it! It's weird seeing Danger Mouse, Penfold, and Baron Greenback looking so... realistic. Those Frog's Head Flyers are totally badass, as is the Mark III. If any entertainment franchise is worthy of a relaunch it's Danger Mouse, but you just know some Hollywood fart-sniffer would find a way to ruin it. So maybe it's best left alone. For a larger version of this picture as well as more excellent DM art -- sadly, no Stiletto or Colonel K yet -- head to DazTibbles' page.