Austin Poster Scene

Austin Poster Scene

I didn’t get to go to the Flatstock Poster Show this Spring because I was out of town, but Austin is always a great town for show posters and I regularly come across interesting examples of local design, as happened today when I was out shopping for Easter trinkets at ToyJoy and noticed a couple of interesting posters from shows …


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More Pulp Art at Pulpcovers.com

Last year we featured an overview article on pulp novel cover design, and since then we’ve continued to look for other resources on mass market book and magazine cover design from the 30s, 40s and 50s. In a recent search I stumbled on pulpcovers.com, a site which features hundreds of covers, tending towards the more risque and unusual, including vintage …


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Vintage Postcards at Voices West

While working on a design project for a local group here in Texas I ran across an interesting website with a really unusual collection of images of vintage postcards. Vintage postcards in general have always been an interest, but this collection is unusual because the cards are selected on an unusual basis. They’re all postcards which include the lyrics of …


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Vintage Fonts in The Artist

After seeing it win all sorts of Oscars I had to sneak out for a matinee of The Artist yesterday. I had already been advised that it was worth checking out for its use of vintage fonts, including some of ours, and it seemed like I shouldn’t put it off any longer. While the film was certainly enjoyable both as …


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Mining Horror Comics for Font Ideas

I’m always mining the great graphic legacy of past eras for cool resources to use as the basis for fonts, and while I more typically go to antique sources, there’s a lot of great material to be found in the relatively recent past in vintage products of popular art like the covers and artistic content of pop novels and comic …


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The Hot Retro Design of the “Burly Q”

When I go browsing in our local vintage shops I always check out the racks of flyers and promotional cards for various local bands and businesses. Sometimes I find a graphic design treasure, and last weekend that treasure was a half-page, two-sided promo card for a movie called Behind the Burly Q which is coming out on DVD next spring. …


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An Excellent Source for Vintage Poster Art

In my periodic random wanderings of the internet I stumbled on a rather excellent source for examples of vintage poster and book cover art and lettering at MovePosterShop.com. While their business seems to focus primarily on selling posters from contemporary movies, they have all sorts of interesting material in their catalog, from posters of pulp novel covers to vintage movie …


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New Font: Beaumains

We’ve done a number of fonts based on lettering by vintage calligrapher and design historian J. M. Bergling, including several with an Art Nouveau flavor like Boetia and Belgravia. Our newest font is in that same tradition, but it is an unusual simplified alternative to traditional Art Nouveau lettering styles. It’s also set apart by having both a full upper …


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Letterpress Printing I: Project Research

I have a commission to do an event poster for a festival coming up this fall. Rather than do the obvious and design it on the computer and then print it by any of the obvious high-tech methods, I thought I would look into what it would take to set up a homemade letterpress printing press and print the posters …


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The Design World of Ross MacDonald

As sometimes happens, my teenage daughter the design maven, pointed my attention to a very interesting website, in this case showcasing the work of printer and designer Ross MacDonald (not to be confused with the pulp novelist who authored the Lew Archer series). His specialty is producing antique looking original printed works using old technology and clever tricks. He’s designed …


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Classic T-Shirt Designs

As the father of a teenage girl, I’m constantly exposed to the latest trends in fashion. Nothing is more popular these days than the ‘vintage’ look, which basically comes down to fairly simple clothing – especially t-shirts – decorated with graphic arts designs with antique, ethnic and often highly stylized designs. I have to admit that some of these designs …


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