I agree with Shelby, I’d pay good money to get my hands on these Ducats milk cartons designed by Heinz Grunwald in the 80s. They’re beautiful and functional. These are also a reminder of how bad design can get nowadays. It’s our responsibility as designers to push graphic design back to this type of thinking. Simple, smart, beautiful.
Here’s some more vintage goodness. I found this excellent Flickr set of vintage beer cans. I’ve never seen that odd can shape, looks like motor oil. Love it. There are also a few brand-less cans with only “Light Beer” printed on them which are really nice.
I’m really digging these vintage oil can designs by Antrepo to showcase their typeface, Public Gothic. It makes you wonder what the hell happened to our society that made us go from nice packaging design like this, to this.
I’ve been a fan of Tim Navis’ work for sometime now, and I’ve been meaning to feature it here. A recent post on ISO50 inspired me to finally do it.
Tim’s photo work is exceptional. What stands out the most for me are the compositions and color tones of the images. The colors have a natural, almost vintage feel to them. Tim creates vibrate and exciting colors, but there’s also a washed out look to them that I love. The blacks are never crushed, and the whites have a slight yellow tint to them. I aim for similar color tones in my photos.
You can purchase some of these wonderful images over in Tim’s store.
I found this inspiring set of vintage calendars over at Grain Edit. For an aesthetic standpoint, my personal favorite is this 1970 Boffi Arredamento Calendar designed by A. Nava & G. Confalonieri. I love the visible grid and the geometric graphic. It’s hard to tell how functional it was.
Here’s another great set of vintage book cover concepts by Norwegian designer, Morten Iveland. I love the attention to the detail of the paper textures. It really helps make the pieces feel authentic.