Friday, October 30, 2009

Philately Fridays: USA, 1984

Here's a stamp honoring baseball legend Roberto Clemente. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Heinz Edelmann

Here are a couple of thangs from beloved Czech illustrator Heinz Edelmann, who passed away this summer. Most well known for bringing The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" to life, Edelmann has a whole slew of fantastic work attributed to his name. To learn more about his life and work, read Graphis Magazine's tribute to Heinz Edelmann.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Philately Fridays: Mexico, 1978

I love the subtle shading, bright colors, and real heavy geometry in these two stamps from Mexico. Very clever illustrations depicting the fusion of technology and international relations.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Toy designers, take note of this packaging design for Swiss company Didi's line of baby products. Designed by E. & U. Hiestand circa 1974ish.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Philately Fridays: Uruguay, 1977

Hot use of overprinting and cool shapes in this stamp from Uruguay. Color economy!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Country Club Fashions

I thought country clubs were way too haughty to get this psychedelic. Either way, these bag designs for Country Club Fashions, designed by the power team of Frazier and Hauge are really doin' it.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

David Weidman

Pileup reader John Ballon recently reminded me of illustrator David Weidman. Weidman worked as an animation artist with Hannah-Barbara before opening up a framing store in Los Angeles. There, he attempted to sell some of his gorgeous screenprinted posters but it seemed most of his customers were more interested in his frames! Years later, his artwork has been compiled into a book entitled The Whimsical Work of David Weidman. One look at his art and you can see how it still resonates with today's artists and illustrators.

Check out this monstrous collection of Weidman's art on Flickr.

To see more and order original screenprints from David Weidman, visit

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tama National Zoo

Poster designed for Tokyo's Tama National Zoo by Yasuo Shigehara. Circa 1967ish.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pinball Fever: 4 Square

Here's a great looking pinball machine from the always hot Gottlieb. It's 1971's "4 Square." Game design by Ed Krynski. Artwork by Gordon Morison, who was responsible for creating the art of nearly 150 different pinball games for Gottlieb. After putting in his time for Gottlieb, Morison was still working up to 80 hours a week doing freelance art and advertising projects up until his death in 2000.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Philately Fridays: Cuba, 1976

How to win me over through graphic design in three easy steps:
1) Start with a HUGE wash of bright orange (Cuba, I can always count on you for this)
2) Use one of my favorite logos of all time (1976 Montreal Olympic games)
3) Add a minimal graphic illustration of an animal (a beaver will do just fine)

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Thursday, October 1, 2009


UNPRECEDENTED! It's fight night at So Much Pileup and we are thrilled to present our first ever Logo Wars handicap match! Our featured fighter is the logo for the nation's first and largest jai-alai center, Miami Jai-Alai. The clever use of the "J"s and the dot of the "i" combined with slick Avant Garde type make this one a tough contender.

Miami Jai-alai's opponents are the tag team of:
1) KALGLO: an electronics logo, using the same style of bold Avant Garde type and an illustrative electric burst inside the "O."

2) FORRESTER FLOWERS: Look out Jai-Alai, these "F"s can fit into a typographic illustration just as well as your "J"s can.