Friday, December 30, 2011

Philately Fridays: Canada, 1974

Here's a block of stamps celebrating Canada Post (Postes Canada). Four fantastic illustrations reminding us to keep the postal system alive and running no matter where we live.

Click image for larger view

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wes Wilson for Playboy, 1967

Wrapping up the year with a fantastically illustrated December 1967 Playboy Magazine cover by the legendary Bay Area psychedelic poster artist Wes Wilson.

Click image for larger view

See (and purchase) more of Wes Wilson's artwork over at Wolfgang's Vault.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Herb Lubalin and the PBS logo

One of my all-time favorites, the fantastic Herb Lubalin, talking about working with PBS to develop their logo, all with a great animation of the different logos transforming from one to the next. Love it.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Philately Fridays: Merry Christmas from Bulgaria

Happy holidays to you and yours from legendary Bulgarian graphic artist Stefan Kanchev. Here are three of his annual Christmas stamps from 1984, '85, and '87.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Philately Fridays: Cuba, 1986

Here are two stamps marking the 25th anniversary of both UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) and Radio Habana Cuba. Wait a minute... that would make this year the 50th anniversary of both of these organizations!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hlava Rezatá, Noha Strakatá

Super shoutout to my designer / drummer / film enthusiast friend Sam Smith (Sam's Myth) for putting me up on this incredible children's book from the Czech Republic. He came across a copy in Japan and showed it to me when we were nerding out over design books during Thanksgiving break. This book, written by Vera Provazníková and illustrated by Jan Kubícek, was released in 1983 but has a distinct early '70s feel to it. Maybe it's because they weren't able to easily keep up with new design trends in the rest of the world or maybe it's because they loved these styles, but alot of Eastern European designers held onto the popular design and illustration styles from the early 1970s all throughout the '80s and I don't have a problem with that at all.

OK, now sit back and enjoy just a few samples from this great book:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Philately Fridays: Bulgaria, 1973

Two stamp-set from Bulgaria featuring some super-stylized illustrations of scenes of underwater exploration.