I was able to visit this exhibition that Sadly, is over now. At least in Oakland, the closest location to where I live. It was the work of Elizabeth Armstrong that has been put together in a matter of about three years. It was so inspiring to see all these works of art at one place. The compiled work included Painting, Architecture, Furniture, Graphic Design, Photography, Music, Film and even animation from many Mid Century Artists from Southern California. A timeline highlighting national and international culture and history of the 1950’s also formed part of this gallery.
Continue reading “The Birth of the Cool is over.”
I scanned some very cool two color Illustrations from by Leonard Weisgard from the book The Raccoon and Mrs. McGinnis by Patricia Miles Martin. Printed in 1961.
Design: Leonard Weisgard | Year: 1961 | Photos: Scanned
Stanley Kubrick has been very influential to me for his vision for film and design and so has the work of the great Factory Records Sleeve designer (including Joy Division and New Order most sold records) Peter Saville. Can’t forget to mention the controversial Blue Monday’s Single Record Sleeve (third one down). There’s even an owners club. All the shapes on the middle as well as some of the edges have been die cut to resemble the old floppy disk. It was the “New Format” and so was New Order’s music. I thought I share some of my recent vinyl findings.
Design: Various | Year: Various | Photos: Javier García
Unfortunately there are many formats we are losing. We’ve lost tape, we’re very close to loosing vinyl, the computer is fighting against printed matter, books, and unfortunately email is killing mail.
So don’t let your self get caught on technology and make sure you get to send some personal letters (handwritten would be better) to your closest friends with this beautiful Charles and Ray Eames designed by Derry Noyes for the USPS.
Make sure you save a sheet for your collection because you won’t be seeing this too often. I still have a sheet of the Masterworks of Modern American Architecture that I bought in 2004.
Image via: eamesd