Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Our past was once the future

What with the flares, big hair and seriously cool design, the 1970s appeared at the time like what the future would look like.

I think that's why so much stuff from that once derided decade now looks and feels so cool.

They designed for the future. But sadly that future never eventuated.

Technologically it has.

But culturally this decade is far less culturally rich than I felt as a child of the 70s.

A great example of how forward looking those times were is the NASA logo from 1974 by Danne & Blackburn.

It fluidity. Its lack of cross lines in the A. It just looks and feels like the future.

Of course in 'the future' the current retro obsessed generation decided to revert to the old 'meatball' NASA logo.

Which pretty much sums up our times.

It's the future. But not as they promised it.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Type by Schwitters

You're probably wondering why on earth I'm writing a post about a ticket.

Thing is that's not just any old ticket.

It was designed/typeset by the great dada artist and sometime typographer Kurt Schwitters in 1930.

That's 85 years ago!

Spend a moment looking at the type and layout though and you'd think it was done quite recently.

It very contemporary don't you think?

The font Schwitters used was Venus Grotesk.

You can read all about Kurt Schwitters on Wikipedia. Of course. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

When Pepsi had class

A friend sent me these Pepsi ads last weekend.

Aren't they beautiful.

So classy. So sophisticated.

And utterly unlike any soft drink ads I've ever seen.

Shame they don't still do ads like this.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dylan plugs Audi

To be honest I'm struggling to really see the connection between a musical revolutionary angering his most ardent fans and a German hatchback. But hey it's still an entertaining piece of film. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Let's make a McWhopper

Absolute genius idea. Read all about it in the New York Times

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wisdom of Bernbach

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Phone-brella

Now here's an idea I wish I'd thought of.

An umbrella that lets you use your phone while keeping the rain off.

So obvious you wonder why nobody thought of it before.

Click here to find out more.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ad for a Teaser

Finally someone in confectionary land took up my idea of putting Maltesers in a bar.

And what better way to announce it to the world than with that cracker of a headline.

I gave a talk on print advertising at the ADMA Creative School last week. If this ad had been around then it would definitely have been added to my presentation.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Burn & Destroy

Stole this from a friend's Facebook.

Great quote from Bukowski.

Sums up what life as a creative is all about. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Puppy power!

Love this new Amazon spot by Joint London for many reasons. We had a Maltese when I was a kid. the Lee Marvin song at the end was big on the radio when I was a kid. Plus it's a dog in an ad. And who doesn't love that?