Airbrush Art of the 1970's & 1980's

Syd Brak and 

Hajime Sorayama 

Michael English–2009/ and

Peter Palombi and

Philip Castle

Early Computer Graphics | Collection

To appreciate computer graphics now we should also remember the then...

This post includes 1970's retrospective and documentary followed by some 1980's delights! Want more? Visit 'A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation' here

History of Computer Graphics (1972)
A computer graphics retrospective 

Stan Vanderbeek: The Computer Generation part 1
Documentary from 1972 by John Musilli

Stan Vanderbeek: The Computer Generation part 2
Documentary from 1972 by John Musilli

Panasonic "Glider" 1981
Robert Abel and Associates commercial for panasonic with music tat sounds a lot like the love theme from the Superman movies

1981 Early Computer Graphics
Adam Powers, the juggler, from an early III demo reel

Video Game Arcade Flyer Collection | Retro, Character, Computer

I'm almost giddy at finding this AMAZING Arcade Flyer Archive

I've been going through the site for a couple of nights and have only been through a fraction of it's content, phew it's dense...but I can look at this stuff until I drop, and it's a pleasure to drop after a night of these graphics. Here's the first post, which is a mix of retro go-faster game & sports styles, cute and character based styles and then photographic people, robots & typographic flyers. The Space based collection follows in the next post...

Retro Games & Sports

Cutesy & Character

People, Robots & Type

"The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA) is a digital repository for advertisement flyers that are used by the coin-operated amusement industry to promote the sales of its games. Over time flyers represent much more than a marketing brochure. They capture a unique blend of the industry's history, graphic design trends and advertising campaigns. Most importantly, they bring out the nostalgia of countless people who have grown up with the culture of video games, pinball machines and arcade games. Unique cabinet designs, attractive artwork and real screen shots -- all of which represent the visual language of coin-operated games, make flyers sought after items for collectors and effective tools for restoring games to their original factory specifications." Source: the 'About Us' section of the archive site

The Making of Star Wars Computer Graphics | Larry Cuba

Remember the animation of the Death Star that was shown to pilots in the Rebel Alliance?...Course you do - well the computer graphics for the first Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977 were created by Larry Cuba at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information on the lab, visit the website and Larry Cuba at and
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...Other early Larry Cuba Computer Graphics

"(1985) Calculated Movements by Larry Cuba is an example of early video art using software developed at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL). The video has a minimalist/ambient original sound piece."

Outer Space Sells ★ Cool Space Adverts from 1980's to 1950's

From Engine Oil to Hair Conditioner, Cars to Hoovers, from Lollies to Booze, setting it in Space sells it. Here's a collection of the coolest one's I've found...enjoy!

1989 Esso Robot Ad

1980's Atari 2600 "Everyones going Atari" Retro TV Advert

1980 Clairol Small Miracles Conditioner Commercial

Space:1999 - Ice Lolly advert

Schlitz Malt Liquor 1979 TV commercial

Late 1970's, KP Outer Spacers

Very VHS

I wouldn't say they're brilliantly designed, but standing in front of video's with covers like these made me weak at the knees once upon a time...this collection also shows covers from Krystian's very cool Polish collection.

Dark Lord Disco's VHS set -
Krystian Kujda's VHS covers -
Jesper Wiking VHS -

The many ways Star Wars is used in adverts...

Star Wars has been used to sell a mind boggling array of products (including a hefty tonne of it's own merchandise) and it's a bit of a past-time of mine collecting the ads I find along the way. This post shows some cool (and not so cool) examples including ice lollies, Japanese tuna, trainers, as well as actual Star Wars brand products by Palitoy. Most are pretty old school, but I've also included the Adidas Originals ad as I thought that was slick. 

Bonus find: the images below are Rejected Star Wars Promotional Products, I can't imagine why they were rejected?!

Bizarre Star Wars Japanese Commercial


Palitoy Factory - Star Wars Toys (This isn't an ad, but it's rather interesting to see the toys production line)

Star Wars™ Cantina 2010 / adidas Originals

My other Star Wars posts
Quirky Star Wars Finds and
Unusual Star Wars Posters
The Original Star Wars spoof 'Hardware Wars'
Star Wars Uncut 'The Escape'
The Vader Project