"Ninety years ago, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar. It existed for only 14 years, but it became the most important school of modernity. With Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Marcks, Adolf Meyer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Hinnerk Scheper, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt, Lothar Schreyer and Gunta Stölzl, a faculty with an international reputation worked under the direction of Walter Gropius (1919-1928), Hannes Meyer (1928-1930) and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930-1933) at the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus is Germany’s most successful contribution to international art and culture of modernity in the early 20th century. More than 75 years after it was closed in Berlin, the reputation of this inter-disciplinary school for architecture, design, visual and performing arts that moved to Dessau in 1925 continues to be as internationally significant as ever. The vibrancy and impact of the Bauhaus during its existence and after its dissolution in 1933 demonstrate that although the Bauhaus, as a laboratory and workshop of modernity, was destroyed by a deliberate political act, it was exactly that circumstance that enabled it to unfurl its global influence – history’s irony." http://facesofdesign.com/event/bauhaus-conceptual-model
I laughed out loud almost every time - http://www.goodfuckingdesignadvice.com/
"Good Fucking Design Advice aims to serve the needs of the greater design community for the common good. Whether you’re a student unable to receive a timely response from a professor, a designer eagerly awaiting feedback from a vacationing art director, or a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment, Good Fucking Design Advice will provide you with immediate unbiased assistance 24/7."
Eno's 'Oblique Strategy' cards
While we're on the subject of design advice I've always found Brian Eno's 'Oblique Strategy' cards rather good, they also have less swear words in them! Created with artist Peter Schmidt, Eno's deck of creative suggestions has been inspiring mind blocks since 1975.
More info here: http://www.rtqe.net/ObliqueStrategies/ and buy them for the Eno store here: http://www.enoshop.co.uk/
Image from this article, where the author tells how you can use the cards to get you out of a culinary rut http://www.gourmet.com/food/2009/06/brian-eno-oblique-strategies-recipes
Also see my post on Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, another great inspiration - Top of the 'Incomplete Manifesto' Pops | Bruce Mau http://kathykavan.com/top-of-the-incomplete-manifesto-pops-bruce-ma
I love retro travel posters, will keep on adding as I find - also see my post on Pan-Am's collection here: http://kathykavan.posterous.com/pan-ams-flight-cool-a-vintage-brand-archive-p
Update: A friend just pointed out the North American image's portentous connection (5th image in) - oops...
Ref: http://www.internationalposter.com | http://www.posterteam.com/| http://everywheremag.com/ | http://www.gal-123.com/en/catalog.html?go=1&ar=0&top=48&c=1&kw=&cy=0&pr=&ref= | http://grainedit.com/tag/swissair/ | http://www.travelpostersonline.com/switzerland-travel-posters-36-c.asp | http://www.burningsettlerscabin.com/?tag=swissair | http://designersgotoheaven.com/post/734184491/siegfried-odermatt-swissair-198... | http://www.amazon.com/Georg-Gerster-Swissair-Posters/dp/3829602294/ref=sr_1_2...
Via @Rich_Oglesby and @GammaCounter from original articles here: http://control-online.nl/gamesindustrie/2010/06/22/iwatani-toont-gamesgeschie... and here: http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/729023756/original-sketches-made-d...
"Use a classic Swatch as a canvas for your creativity. Our online design tool will help you bring to life your very own Swatch-shaped masterpiece." It's a pretty good design tool to use, & fun to do if (like me) you've ever wondered what it would be like to design a Swatch watch...info: http://www.swatchmtvplayground.com/tv/competition
Behance Submission Gallery: http://www.behance.net/Competitions/Swatch-MTV-Creative-Competition/1244577 - My Entry (on Behance): http://www.behance.net/gallery/Squares-Swatch-MTV-Playground/537654