Simple shapes in retro album cover design (Project Thirty-Three)

"Welcome to Project Thirty-Three! The seemingly infinite number of vintage record jackets that convey their message with simple shapes like the dot never ceases to amaze and amuse me. This blog is my shrine to these expressive dots along with their less jovial but equally effective cousins; squares, rectangles and triangles, and the designers that make them come to life on album covers. Other categories include arrows, abstract shapes and typography-only." David, http://www.projectthirtythree.com/ - also see his other blog http://www.grooveisintheart.com/ which focuses on psychedelic graphics and pop art album covers, mmm.

Sourced via @marciawch, @martin_isaac

Graphic Art by Andy Gilmore

Beautiful graphic patterns by Andy Gilmore from NY - his work has featured on Wallpaper, Wired, Warp, Dazed and Confused to name but a few. Some of his work is also for sale at the 'Pick Me Up' Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House, London 23 April - 3 May 2010 ( http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual_arts/pick_me_up/ )

More links to Andy Gilmore work:

I ♥ Retro Galt Toys Branding

 

I always vaguely remembered Galt toys as graphically cool from when I was a kid, and on searching today for them I wasn't disappointed. They seem to sum up an aspect of 70's design that is part of my subconscious, like the original Star Wars toy branding which still makes my heart jump when I see it (hmm, maybe that should be another blog article?) - they're muted 70's Galt palette, clear modernist typography, playful layout, type, illustration & photography all feel quirkily European and have a quality of Paul Rand about them (see http://www.paul-rand.com/index.php/site/gallery/ )

Gurafiku: Outstanding Japanese Graphic Design Blog

 

 Wow, Wow, Wow - sometimes you are pointed in the direction of a blog that you simply have to look at EVERY post from and this amazing Japanese Graphic design collection called Gurafiku is one of those sites > http://gurafiku.tumblr.com/ is a brill Japanese resource by Ryan Hageman (@ryanhageman) and there's tonnes more pics on the blog to thumb through - also thanks to @Gilliom for posting his blog article about the Gurafiku blog bringing it to my attention, Gilliom's blog Monsieurbandit is another excellent design blog, go have a look http://monsieurbandit.blogspot.com/2010/04/n-lt-2-gurafiku.html

UPDATE: Thanks for the post! http://someotherpeople.tumblr.com/post/533050883/japanese-design-gurafiku-on-...

Graphic Heroes: Otl Aicher, Designer 1972 Munich Olympics Identity

In honour or the formidable graphic work of Otl Aicher, I have collated this post as a useful resource of the man and his work. He was responsible for the 1972 Munich Olympic Identity (in my opinion the BEST Olympic branding system bar none), including a new set of pictograms that paved the way for the stick figures currently used in public signs, the design of the first Official Olympic mascot, a striped dachshund named Waldi and he also designed the Rotis font family in 1989.