Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s

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great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Vintage Copyright-Free Clip Art and graphic design cuts from the 30s, 40s, and 50s

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copyright free clip and cuts If you're old enough to remember clip art, you may have invested in some of these too! I've got an entire bookshelf full of copyright-free reference archive books. As I divest myself of my worldly junk, I wonder what to do with such book collections! But they are entertaining and interesting to flip through, and the art is highly usable for anyone still in the design or marketing fields. Some of these pieces are beautiful -- far more beautiful than you could develop at today's rates! They also make excellent idea starters! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Photoshop Tutorial: The Essential Guide to Creating Vintage-Style Posters

Vintage means "antique" or from a particularly fine year (when it comes to wines.) To be an "Antique" in the U.S. it has to be at least 50 years old. Except for automobiles, and that's 25 years old. Much of the "vintage" simulations you see online aren't really "vintage" but what someone thinks is vintage. In Europe and the Middle East, designers will use the term "vintage" just to get clicks, including any look from the 1970s, back to pre-historic. We're thrilled to have Annabelle provide us with this poster design that seems to simulate a poster from the Art Deco period. April 4, 2017

Vintage Valentine's Cuts copyright free clip art on CD-ROM

We believe, vintage images evolk memories of by-gone days. Mostly created in the Victorian era, these collections illustrate high talent in simpler times -- when artists could afford to spend the time for such art. Now they are at your disposal for graphic design projects, cards or decorations. Even if you don't actually use any of the cuts, they'll provide some excellent resource materials that are copyright free. They're low cost, and provide the ready-to-go January 27, 2016

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy October 31, 2015

Vintage printing effects with this new Photoshop plug-in Permanent Press

Mister Retro, a developer of Photoshop plug-in and vector image collections, has a totally cool new Photoshop plug-in called Permanent Press 2! Now you can create stunning and authentic vintage offset, silkscreen and letterpress printing effects. March 9, 2015

Holiday Coloring Books for inspiration and fun for all ages

Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Holidays Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book   Holidays 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014

Valentine's coloring art pages on CD-ROM for young and old alike!

We promised we would be back with Valentine's sentiments ... here is a whole collection to download sending all our readers all our best Valentine's wishes! Coloring is a great way for young ones to learn. But some of those line drawings are quite elegant, and can be a rich experience for sparking ideas. These coloring books from Dover provide some excellent resource materials that are low cost, and provide the ready-to-go art for all ages February 14, 2014

Typography & Lettering Design inspiration found in vintage travel posters and tags TWO

Okay ... we're back with the second part of our vintage travel poster and label surf for the fonts festival . . . there is a lot of type, lettering and layout design learning to be found in these excellent collections from the past! You're gonna like these September 10, 2013

Typography & Lettering Design inspiration found in vintage travel posters and tags

Last month we presented vintage Tequila labels, and unique beer labels as a way of exposing yourself to new and different design concepts. This month we follow that series with one of our favorites -- vintage labels and tags from the travel industry. August 31, 2013