Tag: Retro

Photography

Retro-modern hybrid camera made entirely out of recyclable cardboard

When people hear the word “vintage,” they automatically think it’s a collectible item coming from a previous outdated era. Not this analog camera, though. Jollylook is the first camera of its kind that is able to merge both the vintage look of a 19th-century fold-out camera and the benefits of modern instant film. What is more interesting about it is the fact that it’s made completely from eco-friendly, 100% recyclable cardboard and is, according to the startup’s website, “as dangerous to the environment as a banana peel.” This hybrid project was originally conceived while Ukrainian co-founder Oleg Khalip was introducing his son to the interior workings of a basic analog camera. The style and look of the camera are undeniably retro, but can instantly develop a photo within seconds with the use of the Instax mini film. Its 100mm lens enables users to shoot photos that range from landscape to portrait with the help of a Fresnel lens as a viewfinder. You can...
Architecture

Poho series shows Brutalism style depicted in architecture around the world

Many of these gray giants were built between 1950 und 1970s. This type of architecture is known as Brutalism and was mostly popular in post-war Europe, India, and the Eastern Bloc. Today, many of these buildings are demolished and lie in ruins. However, many are empty and exist as monuments to a bygone era. The monuments constructed in this style are especially interesting in ex-Yugoslavia countries. Brutalism was typically represented in buildings without paint or dressings. In many, they evoke silence, glory, and fear. They definitely stand as the last bastions of an architectural style that reigned during a challenging era for Europe. ...
Art

Contemporary Islamic art as a means to connect the past, present, and future

Islamic art's parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you'll see below, you'll see these conventional methods almost "reinvented" by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, "frees" the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art's relevance lies not simply as "art", but also as a means to explore the culture and...
Design

NASA reimagines other worlds as future travel destinations

Yosemite National Park, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China... and Jupiter? In NASA Jet Propulsion Center’s newest campaign, the celestial bodies of our solar system are reimagined as travel destinations. Visions of the Future takes extraterrestrial locations like Mars, Europa, and Kepler-16b, and displays them in retro-style travel posters showcasing their most prominent features. It’s not all wishful thinking, either. NASA describes this campaign as a means of inspiring “new generations of innovators and explorers” to make these dreams a reality. Check a few of the posters out below, and see the rest on the website. ...
Retro

Retro technology: the last audio cassette factory

“I think you can characterize our operating model as stubbornness and stupidity,” begins the Bloomberg Business video about the last audio cassette factory. Based in Springfield, MO, the National Audio Company opened in 1969 and hasn’t yet stopped production. After weathering the doldrums of cassette production in the 1990s when all other companies were switching to CDs, this lone cassette factory is currently producing more cassettes than they’ve ever made. In addition to revealing the company’s surprising business model, the video shows a clip of the company’s Chief Technician, Robert Coverston, who maintains the company’s equipment. He calls the machines “orphans” because they haven’t been in production for many, many years. With a small stock of old machinery that he uses for parts, he has the DIY task of repairing, soldering, and patching the equipment to keep production running smoothly. ...
Painting

1940s style portraits with dark humor

We’ve seen realistic portraits of people going about their day time and time again. But Danny Galieote kicks it up a notch by adding hints of dark humor into the mix. The Los Angeles-based painter specializes in creating scenes of everyday life in America and is influenced by the Regionalists and WPA artists of the 1930s and 1940s. Galieote is quickly on his way to becoming one of the masters of the human figure and its interaction with the environment, thanks to the expressiveness of the figures depicted in his scenes. Human nature is depicted very well in his paintings with great attention paid to narrative and what the subjects are doing. Check out some of expressive paintings below and visit his website for more. ...
Creativity

Illustrator creates brilliant scenes with tongue-in-cheek humor

DeviantArt has long been a vital source of inspiration for the creative individual. Illustrators like Waldemar von Kozak are one of the reasons why. Kozak is a Russian illustrator with a great body of work on DeviantArt. His art style involves a combination of realism and tongue-in-cheek humor with a hint of retro. Exploring a variety of settings like diners, subway trains, and bedrooms, Kozak displays an aptitude for satire and thinking outside the box. Check out some of the controversy-fueled illustrations below and visit his DeviantArt gallery for more. ...
Graphic Design

Short film pays homage to 1980s movies in all their ridiculousness

The epic 30-minute action comedy short film 'King Fury' by director David Sandberg is finally unleashed in its full glory, now available for free streaming on Youtube. Originally a successfully funded Kickstarter project, the short is a no-holds-barred parody of over-the-top '80s cop and sci-fi films. Complete with kung fu time-travelling cops, vikings, dinosaurs, and Hitler (played by Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island), 'Kung Fury' is guaranteed to be a crazy fun ride through '80s aesthetics and cliches (with added lasers of course). Check out the fantastic short in full below, and visit the website for more on this cool project. ...
Creativity

Enter a technicolor psychedelic world in a bonkers 360º music video

Electronica veteran Squarepusher has a new album out this year called  'Damogen Furies,' and its track 'Stor Eiglass' is now given a bonkers music video that employs virtual reality, viewable on YouTube's 360º platform, as well as Samsung Gear VR headset and Google Cardboard for phones and tablets. A joint effort of Blue Zoo, Marshmallow Laser Feast, and illustrator Rob Pybus, the video is a technicolor 3D world with '90s video game graphics and a psychedelic narrative. This experiment is an interesting application of the promising future of interactive music content. Immerse yourself in the trippy 360-degree experience below. ...
Design

Unlikely design love – Ugly airport carpet has a cult following

Portland International Airport's carpeting is 25 years old, and for many people, it falls into that category of “it’s so bad that it’s good.” The geometric patterning of mostly blue and green was installed in the airport’s 14 acres of floor space in 1987. And with the appeal of a cult classic, the carpet has become beloved to many a traveler and Portland native. The vintage carpet design has spawned a cottage industry as a result of the public’s unlikely love affair with the pattern. Companies such as PDX Carpet, Made in Oregon, Keen Footwear, and Namu Designs have all embraced the design in wares including t-shirts, footwear, tote bags, bike helmets, and other merchandise. And yet, all good things must come to an end. The carpet is due to be replaced in November of 2015. ...
Design

Wes Anderson designs a prefectly vintage bar for Milan Prada

What happens when famed auteur Wes Anderson ventures into interior design for a bar in Milan for Prada? Impeccable vintage style, fine furniture and perfect symmetry, of course. The Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce is a part of the newly opened Fondazione Prada in Milan. 1950s formica tables, chic furniture and jukeboxes, and Steve Zissou-themed pinball machines are among what you can expect at Bar Luce. If you're a big fan of his works, then visiting this spot must be a bucket list item away. Check out photos of the interior of the stylish bar below and find out more about Bar Luce here. ...
Architecture

Contemporary illustrations of beautiful cabins around the world

Marie-Laure Cruschi is a Paris-based illustrator who founded Cruschiform in 2007. Her latest works are a collection of 60 gorgeous illustrations originally created for the art book 'Cabins' by Philip Jodidio, recently published by Taschen. Cruschi forms bright, contemporary illustrations of real-life cabins showing her keen eye for architecture, structure, colors, and retro aesthetics. Each cabin is rendered with their own unique surroundings, time, and color palettes. Even if you're not much of an architecture person, these illustrations stand on their own as modern, scenically beautiful artwork. You can buy 30 art prints featured in the book at Sergeant Paper, and check out more of Cruschiform's work here. ...
Creativity

Contemporary TV shows and movies get a retro VHS tape makeover

If you're old enough to know just what a VHS tape is, then these fake videotape designs of modern TV shows and movies should evoke all kinds of nostalgia. Contemporary TV shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and movies like Interstellar, Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Grand Budapest Hotel are given the ultimate videocassette makeover, complete with garish, dated 1990s graphic design. Originally an elaborate April Fools joke, these redesigned tape cases come from French blog Golem13 through someone who goes by "Stan." Check out the authentically retro creations below in all their gloriously anachronistic kitsch. ...
Graphic Design

Elegantly minimal illustrations with clever use of negative space

Thomas Danthony is a French-born designer, illustrator, and art director based in London. The likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Penguin, WIRED, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, GQ, M&C, Saatchi, and Netflix are among his very high-profile clients. Danthony's narrative illustrations are enhanced with a clever use of lighting, silhouettes and negative space. While elegantly minimalist and stylized, his works possess a subdued quality that provokes the spectator to think and see more than what meets the eye. Check out some of Danthony's most recent works below, and visit his site for more from his very good-looking portfolio. Prints, books and postcards are available for purchase here. ...
Illustration

Illustration series pairs iconic buildings with their spirit animals

Barcelona-based architect-turned-illustrator Federico Babina (previously featured) has put his delightfully retro touch to a brand new illustration series called 'Archizoo.' Channeling his childhood, Babina mashes up iconic buildings by legendary architects with animals, resulting in an anthropomorphic series of Saul Bass-esque posters celebrating architecture and imagination. “Our mind is capable of collecting, record and store millions of images. One thing that always interests me is the association that we can do between these images," says Babina. See some of the landmark buildings designed by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, and more like you've never seen them before. Make sure to check out the full series at his website. ...
Digital

Delightfully wacky GIFs of a digital animal kingdom

Animator, filmaker and iPad game designer TJ Fuller is an animal lover, and he makes that clear in his fantastically trippy GIFs. He builds up a digital animal kingdom full of unnaturally-colored reindeers, sharks, and dogs with flying wings looped with trippy effects. Fuller creates his delightfully wacky art on Maya and Adobe After Effects. The lo-fi CGI aesthetics are inspired by '90s video games and computer graphics. "Using animals, which are creatures very far removed from technology, I am trying to explore this digital language in GIF format," he said. Check out his bold animal GIFs below and see more on his website. ...
Architecture

Whimsical miniature sculptures of Palm Springs and NYC

McKean Studio has created six Mini City scenes of Palm Springs and New York City, available for sale. The scenes come in multiple pieces and are hand-made and entirely hand-painted. And when they say miniature, they mean miniature - the blue house in Palm Springs, for example, stands just over 4cm tall! New York is one of the most iconic cities in the world. The Mini City scenes capture this, and include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building (complete with a firetruck and rat), and brownstones. Palm Springs is a mecca of mid-century modern design, and the Mini City set fully embraces this. There are three houses: a pink one with a butterfly roof, a classic "Swiss Miss" A-frame, and an angled roof blue house. There are vintage cars and palm trees with each, and one even comes with a pink flamingo! ...
Funny

Intriguing silent movie etiquette slides reveal daily-life in 1912

We all love going to the movies, but it is a pity when this magical cinema experience is spoiled by others who do not care for etiquette. Back in 1912, however, when the movies were still silent, they knew how to deal with bad behavior in style! New York designers John D. Scott and Edward Van Altena created a series of slides in the early 1900's that were a humorous visual guide for how to behave in the movies. Those slides were put in fancy carved frames and shown in cinemas. This is how movie-goers got educated not to talk loud, wear huge hats, or just walk around in the middle of the film. Today, we still face similar problems with inconsistent behavior in cinemas. John D. Scott and Edward Van Altena show us how to deal with the problems in a communicative, yet entertaining way. ...
Art

Thrift art revamps that would make Macklemore proud

It seems like every thrift store has at least a handful of paintings, some framed, some not, and some almost certainly paint-by-numbers. Most of us probably overlook these paintings, or possibly laugh at their kitsch quality. But Toronto-based artist David Irvine turns these retro works of "art" into something much more modern and eye-catching. Something you might be proud to hang in your living room. Irvine adds pop culture characters to these thrifted creations, working on commission in a series he calls 'Re-Directed.' He also offers prints of the works, in case you don't have the budget for a commissioned piece. ...
Digital

15 retro-futuristic GIFs in glorious 1980s sci-fi style

The '80s is still alive and kicking butt in Kidmograph's fantastic GIF art. The Argentinian artist/motionographer (also known as Gustavo Torres) calls his neon-colored, retro-futuristic animated GIFs "personal animation tests." Each of his virtual-reality loops is imbued with a generous dose of '80s nostalgia, along with a fun aesthetic that recalls those of old school video games and sci-fi CGI like Tron, as well as TV cop shows like Miami Vice. Kidmograph composites his lo-fi GIFs with programs such as Cinema 4D and After Effects. Check out 15 awesome GIFs below, and stop by his Tumblr for a lot more. ...
Illustration

Elegant Japanese illustrations of European landscapes

Fumio Watanabe is a contemporary Japanese illustrator who makes lovely eye candy in the form of brightly colored illustrations of European landscapes. To make the scenery pop, he's not afraid to incorporate a wide range of bold color palettes and repeating patterns and textures. His latest works are a series of imagined European landscapes through the changing of the seasons. The architecture of Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Netherlands is among the inspirations. His elegant illustrations look like they belong in vintage postcards and travel posters, with saturation cranked up to 11. You can check out more of Watanabe's works at the Tokyo Illustrators Society. ...
Creativity

This dress alarms when the wearer is touched inappropriately

NY-based Elizabeth Tolson is not only making technology more fashionable but more self-aware as well. ‘Vessel’ is a line of dresses Tolson designed specifically to address the social and physical concerns surrounding the female body. She implemented electronics and soft circuitry under the fabric of her futuristic forms. Her ‘Fertility Dress’ responds to the physicality of a female. It turns blue to indicate ovulation, red during menstruation, and white or yellow to indicate hygiene. The dress highlights the well-being of a female as well as the fact that women are fertile beings. Her ‘Chastity Dress’ explores the double standard society has for women: to look desirable but remain pure. The dress resembles a high-end fashion design, but is equipped with a sensor that goes off when the wearer is touched inappropriately— a particularly high-pitched sensor is triggered when pressure is placed on the bra. Tolson is currently designing interactive...
Illustration

Super heroes become rockstars in this fun illustrated series

Super heroes inspire small children in a way that few other things can. And rock stars have been inspiring teenagers since the late 1950s. So it's only natural that one would want to combine the two. Super Rockers is a series of illustrations by Andres Moncayo that brings together rock stars and super heroes. There are rockstar versions of everyone from Superman to Wonder Woman, from Batman to Wolverine. There's even a rockstar version of The Hulk. They're broken down into two major groups: The Rocking League (based on the Justice League), and Avengers Band (based on the Avengers, of course). The illustrations are a fun take on iconic imagery that is sure to hold some nostalgia for many. ...
Photography

New 1980s style portraits capture the worst trends of the decade

Robbie Augspurger has captured the spirit of the '80s in a series of portraits titled 'Glamour & Headshots I and II' that recreate the look of the decade. Many of the portraits even include props. Augspurger uses authentic equipment, including a 30-year-old school portrait light kit. The images are retouched and edited after they've been captured to resemble photos taken three decades ago. The results are striking, with an air of nostalgia that's missing from most newer portraits or selfies. They're a fantastic exploration of not only the era that they emulate, but also what can be done when mixing new and old technology. ...
Art

A charmingly weird collaged world of retro-psychedelia

Eugenia Loli is a Greece-born/California-based artist who had been through many different jobs (nurse, computer programmer, technology journalist, filmmaker) before settling down on collaging. With the knowledge gained from animation production, the self-proclaimed major geek decided to try collaging and has been hooked ever since. Her collage works conjure up a charmingly weird world of psychedelia where nothing seems to make sense. It's an absurdist dreamland where men have disco balls for faces, cacti grow out of clothes and spaghetti moon is an actual thing. Her hallucinatory imagery is a wonderful treat for the eyes. Feast on Loli's colorful collages below and check out her official Tumblr here. ...
Design

Convincing bathroom-bound gaming accessories made from soap

Have a gamer in your life that you just never know what to get for a gift? Here's something a little different. What looks like a video game controller or cartridge at first glance is far different than it seems. You're more likely to see these in the bathroom than the living room because these controllers, cartridges, and other geeky finery are actually soap. DigitalSoaps are the original inventors of gamer, gadget, tech and geek soaps. There are soaps shaped like N64 cartridges, SNES cartridges, Gameboy cartridges, NES cartridges and more. There are also soaps shaped like various game controllers: classic Nintendo, PS4, Xbox and others. They're a great gift idea for the gamer who has everything. ...
Illustration

10 disorienting animated GIFs combining retro and pop imagery

Isabel Chiara is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Spain. Chiara's background in plastic arts led to her experimentation with collage, which became her favorite method of artistic expression. What sets her works apart from other collage artists is the way she mixes old and new media, including found vintage photos, video clips and GIF loop techniques. Her animated GIF collages present a distinct style where juxtaposition of vintage imagery with modern pop culture results in a witty dose of anachronistic surrealism in motion. Check out her gorgeous and funny GIFs below. For more of her works visit her blog and Tumblr. ...
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