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Dec 13, 2012

"Phrenology of a Gentleman" and Other Vintage-Inspired Manly Posters and T-Shirts by Maiden Voyage

A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.

The team describes their brand,

The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
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Aug 30, 2012

WTF? Posters

Buenos Aires-based creative firm Minga created this clever series of minimalist WTF? posters, exploring those moments when life just doesn't follow the expectations you've come to count on...

   

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Aug 23, 2012

The Compendious Coffee Chart Poster

created at: 08/23/2012

"The Compendious Coffee Chart" is the latest poster by one of ManMade's most loved design teams, Pop Chart Labs, and it may be our new favorite as well.  

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Aug 09, 2012

The Triple Distilled Diagram of Alcohols

Pop Chart Labs, who make cool, highly organized graphic posters about nearly everything ManMakers like, have released their latest effort, "The Triple Distilled Diagram of Alcohols," a "A boozy chart of every variety of alcohol, from fermented concoctions

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Jul 27, 2012

Minimalist, Vintage-Inspired Movie Posters

I'm a total sucker for vintage-inspired, "alternative" movie posters that are created by honest-to-goodness designers that are fans of the films, not to sell tickets. When I look at these, I start to have a little more understanding for why sci-fi and fantasy fans do things like create elaborate costumes and fan fiction. It's a way to giving one's skills to participate

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Jul 24, 2012

The "Film Map" Replaces Landmarks and Locations with Movie Titles

British design collection Dorothy introduce the "Film Map" - a collection of over 900 film titles organized in the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map.

   

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Jul 10, 2012

The Alphabet of Typography

Pop Chart Lab, the Brooklyn-based design studio that seems to have the ability to look into my subconcious and design posters about everything I'm remotely interested in, now offers "The Alphabet of Typography," a Futura-based exploration of what makes great letters.  

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Jun 27, 2012

Humorous Travel Posters for Staycations

For those of you not planning a summer getaway this season, consider these humorous, vintage-style "travel posters" for lazy people, or for those who take their breaks at home. They seek to inspire you to check out the exotic locales and activities...of your own house.  

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Jun 06, 2012

A Map of the Breweries of the United States

There are a very many ways to map out the United States: topography, the highway system, state captials, and the like. But none are nearly as fun as this new map from Pop Chart Labs: The Breweries of the United States.  

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Apr 11, 2012

55 Inspiring Typographic Quotes for Creatives

created at: 04/11/2012

 

Usually, I don't care much for things that are full of what they are: Hollywood movies about Hollywood, hip-hop songs about being a rapper. But, I have a soft spot for all the great type-based 'motivational' sayings that have all over the design blogosphere. I think it's mostly because I'm surprised that I can be moved by such visuals, actually inspired, certainly more than cheesey script-y phrases from the craft store or those photos of mountains with some definition that hung in everyone's office in the 90s. (Okay some of these have mountains too, but they're awesome mountains.)  

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Mar 14, 2012

Modern WPA Posters for GOOD Magazine

created at: 03/14/2012

For their latest issue, GOOD magazine invited designer and artist Dan Cassaro to create six full-page illustrations insprired by the WPA's Federal Art Project.

The designs incorporated motivating statements for these times, including,

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Mar 13, 2012

Modern Movie Posters for Classic Cartoons

For the past year, artist Tom Whalen has been working a series of new contemporary posters for some of the classic cartoons throughout the history of animation. Printed and sold by the Austin-based movie poster publisher Mondo, these works, "generally sell out within minutes of being offered online—these guys are literally printing money."

created at: 03/13/2012

   

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Feb 28, 2012

How to: "Live the Hemingway"

created at: 02/27/2012

If you ask me, there are few better examples of the quintessential man than Ernest Hemingway. Sure, he had some flaws, but damn, he was a cool dude.

Last summer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Hemingway's passing, the good folks at 1000memories created this great poster titled Live the Hemingway.  

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in 3-D."  

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Feb 10, 2012

The Best Movie Posters of 2011

created at: 02/10/2012

We're already six weeks into 2012, but as we're in the midst of awards season, and many high profile films from 2011 are just now seeing a wide release in the U.S., it's still plenty fun to look at designer Adrian Curry's roundup of the best movie posters of last year.  

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Feb 08, 2012
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Feb 03, 2012

If Oscar-Nominated Movie Posters Told the Truth

  

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.

To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their content."

   

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Feb 02, 2012

"Big Lebowski" Prints that Will 'Really Tie the Room Together'

created at: 02/01/2012

There are few, if any, movies that I have seen more than The Big Lebowski. Seriously, it was basically played on a loop all four years I was in college. For me, it's really the defining film of my generation. Or at least my coming of age years.

Etsy seller Visual Etiquette has created an expansive series of prints based on quotes and scenes from the movie that will "really tie your room together".  

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Jan 31, 2012

Constitutions of Classic Cocktails: The Spirits, Mixers, and Garnishes of 68 Essential Concoctions

Pop Chart Labs unveils their latest project, the Constitutions of Classic Cocktails, exploring the relationships and makeups of proven successful mixed drinks. The beautiful arrangement and layout draws colorful connections between spirits, glassware, mixers, and garnishes.    

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Jan 30, 2012

Clever and Beautiful Typographic Posters by Tom Davies

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist, designer, and educator Tom Davies loves to play with letters - often evoking self-refrencing typographic terminology and history to create humorous, beautifully designed posters.

   

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