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Mystery Illustration 34

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This wordless packaging was designed in 1968 to hold a very common consumer item. What was inside?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Graphics, Products, 1960s

Predictions, Sponsored by the Weatherhead Company

World War II naturally had people thinking about what would come afterwards. Here are some experts offering us their visions of the future.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 24, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Design and Designers, Futurism, Technology, 1940s

Jungle Yachts in the Belgian Congo



Holy cats! Look at those gorgeous weird trailers!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 15, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Design and Designers, Ethnic Groupings, Motor Vehicles, Foreign Customs, 1940s, Africa

The Stout Scarab


The 1936 Stout Scarab is referred to by some as the first minivan. Its definitely one cool car!

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 25, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers, 1930s, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

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The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.

Posted By: patty - Tue May 05, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons

ABOUT D@%N TIME

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France has enacted a law limiting excessively thin models from working until their BMI reaches a minimum level set forth in the law. Fines and even jail time can be leveled against fashion houses and modeling agents trying to use models that are thinner than the law allows. Its about time we quit letting vanity destroy our little girls.

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 05, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Design and Designers, Fashion, Food, Nutrition, Health, Disease, Mental Health and Insanity

Over Achiever

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Some kids just build snow men.

Posted By: patty - Sun Mar 22, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Design and Designers, Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux

A spoon made of tiny spoons


This is one of the "nonobjects" featured in the book "Nonobject" by Branko Lukic and Barry Katz. The book description says it's about objects whose design "started not from the object but from the space between people and the objects they use." I think this means it's about objects whose design is useless but whimsical.

Other Nonobjects include "a 'superpractical' cell phone with keypad, speaker, and microphone on every surface," a square motorcycle, and an umbrella that sends rain rushing through the handle from an upturned top. More at the site nonobjectbook.com.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 30, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Design and Designers

Child Abuse Poster Kid Sized

How do you tell an abused child it's okay to call for help? Make the ad visible to the kids and not the abuser.



Watch the ad at about 30 seconds to see what children see. There is also a nice graphic showing how the height of the viewer affects what is seen.

Posted By: gdanea - Sat May 11, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers

What’s It To You?





A great combo of mad science and rampant consumerism. Half an hour of better living thru chemistry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Design and Designers, Domestic, Technology, 1950s

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