Tag Archives: Design

1974: Ancient Symbols

SYMBOLS OR IDEOGRAPHS This chart shows the relationship between the various symbols found in primitive art throughout the world. By carefully following along the directional lines drawn between the symbols, one can easily trace the gradual growth of each from … Continue reading

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1910: Brochure

Mihály Bíró: brochure for the National Union of Hungarian Construction Workers (c. 1910); text in Romanian.

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1921: The Roosters and the Fox

Chaim Nachman Bialik: The Roosters and the Fox; Omanut Press, ca. 1921 (source)

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1895: Tentacles of the City

This is the beginning of “La plaine,” the poem that opens Emile Verhaeren’s 1895 book of poems, Les villes tentaculaires [The Tentacled Cities]. The cover is by Théo van Rysselberghe (source). I couldn’t find a translation online, so I did the … Continue reading

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1954: Far Out

The 1954 Ford FX Atmos debuted on March 15 at the Chicago Auto Show and featured a radar screen in its one-seat cockpit. (source)

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1810: Do You Have the Time?

Watchmaker: Isaac Penard (Swiss, 1619–1676) Casemaker: probably the Firm of Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier (Swiss, 1808–21) Case ca. 1810–20, movement ca. 1650 (source)  

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1961: Turboflite

1961 Chrysler Turboflite “The Turboflite proved to be a sensation on the show circuit, but the striking concept car never reached production. Chrysler did continue to develop the turbine engine for use in passenger cars, but even this eventually proved … Continue reading

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1962: Mean Machine

Advertisement for General Motors’s “fully functional Firebird III space-age car” in the Souvenir Program for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. (source)

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2017: May I Help You?

Anton Egorov: Impossible Interior (2107) (source)

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