Browsing articles tagged with " Mid-Century Modern"

24 Great Pictures of Mid-Century Bowling Alley Architecture

Sep 28, 2012   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Curated from the fantastic folks at Flickr, I present 24 great images of mid-century bowling alley architecture. Though, I am personally a terrible bowler, I have a particular fondness for these palaces of populuxe.

I’m sure the Dude, Walter and Donny would be happy to roll at any of these places, but not on Shabbas of course.

Holiday Bowl Coffee Shop interior lighting Classic bowling alley Bowling Alley Wing Untitled
Norwood Bowl Covina Bowl Northcote Bowl Holiday Bowl Always Open
Rigby Bowl MCM bowling alley 3 AMF Bowlium Lanes Covina BowlPeck Road Gravel Pit
bolerama_jardin_matamoros_mexico_crop High Sierra Lanes OH Parma Heights - Yorktown Lanes OH Columbus - Capri Lanes
Bowling alley architecture Santa Fe Springs, Premiere Lanes Bowl Santa Fe Springs, Premiere Lanes Bowl Rheem Valley Bowl Moraga,CA
Country Club Lanes, Sacramento: Powers, Daly and De Rosa (1960) Sunset Bowl Vintage Bowling Alley Redwood Lanes Bowling Alley - Colonie, New York

24 Great Mid-Century Motel Signs

Aug 24, 2012   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

This collection is curated from the Vintage Motel Signs Flickr group. It’s amazing collection of mid-century signage. Live the populuxe area all over again! You’ll see parabolas, dingbats, boomerangs and amazing typography! Don’t take my word for it, check it out!

These hotels and their signage was often maligned by the more “respectable” architects, but the fun nature of this era in design was best summed up by Thomas Hines in his book about this era, Populuxe:

The strip was conceived just at the edge of respectability. Only very rarely did it offer beauty. Far more often there was humor. But always there was vitality.” – Thomas Hines, Populuxe

Tucson Big Chief neon Fire in the Morning over New Mexico Vintage Motel Sign
la crescenta motel el Capri in Cortez Hatchet Resort Cadillac Motel Niagara Falls Canada
Elm's Motel Astro Motel Green Valley Motel DSC_0121
Kona Motel, Anaheim CA The Palms Motor Hotel KENO MOTEL RENO NEVADA (2) Stars Motel
Hiway Host Motel, Mesa, AZ Hollywood Premiere Motel Colonial Motel in Gallup (2 of 2) broadway plaza motel denver colorado
Sunland Motel, Mesa, AZ FIRESIDE INN RENO NEVADA El Rancho Motel, Mesa, AZ Trava-Leers Motel, Mesa, AZ

24 Great Mid-Century Clip Art Illustrations

Aug 10, 2012   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Yes, clip art is boring and cliché, but looking at the cliché’s of the past makes them seem new, ironic and way cooler than they ever were at the time. As they say in archeology (okay Raiders of the Lost Ark, but still) if you bury a cheap watch in the desert 1,000 years later it’s priceless. I feel the same way about these great bits of historical ephemera.

Bowling The Chef Alter Boys Lazy Boy
The Right Stuff Ballgame called because of Death The Office The decision
Drive-In Family Hour A052 A064
Woman w/Martini Glass I saw you on the chair lift. Floating Heads and Farmer Men!
Record Party Tonight Different, but the same Public Service Announcement A046a
Gor-Ray advertisement. Ballerinia Stockings advertisement. Vauxhall Cars advertisement. Benson & Hedges advertisement.

20 Great Space Age Pop Album Covers

Aug 3, 2012   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

From the populuxe era I present these 20 great space age pop album covers as examples of the space race seen through the eyes of suburbanites after 3 martinis!

mooghyman Esquivel/Other Worlds Other Sounds War Of The Worlds Les Baxter - Space Escapade
00120-Strings For A Space Age 00061-Barbarella Music from outer space Out of this world
bassworld Music For Robots autographed by Uncle Forry. esquivel - exploring davepike
101 Strings / Astro-Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 1955 ... space-age pop! Morton Gould - Music At Midnight Bobby Christian - Strings For A Space Age
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra Billy Mure - Supersonics in Flight Three Suns - Swingin' On A Star space-age bachelor pad music

Typography Tuesday “Our Fonts, Our Friends”

Jan 3, 2012   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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For this installment of Typography Tuesday I had to share Veer Presents: “Our Fonts, Our Friends.” This clever ad mixes some of my favorite things, fonts, mid-century modern esthetic and clever production. Fantastic!


“Our Fonts, Our Friends” is the first in a series of retro science films about fonts, from Veer. In this installment, the narrator discusses font styles, how to choose your font, and where to find an endless supply of affordable fonts.

A Primer in Mid Century Modern

Sep 19, 2011   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior and product design form that generally describes post-war developments in modern design from roughly 1945 to 1965. -from the video Eames Era (Mid Century Modern Design Today)

The post war, Mid Century Modern era is one of my favorites in terms of design and architecture. In case you would like to learn a little more about it, you should check out this great video primer on YouTube. It’s a good overview of the product design, architecture and cultural history of post war era. After watching it you should come away with an even greater appreciation of the detail found in Mad Men.

Digital Ephemera

Dec 1, 2010   //   by Devlin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s Wednesday, so that means ladies and germs it’s time for another installment of digital ephemera. Which is a collection of interesting bits and bytes I’ve run across on the information super highway in the past week.

Mid-century Modern & Tiki

  • Retro Cocktail Hour: A great weekly radio program from Kansas Public Radio. Host Darrell Brogdon spins Ultra-Lounge, Exotica and cool mid-century tunes. Simply amazing! Mr. Brogdon has an encyclopedic knowledge of the topic and his digressions are almost as good as the tunes.
  • Monsters Attack! 26 Epic Retro Horror Movie Posters

Good Design resources, tips and tricks

  • 50 Powerful Timesavers for Webdesigners. A great collection of tips, graphics and other digital goodies from the lads and lasses at Smashing Magazine.
  • Have designer’s block? Check out this helpful article on how to have an idea from the ever useful How Magazine blog.



Great sites worth exploring

  • Harvard’s Michael Sandel’s amazing course in Moral Philosophy can be watched for free. Not  design related, but well worth checking out and investing time in this thought provoking work.

Finally something really cool: the video for the song “Cardboard Houses” by IG88 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo

. I love the archival imagery juxtaposed with the cutting edge music.

“Cardboard Houses” by IG88 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

If you have any cool design, art, tiki or mid-century links or thoughts let me know. Leave a comment.

Digital Ephemera

Sep 23, 2010   //   by Devlin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  2 Comments

A few interesting bits of digital ephemera I’ve found on the information super highway in the last week.

Mid-century Modern & Tiki

Good Design resources, tips and tricks

Design contests

  • Pantone and Behance have a competition finding the best use of color in a design project.
  • 125 video shortlist announced today for YouTube Play




  • One of my favorite illustration blogs Urban Sketchers. Loads of inspirations and great sketches from artists around the world.
  • Ireland based artist and designer Jennifer Farley’s illustrations are simply amazing. I can’t wait to read her (hopefully) forthcoming children’s  book. Some publisher needs to jump on her book.

If you have any cool design, art, tiki or mid-century links or thoughts let me know. Leave a comment or shoot me an email.

A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials

Dec 2, 2009   //   by Devlin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments


Anyone who has an interest in advertising, culture or history, should check out the amazing collection of television advertising archived by Duke University Library. The collection is called AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials, and is well worth a look.

These fine American commercials date from the 1950′s through the 1980′s and contain (as the archive description says)

Notable television commercials created for various clients from the D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising agency archives held in the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at the Duke University Libraries. The TV ads were digitized from the 16mm preservation film prints in 2009, as part of the AdViews Collection.

The commercials are hosted through iTunes, so be sure to download some Madison Avenue goodness. I find it most interesting to see how advertising has evolved, or devolved depending on one’s point of view. There are some excellent examples of mid-century modern typography, iconography and sensibilities to be found.

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