Saturday, August 28, 2010


Grain Edit is a beautiful blog that never fails to inspire. Run by Dave Cuzner in California it showcases retro and vintage art, graphic design and ephemera from or inspired by the 1950’s to 1970’s. The aesthetic of the site harks strongly back towards design legends Milton Glaser, Paul Rand and Saul Bass.

It includes a multitude of fascinating articles and images from artists, illustrators and graphic designers who either reign from mid century times and aesthetics or who are heavily influenced by them. Entries range from lengthy interviews and essays on artists such as this Q&A with Jason Munn...

to brief little finds and treasures such as this cool luggage label from Istanbul.

It showcases retro treasures such as vintage brochures, illustrations, stamps, children’s books, posters, and even home plans. Visitors can also read in-depth interviews with leading designers, download unique desktop wallpapers, buy retro posters and finds at the shop and vie for coveted giveaways.

My favourite entries so far have been ….

The funky 60’s Saul Bass illustrated kids book - Henri’s walk to Paris by Leonore Klein. In typical pop-colour cut-out style, Bass leads us through the day of a young boy as he dreams of a day in Paris. I’m not sure if I should spoil the end for you, but lets just say it involves a pencil stealing bird with a band aid on its face.

...a display of Japanese graphic design in the 1950s from the exhibition at the Tokyo’s Printing Museum...

...and Eli No! which tells the beautifully put together story of a trouble-making dog. The book was designed and illustrated by Katie Kirk & Nathan Strandberg of Eighthourday.

Plus any of the great images that are always available…

If retro graphics, illustration and art are your thing, I highly recommend that you check out this awesome site for inspiration. If you get hooked you can sign up to the newsletter to alert you of updates but be warned – you could loose a few hours of your life in here!

1 comment:

  1. A great post. I just became aware of this site a week or two ago, via Stacy. I could spend my life in here... so much to look at and read about. Glad that you posted this, spread the joy!