Wisdom of pirates

December 3, 2008

I like this poster. This would make a good Christmas gift!



Other good ones…


Seb Lester





November 25, 2008

I’m always amazed at how different people can approach a calendar and add a little something to it and have it be new again. Here are a few calendars I’ve come across recently that were fun…

Seeing Eye Calendar
Seeing Eye Calendar


The cat calendar


Malota Calendars -
Malota Calendars


2009 Calendar Cushion




Matchstick Calendar


thirft store picture frame

November 14, 2008

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

I found this beauty at the Deseret Industries store in American Fork for like $.25. Now, we’ve just got to take some really funny portraits of ourselves.

More fireworks

October 6, 2008

I came across some more fireworks from an old stash I remembered I had. Nothing too spectacular, but you can definately count on the emission of flame and sparks with these!

Racing Car

Racing Car

Gamellia Flower - don't be confused with the smaller, weaker, well known Camellia Flowers

Gamellia Flower - Not to be confused with the smaller, weaker, although more well known sibling Camellia Flower

Mandarin Duck - Disporting Water?

Mandarin Duck - Disporting Water?


October 5, 2008

I love fireworks, always have and probably always will. I have always been so fascinated with fireworks graphics/packaging. Of course I’m talking about the consumer fireworks you and I buy at the stands and such. They come is such colorful packaging, they’re all made in China and ’emit showers of sparks.’ In fact that is one of my favorite phrases on fireworks ‘caution’ labels. Here are some more…





Parachute Fireworks

I especially love older labels on fireworks - where everything is hand drawn. It makes you feel like your fireworks were all carefully handmade just for you, even down to the label. I don't know, but the guy on this particular box looks a little creepy.

BYU – Banyan Yearbooks

September 24, 2008

According to the all-knowing-internet, the term ‘Banyanis a tree, “native to India and part of the Mulberry family, is an enormous tree with many uses and a vast history. Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree. The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder. The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys, and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination. Older trees can reach more than 200 meters (656 feet) in diameter, with a height of 30 meters (98 feet)”

Brigham Young University used to have yearbooks from the early part of the century to about the mid-eighties that were always entitled ‘Banyan’. My parents have a few of these from their days at BYU and once again, I rediscovered these books in a new light and greater appreciation for typography and logos from this era. I wanted to post some great examples of type treatments and graphics that offer some inspiration.

These are a few covers of the BYU Banyan yearbooks…

BYU - Banyan Circa 1970

BYU - Banyan Circa 1973

BYU - Banyan Circa 1970

BYU - Banyan 1971

Here are some great type treatments and logos…

70’s era German Textbooks

September 21, 2008

While visiting my parents in Maryland last week, I came across some old German college textbooks. I’ve always been a fan of old book covers. They were always simple with interesting type. I grew up with these various books on the shelves of some of our bookcases, but only recently rediscovered them in a new light.

Now that I think about it, looking at ‘Typisch Deutsch’, what would really have made this book complete is Otto Graf’s autograph inside on the front cover!

We inherited a big box materials like these from my in-laws. As we were going through them I came across some early to mid-1970’s publications. As I skimmed through the pages I became fascinated with the illustrations and graphics that the LDS Church designers created during that era. These are just a few I liked. I didn’t take the time to clean them up, so they maintain their creases and wear. Check out that super computer!