I don’t know about you, but nothing warms my heart more than the sight of a photograph of kid at a personal computer in the 1980s. A pleasant whiff of nostalgia mixed with interesting paleo-technology, makes for a great image. Let’s have a look at a handful of images of kids and families as history was being made: when computers first entered our schools and homes…
On the old Radio Shack display: “Marvin couldn’t understand Earth people very well. That’s why Marvin came to me. He knew that I was Computer Charlie. He knew that I was one of the biggest brains around.”
From Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine, 1979.
(L) From a 1981 Radio Shack catalog, (R) from a 1988 issue of Računari.
Wordplay is a never-ending source of amusement for me, with puns, spoonerisms and double entendres bringing a little extra color and life to the everyday language that we sometimes take for granted.
Swedish designer Daniel Carlmatz also loves to get creative with words, but in a different way. He set himself a challenge to create a new typographic logo each day for 365 days, using a common word and adding related visual elements through symbolism, creative use of negative space, and geometry.
“The inspiration for the 365 day challenge came from trying to challenge myself to look at type and design from a different perspective,” Daniel told Bored Panda. “The challenge was just an outlet for my personal design thinking.
Gorgeous female portraits by Maxwell Swift, talented photographer, retoucher and creative director from Concord who currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Maxwell focuses on portraiture, he shoots awesome beauty, fashion, street style and lifestyle portrait photography.
Swift studied Architecture at UC Berkeley. Maxwell inspired by inspired by film, he pulls inspiration from film directors like Quentin Tarantino, George Miller, David Fincher just to name a few.
“I love analyzing how each scene was composed, from the the camera angle, to the composition, to lighting… even the intentional placement of color schemes to give a certain feel to each scene”, he says.
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Roger Perry’s photographs of graffiti in 1970s London were compiled in the 1976 book The Writing On The Wall. Perry (1944 – 1991), a photographer whose work regularly featured in Time Out, The Sunday Times, Vogue and Nova, captured a side of literary London when the city was hit by recession, poor housing and urban decay.
As singer George Melly (17 August 1926 – 5 July 2007) notes in the book’s introduction: “In a world of supermarkets, office-blocks, processed chickens, VAT forms, computers, ECT, time and motion studies, what graffiti proclaims is ‘Human beings rule OK!’”
“I used to go down to Basing Street a lot because Island Records had their studios there,” says Pearce Marchbank, who designed the book. “It was really rough around there at night. You’d come out of the studio at 4am and it felt like people were sharpening their knives on the corners of buildings, that kind of thing.
The excellent watercolour paintings of Misha Vyrtsev. Misha has a bewildering level of skill, humour and a magical touch with blending colours and textures.
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It’s quite likely that these images will be the most adorable thing you look upon today. The Geek Kids Collection by Andy Fairhurst consists of kid versions of your favorite geeky heroes and villains drawn in a heart-meltingly cute fashion.
Andy Fairhurst also has a delightful superhero collection which you should definitely check out. In fact, you should just check out the rest of his work on his DeviantArt page. All of it is quite lovely.