50s computer brochures

Bendix G-14 General Purpose Digital Computer, 1955

The ERA Computation Center for industry, government and research

Datatron Eletronic Data Processing Systems Handbook Central Comp

General Electric Proudly Presents the NEW GE 150 Data Processing

IBM 705 EDPM Electronic Data Processing Machine, 1955

Teleregister, 1956

An Introduction to the Univac File-Computer System, 1951

Computer History Museum — Brochures / 1950s

Ohhhh my lord what a find. The motherload.

Check out the Computer History Museum for hundreds of PDFs containing high-res scans of computer brochures from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In particular, the 50s examples are amazing; great colours, dynamic layout & outrageous typography.

Thanks to Present & Correct for another great find. If you don’t already follow them, check out their blog & their Twitter for daily graphic gems.


Fives / INT works, 2014

Fives / It’s Nice That, 2014

I’m pleased to have been involved in Fives, a new animation project that launched today, curated by It’s Nice That.

Each film in Fives is 5 seconds long, and celebrates a memorable moment from World Cup tournaments gone by.

Myself and Matt Lloyd made our film in homage to a crazy game between Chile & Italy in 1962, known as “the battle of Santiago”.

Beer Mat Tat

Beer Mat Tat / Becky Turner, 2014 tumblr_n4oybc18431s3795do1_500 tumblr_n4569hoTE71s3795do1_r2_500Beer Mat Tat / Becky Turner, 2014

Check out Beer Mat Tat – a really nice Tumblr by Becky Turner, showcasing her mum’s collection of vintage beer mats.

And I thought my haul from Paris was good. This puts my efforts to shame!

Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern / Lauren O'Neill, 2014


Holding Pattern / Lauren O’Neill, 2014

Holding Pattern is a great Tumblr blog by Lauren O’Neill collating various airports from across the world, as seen from above.

Paris ephemera — road maps

Paris ephemera — road maps / 2014



Paris ephemera — road maps / 2014

Some lovely fold-out road maps, found at the same market as the beer mats. The ‘BPortugal’ example dates from 1959; the Travel USA one from 1964. Both designer(s) unknown.

The yellow on the Portugal map must be printed in a special – it’s almost fluorescent – unfortunately the camera hasn’t captured its true vibrancy!

Paris ephemera — beer mats

Paris ephemera – beer mats

Paris ephemera / 2014

A few gems I found on a recent trip to Paris, at the Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen. Some lovely type and colours on these beer mats; I would guess they date from the 60s and 70s. I know the Watneys branding was by Design Research Unit, but all the others are of unknown origin.

The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite

The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins, 2014

The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins, 2014

One of my favourite photographers, Edgar Martins, has just released his latest body of work. He spent the last few years documenting the European Space Agency, and the result is a breathtaking visual survey of this scientific world.

The project is currently on show at the Wapping Project Bankside – I urge you to go and see these prints, some of which are up to 2m in size. Also, the book is available now via The Moth House.