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If good design is a balance of aesthetics and utility, the craft peaked in the years between 1945–1970.
This era of modernism hit the design sweet spot: functional beauty. Finding harmony between the natural and the manmade, designers made objects that serve their purpose with organic grace.
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Victor Underhill shares with the Mid-Century Illustrated group this vacation house plan booklet from the ’60s. The fantastic illustrator isn’t credited other than “Orbeck” on the cover.
Man, I audibly gasped when I saw these. What gorgeous illustrations!
I’m no luddite, but seeing these emphasizes how much we graphic designers and illustrators lose by working in an all-digital medium. Look at the flora in these illustrations – just look at those lucious, broad brushstrokes. Then look at the man-made elements – rigid, hard, man-made! So awesome. Thanks for posting, this is a great find.
that first place exist already. it is wienerschnitzel!
If you like this book, check out “A-frame” by Chad Randl
The book “A-frame” also definitely has great illustration in it. These illustrations make want to illustrate as well. Mine aren’t quite this mid-century looking though.
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