If you’re looking for a little design inspiration, why not look to the past? Philipp Lenssen has created a pair of websites showcasing ads and covers of comics, books, and more from the last 130 years. The two sites, Vintage Ad Browser and Cover Browser, contain images of ads ranging from the well-known “Got Milk?” ads to the lesser-know Infantry Journals (“Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder” anyone?).
Vintage Ad Browser contains over 120,000 ads which are categorized by topic as well as decade, while Cover Browser is organized mainly by comic or book series title. Both sites, which are keyword searchable, can be a great resource when you’re looking for inspiration to bring to your next design.
Thanks to CreativePro.com for the heads up on these great sites.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
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Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
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