Watch: How "oldschool" computer graphics worked back in the eighties

In part one of a series, the limitations of color on eighties-era computers and early game consoles like NES and Commodore 64.

How to explain graphic design to four-year-olds


Dean Vipond was asked to explain his job as a graphic designer to a class of four- and five-year-olds. Read the rest

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Handy guide to image file types and when to use each


Arunshory M posted a handy chart from Who is Hosting This describing image file types and the best ways to use each one. Read the rest

Graphic, violent old public safety posters from Holland

Man, these vintage Dutch safety posters from the early through late 20th century are scary and beautiful as hell. If you're squeamish, maybe don't click. The messages are also blunt, with no attempt at making people feel good about bad things that befall others.

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Project Thirty-Three: a website devoted to beautiful, minimal vintage album cover design

Project Thirty-Three is a lovely website honoring beautiful minimalist graphic design on vintage album covers. The site was created and is maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl. Above and below, some of the amazing examples they've collected. Read the rest

Shepard Fairey talks about some of his favorite YouTube videos

Shepard Fairey selects some of his favorite clips from YouTube, and talks about videos that have inspired him.

A handwriting font for doctors

Link to larger size. Created by Orion Champadiyil (web, Twitter).

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A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

Boing Boing reader Kenneth is a weird-and-rare book lover who is painstakingly scanning and posting online some of his favorite obscurities. Among the Golden Guides he's posted (dig the iconic visual style!) is the exceedingly hard-to-find and out of print "Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants" from 1976. I haven't seen it in the wild in ages; it's as rare as an Amanita Muscaria in Siberia. Where, by the way, the native people once ritually drank each other's pee so multiple people could trip off a single 'shroom.

Do check out the rest of his Golden Guide collection, while it lasts.

Update: Pesco has blogged about the "Hallucinogenic Plants" one before.

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