Readers: Most of you don’t know it, but I am a vintage Santa Claus collector. I cannot explain why or how, but I always felt looking at photos of the vintage Santa Clauses was like drinking hot cocoa on a cold Winter day. It warms you up inside. My Christmas present to you are images of […]

1. This 1973 lingerie store catalogue tells it like it is. 2. These Asthma Cigarettes are not recommended for children under six. 3. This ad, from Life magazine, 1956, promotes clothes for “chubby girls”.   4. This extreme vision of a bad hair day is from Charles Antell, a hair products manufacturer. 5. This anti-malaria […]

Otto Neurath and the Origins of ISOTYPE A visual program for displaying facts and quantitative information, the ISOTYPE system was born from research and theories of Otto Neurath (1882–1945), a Viennese philosopher, economist and social scientist. As a child he was fascinated by the function of Egyptian hieroglyphics—their forms and ability to communicate a story. […]

I saw this on Visual Loop’s blog and it was too good to pass up. I love vintage data visualization and the stories they tell. Enjoy! Best Regards, Michael Vintage Infodesign  The first picks of today’s round-up come from a long post written back in February, 2012, by blogger Rosa Rubicondior, called The History of Disbelief. Rosa, […]

As we welcome another fresh week, it’s time to take a journey into the past of information design, with our regular selection of vintage maps, charts and graphs. [SOURCE] This will be a new series I will blog a few times a month about.

The history of health is peppered with gorgeous anatomical flap-ups, strange medical art, and vibrant vintage illustrations, with a side of beautifully illustrated pseudoscience. But few come close to these vintage gems from the early 1900s, found in a French edition of Friedrich Eduard Bilz’s 1888 naturopathic medicine guide Das Neue Naturheilverfahren (The New Natural […]