I love mid-century design. No surprise, right?
But finding ideas and inspiration is a time-consuming pain in the butt.
Why? Because you have to look all over the place for this stuff. Yeah, sometimes it's fun but it ends up turning into a black hole of searching.
Next thing you know you've been looking for ideas for 2 hours.
Then it's time for lunch and half your day is gone.
We've been creating retro-inspired goods for designers four years now. During that time we've built a stockpile of retro inspiration. We literally have Dropbox files overflowing with ideas so we're never at a loss.
After getting hundreds of emails over the years it finally occurred to us that we should package this stuff up for our customers.
So we created a 4-week subscription pack and called it The Mid-Century Throwback Pack.
It includes four handy PDF guides that you can easily pull ideas from for your illustration and design work. These PDF's come with useful extras like color swatches, free font downloads, layout cheat sheets, and more.
These guides are super-easy to use, guaranteed to save you time, and make your work look great.
Here's some cool stuff I love about this pack:
Every week for the next 4 weeks you'll receive a new mid-century design guide. Each one focusing on a different aspect of mid-century design. Guides you'll receive include The Mid-Century Color Catalog, The Mid-Century Font Guide, Styles & Trends of Mid-Century America, and one more (we're still deciding what the final one will be).
With each pack, you receive we'll also be sending you a value-added bonus. What's a value-added bonus you ask? It's a unique digital item that enhances the value of the guide you receive each week.
For example, when you buy today you'll instantly receive the Mid-Century Color Catalog. The value-added bonus is 25 sets of color swatches for Photoshop and Illustrator (so you don't have to manually add the color swatches from the guide).
These packs are being offered at an Early Bird price to our very best customers. So we're only making 200 packs available at this special price. That means you'll get this at least 6 weeks before the general public. Plus, you get that Early Bird discount!
Getting fun and useful stuff in your inbox is cool. Plus, when you receive guides like this delivered over time it's like a boost of super-condensed inspiration each week. In fact, from previous customers that have received our subscription packs have told us this was one of the most useful parts about buying the packs.
You pay one time. Then each week for the next 4 weeks we'll send you a new Mid-Century Throwback Pack guide. One pack today, then one pack each week after that.
These packs have been selling like crazy. Probably because they're insanely useful, the price is stupid low, and you get a surprise in your inbox each week.
There are 200 packs available and if the last pack is any indication this will sell out FAST. My guess would be within 6-12 hours max.
Some customers were frustrated that the deal sold out so quick. So I wanted to give you a good amount of warning.
If you want to get a new pack delivered each week (plus, bonuses) then grab the pack NOW. I'm not trying to create buzz here - this happened last time and I just want to make sure people aren't upset or surprised when it's gone.
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Get 19th Century American Wood Cut Type Effects Instantly (Innovative Photoshop Action)
In the early 19th century breakthroughs in printing technology transformed print forms away from hand lettered script styles and into industrial, hard edged blocks of type.
For over a century print companies like Hamilton Manufacturing, Empire Wood Type Co., American Wood Type Mfg Co. and Eastern Brass & Wood Type created beautiful type for mass consumption. A huge variety of gothic, antique and slab fonts were used to create gorgeous advertisements, notices, posters and more.
In the 1920s wood type product began to decline due to faster due to offset printing technology. But wood type still lives on through a handful of printers that still practice this tradition.
How It Works
American Wood Type is directly inspired by this history and manufactures. Using common woods and inks we've done our best to recreate these print effects digitally using textures, patterns and a powerful Photoshop action.
American Wood Type allows you to achieve these effects quickly on all but the largest Photoshop canvases. No Smart PSDs. Just one powerful action that lets you choose the textures, colors, edges, and intensity of your wood type effects.
Want to take American Wood Type for a test run? Download the sample version here. It only contains 3 of the effects and is for personal use only. But it's fun to use and you'll get a good idea how the product works!
Inspired by public fonts in New York in the 1970s. Authority pays tribute to the almost unnoticed but powerful effect type have on our lives.
From waiting on a cold morning to catch the 307 to Morton West High School, to the rain and snow worn stencil on a postal box. Public typography is a part of the little spaces in your lives where life actually happens.
Government designed fonts were chosen to communicate authority and help grease the gears of the day-to-day grind.
Authority beckons back to these days with it's mildly condensed feel, squared corners and strong feel.
We've also added another dimension to the typeface by creating a typeface for each time period in the fonts life including: Standard (freshly printed), Rounded (Slightly worn and used) and Aged (worn down by the day to day interactions with the world).
Use it for bold, striking headlines and subheads. Use it for the base of logos. Use it to bring Authority to your work.
Buy Authority now and save $20 off the retail price.
Note: These chalk brushes were made using our 5-Step-Vectorization Method. The result is extremely realistic chalk brushes, so real, they're hard to tell from the real thing!
Drygoods refers to dry food and other miscellaneous household goods. The term was often used during the late 19th and early 20th century.
The DryGoods | Chalk Brushes for Illustrator Pack is a throwback to these stores.
Due to the ever-changing assortment of goods chalkboard signs and A-frame signs were used to advertise the days specials.
The DryGoods set equips you with 23 chalk Illustrator brushes. These brushes were created by using a variety of different chalks. Each with different amounts of wear and tear (for maximum diversity in your work)
Finally, we scanned them in at 600 DPI, post processed the scans in Photoshop, used premium auto trace software to convert to vector, and then minimized as many points as possible.
Admittedly, with something like chalk you still end up with a lot of points.
The result is a set of chalk brushes that look extremely real. Even though they're vector (as you can see from the examples) they look just like real chalk!
Be sure to view the Product Details tab for everything you get!
Here's what you get when you buy the pack:
Do these brushes include fills or layer styles?
Nope. These are just standard brushes for vector artists. No fancy do-it-for-you stuff in this pack. We're going old school on you ; )
Are these brushes pressure sensitive?
Again, no. They work great with a Wacom but they also work equally well for adding a chalk sign look with a mouse.
How did you get the effects in the example?
Just using the chalk brush set! I used the chalk brushes to add outlines to text, scribbled with thicker chalk brushes for fills, and then contained them in clipping masks (if you're not familiar with clipping masks look it up now! They are crazy awesome!)