Visit the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center and it is filled with old posters and magnets and postcards from the the 40’s on up and I can’t get enough of it. The artwork and typography is simple and timeless. I know vintage and retro is trendy, but it’s undeniably attractive to me. I think of artists who did not have Photoshop and cool plugins but who were able to create beautiful type and strong visuals and it gives me goose bumps to look at. The old movie posters and signs just make me smile. It reminds me of a great line in Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer: “They built up with their bare hands, what we still can’t build today.”
Nostalgia makes me appreciative of beauty and the good things in life. It’s not just vintage and retro art that brings a smile to my face, it’s the simplicity of design that can take you back in time and make you feel like you were there. Less is more, always. That’s all. Nothing profound, just in a happy zone of appreciation for the little things in life that should never be taken for granted. #enjoylife
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