A Catalog of Public Agencies Graphic Design, Public — Archive

Posted by Stephen Petrey on Friday, July 12, 2019

The publicarchive.studio homepage reads:

A space dedicated to preserving public agencies use of graphic design throughout the 20th century. 

I’m a total sucker for this kind of design ephemera. One, it’s deeply nostalgic for me. Secondly, this sort of digital preservation effort is pretty tough to come by these days. So, it deserves attention and gratitude. It’s brilliant seeing these catalogued and organized by country and department. I’m looking forward to seeing this collection grow!

Give the website a spin, it’s really really rad that Julian Bialowas (@julianbialowas) took the time to catalog these. You can follow the Public Archive Studio (@publicarchivestudio) here on Instagram. Here’s a sampling from the website:

Brochures and travel guides from Parks Canada.
A selection from Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks.
A selection of brochures from Mesa Verde National Park.

As an aside, if this sort of stuff floats your boat, something tells me you’ll enjoy the Reagan Ray’s blog. Apart from being a one-heck-of-a design hombre over at Paravel, he’s catalogued some interesting stuff like, Airline Logos, 80’s Action Figure Logos, and my personal favorite — Railway Logos.


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