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March 18, 2013
One man's inspiration is another's inspiration? TypeToy was created as a personal online reference library with an emphasis in vintage design and typography by Aaron Eiland, a senior designer by day and screen printer and freelance illustrator off-hours. Images ranging from colorful matchboxes to witty vintage illustrations are sourced from a variety of image-driven sites such as Flickr and a slew of blog sites. Says Eiland, "TypeToy was started as an online reference library for myself. The name comes from the idea of enjoying design just for fun, not on a professional level." With that in mind, do take a look at a few of our favorites after the jump!
Patterned matchboxes designed by Saul Bass
Patterned matchboxes designed by Saul Bass.
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Birds eye view of boxing match
A perfectly composed bird's-eye view of a boxing match.
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What Makes a Shadow by Adrienne Adams
From Adrienne Adams’ What Makes A Shadow, 1960.
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A piece of typewriter paper mysteriously doubles as the writer. Ghost writer, perhaps?
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Poster design for the Art Directors Club of Houston by Mark Greer
Poster design for the Art Directors Club of Houston by Mark Greer.
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If We Build it They Will Come by Matthew Hollister
'If We Build it They Will Come' illustration by Matthew Hollister for The Boston Globe.
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Pekin by Brian Brake for National Geographic
From Pekin, a pictorial record by Brian Brake from Magnum for National Geographic, August 1960.
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Vintage Polish packaging paper
Vintage Polish packaging paper.
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Red objects and furniture on floor
A collection of various red bric-à-brac meticulously laid out.
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Four levels of city life, illustrated.
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Accumulation, 1952 by Yayoi Kusama
Accumulation, 1952 by Yayoi Kusama.
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Spelboken cover by Rolf Lagerson
The cover of Spelboken (The Game Book) designed by Rolf Lagerson, 1960. Photo © AL / Book Cover Lover
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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
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Patterned matchboxes designed by Saul Bass
Patterned matchboxes designed by Saul Bass.

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