Ascent of Man

As a lover of retro-futurist illustration, I recently came across a presentation (via Boing Boing) by Illustrator/Artist Bruce McCall.  He does a great job of putting to words the reason I love retro-futurist art – the optimistic, over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous illustration like that found on the covers of Popular Mechanics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  He’s also designed a few of the wittier New Yorker covers, one of which was put to animation by the talent at Smiley Guy Studios.  You can watch the presentation here.

The History of Spaceflight

vonbraunI’ve started collecting a few books on “futurism” from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  I love the illustrations and ideas about the future from a time when mankind was just going to the moon.  It seems there was no limit to where they thought we’d be 100 years from now (then).   Matt over at Paleo-Future has posted a clip from the DVD History of Spaceflight featuring Wernher von Braun‘s ideas of the future of spaceflight.  Check out the post for more retro-futurist images.