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Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

1968 Olympics Mexico Poster

Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with  go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.

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I fancy myself something of a chowhound, and love to experiment in the kitchen, but my preference to freestyle a recipe sometimes illustrates the rift between culinary brainstorming and practical experience. Turns out, there are some things you can’t just wing. Like baking. Oops.

kitchen conversion poster

This graphic kitchen conversion poster by SweetFineDay is here to save the day. The attractive and practical print eliminates any confusion in a recipe, and illustrates exactly how much of each ingredient you need to use. So there’s no more blaming “the altitude” if your pie doesn’t come out. (Apologies to my foodie friends in Denver!)

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I was just talking to another design lover the other day about how hard it can be to find nicely designed items for children that aren’t outrageously expensive.

sea creatures poster

However, I just ran across this graphic poster on Banquet Atelier & Workshop and thought it would work perfectly for a kid’s room. The monochrome blue is simple enough to grow with a child and it is chock full of interesting facts about sea creatures. Just right for curious minds (and their parents).

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In honor of Boxing Day, I thought I’d share the British Keep Calm and Carry On poster, originally designed in 1939. Its notable crown and clean font make it a classic. The stiff-upper-lip sentiment makes it all the more appealing.

The poster was commissioned by the Ministry of Information and printed to raise the spirits and allay the fears of Englishmen in anticipation of invasion during World War II. This image has popped up in homes and stores quite a bit since its rediscovery in 2000, especially since its royal copyright has expired.

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