It’s tricky to reconcile these brightly coloured images of gravity-defying cars and high-speed bullet trains to the post-war Soviet Union, with its gulags and widespread famine, though you could quite easily imagine Stalin demanding that flying automobiles feature heavily in his final five-year plan. Regardless of whether these futuristic illustrations are in any way representative of their creators’ homeland, the vivid palettes and whimsical subject matter are utterly charming in their own right, and demonstrate the striking parallels between contemporary Soviet and American culture – light-heartedly preempting the furious competition of the space race.
Each of these vivid images served as a cover for the esteemed Technology-Youth magazine, a publication designed to inspire Russia’s youth to embrace scientific research and technological advancement. Never mind the science though, it’s the outlandish images we’re blown away by.
- Joe Schlaud's cheeky Kama Sutra illustrations (NSFW)
- Artist Matthew F Fisher paints seascapes and wildlife with vivid precision
- Hayley Louisa Brown on travelling to Memphis as part of Ace & Tate's Creative Fund
- Photographer Roe Ethridge’s images blur the lines between commercial and sentimental
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich