Industrial Art Galllery
April 20, 2004 10:19 PM   Subscribe

Draft machine parts, not people! The Industrial Art Gallery is a collection of vintage engineering drawings. Perfect cover art for all you emo/math rock types. [via mimi smartypants]
posted by arto (8 comments total)
Well arto, as a reformed emo/math rock fan I appreciate the reference even if no one else probably does. Unless someone else here was into crappy music in the mid to late 90s.

Polvo forever.
posted by BackwardsHatClub at 1:24 AM on April 21, 2004

probably not a good time to reveal that I only know the '90s math rock scene from its taste in cover art, then?
posted by arto at 2:40 AM on April 21, 2004

mmm. love industrial art. can anyone point me to more? must consume industrial art.
posted by VulcanMike at 9:29 AM on April 21, 2004

Old, mechanical drawings are absolutely beautiful pieces of functional art. I like to pick up old drawings, especially old Scientific Americans and frame them. Antique stores often have bins of the stuff for cheap. I even have some SAs from the 1800s that I picked up for under $10 a piece. The articles are great too, like the opening of the California aquaduct and a look at the psychoactive properties of nicotine from 1880.

great link!
posted by jonah at 10:10 AM on April 21, 2004

Great link; this stuff is a lost art. As a former draftsman-turned-programmer, I can tell you that CAD has killed this sort of stuff completely off. The "art" of it is gone.

On a side note: the stroke order on this page is at least in part so that you don't skip the pen tip when drafting in ink. You learn quickly after sending india ink flying everywhere or bleed it all over the drawing...
posted by QuestionableSwami at 11:03 AM on April 21, 2004

nice link - share more of that kind of stuff arto.

a link back for ya.
posted by specialk420 at 11:10 AM on April 21, 2004

I hate math rock, goddamn do I hate math rock so much. Too bad I don't listen to it, or I would have a more compelling argument.
posted by Keyser Soze at 8:09 PM on April 21, 2004

Great link.

I love this one, for the suspenders, perfect hair, and ornate decorations on the hydraulic press.
posted by Capn at 11:09 AM on April 22, 2004

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