Silly Saturday The Jetsons - Family of the Future

Enjoy William Hanna and Joe Barbera's conception of The Jetsons, the family of the future from a Mid-century perspective. Note Hanna and Barbera’s take on parking, treadmills and pneumatic tube transport.

The Earliest Television in Great Britain

Thank you to the British National Media Museum for posting this photo of one of the highlights of their collections: a Baird Model B Televisor from 1928.

According to the Baird Televisor site, the first successful demonstration of the device happened on January 26, 1926, and the first image transmitted was that of a head of a ventriloquist’s doll. In 1928, the year that the model below was manufactured, Baird conducted a demonstration of “Stereoscopic” television.

Baird Model B Televisor
John Logie Baird, Baird Model B Televisor (1928). Photo credit: Copyright British National Media Museum.

For more on John Logie Baird and his televisors visit the British National Media Museum blog and

Silly Saturday: Star Trek Enterprise Vintage Advertisement

Silly Saturday presents a mash-up of the command bridge of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise with Mad Men’s mid-century style. Illustrator Matt Wiley's advertisement below shows what we might have expected if Don Draper had the United Federation of Planets as a client. “Gleaming in brushed chrome, easy to clean as Deuterium plate.” 

Thanks to Kevin Lee Allen Design for sharing this post.

Starship Enterprise

Matt Wiley. Star Trek Starship Enterprise advertisement with details (2013).

View more of Matt Wiley’s work

'Star Trek' Production Designer Jim Mees Dies

The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Jim Mees, production designer who was best known for his work on the “Star Trek" television series of the 1980s and 1990s, died on March 27, 2013 of pancreatic cancer.

Fourteen of Mees’s thirty year career were spent designing futuristic sets for “Star Trek:The Next Generation,” “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He earned five Emmy nominations for his work.

Read more on Jim Mees and his work at

Seventies’ Soul Train Style

Before MTV there was Soul Train — “The Hippest Trip in America.” The television dance show that aired from 1971 to 2006 was to urban dance music of the Seventies what Dick Clark's “American Bandstand" was to pop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Soul Train appealed not only to teens from the inner-city, but also to suburban teens who tuned in to the show to discover both the latest dance moves and the hippest threads.

When Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius died earlier this year, our friend Diana Cook at DesignCrave dedicated a fascinating post in tribute to Cornelius and to the fashion styles his program promoted during its heyday in the mid-Seventies.

Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius hosting Soul Train in the Seventies. Photo copyright: 2012, MadVision Entertainment.

If this isn’t enough Soul Train for you, then check out videos of fashion and furious dance moves on

The Archtitect’s Favorite Lawman

Mies Van der Rohe James Arness
Photographers unknown.

Design and Desire is all about looking at the personal side of many of the Twentieth Century’s leading archtiects, artists and designers. So we could not pass up sharing this nugget posted on the Mies van der Rohe Society blog regarding the architect’s favorite television show, CBS’s long-running western, Gunsmoke.

"Much of Mies’ personal life remains a mystery, but we do know one of his loves was Gunsmoke—the long-running western starring James Arness. It’s a charming detail because the prime time drama seems very un-Miesian. The ramshackle wooden saloons and sheriff stations of Dodge City couldn’t be more different from the sleek steel skyscrapers Mies built in more worldly cities.” Read more »

Silly Saturday: KLAD’s Lighthearted Look at Set Design

Set design can be a serious, demanding and sometimes even dangerous occupation, but Kevin Lee Allen takes time out for a rather humorous look at his profession and his design and construction team at Kevin Lee Allen Design. This article was originally posted on The Kevin Lee Allen Design (KLAD) Blog on March 11, 2011.

Kevin points to “fierce, fearless, fabulous Perry” the carpenter.


Silly Saturday: Client Presentation Monty Python Style

And now for something completely different — Monty Python’s Flying Circus' version of the architect's client presentation featuring a classic John Cleese meltdown.