Three VHS Films

Three VHS videos ready to watch in 1989Continuing the 1980s theme, here are three VHS videos ready to put in the player in order to watch tonight. The VHS, or Video Home System, was developed in Japan in the 1970s and appeared during the 1980s in the United Kingdom. It was a very popular way of purchasing and watching films, requiring just a suitable video player and, when you see the 1989 house, you will see that one is provided.

The view above is of the three films – yes, three, for Modance the house owner has purchased two copies, perhaps it was a film that he and his wife both wanted to see and each purchased a copy on the same day! However the three videos are shown arranged on a table ready for use.

The 3D scene was created in Cinema 4D, the images for the videos being made with Affinity Designer. The images used on the covers were made using Daz Studio and are created using Genesis 2 figures, the final render made using Iray.

I have uploaded to Flickr a copy of the actual images used for each video showing both the front back and sides. Note that only Modance has an image front and back since Paivaa and Maailman Vahincoa are only shown with their upper surfaces visible and they will be used in the same way in the final image of the 1989 living room.

Creating the images and the artwork for these simple objects required some research and was both interesting and took me back to the days many years ago when I sat in a classroom and created similar DTP artwork using a program called ClarisWorks on the Mac. Something which I remember with fondness but which seems, and perhaps now was, a whole world away from today.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.


Arcade type game screenShort phrase illustrating the font News706A major revolution happened in the 1980s with arcade games and this was spearheaded, in particular, by one game developed originally in Japan and which subsequently appeared all over the world. Unfortunately I have never been able to play games on a computer because I have problems with the flashing graphics and with the sound but if I were then this is one game that I would probably have enjoyed.

Okay, I am not going to incorporate this in the 1989 room or, indeed, in any of the 1980s work that I and doing but, it is part of that decade’s heritage and thus I thought I would take a few minutes and create my own version. Never having played the game I realise now that there are some issues but nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to do and something different to create.

The font used is News706 designed by Jackson Burke who from 1949 to 1963 was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype, an important firm who developed the font, Trade Gothic, that appears just about everywhere. To illustrate the font I have included a demonstration using one of my favourite short(ish) pangrams.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

The Night Guard

Books created from a 3D program on a tableThe 1980s room is becoming a very interesting project for which I am having to research and create a variety of room elements for the 3D image, as well as learning something about the 1980s in the United Kingdom.

Previously, to create 3D rooms, I used a book generation program or, alternatively, I would create books with a simple, generic, coloured cover. I decided, in an effort to make my work both more realistic and more meaningful, to create written media, that is covers for books, music, albums and what were then called films. The nice part about this is that I am, for the first time in many years, using more 2D techniques rather than three dimensional forms which I have used over the past five years.

The first book, is the Night Guard and you can see it in the illustration above. It is intended to be seen from the distance shown or further away and it is supposed to look like a conventional book when seen with a selection perhaps of other books, rather than being a particular model in its own right. The title and indeed the human character, were taken from the excellent and useful Daz character of the same name which is obtainable for Daz Studio.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

xar283 in use


So I decided to experiment with xar283 that I posted yesterday and see what sort of wall covering this was really going to be.

Here is the result and I have to say that it looks even better than I had originally envisioned giving the room a richness that creates both an elegant and a very modern look despite its mid-century origins. This pattern was made for a purpose and so I only created the one colour but it think now it is worth some additional experimentation.

The room, incidentally, is an adaptation of the Evening Dinner Party set that I created a few months (quite a few months now) ago. Although perhaps a bit spartan, it is now a set that I will use again to show off wall covering patterns.



This is a very elegant mid-century pattern that owes much to the work of the 1950s and before for it’s lines and colours.

It is a striking pattern that would have been used as a fabric (that was how I saw it) and, in a more robust form, as a feature wall covering (wow!).



They say that less is often more and this is increasingly true (was it ever not?) of patterns.

This is mid-century inspired and so simple and yet it looks, even today, so good.

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

We are moving up a level in sophistication today with a linoleum product that does justice to the fine hallway that I have been using these last few weeks.

Created with Xara Designer 9, this is the sort of tile that would have been used mid-century although I have chosen to give it a ‘complete roll’ look rather than the look of individual tiles. A light design, it makes the hall look bigger, bolder and airer because small detail tiles tend to look, and add, an air of sophistication.

Some experimentation revealed that the tiles look best at the size shown rather than smaller which would probably be the case if they were individual floor tiles. At a smaller size you tend to lose the sophistication and the tiles blur into the background.

For the record I went down to the shop and bought two nice pictures to put on the wall, these are there simply for composition (and because I like them).