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The Vintage Map for Your Next All-American Road Trip

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Since the advent of the automobile at the turn of the 20th century, Americans have been hitting the open road in search of new horizons and giant balls of twine. For adventurous road-trippers of the 1960s, this map produced by General Drafting would have been their ultimate guide.

The vintage map from 1962 is filled with full-color illustrations of landmarks and products from each of the fifty states. Missouri is identified as home to quail hunting and mineral water, while North Carolina is the producer of cigarettes, furniture, and mountain handicrafts.

It also includes a smaller checkerboard map meant to help travelers gauge their driving times. The side of each square is 360 miles, the equivalent of about a day’s drive without time set aside for sightseeing. 

The map publisher, General Drafting, originally made the guide to be sold or freely distributed at service stations across the country. Though a handful of the stops are dated (the Circus Hall of Fame has moved from Florida to Indiana; the Prehistoric Indian Burial Pits in Kansas have been closed), most of them, like the national parks, can still be visited today. Prints can be purchased online for travel nerds to hang on their walls at home—or to fold up and keep in their glove compartments. 

[h/t: Vox]

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Treat Yourself to This 22-Karat Gold Unicorn Mug
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What's better than a unicorn mug? A unicorn mug with a horn made of gold.

This magical creation is accented in 22-karat gold, and it's so dazzling that it's been blowing up on Etsy: It recently got 88,000 likes on the retailer's Facebook page. Each ceramic vessel is thrown on the wheel and hand-painted. They hold 12 to 14 ounces and sell for $135 apiece.

Etsy shop ModernMud has plenty more unicorn gear. If you're enamored with the popular mug but want to spend a little less dough, consider the teacup version for $108. Want something to keep your rings on? Nab a unicorn stand or a mug with a horn on the inside. You can even get a unicorn to wear around your neck.

See pictures of the wares below. Still want more unicorns? Check out these mystical gifts for unicorn lovers.

Graphic Design Series Shows Which Fonts Your Favorite Logos Use

Unless you’re a dedicated design geek, you probably can’t recognize the fonts used in the logos of some of the most recognizable companies in the world—even if you see them every day. Enter graphic designer Emanuele Abrate, whose latest project, Logofonts, illuminates the favorite fonts of the brands you see every day.

As we spotted on Adweek, Logofonts takes a logo—like, for instance, Spotify’s—and replaces the company’s name with the font in which it's written. Some fonts, like Spotify’s Gotham, might be familiar, while others you may never have heard of. Nike’s and Red Bull’s Futura is so commonplace in signage in logos that it’s the subject of an entire book called Never Use Futura. (Other companies that use it include Absolut Vodka and Domino’s Pizza, and many more.) But you most likely aren’t familiar with Twitter’s Pico or Netflix’s Bebas Neue.

Abrate is a managing partner at grafigata, an Italian blog and online academy focused on graphic design. In his work as a freelance designer, he focuses on logo design and brand identities, so it wasn’t hard for him to track down exactly which fonts each brand uses.

“When I see a logo, I wonder how it was conceived, how it was designed, what kind of character was used and why,” Abrate tells Mental Floss. The Logofonts project came from “trying to understand which fonts they use or which fonts have been modified (or redesigned) to get to the final result.”

The Nike logo reads 'Futura.'

The Twitter logo reads 'Pico.'

The Red Bull Logo reads 'Futura BQ.'

The Netflix logo reads 'Bebas Neue.'

You can check out the rest of the Logofonts project and Abrate’s other work on his Behance or Facebook pages, and on his Instagram.

[h/t Adweek]

All images courtesy Emanuele Abrate


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