inspired by: vintage board games

Just a little column I felt like initiating here. I’ll try to post once a week on something that consistently tends to inspire me in my design, fashion, and thrifting endeavors. This one is easy. I love vintage colors, and the innocence of childhood, especially as depicted in late 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s graphic styles. There is something about these Memory Game tiles that makes me feel at home in my own imagination. I find the color choices to be bright and cheerful but also clearly dated, like the use of teal for blue, and the shading techniques in some of the backgrounds.

I have saved these for years. I keep them in an airtight plastic bag, because I don’t want anything to happen to them, and yet I don’t know what to make from them that would keep their integrity. They are wonderful as-is, small squares of color on a thick, sturdy cardboard. I pull out the tiles and shuffle them around whenever I find my stash. Because my collection is pulled from various editions of the game that I found in different thrift stores, this is one of those things I don’t think I could easily replace.


  1. christina wrote:

    THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh my goodness.
    I am in love. I might print this out and hang it at my desk.

  2. emily august wrote:

    Yeah these tiles are my favorite. I have more in different styles. I would love to do a framed piece with them eventually, or theoretically tile a wall with them… maybe someday when I have my first genius child, he or she will be the recipient of custom Memory Tile art.

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