Freebie Image Gallery: Spirit of Innovation

It’s trite but true: a picture is worth a thousand words. In our emoticon-spouting, animated GIF meme-ing, Facebook-loving times, we communicate, more and more, through images. The Freebie Image Gallery features high-resolution images available through the Devil’s Artisan, our very own Journal of the Printing Arts. DA’s Dingbats Section offers an ever-expanding selection of free, high-resolution, downloadable dingbats, ornaments and fanciful initials for your printed and online projects.

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For over a century, innovation has been the preoccupation of inventors, entrepreneurs and idle armchair masterminds all looking to “build a better mousetrap” as it were. We here at PQL can appreciate the ways that twentieth-century technologies can produce what looks like nineteenth-century letterpress products, but we also can’t help but enjoy the attractions, entertainments and conveniences of modern cellphones, streaming services and computers. So in honour of the spirit of innovation, here are some images on the theme–many with a rather fitting Victorian feel–that you can use in your digital and print design projects.

What scientific mind could fail to wonder about the stars? The astronomers of old might bear little resemblance to the astrophysicists of today, but their legacy of curiosity continues.
weather balloon
How do you know to wear your rain boots, don your slicker and grab your umbrella before you head out the door? We owe our sophisticated modern weather forecasting systems to pioneering innovations like early weather balloons.
victorian train
As you all probably remember, I’m a sucker for train travel. My own preference for travelling long distances includes creature comforts such as wi-fi and coffee service notwithstanding, think of how much the invention of the locomotive changed the world!
tilt hammer
I can’t say I know exactly what a tilt hammer does, but this is apparently one and it looks like something worthy of some patent art.
vintage light bulb
And how could we not include an old-timey lightbulb? With a vintage feel, hipster appeal, and a nod to the early days of electricity this image gallery wouldn’t feel complete without it!

Hopefully this has been an illuminating group of (free!) images to use in your design projects. Be sure to browse our entire collection over at the Dingbats Section of the Devil’s Artisan. And as always, let us know what kind of creative projects you’re working on with these beauties.



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