The French graphic design studio BMD present its private collection of handcrafted retro helmets, designed with old school influences. MDB Design is a talented graphic design studio located in Bordeaux who works in the fields of graphic design as visual identity (logo), signage, printing (posters, brochures, advertisements) and a specialization in graphic design textile , allover and placement print. And yes. As you can see for yourself, typography and graphic design can very well meet up on top of a helmet, creating a statement piece of jewellery really, rather than just a safety device for urban easy riders.
This is most certainly not the first time that we come face to face with this design studio, though. We have previously come across their work, once they started dressing up our iPads, hoodies and t-shirts with their one-of-a-kind illustrations that have that special retro flair. Which you can all, by the way, find here. Thumbs up, MDB Design. We are -always- watching over you.
Did you know that? The oldest known use of helmets was by Assyrian soldiers in 900BC, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to protect the head from blunt object and sword blows and arrow strikes in combat. Soldiers still wear helmets, now often made from lightweight plastic materials. The word helmet is diminutive from helm, Medieval word for combat protective headgear. As for its origins… In May 1935, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) had a crash on a Brough Superior SS100 on a narrow road near his cottage near Wareham. The accident occurred because a dip in the road obstructed his view of two boys on bicycles. Swerving to avoid them, Lawrence lost control and was thrown over the handlebars. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered serious head injuries which left him in a coma; he died after six days in hospital. One of the doctors attending him was Hugh Cairns, a neurosurgeon, who after Lawrence’s death began a long study of what he saw as the unnecessary loss of life by motorcycle despatch riders through head injuries. Cairns’ research led to the use of crash helmets by both military and civilian motorcyclists.