Tuesday, 30 June 2009

MCA: Big Plans

The Museum of Contemporary Art unveiled plans today to begin developing an additional building to the site which they say will make the museum a 'global hub for contemporary art and ideas'. The development is planned to be completed by 2011 and will include the construction of a new northern wing and the refurbishment of its current heritage-listed headquarters.

Check out the video below to see a virtual tour of the proposed upgrades.

For more information, head to the MCA website at www.mca.com.au.

A Good Cause

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been raising money to help the homeless for as long as most of us can remember. Along with their famous op-shops, they're always finding new and interesting ways of fundraising.

One of these is the 'CEO Sleepout' which was held on June 18th at Sydney's Luna Park. It was an event where CEOs from a cross-section of companies obtained sponsorship to spend the night in similar conditions to the homeless. 220 CEOs took part in the fundraiser which seemed an effective way
of creating empathy for the plight of the homeless.

Although the main event is already over, you can still donate to the cause until the 31st August by going to their website at http://www.ceosleepout.org.au.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Things on our mind...

One of our clients who is doing fantastic things in the world of homewares and furnishings is EDIT. They have recently moved to a brand new store on the corner of Crown & Albion Street in Surry Hills. So if you’re into stylish design, it’s definitely a must-see. There’s plenty of beautifully and uniquely restored antique furniture and all fabrics are designed in house. You can find more info on them at www.edit-group.com.au.

Something else definitely worth supporting is Sydney’s favourite community radio station FBi. Due to the financial crisis, they’ve been in a spot of bother lately so they’ve asked the music community to lend a helping hand to keep them on air. A bunch of shows will be happening in Sydney this month to help raise money with artists such as Sarah Blasko, Dappled Cities, Midnight Juggernauts and Bridezilla taking part. You can help out by going to some of these shows or simply by donating to the station. For more info just head to their website at www.fbi.org.au.

Another great initiative happening at the moment is All of Aus, a forum where you can share your feelings and thoughts on what you think the spirit of Australia is in 2009. You can head to their website now to have your say. Once all the responses are compiled and collated, they will be released in a special edition magazine in News Limited newspapers across Australia. look out for it in the second half of July.

Without doubt one of the great things about Australia is its cultural vibrancy and Sydney’s Vivid Festival has been a wonderful example of this. It's brought great music and art to the city for the past few weeks, but it came to a close on Sunday night with fantastic finale. I’ll leave you with this image from the last performance of 'Fire Water' at Campbells Cove.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

'Oily' Winter 2009

One of the many projects that we’ve been working on is 'Oily', an editorial style quarterly newsletter for Sydney Essential Oil Co. (SEOC). Consistent with the natural vibe of the company and its products, the newsletter is printed to environmental standards and wire-loop bound, making it a compact, collectible A5 magazine.

The Winter 2009 issue was recently released and has received an excellent response from SEOC customers. We always appreciate it when a customer goes out of their way to get in touch and provide some positive feedback. One customer contacted SEOC simply to say:
“Thank you so much for this special book...it just took my breath away...it is beautiful.”

You can view the edition online or register to receive a free copy mailed to you at http://www.seoc.com.au.

There’s no doubt that the rose is considered a symbol of beauty and with Australia entering the gloom of winter, we’re all looking for things to lift our spirits. On that note, I’ll leave you with a photo of one of the many brilliant light displays of the Luminous Festival.

Luminous photo courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald