Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Monday, 24 May 2010


Great wine is one thing we truly appreciate here at Ikon. So it is with pleasure that we congratulate our client Man O' War on its recent successes.

This Waiheke Island winery has been going great guns of late and is fast becoming a formidable force in the world of wine. Over recent times Man O' War has strengthened its position across international markets and accrued a slew of accolades and awards.

One notable mention is Man O' War Ironclad 2008, which was named Best New World Red by Steven Spurrier in Decanter magazine (January 2010, UK edition) as promoted in the current issue of Design Folio (pictured). Another victory was winning the Winery Brand Marketing sub-category in the 2009 Amcor Innovation in Wine Marketing Awards. The Amcor judging panel was impressed with the "strong and inspiring campaign", noting its exemplary use of experimentation while maintaining a professional design approach. Having worked with Man O' War since developing their identity in 2006, Ikon is particularly proud of this acknowledgement.

Man O' War is definitely punching above its weight and we are thrilled to be part of the team. See more of our work for Man O' War on our website.

Friday, 21 May 2010

There's nothing like...

... Cocktails overlooking Sydney Harbour after an exhilarating performance at the Opera House. Is it any wonder then that we're getting excited about a couple of upcoming shows with rave reviews overseas? First up, we're off to see dance master Akram Kahn's Gnosis which has been described as 'sheer dazzle'. A couple of weeks later it's Circa. From what we've learned about this Australian group, we're in for a spectacular performance where astounding acrobatics, sound and light promise to take us on a thrilling journey. Full reports coming soon.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

On now: Biennale of Sydney

We loved the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, and like most art aficionados we're looking forward to viewing the latest in contemporary art as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney. Showing at Artspace, the MCA, the Art Gallery of NSW and Cockatoo Island (the free quaint ferry ride is an added bonus), the Biennale promises a rewarding experience. We can't wait to see Hiroshi Sugimoto's work on the isle.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Print is dead. Long live print!

We’ve been noticing an increase in the number of well-designed zine-like publications currently doing the rounds. Standing in the face of an apparently dying print industry and coming off the back of a global recession, these publications are not only beautifully produced with high print values but are welcome treats.

Interestingly, a couple we noticed come from the country. First up is from Sydney's outskirts, SoHi is published mid-season with a focus on creatives in and around the Southern Highlands. Further afield and to Tasmania, we stumbled on the intriguing Magnificent. Currently free, the zine is put together by artist Justy Philips. We loved the first issue which tackles the extraordinary in the everyday, and praise the boldness of a text-only second issue. Coming back to town, the quarterly Incubate rounds up the hottest in Sydney's contemporary art scene. The current issue is old-school 3-D complete with a pair of red and blue cardboard glasses.

Perhaps this is a good time to mention the upcoming Zine Fair to be held at the MCA on May 23.

Light Walk 2010

We're happy to report that Vivid Sydney is back for 2010. One of the highlights last years was the Light Walk, and this year it moves along the length of Macquarie St to celebrate its 200th anniversary. The image above is an artist's impression of The Rocks Fire Water and is courtesy of Vivid Sydney.

Monday, 10 May 2010

All of Aus

All of Aus is a project we were proud to be a part of in 2009. Qantas launched this initiative aiming to unearth the Spirit of Australia. Working with News Limited, our brief was to design a magazine to showcase the findings, while capturing the vibrance and essence of Australia's diverse character. All of Aus was inserted into News Limited newspapers nationally and was supported by Facebook and Twitter campaigns. You can see our work on our website or read a summary statement here.

Update: Li Edelkoort

Li Edelkoort's Taking Flight presentation kicked off with a snapshot of Post Fossil: Excavating 21st Century. In light of our current infatuation with Japan, the fact that this inspired exhibition is on show in Tokyo came as no surprise to us. However seeing the 'Do Hit' chair, and learning that it was a linchpin in the collection was a little uncanny. As you know, we were impressed with the 'Memory Chair' a couple of weeks back. We now stand assured that the fascination with forming a metal seat 'for your bottom only' is firming up as a favourite in seating trends.

Nevertheless there isn't much time to remain seated as Taking Flight is all about spreading our wings and exploring new horizons. While we've always believed we can (and will) find all the answers in nature, Li is loving the birds. Her vision goes way beyond the feathers and almost a week into the future we're still absorbing her sensory overload. While we were previewing Autumn Winter 2011-2012, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week was in full flight, where an avian influence was hard to miss at Bianca Spender's show.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Li Edelkoort

We're looking forward to Li Edelkoort's Taking Flight trend seminar tonight. We'll let you know more about it soon.

Mechanical crabs & manga

Japan continues to excite our senses and armed with hayfever tablets and a suitcase-full of enthusiasm Ikon recently took on the 'cherry blossom nation' in springtime. With a trusty tear-out from The Sydney Morning Herald in hand, we headed out. Dotonbori, a hip district in Osaka reknowned for its vibrant street scene and noisy vibe, was a feast. The hours whisked by watching fashionable teenagers parade their style, agog at vivid store windows and tantalising our tastebuds with takoyaki, a delicious fried octopus treat. Did we mention large, hanging mechanical crabs and a dazzling array of neon that would put Las Vegas to shame? Is it any wonder to learn that Dotonbori inspired Ridley Scott's Bladerunner?

In Kyoto the pace was less frenetic, but no less surreal. A love of Manga led us to the Kyoto International Manga Museum where we took in an exhibition featuring the work of female Manga artist, Saibara Rieko. Influenced by everyday occurrences, Saibara’s work revolves around real-life observations and an almost naive drawing style. It reminded us of Osamu Tezuka’s enlightening exhibition a few years ago at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. And our thoughts turned to home as AGNSW gears up to host the 17th Biennale of Sydney. We're bracing our senses for an onslaught of another kind. Sianara for now.