Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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The Modern Woman's Anthology 2010

When chosen to collaborate with The Modern Woman's Anthology 2010 Ikon was thrilled to be part of a project that not only celebrates women, but supports a good cause. And in this case it is the remarkable work of the Black Dog Institute who aim to help those with mental illness and Bipolar disorder.

For the book's 2010 edition contributors include Dr Cindy Pan, Dr Gene Sherman, Cathy Freeman, Kate Ellis and a host of others, who were all invited to share their experiences of being a woman in the modern world. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Black Dog Institute.

Our role for The Modern Woman's Anthology 2010 was to produce a poster exhibition to coincide with the launch at Sydney's Customs House. The challenge was to create a visual representation of the book's rich content, while showcasing a selection of artworks (entries from an earlier book cover competition). Each poster features an image coupled with an evocative contributor's quote to achieve a layering of individual perspectives. Bold colour and whimsical typography are used to striking effect and in turn work to establish a visual thread through the exhibition.

Exploring this aspect of design is an area we thoroughly enjoy. Ikon was lucky enough to work at another iconic Sydney destination when we collaborated with Diadem to revitalise the 'Wild Australia' precinct at Taronga Zoo. Here we took inspiration from Australia's diversity of a different kind. Layering our branding with a colour palette and materials sympathetic to the landscape, we delivered functional signage and sculptural way-finding with an environmental edge.

Visit the zoo any time, but you have to be quick to catch the exhibition at Custom's House which is on now and runs until 5 July.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Hit picks of the Biennale - I

With the 17th Biennale of Sydney well under way, we thought it time to mention a few of our highlights. Roxy Paine's dazzling tree-like sculpture provides a warm welcome as you enter the MCA from Circular Quay, and inside more treats await. We laughed out loud at the Chapman brothers naive cardboard cut-outs, and while we were a little concerned by Angela Ellsworth's delightful, if somewhat sombre, bonnets made from hundreds, if not thousands of hat pins. We couldn't help but be impressed by their striking beauty, and what must have been a stellar effort to create them (pictured above, courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale. Photograph: Ana Elizalde).

Still at the MCA, a collection of
larrakitj (memorial poles made from hollowed out trees found in stringy bark forest) is a testament to the history, culture and amazing talents of our indigenous people. The work of 41 Yolngu artists forms a substantial display highlighting intricate design work and beautiful craftsmanship.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Double take

While it may originally have advertised overalls and workshirts, this sign we pass enroute to the office every day seems to read 'love work' some mornings and 'over work' on others. Big fans of the scale and skill of painted signage on our urban landscape, we are not alone in recognising the subliminal messages of yesteryear. UK's new look Creative Review (April 2010) features the faded glory of 'ghost signs' in a recent article. Keep your eyes peeled.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Fashionistas beware

We've recently discovered The Man Repeller, an amusing blog about the wonders and blunders of women's fashion, and as the name suggests, the ability it has to repel men.

While we have all laughed openly at the entertaining commentary on the most fashionable of fashion, the ladies of the office are clearly well-versed on the topic. As the Ikon Man I am freshly educated and empowered by this newly-named international phenomenon. Thanks to The Man Repeller I am reassured in the knowledge that harem pants are truly unappealing to the opposite sex. Found anywhere from the catwalk to the streets of Sydney, we're all now confidently identifying the Man Repellers amongst us.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Make a Statement

Aiming to raise awareness of heart disease as an important women's health issue, June 11 is Go Red for Women day. Wear red and be on the lookout for Go Red activities throughout June to support this Heart Foundation initiative. With the option of many red hot accessories to be had this winter, you need not don a red nose to support a good cause.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Fontificate: Eye of the beholder

We love Eye and their blog. We've been subscribers to Eye for many years now. Every issue brings inspiration and #75 is no exception. It's about all things typographic. As always the cover caught our eye, but we were engrossed by the bold and beautiful approaches to typography on the inside. The Modern Toss tickled our fancy and we couldn't pass up mentioning that Melbourne outfit Luke Lucas made the cut with the luscious lick (pictured above). Thought we'd better mention it quickly as the next hotly-anticipated issue is about to hit.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Wait, there's more...

Hot on the heels of our May emailout, we're happy to report that Man O' War has won yet more awards. In two of the world's most prestigious wine competitions, the Decanter Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge 2010, Man O' War Dreadnought 2008 received gold. With 10,983 competitors in the Decanter Wine Awards alone, this is an impressive winfor Man O' War and New Zealand. Salute!