Thursday, 28 July 2011

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Fontificate: Archipelago

We love receiving gifts, especially great ones that inspire our creativity. Archipelago is one such example sent to us by our friends in Dewi magazine's art department, all the way from Indonesia. Over the years we've worked with various magazine teams within the Femina Group stable and are currently well underway with a refresh on the flagship magazine Femina (will keep you posted on that in coming weeks). It is a real thrill to build lasting relationships through our work and receiving this little gem truly shares the cultural heritage in design. The gift in question is Archipelago, a CD ROM with an accompanying booklet exploring the decorative fonts and motifs from the archipelago of Indonesia. The flouro and metallic colour combo adds a contemporary twist while a map inside cleverly relates traditional patterns to the various regions of Indonesia. We're keen to put these fonts into action!

Fontificating further...we were stunned by Ryo Shimizu's CNJPUS TEXT work, which at a staggering 41 feet long is another example of the wonders of Asian typography. A-mazing.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Spinning Around

While the new album is still a couple of months away, we're loving The Rapture's new track How Deep Is Your Love currently streaming at Modular. Swedish singer Jenny Wilson released her third album Blazing earlier this year, and we've been spinning it ever since. Reworking tracks from her previous CD Hardships! Blazing features the Tensta Gospel Choir who bring a completely new sound to old tunes. We've just discovered that The Flaming Lips have covered Pink Floyd's The Other Side of the Moon in it's entirety, and with surprising results when you consider Peaches and Henry Rollins have been added to the mix on some tracks. Favourite track from LCD Soundsystem's This is Happening this month is All I Want, we play it over and over... We're also loving Nouvelle Vague Couleurs Sur Paris with nearly all tracks winners. In our more retro moments we've been turning the clock back to vintage Muse, The Zombies and even Frankie Valli's still astounding Beggin'.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Flying low

Anton Chekhov's The Seagull directed by Benedict Andrews has just a couple more nights in its run at Belvoir St Theatre - standing room only though. We caught this one last week and were glad we were is quite a flight. The Seagull is about theatre, life stories and humanity packed with angsty love. In this performance of the classic, Andrew's and his clever cast including David Wenham, Judy Davis and Emily Barclay ensure a memorable journey.


Iconic Bondi Beach may not be the first thing you think of when you look at the image above, but Bondi Beach it is. A glitch in a vintage version of Adobe's Bridge software randomly rendered some images rather creatively. You can see more on Turnstile.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

This is: Small Screen Big

TV show credits have certainly come of age this past decade. We reckon it could have been Six Feet Under (above) that raised the bar, and since then the competition to better the last hit show has been fierce (below). Dexter's credits deservedly won an Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Main Title Design. True Blood's credits were so good we didn't dare take a toilet run and we can't wait to see it all again in season 4. Imaginary Forces are behind the credits of both Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire and both rate a mention as these slick introductions take the art to new heights. While with remarkable restraint, the Tremé credits set the scene in painterly snapshots. The voyeuristic photographs depicting water damage are achingly beautiful in the devastation they represent and the upbeat soundtrack only heightens the contradiction.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Monday, 11 July 2011

Gettin' giddy wit it!

Available from Cereal Art, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has just released these funky Pumpkin Pillows with her trademark dots. They remind us of Yayoi's perspective altering Mirrored Years exhibition at the MCA a few years ago. We are still seeing spots from spinning ourselves around and reliving the experience on line.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Water for all

Thankyou Water is a new initiative we recently discovered through The 7pm Project's 'Power of Good' series. Staffed by volunteers, Thankyou Water aims to invest its profits into projects that will bring fresh water to communities that don't have that vital resource freely available. It's great to see this Australian initiative supported by a range of local businesses and organisations, and we're hoping Thankyou Water will expand their market overseas too. Drink up!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Monday, 4 July 2011

A View From Above

Curvaceous, organic forms and beautiful sweeping lines… It could be a Brett Whiteley painting – but it’s actually a satellite image of Seal Bay, South Australia. And those surreal Miro-esque shapes? They’re a view of Lake Gregory, Western Australia...

A creative evolution at Ikon was triggered last summer when one of the team was using Google Earth to scout for an idyllic beach holiday destination. All of us then became fascinated with how the world’s natural landscapes viewed from space assume wonderful painterly and illustrative qualities. After unearthing a series of bewildering imagery from around the globe we naturally began playing around with it, transforming them into striking montages - see our homepage refreshed -

This snap happy exploration has also reminded us how the world is both big and small; big for its diversity of life, cultures and landscapes; and small when you think of the globalised world and how technology has brought us closer together. Currently we have projects underway with our ‘neighbours’ in Indonesia and Hong Kong. The mix of cultural influences is a fun dynamic and makes us realise the best of both worlds.

Sate: Hero comeback for Sprouts

The much maligned Brussel sprout is enjoying a renaissance both near and far with big names singing their praises. Gwyneth Paltrow sagely says you should never boil a Brussel sprout, and we concur. In Gwyneth's book My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness you'll find that caramelisation suits the sprout to a T. The Porteño boys deep fry their sprouts too, but team them with lentils and freshly torn mint to bring out their deep flavour (pictured), while Newcastle's East End Enoteca's tasty Twice Cooked Duck brings teams them with bacon, hazelnuts and radicchio with mouthwatering results. It seems childhood memories of waterlogged sprouts are fading fast. Image courtesy Not Quite Nigella, a blog that loves food.