That rare moment when a blog touches your heart
A life in matches, from Ben Stott, is one of those all too rare examples of unexpectedly true beauty only the internet can (sometimes) be capable of.
On going through his grandfather’s belongings, Ben discovered a suitcase full to the brim with match boxes collected from a life of travels. I only know Ben from Twitter (ie. hardly), and I know his grandfather even less (ie. not at all) - but each of these little matchboxes had my mind racing, imagining where and how he came to possess each little keepsake.
What did that bar look like? What was the scorecard at that golf course? What must it have been like to fly with QANTAS back then.
The inescapable incongruity of sophisticated architecture against the typical Australian residential context.
(via 2013 National Architecture Awards shortlist | ArchitectureAU)
Get your shotguns ready…
So it seems I’ll be speaking at an AGDA event. Yes! Me! At an AGDA event… Nope, not a mistake - they really did mean to invite me! Nice to see them engage with people who have criticised and ‘widen the circle’ of AGDA speakers and people - often in the past it’s seemed like a rather small clique who participate in these - nice to see it enlarged.
From their website;
With a reputation as one of the ‘not to be missed’ events on the AGDA calendar - Shot Down sold out in 2011 and 2012. For 2013 we welcome Ian Haig (Ketchup), Clinton Duncan (There), Cat van der Werff (Frost) and Ben Chandler (Landor) to the stage. Hear them talk about failed concepts, failed projects, stuff that they were gutted didn’t get through.
We all have them, ideas that you slave over for days/weeks, only to have the concept Shot Down by the client. Find out why the work was shot down? Was the designer right? Or did the client have a point?
Join the guest speakers as they reveal projects unseen, unheard, unrealised and under appreciated.
To cap it off we have the infamous Mr Christopher Doyle who will MC and keep the speakers in order.
Get in quick this event sold out in 48 hours last year.
Thursday 14th November
6.30pm until late
$40 non members
Anita 9975 4008
Review of Transport for NSW
I’ve broken a drought of nearly 2 years and written a review for Brand New - and now almost immediately I wish I hadn’t.
Yahoo! CEO designs new logo.
Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo! designs their new logo, from her Tumblr;
"On a personal level, I love brands, logos, color, design, and, most of all, Adobe Illustrator. I think it’s one of the most incredible software packages ever made. I’m not a pro, but I know enough to be dangerous :)
So, one weekend this summer, I rolled up my sleeves and dove into the trenches with our logo design team: Bob Stohrer, Marc DeBartolomeis, Russ Khaydarov, and our intern Max Ma. We spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday designing the logo from start to finish, and we had a ton of fun weighing every minute detail.”
A whole weekend huh. There was even an intern!
Follow the leaders I - Isaac Cordal
Everything is better when it’s tiny. Well, almost.
Sydney Symphony rebrands
Curious new logo for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and an even more curious choice in selecting a Boston based firm to handle the rebrand, Sametz Blackstone. City of Melbourne style parochialism aside, I’m rather surprised a Sydney agency didn’t get the nod.
There’s some great studios in Sydney with experience in the arts and culture space - from Landor’s work last year on AYO, to Interbrand’s GOMA and Griffin work, Collider with Sydney Dance, Moon with Bell Shakespeare. From Sametz’ folio, there’s a lot of University work, as well as this work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra - which, as luck would have it, looks very reminiscent of the old Sydney Symphony Orchestra identity. Complaining about where work was done is a red herring - we live in a hyper connected, globalised world and there’s nothing inherently wrong with long distance collaborations. Cornwell in Melbourne come to mind as an agency getting particular benefits from this new normal, with a healthy mix of work delivered for clients in London and NYC.
As far as the work itself, it’s rather un-symphony like but I find that mildly appealing. The aesthetic reminds me of an old arcade game - a lo-tek bitmap approximation of an explosion. Maybe Donkey Kong has joined their percussion section?