February 2011

A design conservation with Bruce Weatherhead

Bruce Weatherhead; a fearless, idiosyncratic and much admired Australian graphic designer, speaks in this film of the joys (and frustrations) of the craft. A legend in the 60’s as one half of the groundbreaking and award winning partnership of Weatherhead & Stitt, in 1974 Bruce continued on with a successful solo career. In 2002 Weatherhead & Stitt were recognised by the AGDA Spicers Paperpoint Hall of Fame and in 2010 Bruce was interviewed for this film. Two months later on 01.01.2011 he passed away. He will be sorely missed.

You can also read the full transcript of the interview in a downloadable PDF on the AGDA website.

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Now this is a real tasty Christmas card

The complete package, note the typed lable

Detail

The crew at Alt in New Zealand don’t do anything by halves.

Thank you for our dark chocolate keyboard wrapped in a custom box, cards, and slip. Wonderful. Detailed. Simple.

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When what you write and what is written truly matters

With the recent onslaught of natural disasters in Australia, it has come to one’s attention how important communication is – in terms of mobilizing communities facing natural disaster. As one reads the following, one can’t help to be filled with fear, even at 3,000 kms away. The questions that fills one mind is – where does one start to pitch the urgency of message?, how do one propose levels of urgency in language?, are these messages pre-written and drawn upon as the situation permits or are they developed at the time? Incredible skill sets and perceptions are at play.

Our thoughts and prayers are with far North Queenslanders tonight at around EST 10pm.

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An exert from BOM document follows…

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
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At 7:00 am EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 5 was estimated to be 555 kilometres east of Cairns and 560 kilometres northeast of Townsville moving west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour.

SEVERE TC YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.

THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS.

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Now this is a Christmas card people…

This card was developed by image maker Sara Fanelli and design group Heatherwick Studio in London in 2010 – an extraordinary printed production that depicted the twenty four days of Christmas captured by suspended images housed in delicate and minute individual envelopes.

This card is simply great – an amazing gift as well as a piece of inspired printed ephemera – I hope card designers are taking note. Now is the time to get those thinking caps thinking and to start buttering up your printer – we want this year’s Christmas card haul to have at least one card as good this piece.

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