Instagrammer of the week #028

Sometimes you come across an Instagram feed and you wonder how on earth you’ve managed to live without seeing it before. That feed, my friends, belongs to Renee Melia (or whistleburg) – an Etsy Design Awards 2016 finalist who hails from my very own hometown Perth! Make a cup of tea, get comfortable and start scrolling!

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Beautiful Branding – September 2014

I was just thinking the other day that I haven’t written a post about corporate identity/branding for a while so I’m remedying that today. The world is full of creative, talented people. Sometimes all you can do is bask in their greatness.

Pino by Bond
Gorgeous branding of Finnish lifestyle store Pino by Bond. I really love the colours and the simplicity of the design.

The Pressery
A very restrained, classic approach to branding for London’s first almond milk supplier The Pressery by designer Tim Jarvis.

P.V.S. by The Strangely Good
Gorgeous use of patterns and motifs in this branding designed by Singapore-based agency The Strangely Good for shoe boutique P.V.S.

Hypergraffiti
Beautiful black by Fabian De Lange for hypergraffiti

Michelle's Bakery
Illustration and design by Anya Aleksandrova for Michelle’s Bakery that is good enough to eat.

Barba Bird
Awesome logotype, custom patterns and palette used in the branding for Barba Bird by Dawid Cmok

Coffee Kitchen
I have a thing about black and white at the moment. You really can’t go wrong with this classic colour pairing. Moodley Brand Identity have created a stunning fuss free, friendly brand.

maria
Wunderblock GmbH manages to capture the essence of Rio’s Maria Santa Teresa Guest House.

Benevolent Society
Loving the use of colour in this identity for the Benevolent Society by Aussie agency Dreamworks.

floral
I’ve saved my favourite ’til last. This beautiful black and floral branding for guarderobbery (by Russian designer Pavel Ilyuk) is breathtaking.

If you have any favourites, send them my way!

ligature magazine

Have you missed me paper nerds? I’ve missed you. I’ve been working on a super special secret site but I’m back now with a backlog of lovely paper stuff to show you.

As you’re probably aware, I am a magazine fiend. The more obscure a magazine the better. I have a favourite newsagent (Garden City News represent) and I’m always finding little paper nuggets of wonder. This week I’m introducing you to ligature magazine.

New (to me) titles are a rare treat for me. I have my firm favourites (V Magazine, Phoenix, Elle, Vogue etc) and then there are the arty new finds like ligature. ligature is minimalist. It has no handwritten elements that are the design element du jour of the moment. It has no geometric or fluro/neon distractions. It is a peaceful read. Zen-like. There is a lot of room for white space which I love.

As I’ve said before minimalist design is so very hard to pull off. Some people believe that minimalism equates with ho hum boring or that it lacks the ability to hold a readers attention without a constant call to action (QR codes, apps to unlock behind the scenes footage, buy this, buy that). I disagree. Minimalism requires purity of the image. It gives readers the space to digest information, make of it what they will and move on. ligature does this very well.

As a magazine ligature is a slash – i.e. art slash design slash fashion. It straddles all of these labels well. I enjoyed the matte finish too. It was a change from the glossy glossies.

Loved ligature. I hope to see the next issue on the newsstands.