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Monday, July 27, 2009

future Connery aint pretty

I've been staring at this image for five minutes, trying to remember what I was supposed to be doing - 'Nevolution' reviews the Australian Poster Annual Competition

I had a similar reaction the first time i saw the source image several months ago, never has an image more aptly fit the car crash description, horrible, but hard to look away. 
i'm working on writing up my Better Place lecture notes, but it's hard work.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

mmm. bikes

So there's a little debate as to whether pictures of girls draped on bicycles enhance the perception of some kind of 'bicycle blokes club' but they sure are nice to look at. i love bikes.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

cast-offs and cutaways...

Cast removal and x-rays etc is what is happening right now... exxcitement.
3 1/2 months is soooo long. i think i've had about 5 new casts in that time, and it only takes a couple of days for them to get dirty. I look forward to scrubbing my arm with a brush. dirty smelly arm

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Design of the Times lecture notes

here's my lecture notes for the talk Liane Rossler gave at ACCA on Monday night. ^^^
Rossler is one of the founding members of the company Dinosaur Designs, one of the best examples of an Australian design or craft business progressing from a small craft hobby, to international fame and fortune, without compromising key principles or product. Initially the business made 'funky' resin jewellery that they sold in markets, their current range incorporates homewares as well as accessories made from a range of materials including ceramics, silver and resin. Their product range is now retailed around the world, with flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York. 

The talk was billed as  an opportunity "to learn more about what artists, designers and creative visionaries can do to be art of a design solution to the crisis of climate change" That seemed like a big call, so i was very interested in hearing what I could do. 
I was surprised to find the talk was essentially one and a half hours of climate change slides with data from 2005, measurements in Fahrenheit, and generally  well meaning stories about polar bears and penguins. The information provided about Dinosaur Designs environmental policies was less detailed then that available from their website, and the recommended measures we could take to save the planet included eating less meat, rainwater tanks and buying carbon offsets. 
Undeniably true statements, but not ultimately new advice, or specifically relevant to the design profession, and that was the problem with the talk. I was disappointed...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

TINADM sunday photo dump

Collective of Convenience fronted to the inaugural This Is Not A Design Market, nervous, and still setting up half an hour after it opened. Or Caro and B were, i was done on time. Notice the repurposed light as clothes rack, non matching tableclothes, cardboard concertina of ill-gotten materials, and the grandmother shopping trolley B shifted most of the stall in.

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Collective of Convenience logo

Mostly inspired by the work of Alex Gillies , I had a desire to do a woodcut. I had done a lot of linoprints in secondary school, and the process was always enjoyable.  
The Collective of Convenience seemed badly in need of some unifying design elements so it seemed a good idea to make a logo.  
The theme was to be metal band logo influenced, i felt that would stand out amongst all the handwritten and type based logos of other art and craft related businesses in melbourne. The wood grain in the final print would hopefully help to temper the energy of the graphic. for online use, the print was 'shopped to make it cleaner, and easier to read. 

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Monday, July 13, 2009

No Word From China (1981)

Over the last week i have been way to addicted to this song. No idea about the band, or anything, found the link to the video in a M+N forum thread on australian post punk and experimental music

I though the singer was a boy at first. apparently not. great song though

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Car Hacks on Rural Australian Island

Went on a camping trip to French Island, located about an hours drive from Melbourne, and accessible only by ferry. the island has very little paved road, and not a lot going for it, attraction wise. My guess is all the bonnet locks are to stop thefts of car batteries, it appeared that of the 20 or so cars at the ferry car park, the majority were long term island  cars, probably used infrequently, and therefore 'borrowing' of batteries to get your car started seems likely.

some 'scenic' shots.

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zus niet zusje

i gave my little 'fashion camera', a olympus U'miniS to my sister before she moved to Rotterdam, because i had outgrown it. She still manages to take better pictures with it then i ever can, no matter the camera i use. damn.

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Friday, July 03, 2009

pretty much perfect

isn't it?