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Mr Coffee has spoken

Mr Coffee has spoken

Is it normal to go to bed at night, anticipating the pleasure of a morning cappuccino only hours away? It’s what makes me want to fall asleep quicker, honestly. 
I spotted this really lovely hand drawn typographic poster a little while ago on Behance and just thought I’d share it. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find how to buy a print, but to see more from Simon Ålander’s portfolio have a look at his website
Naomi Fenton, photographer

Naomi Fenton, photographer

Whilst looking for the perfect imagery to use in the upcoming issue of Global Interaction’s Resonate Magazine, I came upon Naomi Fenton, a photographer with an eye for all things nostalgic and cosy. Jam jars, granny blankets, cups of tea and sweet collectables – must be an aesthetic which comes with being Tasmanian. I’m really excited about featuring a couple of shots from Naomi’s ‘Small Town’ series in Resonate – pictures like these can really make a feature article… a feature. Thanks Naomi! Check out Naomi’s blog here, where there are links to Pinterest, Instagram and other goodies.
Odette Williams

Odette Williams

Now here’s a little online store to keep in mind next time you’re on the search for unique and special gifts for kids. Odette Williams is a dear friend of Boheem’s and seems to make beautiful anything she chooses to turn her hand to. She’s created a lovely range of baby’s and kids onesies and tshirts and is offering these at her shop, as well as some really sweet lovingly made collages, plus fun apron sets.
Although she will always call Australia home, Odette lives and works in New York. We’re so excited to see her launch this range and can’t wait to see what else might be added to the collection in the coming months and years.
Nate Duval

Nate Duval

Here is a clever person indeed. Nate Duval possesses a superhuman attention span and a fairly wild creative flair, and has been commissioned to do poster art for a number of music artists including Catpower (shown here), The Decemberists and Flight of the Concords. One very interesting little fast fact is that he is married to an equally talented illustrator, Jen Skelly. Watch this space for a feature on his girl!
Mary Kate McDevitt

Mary Kate McDevitt

Every so often, I find myself dreaming about another life to be had. In this life, I live in a pretty but humble little house with a sunny verandah where I sit each morning to drink gentle herbal tea, and eat fresh figs and rustic sourdough from the local bakery. In this dream, I don’t of course have to worry about meeting client deadlines or changing a logo twenty times before it’s approved. I have all the time in the world, so I choose to spend it tinkering away with my paints, inks and pencils creating mind-blowing hand-drawn typography pieces, day after day. 
Unfortunately, I think I’m still at least a few years off fulfilling that dream. Until then, I’ll swoon over clever and charming unique typographic studies created by people like Mary Kate McDevitt. Who probably lives in an urban apartment like me and simply makes making beautiful things like this a priority amidst the daily grind.
Margaret Tarrant

Margaret Tarrant

These completely adorable fairy tale illustrations were thoughtfully and beautifully composed by the prolific illustrator, Margaret Tarrant (1888-1959). Or, ‘Aunt Maggie’, as I like to call her. Yep, this incredible woman is actually somewhere – admittedly distant, but present nonetheless – in my family tree. In fact, the relationship is so remote that if you’re reading this, you may be related to her as well. Margaret Tarrant has captured countless children’s imaginations for many generations, I can’t wait to read some of the nursery rhymes she has illustrated to my own children.
Keeping up with Keep Cups

Keeping up with Keep Cups

Congratulations Abigail and Jamie Forsyth, sibling team and creators of the wonderful, revolutionary, reusable, dishwasher safe, BPA free and colourful Keep Cups. I only just realised when I saw them featured in a US design magazine last month, that they’ve only just hit international soil. I’ve been using and loving my Keep Cup for a couple of years now. The thing I love about it most is that unlike the old-fashioned thermal outdoor mugs which keep your beverage scolding and shockingly hot, these ingenious polypropylene little guys keep your coffee warm the same way a ceramic mug might. If you’re reading this and you haven’t thought of that perfect mother’s day gift yet, I’m telling you… this is the thing!!
ERD Communications

ERD Communications

Don’t know if this is quite the platform to be promoting other design studios, but these guys are awesome and they’re in Melbourne anyway, so I’m doing it.
I attended the DIA Masterclass seminar day recently, following an invitation from my lovely friend and lecturer at Enmore Take, Jacqueline Hill. Didn’t get to be there for the whole day, but received some pearls of wisdom from the very clever and creative Rosanna Di Rossi, Creative Director of ERD. She shared about a series of bill posters (shown) they did to get attention one week in Melbourne when they were pitching for a big job. She talked about how important it is for designers to actually read the copy they are laying out – sounds like an obvious one, but sometimes we do skim and miss some of the important stuff. I was really inspired by the depth of concept they showed in their publications, and I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities this year with our clients where we can try some new ideas. My aim is to be making work which raises eyebrows and makes people say ‘oh that’s SO clever!’.
A Little Pixel with a lovely aesthetic

A Little Pixel with a lovely aesthetic



I’m not totally sure of what we’re looking at here to be completely honest, but I like it. I think this guy has re-constructed some classic album covers and presented them as a treated set. I think the merit needs to go to the designers of these original beauties, but I’ll enjoy this collection for what it is all the same. See more at Little Pixel’s Flickr link.




Katie Daisy, were you destined to draw pretty flowers and make prints about drinking in the sunshine with a name like that? Or did you brand yourself with that name, so that everything you live and breathe is colour, pattern and all things delightful?

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