Things on Friday with Confetti and our new editor

Published:  January 23, 2015

At the end of each week we’d like to bring you a concise round up of our top picks from the last 7 days — now these aren’t necessarily design specific, they can be a selection of any artefacts that caught our editor’s eye and the attention of a guest contributor. As we welcome Katia Pase to her new role at desktop, Kevin McDowell from Confetti Studio accompanies her in providing this week’s Things on Friday:


Book I’m reading

Someone excellent (our online editor, Lucy Waddington) loaned me Susan Szenasy of Metropolis magazine’s collected essays this week. Spanning a few decades of profiles, reviews, editorials, and public presentations, Design Advocate is a wonderful assembly of design dialogue and brave thinking.


Thing I realised I needed

I still use the bicycle helmet I had as a teenager, but I’ve ripped off the garish purple plastic cover so now it’s pretty much just a chunk of Styrofoam strapped to my head. Being a material susceptible to friction, the Styrofoam means my neck will likely snap not slide in the event of my head hitting the ground. This week in Melbourne the temperature has also been hovering around 40 degrees, and because I haven’t yet learned to love my natural afro I spend too much time each morning burning it into shape, which then turns into a sweaty nest of helmet hair by the time I arrive in the office every morning. Cue: Hövding’s invisible bike helmet – an airbag that sits round yer neck like a collar and inflates to provide gentle shock absorption when needed.

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For when I’m sitting at my desk and no one is standing behind me

A good conversation

Australia has a really healthy and diverse culture of literary magazines, publishing quality essay, graphic narrative, fiction, and stuff.  Some of the editors of the country’s top rags got together to talk print publishing, digital publishing, and attracting new audiences.

Brigid Mullane, editor of Kill Your Darlings says:

‘With Killings [the KYD online platform], we are able to react a lot more quickly in terms of book reviews, in terms of current issues, in terms of what is happening at that moment. Whereas the journal, because we are quarterly, doesn’t have that flexibility but it gives us distance which is what we focus on. It means you can unpack ideas a lot more rather than just reacting in the heat of the moment, there is time to stew and makes for some interesting reading.’


Weekend planner

Tonight is up-late at NGV with tunes from HTRK, tomorrow is for eating three different breakfasts, Sunday is for Stephan Banham’s logo experiment session at M Pavillion, and Monday is for not being a dickhead.

by Mark Payne, courtesy of The Island Continent

by Mark Payne, courtesy of The Island Continent


Joanna Percival’s “Classic Recipes”

Yesterday, Tom and I were on our post Phở walk back to the studio when we decided to have a squiz at the Salvos store on Victoria st. Now this Salvos doesn’t often come up with the goods but it had been a while since our last visit and we thought we’d give it a shot. A wise choice in the end. Along with a fine publication on indoor plants we managed to grab a copy of Joanna Percival’s seminal work Classic Recipes, first published in 1978.  Let’s hope the recipes taste as good as they look. No kale or quinoa in sight.


Moog Modular Re-Release

This week Moog announced they were going remake a limited run of 3 of their modular synthesizers. I know deep down that I will never own one but at least I take solace in the fact that there will be more of these machines in the world.

Elon Musk Global Wifi to Fund a City on Mars

Title pretty much sums up how wild this sounds. Im usually pretty suss about wifi at a shopping center let alone a global wifi network but a city on Mars, I’d pay for the wifi just to see this happen. I just hope that Elon Musk doesn’t turn out to be some sort of Hank Scorpio super-villain.

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Microsoft Holo Lens

Caught my attention for all the wrong reasons… How cool would it be to turn your son’s drawing of a rocket into a lame Holographic rocket?!

Cool Hat

Cool type on cool hat, cool.


Any suggestions on whose Friday Fives you’d like to see? Let us know and we’ll do our best to pin them down. Enjoy the weekend!


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