Things on Friday with Dan Pike and our editors

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Published:  February 20, 2015
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At the end of each week we’ll be rounding-up the best things we saw or did or stumbled upon over the past 7 days — with an editorial selection and the picks of a guest. This week our assistant editor Lucy Waddington has teamed up with desktop relaunch contributor Dan Pike from The Letter D, to bring you this week’s Things on Friday:

 

LUCY WADDINGTON

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Welcome to mi casa

So my level of domesticity has turned up a notch over the week, not only did I wince at the suggestion of rain when I remembered I had fresh laundry on the line, I also bought a mattress and a can opener. Preparing to move house (yet again) has got my mind on linen, side tables and doormats — the one above by NYC-based Icelandic designer Hlynur Atlason is almost too pretty for foot scrubbing, but heck, these are the sacrifices I’ll have to make as an adult.

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Can o’ cat beer

And so continues the saga in which I can’t formulate a list without bringing up something Japanese or ready for consumption. And so here we have both those things in one: cat beer. Well, Wednesday Cat (if you want to be more precise with translation). It seems to be a lovely “Belgian White Beer Style” brew but it wasn’t the wheaty body or citrus tang that won me over, it was the charming prospect of a new feline friend.

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Supergraph and the Paper Beast

We were kindly invited to Supergraph’s media briefing last Friday for a sneak preview of the weekend wonders to come. So like an unsupervised child, I had the pleasure of bouncing around the Melbourne Exhibition Building for a few hours, before I was stopped by the magic works of Carla McRae (aka The Paper Beast). She’s now atop the list to design my next tattoo.

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The pick me up downfall

It’s been over a fortnight now since I subscribed to Melbourne’s newest city-wide coffee club: for only $15 a week you can chug as many cups of Joe as you can handle. Yep, that’s right, an unlimited source — the fountain of youth, that sweet roast, rivers of Bonsoy — available across town at a number of notable cafes. But as someone who doesn’t necessarily even drink that much coffee, but who tries to squeeze the value out of everything, I find myself on the threshold of an unnecessary addiction. I realised I’m spending more money on coffee than I am on my phone bill, which might be a sign that I need to tap that unsubscribe button.

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What time is it?

The Doctor Martens x Adventure Time collaboration has me cast under the classic “I didn’t know I wanted them until I saw them” spell, and thus, rendered me basically useless. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about ditching the real world to live in a treehouse with Finn and Jake.

 

DAN PIKE

Space, the final frontier

Freakin’ laser type

The boys at U–P tipped Twitter off to Grilli Type’s latest release GT Cinetype, just as I was hunting for CAD-based typefaces for an architecture awards book I’m currently putting together. Like all good promos, it looks like they had a bundle of fun with the mini-site, and picked the perfect way to promote a new typeface based on laser-erased subtitles for film.

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Typography Summer Soirée

This week Fraser Muggeridge swung through Brisbane, after finishing his first Typography Summer School in Melbourne last week. I managed to get along to Künstler on Tuesday night to see him talk about his various projects and processes, along with a few interesting anecdotes of mashing typefaces together and prioritising clients’ content over a signature style. One highlight was the story of how their commission for the Wolfe brothers’ film Catch Me Daddy began and ended, with the design tricks employed in between.

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Diving for Doves

Earlier that day my wife sent me a story about a designer, Robert Greene, who dove into the River Thames for a typeface, and has spent the past two years recreating and researching its origins. I won’t butcher the story any further, as Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan does a much better job — telling the story that is, not butchering it — here.

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Standard issue

Recently, I also dove down into the murky depths (of the internet) looking for a typeface, after noticing the numbers on Toko’s recent poster celebrating Massimo Vignelli were too funky to be Helvetica. It’s a cracking poster, scattering the New York Subway’s colourful icons as a reference to confetti and celebration. I have to admit that until now I had assumed the NY Subway’s typeface was Helvetica, given Vignelli’s penchant for the font. So after a bit of diving and digging, I found this article from 2008, which pre-dates the recent revival of the NY Transit Authority’s Graphic Standards Manual and outlines the actual typeface: Standard.

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Fifth five

My fifth five is a toss-up between the launch of a children’s board book I’ve been working on with my wife, released by Capital P this week. Called Little P’s, it’s an alliteration of illustrations for young and old alike. A personal project of ours to illustrate, print and bind a board book in our home town of Brisbane, Australia. If you know anyone who had a really successful Valentine’s Day, you may want to grab them one, or three.

Sorry, I got side-tracked self-spruiking and forgot what the other toss-up was … never mind. Have a great weekend!

In the latest issue of desktop,  Dan takes us round industrial Brisbane, documenting the signage systems and the rich visual history of Brisbane’s vernacular outdoor typography.

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