Out Now: Desktop #293 — Making Places

Published:  May 1, 2013
Heath Killen
Out Now: Desktop #293 — Making Places

This month, Desktop is coming to your place. We’re interested in the different relationships between design and spaces, and we’ll be travelling from the bush to the beach, and from the country to the city to investigate. In addition to visiting each capital city (and mapping them in a very unique way), we’ll be talking to way-finders, policy makers, and regional studios to discover a little more about where Australian designers live, work, and play.

The issue’s cover was designed by Paul Mosig and Rachel Peachy of Katoomba based studio Racket, and features the face of their eldest son Sascha. It’s a jaw-dropping image, made extra special by the addition of contour lines from an old map that have been printed in thermographic raised black ink by our friends at Avon Graphics.

This issue also marks one third of the way through the emerging spine graphic, designed by Bianca Chang and photographed by Jacob Ring.

Artwork from "Close to Home" exhibition by Racket

Profile: Racket
Paul Mosig & Rachel Peachey are the husband and wife team behind Racket, and they share with us their fascinating journey (taking them from Canberra to Melbourne to Katoomba), as well as the unique interpretation of Australia that informs their work.

Illustration by Andrew Fairclough / Kindred Studio

Longform: Cities As Hollywood
Marcus Westbury (founder of Renew Australia) weighs in on urban design and community engagement with a metaphor that suggests cities should be less like Hollywood, and more like YouTube.

Detail of Design No. 19 by Eliel Saarinen

Exhibit: The Other Canberra(s)
2013 marks the centenary of Canberra, so we’re taking the opportunity to take a look at some of the alternative proposals entered into the original 1911 National Capital Design Competition — the Canberra(s) that could have been.

Broken Hill Studios logo by Frost*

Perspectives: Frost / Broken Hill
What makes up the identity of a regional city, and how do you capture it in a simple, forward facing graphic? Frost* catch up with their clients Broken Hill City Council to examine just that.

Detail of Adelaide psychogeographic map by Voice

Feature: Situationism
A studio from each Australian state capital was invited to create a psychogeographic map of their city. Come with us as we travel right around the country, from Sydney to Brisbane, and be prepared to be surprised, confused, and absolutely delighted!

Tim Horton (Photography by Matt Turner)

Interview: Tim Horton
Tim Horton has worked as an architect in Sydney, Canberra and Los Angeles. As head of the SA Integrated Design Comission – Horton has some keen insights in how to design for rapid urban change, and he shares them with us.

And of course the issue features much more including Gregory Anderson of Trigger on exhibition space design, Büro North on wayfinding and environmental graphics, interviews with some of the countries best regional studios about the places they live, and Stephen Banham uncovers a link between towns and typeface design!

Desktop #293 — Making Places is available now from Mag Nation, Beautiful Pages, and other fine stockists of magazines around the country.

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One Response

  1. So good to see you are incorporating the situationists and pyschogeographies into this edition!

    I think Graphic Designers really need to to learn to open up and “drift” into other territories!

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