Monday, May 30, 2011

Type Feast

Stumbled across this very inspiring Tumblr site the other day called Twenty-Six Types. It's the brainchild of Craig Wills and is simply about celebrating beautiful letters. So very inspiring... I can't see what'll be posted next. Thanks, Craig!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My type of typewriter

The typewriter is dead... long live the typewriter. This old, beloved letter-making machine has captured the hearts of a handful of illustrators and gift-makers: Christine Berrie, Rachael King Birch, Tabitha Emma, The Bold Banana, and Ask Alice.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wallpaper from the 70s

Bling it up, people! I'm not really sure if decorating with wallpaper is on its way in or out, but honestly I don't really care. These designs from Wallpaper From The 70s are just beautiful. I'm sure I can find something to cover with some of these gorgeous patterns...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Knock Knock

Don't you just love a list. As far as I'm concerned, if it's written down somewhere it's as good as done. Check out these quirky note pads from Knock Knock: they make a quirky gift idea... but in the interest of achieving ultimate order in my own life, I think I might grab a couple for myself. Order online from the US Knock Knock website or here in Oz from Hart and Heim.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chocolate Cheesecake – Yum!

Here's a great recipe my neighbour Rachelle is locally famous for. She was kind enough to share it with me, even though it's officially her trademark dessert dish...

Chocolate Cheesecake
Serves 8+ Prep 20 mins Cook 50mins

200g digestive bicuits, crushed
105g unsalted butter, melted
500g light cream cheese at room temp
200g vanilla yoghurt
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g dark chocolate (or chocolate bar) melted, cooled.

1. Line a 20cm springform pan with baking paper. Combine biscuit and butter and press into base of pan. Chill for 20 mins.
2. Preheat oven to 160C. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, yoghurt and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
3. Pour half of cheese mixture over crumb base. Spoon over melted chocolate. Top with remaining cheese mixture. Using a skewer, gently swirl chocolate into cheese mixture, taking care not to over-mix.
4. Bake for 45-50 mins, until cheesecake just sets. Turn off oven and cool in closed oven. Chill overnight before serving.

From the December 2009 Australian Good Food Recipe Book.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thinking outside the 1080px window

Just thought I'd share with you some of the very creative, quirky and clever websites I've stumbled across over the past week or so. The last one was pointed out to us by our client, copywriter Siobhan Doran. Thanks, Siobhan!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Should I work for free?

Today I'm wondering if Jessica Hische is actually one person. She's so prolific I'm not sure how she could be. Or perhaps she really truly loves her craft so much that she can't help but come home on a Saturday night and get to work creating more beautiful, timeless typography and amazing illustrations.

Apparently, when she has an extra minute to spare, Jessica creates online joys such as this diagram for us all to have a giggle and do a little self reflection. This one's about whether there are, in fact, circumstances we designers should work for free. Go to the link and ensure to start in the middle. I checked through and as far as I can see, the pro bono work we've just begun for Unicef qualifies...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ink Alphabet

Giuseppe Salerno is an Italian Graphic Designer whose beautiful hand-made letters and numbers have me smiling. They're drawn with chinese ink on smooth paper, and each character has been made with confidence and care. You can buy and download both collections on the Behance Network.