I’ve been collecting free postcards, business cards, brochures, coasters, posters, labels etc, generally anything graphically interesting for the last ten years.
I must have hundreds of seemingly useless bits of paper and card in various folders boxes and plastic sleeves. I’ve tried to get rid of them a number of times but stopped just short of the waste paper bin. I can’t help myself. We’re surrounded by some great, subtle and often subliminal design.
I was going through a few of these seemingly useless bits ‘n bobs the other day in another attempt to cull the collection (attempt unsuccessful), and decided to catalogue of few of this year’s favourites. They vary from branding for an architecture firm to the poster for an architecture graduate exhibition.
This kind of stuff gives me a thrill second to none. Is that normal?
Here’s the list
George & Allen by Hoyne. Marketing for a new contemporary development in Sydney’s Waterloo featuring Hecker Guthrie’s work, that this man introduced me to. The whole brochure is so slick. Had me considering a move from Bondi to Waterloo for a few moments there . . .
Concrete Journal A journal from Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia. Great, controlled graphics and visually storytelling.
University of Sydney Architectural Graduate Exhibition An obvious affinity for these events. Colour block 3D imagery never goes out of fashion.
Castle Beatty: Can I be a little self-serving here? The new postcards advertising my architectural photography business.
Threefold Foodstore & Eatery. A small cafe in Melbourne, which I’ve written about here. You can’t see from the photograph, but this is one classy, chunky and topographically delicious business card. Never throwing out.
Woods Bagot A global architecture firm. I’ve written about a few of their projects. Some great work comes out of this practice. Not to mention great graphic style.
The Hill Eatery North Bondi. My favourite “local’s local” for a cocktail after a busy day. I always leave with a coaster. Can’t help myself.