// A Sydney landmark

24 08 2009

Week three is upon us, and we’re all halfway through the six challenges to win four tickets to Sydney (two for the winner, and two for their online community). Week three involves the recreation of something in Sydney: We want to see you recreate a well-known building, monument or geographical feature, and have your photo taken in front of it. How you go about making the icon is entirely up to you – we’re thinking about going down the mashed-potato Sydney Opera House avenue (seems perfectly sane to us)!

Tricky! Of course, there are the landmarks which everyone knows; the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, but I wanted something a bit different, so I started to dig around the internet in search of Sydney-shaped inspiration, and this is what I came across — Anzac Bridge.

About the bridge
The ANZAC Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia, and amongst the longest in the world at 32.2 metres wide and 345 metres . The new bridge was opened on December 3, 1995, and was criticised by some as “overengineered” because of its size – with seven lanes for traffic. The criticism proved unfounded as the bridge was reconfigured for eight traffic lanes in 2005. The bridge was given its current name on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honour the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) served in World War I.

My representation of the bridge is here. I think it’s fair to say this is the task I’ve found most difficult across the course of the last three weeks and I don’t doubt that the pace is going to pick up even more over the coming three. I had my landmark, my idea, but it’s been a long time since I’ve tried to construct something 3D (probably getting on for a decade!), and so my execution of said idea isn’t the best, but I’ve completed the challenge, and before the deadline. As you know, I’m a graphic designer, so I did toy with the idea of photoshopping my creation, but wasn’t sure that would fulfil the ‘recreate’ part of the task, as essentially it would have been a visualisation, not a recreation. I’m finished for this week, keen to see what the other contestants have come up with, and awaiting the next challenge!

Materials: two large pieces of card, corkscrew, 17.5m of coloured embroidery thread, two bottles of Robinsons orange & mango squash, brown tape and my posable wooden (wo)man. NB: corkscrew, Robinsons squash and brown tape used behind the scenes only!


// Ecclestone & Miller

23 08 2009

Speculative logo design work created (whilst employed at a Leeds studio) for regional cleaning company Ecclestone & Miller. The colours I opted to use are complementary, providing a strong, vibrant contrast throughout the brand, and all four logos featured a prominent ampersand. The one featured here is by far my favourite of the set.

It’s possible that I’ll blog about ampersands in the future, as I find them such a fascinating letter form, and only discovered today that the ‘&’ is often regarded as the 27th letter of the alphabet.

// All about Sydney!

17 08 2009

Week two of the Awesome Tour of Sydney is upon us. It’s a bleak morning here in Leeds, at a paltry 13 degrees. The same temperature currently being offered by Sydney, despite being late evening over there. I suppose you’d think after 24 years, I’d be up to speed on the poor weather that England has to offer, but apparently not!

Anyway, moving onto this weeks hot topic: Creating an outfit that screams ‘I’m all about Sydney’. Everyone knows that Sydney has a multitude of things to offer, from landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and Harbour Bridge, to Bondi Beach and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Everyone also knows that comfort is the crux of sightseeing and exploring, especially those of us who might’ve learnt the hard way in the past (I’m saying nothing)…

So far as fashion itself goes, I’ll happily admit I’m not the most clued up girl on the planet, but I recognise something iconic when I see it. Just as New York has the Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Rome has the Colosseum, Sydney has the Opera House. It’s a hugely iconic landmark, and one you definitely wouldn’t miss if you found yourself in the area!

My outfit centres around comfort, and the iconic form of the Opera House (in a simplified form). A resident of Sydney is ofter referred to as a Sydneysider, and the city itself was established in 1788. The Sydneysider tshirt is loosely based on the cult classic I heart NY. With the emphasis remaining on comfort, the tshirt has been teamed with some ‘boyfriend’ shorts and flip-flops (embrace the warm weather if you have it!), with some awesome red accessories; a belt, sunglasses and a stunning red shoulder bag. Throw in the quirky camera necklace and you’re set – though without a doubt, you’ll have your own camera to hand ready to snap those all important holiday photos.

Credit to Polyvore for clothing / accessories images.

// Sydney Tennis

11 08 2009

As one of the contestants for Awesome Tour of Sydney, I embarked upon Challenge One; to come up with my own cunning variant of Sydney Cricket, the rules and concept of which you can read about here.

For my ‘cunning variant’, I set about doing some research (I’m a Graphic Designer. I research, sorry!) about sport in Australia. Obviously everyone know about rugby, cricket, and Aussie Rules, but what other sports are popular Down Under? It transpires (according to Wikipedia, anyway) that tennis doesn’t do too badly in popularity stakes and quite a few top notch players have hailed from Australia.

And thus, I introduce you to Sydney Tennis: The rules of this are fairly simple: All you need are two players (although the rules could be adjusted to suit a doubles team), and one coin. The coin should be tossed to establish which individual (or team) will ‘serve’, and take your positions at opposite ends of the ‘board’.

The serving player should then flick the coin into the corresponding service box, at which point the player should return the coin (by flicking) to the server, and vice versa to form a successful rally. If the coin is flicked forcefully and overshoots the service box, server has one more attempt.

The same rules apply to Sydney Tennis as to ‘real’ tennis (with the exception of bounce!), and the coin must be declared out when it passes outside of the ‘court’. Scoring can mimic that of ‘real’ tennis, or a simpler “first to ten” approach can be adopted – mainly depending on the length of time players have available.

When the coin is passed to you, it should be flicked to return immediately. A delay of more than a second awards your opponent with a point (depending on scoring system used).

Let me know how you get on with playing this, and if you see any amendments that would improve gameplay, comment! I’m currently awaiting a package to get me started with Challenge Two, so I’ll be posting about that in due course..!

// Shoe wheel

24 07 2009

Well, isn’t this an innovative invention? The shoe wheel, by Rakku Designs:

The Shoe Wheel is an ingeniously designed mobile storage unit with 20 expandable pockets that can hold up to 30 pairs of shoes depending on the type. Shoes are inserted into the pockets through elastic bands, which secure them snugly into place. The pockets are adjustable to fit a variety of shoes – sneakers, stilettos and flats. Just rotate the Shoe Wheel to make a selection.

Now I personally haven’t tried this yet (though I hope to one day), so I can’t do a specific review at this stage, although I will do as soon as I can lay my grubby mitts on one! What I do know from just looking at this product is just how much space it saves. I currently have a big clunky shoe rack which takes up half the hallway, and interferes with the front door when it’s opened – not ideal as I’m sure you’ll agree. Need I say more? The shoe wheel is on my radar, and my wish list.

Unfortunately the different-coloured-shoes-for-every-day collection from the first picture aren’t included.

// Michael Jackson

13 07 2009

I came across this image this morning whilst catching up on the blogs I follow. The concept is very tongue in cheek, I don’t disagree, but is it crass or comical? You decide.

To the untrained eye, it’s a play on a Pantone swatch booklet – a tool for designers anywhere in the world to colour-pick accurately.

RIP Michael Jackson // August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

First seen on FormFiftyFive.

// Rubitone

31 10 2008

How many of you have previously encountered a Rubik’s Cube? I’d hazard a guess at every single one of you. It’s irrelevant to this blog post, but how many of you have ever completed the aforementioned Rubik’s Cube?! Little more than a handful I would suggest.

I saw a post on Form Fifty Five about a Pantone Rubik’s (dubbed Rubitone), which I personally think would be fantastic, and I would definitely purchase one for my desk at work. To the best of my knowledge, this is a mere concept and not actually being produced. Please correct me if I’m wrong. The origin of this brilliant idea is here.

If, one day this is produced, rest assured I will be there with my money ready to buy at least one!

I’ve been having some fun of my own recently with my pantone swatch book! Keep and eye out for my {purple} hair being matched to a Pantone swatch…!