Monday, September 29, 2008

The best coffee in Observatory

I woke up on Saturday in search of food and coffee. So I ambled down to Tina's coffee shop on lower main road called Queen of Tarts and ordered a cappuccino.

It arrived with a small kiwi looking fern leaf embroyded out of smooth foam and espresso cream. It was the best cappuccino I have ever had.

If you have been to our studio in Observatory, you will know that we love coffee. We have had 3 different espresso machines downstairs, a Breville, an Expobar, and now a San Marco. Our current one is in for a service. Its seen some action. We found it on gumtree and it makes an amazing espresso. But if you know your flat white from your latte, you'll also know there is a real science to get it all right, and then hand it over for a tasting.

Tina (Queen of Tarts on Lower Main Road) has a new Barista and he is a legend. Go and see for yourself.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

iphoned you from my iphone in my dreams

Is this a joke?

I have no idea who has that sort of cash for an iphone which will either, get nicked, be dropped or run out of storage space.

[update] - turns out that Gary has that sort of cash.

Creativity comes as radiohead stems

no need to apologise for brilliance, just nod your head and accept the compliment graciously. radiohead: a rock band that rocks has again open sourced under GPL (so to speak) their various stems from one of their tracks, Reckoner.

I received an email from radiohead about this development personally, although it did not say "dear trevor" at the top, which was a bit of a let down, because they know me, it was beautifully to the point and did not include a single graphic or piece of design. no need to dress up and leave a false name here, just us, radio (rock your mind control) head sending you a quick mail about something thats not sugar coated.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Creativity comes in many forms

Light-Paint Piano Player from Ryan Cashman on Vimeo.

I am rediscovering VIMEO. I should be doing a proposal but the temptation of surfing started when someone sent me this link of two crazy guys riding their skateboards at incredible speed, in suits. Turns out it is a viral campaign made by the fashion designer Adam Kimmel. I downloaded the HD version without realising, and now Im too scared to close my browser and feel it would be rude not to surf the internet.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

girls and boys

I was in Konstanz Germany on my way to Zurich, when I stopped to use a WC. For those Canadians out there who dont know what that is, its a toilet. And look at the rad little icons I found on the doors. Makes a nice change from the standard icons that look like they were designed in days of shoulder pads and bad hairdo's.

People are obsessed by the strangest things, I have stumbled upon an entire FLICKR set dedicated to this subject!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Large Hadron Collider, whats all the fuss about?!

I got a little sucked up in the media hype last week about CERN, and as a result I went and ate a McDonald's burger because I thought that our earth space time would be sucked into a little tiny black hole.

The LHC started up today, and it seems the earth is still here. I found a very interesting article as why the earth is still here today. Anyway, that's such good news because I had so much still to do today.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Do you have a business card?

What do you do when your supplier doesn't deliver the stuff you requested before a trade show?

The one thing you really need at a trade show is business cards. When you're a designer you need business cards that are cool.

This is a sheet of stickers. The plan was to pull them off and stick them to my plain white cards.

I emailed a regular supplier some artwork for printing and asked for a cost. The correspondence went something like this.

Please see the attached artwork. I'd like these printed on A4. What would it cost per page?
Hello, R30 + vat per A4
Can I have 5 copies by 12 tomorrow?
you can pick up at 2pm

Literally, those were his last words. Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty conclusive to me. When I arrived at about 3pm on my way to the airport, he looked at me as if I was mad, and said "You didn't mail me back so I didn't do em."

Anyway I don't have the stickers that I wanted to stick to my plain white cards, so I'm drawing pictures on them.


Thursday, September 04, 2008

A new morewood website

We very happy to announce the launch of the latest morewood bikes website. And we managed to do it the day before Eurobike started.

Eurobike started today. It is the biggest bicycle expo in the Europe and probably the world. Its great to be here doing some research for the brand and to chat to the suppliers and distributors that we work with.

There is plenty to blog about here at the bike show, from weird bike company names to decals that look identical, or the new flavour of the month, I'll keep you posted.

By the way, we also did all the sticker designs for the bikes, and chose the frame colours so take a look and tell us what you think:

Should we be conCERNed?

What makes us change our mind, or do something that we thought we wouldn't?

For those of you who know me, I'm anti McDonald's. There's plenty of reasons why it might be a bad idea to eat it out there.

But today, being on the road on the way from France to Germany, hungry and considering the slight possibility of a black hole swallowing up the earth on the 10th September when they start up the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, I thought, to hell with it.

What would you do with your time if we only had a week left on the planet?