Typographers Dream

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“Designers, type enthusiasts and people who love to explore the world of typography, better take a seat before hearing – FontBook, the most complete reference guide of typography in the world, is now available as an App for iPad!”

– Halex Pereira for MacMagazine Brazil (translated from Portuguese)

As if I didn’t need yet another reason to go out and buy myself an iPad (yes I’m proud to say, I am a big Apple fan). When the iPad came out I told myself that I didn’t need one. I felt it was just a glorified iPhone and I already had one of those, but month by month my mind is being changed and now with exciting Apps, like this one on offer from FontBook, I find myself jealous of those who already have one, perhaps it’ll have to be a Christmas present from Santa this year!

This great App delivers 620,000 font specimens – 19 times more than the printed FontBook 4, which only had 32,000. You can use this app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, typeface classification, designer name, foundry name, year or publication, or by similarity of design. This App is like a designers dream, especially those in love with typography. What better tool do you need to flick through and preview thousands and thousands of typefaces.

Check it out or download it for yourself at http://fontbook.com/

Yours in typography,


This book is currently on its way to my house and, for a type nerd obsessed with swirly elegant letterforms it is an absolute dream. “Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age” is a new book by Louise Fili and Stephen Heller containing of examples of beautiful vintage script lettering from the mid-19th-to-20th century. While the gorgeous hand-lettered hard cover first caught my attention, it is the anticipation of the hundreds of full-colour, full-bleed, close-up photos and scans inside that will have me hanging around my letterbox for the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait! Check it out on Amazon for a sneak peek inside.


Yours in fancy lettering,

Jess – INTERN, on behalf of…

Dancing Auditon for US rapper “Splendour in the Grass” Act

I won’t be going to Splendour in the Grass, but I wish I was. Anya, I am very jealous. I would love to have gone to see the big acts and the dancing.

I am very proud to say that I know Brooke Hindmarsh, who is featured in the centre of the Courier Mail photograph above. I have known Brooke since she was 3 years old as she danced and performed for many years with both of my daughters. Brooke was one of 200 Queensland dancers who auditioned at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday for a coveted spot performing with US rapper Kanye West who will be playing Splendour in the Grass at Woodford on Friday Night. The audition was run by Czech Republic choreographer Yemi A.D who had the tough task of choosing just 18 lucky girls. All 18 have been sworn to secrecy so I hope Brooke is one of them.

This was great for Brisbane dancers, and as Brooke stated “We never get an opportunity to audition for something like this, usually you have to go to America.

 That’s why so many dancers have turned up.” Seeing Brooke in this photo has brought back many happy memories of my girl’s dancing days.

Yours in Splendid Dancers
Angie Rapisarda

Splendid art at Splendour in the Grass

As one of the 30,000 or so people donning my gumboots for Splendour in the Grass this weekend, I’m getting excited not only for the big acts, but also for the inspiring Spendour arts scene. This year there will be a range of interactive, digital media, street art, sculpture, peformance art and installations from Australian and international artists.

As part of Splendid (a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery, Northern Rivers Performing Arts and Splendour in the Grass) artists, Jimmy McGilchrist and Lachlan Dowd will produce an interactive digital media project called Curious Creatures. Strange and beautiful creatures will be projected from the surrounding woods onto the festival fence line, as they roam the perimeter and respond to the actions of passers-by.

Another Splendid project is Close Encounters, by artist Jordana Maisie. A huge 6.5m UFO hovers over the crowd, with its mirrored surface reflecting the world around it. The crowd is invited to send a text to the phone number provided and have their message enter the dialogue appearing on the LED screen that wraps around the edge of the object.

Can’t wait! See you there!

Yours in festival arts,

Sixty Years Strong

Tonight the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) is celebrating it’s sixtieth year for the Queensland and Northern Territory branches.

AIM members from around Queensland and Northern Territory have been invited to come together to share how AIM has helped them work smarter and also discuss how the institute has grown into what it is today.

AIM facilitates short courses and workshops in any aspect of management so they only concentrate on the areas you need help with most. The bonus of becoming a member is they run members only business related seminars for  week a year. AIM organises local and global inspiring guest speaker sessions for everyone to enjoy. My favourite though is the womens only ‘Onboard to Board’ where a bus-load of professional women are taken to a mystery destination and meet with a super successful woman who has succeeded in getting on a board. We are amazed as we hear their rise to success and we’re welcome to ask questions and mingle. Definitely a great night out!

There will be special presentations and also an opportunity to network with like-minded people.

Congratulations AIM Qld & NT, I’m looking forward to tonight!

Yours in Management,
Amber van Sloten


Fashion house – Mouawad has unveiled the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse”, and what a purse! Retailing for $3.8 million has made the Guinness World Records as the world’s most expensive hand bag! Incorporating 18kt gold and 4,517 diamonds, the piece was designed by Robert Mouawad and handcrafted by 10 artisans over a period of 8,800 hours!

You’d want to hold onto this bag tightly to ensure no one snatches this little beauty!

Yours in support of ultimate splurging,

New Lights for Brisbane Festival’s Riverfire

As the 2011 Brisbane Festival approaches, we look forward to the Riverfire event, a showcase spectacular that signifies the beginning of Brisbane Festival, which this year runs from the 3rd to 24th September. The Brisbane Festival also marks the beginning of Spring.

This year’s Riverfire show’s creative director, Tony Assness, who is one of Australia’s leading directors of major events, including the 75th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, was part of the team behind last year’s spectacular Riverfire event. Internationally acclaimed Australian lighting designer, John Rayment, who created the lighting for the Sydney Olympic’s opening and closing ceremonies is also working on this major project. Wanting to build on the old favourite Riverfire show, this year’s event will last more than one night. The people of Brisbane will be treated to a new Laser lights show named Santos City of Lights, which is the first laser light show of its kind in Australia. It will be set between the Goodwill and Kurilpa Bridges showcasing the Brisbane River and surrounding cityscape with a nightly choreographed spectacle of lasers and lights that can be seen across the city.

Santos City of Lights is a free event and will give people the opportunity to see the city of Brisbane with a new perspective. Unless you are one of those lucky people who live nearby, the best vantage point for Santos City of Lights will be from the QPAC lawn and the Goodwill Bridge. Also, from the Santos Lounge at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, which will be alive with festival atmosphere, food stalls, music, beverage and art installations every night for the duration of the festival.

Let’s not miss being a part of this wonderful highlight of the Brisbane Festival celebrations, which this year promises to be even more spectacular than ever.

Yours in Brisbane Festival Riverfire

Angie Rapisarda

Made In Britain

Earlier this year a national competition amongst UK university design students was launched to create a logo which could be used as a standard marque to promote products manufactured in the UK.

After receiving hundreds of entries, the winning design was by Cynthia Lee from Nottingham University.

The 11 finalists can be viewed here on Facebook.

Tell us what you think about the winning design?

Yours in logo development,
Amber van Sloten

The History of F-commerce

F-Commerce is the term given to the rise of transactions of various types across the Facebook network. The trend began in 2007 when Facebook released their Virtual Gift Store. The Gift Store processed approximately 15 million transactions prior to August 2010, when it was shut down by the social giant.

Now, Facebook stores and advertising are beginning to dominate the online space. The stores are generating large incomes for the proprietors but also are generating so really interesting numbers in terms of users and the all famous Facebook metric, “Likes”.

I came across a great infographic today that shows the history of F-Commerce and has some predictions on it’s future in terms of retailer readiness to accept this type of commerce and their ability to expand across the Facebook network.

Here is a snippet of the Infographic

For the full version visit the Digital Buzz Blog

Yours in F-Commerce,


Ultimate Public Tea Party A Huge Success

On Thursday 30 June 2011 the Brio Group team held the Ultimate Public Tea Party in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens. We shared 365 cupcakes with the community and raised almost $800 for the Cancer Council as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. The event celebrated our milestone: donating the equivalent of 365 gifts of sight by supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation over the past year.

Each cupcake represented one of the 365 gifts of sight we’ve donated in 12 months. The event was a huge success! The Nova Sandman and The Good Guide popped in for some fun too.

I hope you enjoy the video above which is a nice little wrap up of the event.

A huge thanks must go to our wonderful sponsors and media who helped make our event such a success. The delicious cupcakes were supplied by Cake Star and paper by KW Doggett. Thanks to MX, City News, Nova 106.9FM, 96.5 Family FM, The Good Guide and Cancer Council Queensland. Thanks must also go to Terry Kwong from Take Two Productions who produced the video above, thanks Terry!

Find out more at www.365wayswecare.com
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