Category Archives: Materials in design

Semi-Permanent

Well designers, it’s that time of year again! Have you got your tickets for Semi-Permanent yet?

Semi-Permanent is a world leading design conference that to date has hosted 29 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with over 200 speakers and 50,000 attendees. In 2012, Semi-Permanent celebrates ten years of events – that’s a decade full of stories and wisdom from industry idols.

The event covers all disciplines of design, including graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interaction design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, and architecture, and much more.

Find out more here.

Yours in keeping up-to-date,
Tanya.

Let’s adopt iPup

This is a unique and convenient case that delivers two solutions in one. It not only offers excellent protection for your iPhone 4/4S, but also can hold your credit cards/receipts.

An anti-scratch cover, it is made using UV-coated PET film to protect the magnetic strip on credit and debit cards to ensure that they last as long as the case does. In addition to the dog design, there are seven others including a duck, rabbit and parrot. People will receive one at random when it is ordered.

Find out more here.

Yours in making life easier,
Amber.

Thinking outside the box

As we all know in branding and in life, first impressions count. Of course we all ask the question… “How we can do this?” Then in business you also have a lot of competition and it’s important to not only make a good first impression, but to also stand out from the crowd. While browsing the web I came across some inspired business card designs that I think hit the mark and leave a lasting impression. These guys have thought outside the box and gone that extra step, to create some outstanding concepts that I had to share.

So here goes, my top ‘thinking outside the box’ inspired business cards.

 

cargo box business card

Tam Cargo: A quirky play on a card that turns into a box. After all the cargo they transfer predominately goes in a box.

 

Stretch Business Card

Poul Nielsen: Again, another quirky card that has you working out, to see that this card is from a personal trainer. He’s got you working before you even book a session.

 

DJ Business Card

DJ Mohit: An entertaining card you have fun with, by rotating the record, to read the info. A fun way of giving a client the thrill of being a DJ on paper, while demonstrating simply what the person does.

 

Money Business Card

Ricky Richards: A UK Graphic Designer developed business cards that looked like £20 and left them lying on the streets, with a fun message on the fact that he was sorry it wasn’t £20, but if you hired him you may find some extra cash in your pockets. I love this concept of grabbing the attention of an unintended audience and having people you would probably never meet, pick up a card and become a potential client.

 

Grow Business Card

Another Bloomin’ Designer: Jamie Wieck treats its recipient to an extra feature you do not expect from business cards…life! Simply soak the bottom of the card, wait four days and you get cool green! The card works as a miniature house-plant, growing alfalfa or cress when dipped in water.

 

Bike Business Card

Broke Bike Alley: One way to grab peoples attention is to give them something for free. This card has been designed as a multifaceted tuning tool, and wouldn’t you be more likely to call up for any serious damage from these guys, if you had their card.

 

I think the lesson here is sometimes, trying to create something outside the box, instead of the plain 55mm x 90mm card can be more fun, show innovation and get you more attention. Maybe next time you’re thinking of getting a business card or promotional item done, it’s time to think how you can get noticed or in honour of shameless advertising you can meet up with our team here at Brio Group, to help with some inspired ideas.

Yours in thinking outside the box
Dawn

A Papertie Affair

Papertie Affair Xmas TeatowelPapertie Affair Xmas CardPapertie Affair Xmas Card

 

Very recently, I and a few girls went and checked out the Twilight Boutique Markets at Portside, here in Brisbane. We were on mission to discover some last minute Christmas treats for family and friends. I will have to admit that I had finished my Christmas gift buying, but it didn’t stop a tiny splurge on something special for me.

To my delight I discovered this gorgeous stall, displaying some very beautiful hand made paper crafts, by the name of The Papertie Affair (see pics for some of their creations). I was instantly drawn to the beautifully crafted ornaments for the Christmas tree and vintage paper inspired ‘Merry Christmas’ banner (which I had to buy and have up on the wall at home).

After seeing these stunning items I get the company name and that these guys are inlove with paper. It’s a passion and an affair for the creator, since The Papertie Affair was established in 2009. Originally only creating Christmas decorations, they now offer a huge range of products created from gorgeous paper – both vintage and new – including stationery, home decor and artwork.

So why not start your own affair and check out The Papertie Affair website for more info on their products and which markets you can see them in.

Yours in beautiful handcrafted paper
Dawn

50 Awesome Upcycled Accessories

I came across a great range of upcycled accessories, and just had to share!

One man’s trash is said to be another’s treasure, and this couldn’t be more true with all of the emerging artists tapping into the creation of upcycled accessories. From Stunning Soda Can Jewelry to Garbage Necklaces. Check out all of the range here.

Yours in upcycling,
Tanya.

THIRD: Seven with another

Sneak peak of artwork by Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)

 

Tomorrow night (Friday)  will be the opening night for the third Seven with Another exhibition at Substation No 4. As with the previous exhibitions, seven creative types have been paired off with a contrasting and/or complimentary counterpart who is an expert in a different field. Each pair responds to a brief to come up with a conceptual piece of art that forms part of the exhibition. In the past this has ranged from interactive, illuminated sculptures to more traditional, beautifully crafted artworks.

THIRD: Seven with Another creatives include:

Alex Chomicz (film director) + Cezary Stulgis (sculptor)
Colleen Morgan (interaction designer) + Kate Stein (stylist)
Dane Middleton (sound designer) + Kirsty Boyle (robotics artist)
Igor Coric (animator) + Jesse Smith (photographer)
Kitty Horton (illustrator) + Patrick Ozmin (architectural graduate)
Maria Cleary (designer/maker) + Ralph Barnett (art-director)
Riki Salam (indigenous artist) + Steve Minon (copywriter)

If you can’t make it along on Friday, the exhibition is open from Saturday 8 October to Friday 14 October.

Yours in exhibitions,

Anya

Chit chat worth listening to

Pecha Kucha visited the Brisbane Powerhouse again last night, with 11 speakers presenting loads of neat ideas. For those not familiar with Pecha Kucha, it is an event where designers, artists, architects, or other creative people are given 20 seconds per slide to present 20 slides on their designs, thoughts or ideas. Each speaker gets 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame.

There were quite a few thought-provoking ideas that came out of last night’s event (Volume 24) but one speaker that I particularly enjoyed was Yen Trinh. It became apparent that Yen’s name is very fitting, as she has a yearning and passion for improving society. Her presentation ’20 wishes for Brisbane’ listed  20 awesome ideas for ways we could improve Brisbane based on her previous experiences in other countries.

Some of my personal favourites were:

  • City-wide putt putt golf: the course exists all around the city on streets and laneways, and each hole is designed by a different person/group.
  • Pop-up drive-in movie theatres: drive-in movies that pop up in suburban shopping centre carparks, where the space goes to waste at night time.
  • Cooler street furniture: including hammocks, recliner chairs and movable furniture.
  • Someone like Candy Chang: whose projects include the very cool ‘I wish this was‘ sticker.
  • Front yard cafes and friendlier neighbourhoods: Suburban Grind is a community building project travelling around Brisbane, setting up in people’s garages and serving free cafe style coffee in an effort to bring neighbours together.

Very cool! Can’t wait to see some of these projects up and running!

What would you like to see in Brisbane? What existing space would you redesign?

Yours in creative ideas,

Anya

Lomography Society

The Lomography Society  is still strong, armed with a new website displaying new products and keen Lomography enthusiasts sharing their lomo-style photos.


The Lomography craze came about when two Austrian art students, Wolfgang Stranzinger and Matthias Fiegl, stumbled across a second-hand Lomo in a Prague op-shop. Knowing it was a spy camera they took on the spy persona and captured their surroundings shooting from the hip in haphazard directions as opposed to the traditional camera composition.


The results were random moody shots, which boasted obscure light effects against vibrant colour and movement. They spread the word and students from all over Vienna were became obsessed with the spy style that is Lomography. Lomos began appearing as installations at raves; a self defined interpretation of the youth culture. And so, the Lomographic revolution began.

They’ve even set 10 golden rules to live by:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules.

I’ve been following Lomography for a while now and hope that one day they will bring out a digital camera as I have lost the will for slide/film. Until the digital Lomo comes out I will keep cheating with the ‘Hipstamatic’ iPhone ap. Here are my results with my iPhone 3…

Yours in Photography,
Amber van Sloten

 

Get your chalk out!

I am always a sucker for good old hand-drawn typography, but hand-drawn typography on a blackboard is just another level of amazement.
Seeing as my blackboard writing skills were clearly tragic when I worked at a school, Dana Tanamachi is my new idol. Take a look at some of her work!

DT Flourish Finished

 

tanamachi target alphabet decals

tanamachi target home sign

 

 

 

If you want to see more, take a look at her website here.

For the Typography Lovers!

 

a-type-chair

Who needs a Gas lift, reclining, Ergonomic, posturepedic, support chair when you have these AWESOME Typography Chairs! Spell your name, your initials, and you could even play a sneaky game of ABC Musical Chairs!

Furniture inspired by typography is another trend that the Dutch showed to the world late last year. ABChairs is a series of 26 typographic chairs that were presented during Dutch Design week, 2010. 
It’s an alphabet to sit on and a series of chairs to form words with. Designed by graphic designer Roeland Otten, he described himself as “working with a conceptual approach in different fields of art and design, from graphic design to new media and video, from product design to art in public space and events”.

Thanks to using of rotational moulding of LDPE plastic during their manufacture these chairs are quite lightweight, fragile and sustainable for outdoors use. At the moment these chairs can be bought only by request. Smaller size ABChairs for kids would also be available very soon. Keep a lookout online or email him on him@roelandotten.com to find out more!

a-z-type-chair

 

Yours in typography,
Angela Purdy
(on behalf of Amber)