Archive for July, 2009

Its good to be home!



For those who don’t already know, we have now (eventually) made it back to the motherland. Had a fantastic time in Australia and we will miss many good people and some amazing places but fear not, we shall return. For now though the sight of some home cooked Haggis and a cold pint of Tennents was the perfect jet lag cure after a 29 hour journey. Ahh its good to be home. Change of address and relevant contact details will be forthcoming.


This is Not a Design Market




We have just got back from a week in Melbourne which was excellent, very cool city and luckily the State of Design Festival was on whilst we were there so managed to get to a few events including this designers market held at a cool venue called The Factory which had a variety of designers selling jewellery, furniture, products, print designs, textiles and even some screenprints. Really cool event with a mix of independent designers and also agencies with stalls. It got me wondering if anyone knows of anything similar in Glasgow? The festival is running until the 25th July. We have added some more photos of the market to our Flickr.

Candy Cranks Online Shop




Our recent identity work for Sydney based bike brand Candy Cranks has now been applied to these rather nice cycling caps which you can buy via the new Candy Cranks online store. Lookout for more bespoke parts and accessories coming soon as well as the promo shots of the very first bike, rumour has it, it will have amongst other things a 5 spoke aero rim, B43 rear and a chub hub…



Things have been/will be a little slow for a while folks as I am currently on holiday in Melbourne and then (earthquake hit) New Zealand. I will be posting things now and again but normal service will resume in a couple of weeks. In the meantime why not check out some of the recent BKMD series using the dropdown menu on the right. On a happier note I am off to the State of Design Festival here in Melbourne tomorrow 😉

Anti-theft lunch bags


Nice little idea for anti-theft lunch bags to put off the usual studio fridge raiders. Available to buy here. Spotted via our new friends at This Is Duty



I like this site, you can purchase a set of icons designed on the principles of Helvetica at Helveticons Alternatively you can download some nice little yellow folders and icons for your OSX desktop for free.




Some new updates and one for the BKMD archives, Toormix are based in Barcelona and have some lovely work.

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