Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

Vancouver vs. Melbourne, Australia – graphic identity

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Compare Vancouver’s graphics and logo with Melbourne, Australia’s graphic identity. Any contest?

I am consistently mortified by Vancouver’s recent graphics, especially considering they were launched just before the Olympics and the whole world saw them. They’re suburban if I’m being generous; they’re in the style of feminine hygiene packaging if I’m being honest.

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Melbourne – now the most livable city in the world – and its cycling Director of Design, Rob Adams

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Rob Adams, Melbourne’s Director of Design

Melbourne, now deemed the most livable city in the world, has bumped Vancouver from top spot. Never having believed Vancouver deserved that spot, I’m happy the designation has gone to a city that probably does.

Interestingly Melbourne has a “Director of Design” at its City Hall, whereas we have a “Director of Planning.” Language usually means something, if you know what I mean.

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More Australia

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

More Australian place from desire to inspire, the half-Canadian/half-Australian design blog. (See previous Australia post here.) Above, from the Gore St. Fitzroy neighbourhood of Melbourne. Yes, there’s been a large application of money to these places, but they seem to exceed just money.

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Malcolm is an Australian film released in 1986. I’ve been thinking about it for years. Maybe it automatically rates because it is full of homemade Rube Goldberg machines and nerd contraptions, because I grew up around those, but there’s also the enjoyable fact that they’re all produced by a naive and strangely appealing mechanical savant played by Colin Friels.

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Best bench/seating platform, and of course it’s Australian

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

This is the ur-seating platform. Think how many people would gather here at a party, and even Le Chat prefers it. This is from a house in St. Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Why is Australian design so cool now? If you’ve ever seen Vogue Living Australia you know what I mean.

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