#7: Music Mondays

36/ Land of the Bloody Unknown - The Middle East. The second single from their debut album 'I Want That You Are Always Happy' has a distinct Australian sound (apart from the lyrics, of course), which I think is what drew me to the song. I have no doubt (although early) that this will be a part of my Top 10 songs of 2011. I suggest you get your hands on their new album, it's brilliant.

37/ We Found Each Other in the Dark - City and Colour. I jumped straight on to the Triple J website as soon as I heard they were streaming the brand spankin' new album 'Little Hell' by Dallas Green. And I was not disappointed. Apart from his usual (and amazing) acoustic melodies, Green has introduced a new sound to City and Colour in this latest and third album.

38/ Calgary - Bon Iver. From Bon Iver's newly released album, how could I not share this one with you? Their music truly moves me, which I don't often get (Dallas Green is probably the only other artist that has the capacity to do so).

39/ Holdin on to Black Metal - My Morning Jacket. Loving the vintage feel of this song.

40/ Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes. Beautiful music, meaningful lyrics, pure footage. How can you not love this heavy harmony folk music? I suddenly feel like going on a road trip with three of my closest friends to the country.


Double exposure

This is a personal project of Dan Mountford, called 'The Worlds Inside of Us', featuring a collection of double exposed portraits. They are intriguing and somewhat beautiful.

Source/images: Flickr and Behance Network.


Niki Pilkington

Niki Pilkington is a freelance fashion illustrator, predominately featuring pencil, ink and felt-tips in her work. She has a unique and up-to-date style, often adding three-dimensional elements to her illustrations with paper-craft and patters. I don't know about you, but I'm excited about Niki Pilkington's Limited Edition prints and framed originals, which are coming soon.

Source/images: Niki Pilkington.


Simply intricate

These incredible grey-scale sketches by Japanese artist Sagaka Keita don't seem anything out of the ordinary, until a closer look reveals that the image is made up of intricate drawings, such as monsters and other abstracted images.

Source/images: Sagaki Keita (for more mind-blowing pieces) and Design Taxi.



Book.ish is a web-based e-book platform. Book.ish removes the technical barriers in a fun, approachable, warm and welcoming manner, which is clearly reflected in its identity design by A Friend of Mine. The designers created a 'quirky bespoke typeface based on a pair of spectacles', which generates a flexible playful aesthetic that works individually and with the other elements. They took reference from classic literary production techniques (gilded page edges) to reflect (and respect) the past. Bookmarks were also used as promotional collateral material, which adds a whimsical sense of irony to the branding.
Sources/images: Booki.sh and A Friend of Mine.


Twitter diary

In high contrast to my last post, I am absolutely thrilled to have found this project by freelance designer Stephan Joch, currently based in Vienna. This self-initiated black and white A5 web-diary book is based on Twitter, listing every 'Tweet' he wrote for a whole year chronologically. Mixed in are photos that were taken on Joch's phone. He has combined the two mediums (web and print) by printing the photographs in the book in 72dpi screen resolution. This is such an original and creative concept, and who can resist that hand-crafted binding!

I highly recommend you check out his PDF portfolio.

Source/photos: Stephan Joch


Colour power

Well, I am officially back from end-of-semester hibernation. I've handed in all of my final projects, including my Graduate Portfolio. It all feels kind of surreal knowing that my time as a student is over. The last few years have been truly incredible and I am incredibly grateful to all who have supported me through my studies, including my incredible family and close friends. And so now I commence my time in post-student-life limbo; pursuing travel and my career (in whatever order it may happen). Oh, and expect a hell of a lot more blogging.

I have a bunch of lovely things to share with you (I was going to begin blogging again sooner, but if you follow me on Twitter - @kiaramichellek - you'd know that I left my Macbook charger in the Mac labs at university).

"Black and white are the safe choices in the design world. The colour of luxury is elegant and subdued." I'll admit, I rarely take the 'explosion of colour' risk in any of my design work. But the use of bright colour is becoming more widely used in many areas. People are naturally wired to react to colour emotionally. "Perhaps it was the recessionary economy that enticed designers to use more colour, and attracted the rest of us to it. Whatever the underlying reasons, we see more colour and we love it." I know I love it.

Source/images: The Cool Hunter