This issue investigates of some of the different relationships between design and spaces - an investigation that travels from bush to the beach, and from city to country. It's a big, broad theme, but one that is not often explored in the context of graphic design.
"Our cities are — for the most part — heavily pre-moderated. They are designed primarily to prevent the wrong action and not to encourage the right ones or discover the unexpected ones." Marcus Westbury kicks things off with an essay about how cities should be more like YouTube and less like Hollywood. It's a great metaphor that perfectly highlights how the use and design of our cities could be improved.
Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig are the husband and wife team behind Katoomba based studio Racket. They're the featured studio in this issue and are responsible for that jaw dropping cover image. In fact, that's their eldest son Sascha staring back at you. This is a cover that you simply have to see (and touch) in person, as printed in raised thermographic ink over the black background behind Sascha's head are contour lines from an old map. Inside the issue Racket share their wonderful story and beautiful, uniquely Australian work.
The big feature of this issue is called Situationism. A studio from each state capital was invited to create a psycho-geographic map of their city. It's a surprising, exciting, confusing and truly delightful feature that will change the way that you think about wandering the streets. The journey starts in Sydney and travels around the country to end up in Brisbane. Participants for this one are Public Associates (Sydney), Alter (Melbourne), Liminal Studio (Hobart), Voice (Adelaide), Tonnegramme (Perth), Boab (Darwin), and The Letter D (Brisbane).
Where's Canberra? Well, Canberra features in a few spots (and will appear again in upcoming issues) including a special spread on the unsuccessful entries into the original 1911 National Capital design competition. It's a fascinating insight look into the Canberra(s) that could have been.
Elsewhere, the issue looks at how the culture of regional Australia is changing, and attempts to understand a little of how, where and why that's happening. Not only are a selection of regional design studios interviewed about the places in which they live, but Frost* studio sat down with their client Broken Hill City Council to unpack a recent branding project, and get to the heart of where the personality of a place comes from.
And that's just skimming the surface. There's also Gregory Anderson from Trigger talking about exhibition spaces, Finn Butler and Soren Luckins from Büro North on wayfinding, Stephen Banham finds an interesting connection behind places and (type)faces, and Tim Horton shares some thoughts on how cities can be designed to accomodate change and growth.