Lazy Susan

March 13th, 2022 § 0 comments § permalink

Working on this book bought with it a series of emotions. While a great project to work on, with an enthusiastic client, there were moments of sadness looking at some of the businesses in here, and their operators, who have passed. People who changed the way we eat, who led Auckland (and NZ) out of the food wasteland that was dining in the 60s and early 70s. On the upside, there’s a focus in this book on the strong women, who worked in hospo through the 80s and 90s when kitchen life was real hard (it still is), but who also partied hard. Some good friends are featured in here, with period photography, interviews and some wonderful recipe illustrations by Kohl Tyler-Dunshea. Available now through the Lazy Susan website. Eat up.

Ophir Awesome – the website

March 7th, 2022 § 0 comments § permalink

One of the things about living in a small community is that often, if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, with the help of the rest of the village. That was the case with developing a website for Ophir, the small Central Otago settlement we call home. While the website was designed and built by Gas, large parts were researched and written by a number of folks in the village, with images, both historic and modern day, coming out of albums from others. It’s part of an ongoing project to document the town’s history and collect stories from some of the older residents before their memories become like us after a couple of jugs of pinot at Blacks pub.

When we first moved to Otago, friends would ask “why would you want to move there?”. Well, this site just might answer that question. Hit this link to visit the site, or hit the trail to visit the town.

Bordering on Miraculous

March 7th, 2022 § 0 comments § permalink

This is fourth book in the kōrero series from Massey press of ‘picture books for grownups’, we’ve designed. Gas worked with the very talented poet Lynley Edmeades and artist Saskia Leek to produce, what is to date, certainly the most colourful book so far. Available from good independent bookstores, or through the Massey Press website. Miraculous.

Mister D

March 7th, 2022 § 0 comments § permalink

Mister D Dining in Napier asked us to design some labels for their new range (of frankly, delicious) dressings. Taking our cues from the interior (which we also originally helped with), the oils come in three flavours / colour ways and are available from the restaurant.

Tipping Point

February 15th, 2022 § 0 comments § permalink

Al Brown and some of his winemaking friends joined forces to launch Tipping Point, a wine brand that not only supports charities close to Brown’s heart but also celebrate the regions. Constellation Wines approached us to help brand and label the new series. It’s always a pleasure working with Al, and being able to colab on a wine label was almost a dream brief. Parts of the design process, and most of the winemaking process was documented on video, here. Now available in supermarkets and wine stores, sales have exceeded expectations – always a good result. The wine tastes pretty good too.

Tora Collective

August 29th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tora Collective sustainably catch wild kaimoana from the nutrient-rich waters of Tora, on the beautiful and rugged South Wairarapa Coast. They then pack fresh (again, sustainably) and ship to restaurants and homes, straight from the ocean.
We helped create a brand for this amazing company, having first met them on a photo assignment for an Al Brown cookbook. Salt water flows in their veins.

Found

August 23rd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Palm Springs. It’s like Alexandra, but with better architecture.

Heritage

August 23rd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Since moving to Central Otago (now two years and counting), we’ve found an environment of extraordinary beauty, rich histories and grounded people. It’s not everyone’s cup of milky tea – the weather can be brutal (we’re acclimatising), the supplies short (“that’ll take a couple o’ weeks to come in on the stage”) and the food expensive, but we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else (written as the country is in a level 4 Covid lockdown).

Part of the move here was try to work with the locals, which sometimes means working as a favour. In small communities like this, you really need to pitch in to get things done. So we were more than happy to help with a small identity for Heritage Central Otago.

Oh boy!

August 23rd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Fishboy is / was the brainchild of Scott from FishSmith, a next-level F&C joint in Herne Bay we branded a few years ago. Fishboy shone brightly but recently sold, we’re not sure if the new owners will stay with the identity we put together. Our involvement included designing the identity, signage and website (built by HiHo).

Anyway, here’s the way it came together. Never got a chance to try their fish tacos either…

One track mind

August 23rd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

The New Zealand Railways Studios produced some of the most striking design and advertising in the country, from the early 1900s until the early 1980s. This book charts the history of the Studios, it’s staff and achievements, and at over 300 pages, contains A LOT of their amazing work. Published by Te Papa Press and a labour of love for all concerned (Mr Alsop, take a bow). We needed a nice cuppa (from a Railways cup, natch) when it went to print.