trouvé magazine

Have you heard of Trouvé? It’s a gorgeous new independent magazine from the US, and it’s — in a word — wonderful. Think Kinfolk with an arty edge; Cereal from a creative’s perspective. Trouvé literally means “to find” in French.

From the moment it arrived, Trouvé made a big impact with the packaging alone. It’s like opening a present; perfectly wrapped in white paper and stamped with a wax seal, a gorgeous typographic print and handwritten note included. The pages are filled with inspiring quotes, stories and interviews with creative people, and are beautifully designed to boot. I received Trouvé…

five quick tips for effective wrapping

Make your space. It probably sounds obvious, but lay out your materials before you start! The last thing you want is to be holding down a perfectly creased corner, only to realise that you’ve left the tape in the spare room.

Choose your ingredients. The most effective gift wrap can also be the most frugal — find things around your home or garden to repurpose! Old paper bags, magazines or newspapers can make excellent wrap. Use a length of simple kitchen twine to decorate, or cut a sprig of something from the garden (or the side of the road if…

INFLUENCES: exposed bulbs

The gorgeous One Fine Day wedding fair a few weekends ago had light bulbs galore: exposed industrial globes, edison bulbs and strings of festoon lights. I absolutely adore the look as decoration — they looked amazing at night, and perfect in styled photos — and I’ve often lamented the fact that our ceilings are too low (and rented) to incorporate them into our home!

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for the love of type: gemma o’brien

I was first introduced to Gemma O’Brien at an AGDA event back in 2010. I was in my second year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTas and finally discovering the world of inspiration outside DeviantArt. I couldn’t yet explain the difference between a font and a typeface; I had no more than a basic grasp of the grid or colour theory; and my concept of graphic design was still stuck in the “college” days of basic letterheads and business cards. Gemma introduced me to something other than the dictionary definition of design (which, incidentally, is “the art…