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Jan 28, 2014

My Favourite Free Fonts

As a graphic designer I spend a LOT of time scouring the internet for the “perfect font” for a particular project. I have been stumbling upon quite a few amazing free fonts lately, and thought I’d share my favourites with you!

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1. Sanchez

2. Ostrich Sans

3. Josefin Slab

4. Raleway

5. Wisdom Script

6. Bebas Neue

7. Champagne and Limousines

8. Pacifico

9. Aracne

10. Lavanderia

Do you have any free fonts you love that you can share with us?

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Nov 7, 2013

Favourite Travel Accessories – A guest post

My last (but certainly not least) guest post comes from the lovely Amy of Oh, My Design Blog. Amy’s blog was one of the first Aussie design blogs I read (and commented on!) and I am a huge fan of her work. Her taste is second to none and she has rounded up some gorgeous travel accessories for you all to covert.

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Hi there, Love Swah readers! I’m Amy, a graphic designer, and I blog over at Oh, My Design Blog. Today I feel super special because the lovely Swah has invited me to guest post! Since Swah is off travelling the States (lucky her!) I have done a little round up of my favourite travel bits and pieces. I have been travelling a lot recently, but for short periods – I pack my little over night bag and off I go. My trips have made me a little more savvy in the packing department than I used to be!

1. Keep Cup: I bought a Keep Cup about five years ago and it’s still going strong. I fill mine with green tea for long car trips. If you use it instead of throw away cups, you help the environment, and you can design your own on their site by selecting different cup, lid, band and plug colours.

2. Country Road tote: The classic Country Road tote is my overnight bag of choice. They’ve been around for years and years and now they do them in every colour and pattern imaginable. And they are tough, really tough.

3. Sense & Sensibility designed by Mr Boddington: I’m a bit old school with my books. I don’t have an e-reader, I much prefer the feeling of turning the pages of a book. Mr Boddington designed some lovely Penguin Classics covers which are too gorgeous to resist.

4. Aesop Jet Set Kit: I always take miniature versions of my toiletries when I travel. I usually fill up plain little bottles with my usual body wash, shampoo and conditioner, but if you’re after a treat there’s this lovely little set from Aesop.

5. VS EcoDry Dryer: It’s a bit sad, but I can’t go anywhere without my hair dryer! It’s just one of those things. I travel with this one, its pretty small but still packs a punch.

Thanks Amy! My already exhausted credit card will need to obtain all these things, now! ;)

 

Oct 17, 2013

Deconstructed Food Styling

I LOVE deconstructed food styling. Food can become minimalist art, patterns or even typography. I first talked about it here nearly 3 years ago when sharing the gorgeous photography from the IKEA baking book. This technique has been echoed repeatedly lately and these are some of my favourite interpretations.

Florent Tanet

Maren Caruso

Dennis Adelmann and Carolin Wanitzek

Julie Lee

Oct 1, 2013

Designing my first iPad magazine – Truly Malaysian

A few months ago I was approached by JJ from 84th & 3rd to see if I wanted to design a new iPad magazine that Jackie M was launching on Malaysian food and travel. I jumped at the chance – I’ve designed several print magazines before but I’ve never created an app and was dying to learn. It was a steep learning curve, fuelled by many a Youtube video and online tutorial, but slowly and surely I became confident at navigating my way around the often-confusing InDesign DPS system and now I feel like a pro!

I was fortunate to be able to work with Jackie’s delicious recipes, JJ’s amazing food photography and a huge array of great articles to design a magazine that reflected the look and feel of Jackie’s style. I had never interacted anything using DPS before but soon enough recipes were opening and closing, videos were playing, articles were scrolling and links were working. There were many long nights and weekends spent working on this, plus a trip away and 2 bouts of sickness thrown into the mix. But we got there in the end and have created a piece of work we are all truly proud of!

After a few back and forth moments with Adobe, we submitted the app and waited with bated breath. Would it be approved to the app store? And sure enough a few days later it was! Hallelujah! Opening up Itunes and seeing something I helped create in the App Store was a great moment.

Download the magazine now and check it out for yourself! Oh and if you are interested in being a future contributor please drop JJ an email at editor (at) trulymalaysian.com

And if you have a design project you’d like to work with me on please email me :)

Aug 2, 2013

Food Typography by Danielle Evans

Food and typography are 2 of my greatest loves in life (after cats) and when a friend showed me the work of designer and illustrator Danielle Evans I was smitten. Using ingredients such as curry powder, chili, coffee and flour to create her designs, she sculpts the products by hand into unique typographic designs.

My favourite quote from her “There is something really exciting about working really hard on something and just obliterating it at the end, it’s so much fun.” I often get that same feeling after slaving over an elegantly decorated cake for hours and then watching someone jam a knife in it and demolish it. Ok, sometimes it’s a little upsetting ;D

Jul 22, 2013

Giveaway: Win 1 of 10 digital magazine subscriptions!

The lovely guys at Zinio recently contacted me and offered Love Swah readers the chance to win one of 10 one-year digital magazine subscriptions!

So who are Zinio? They are a digital magazine company with literally thousands of top magazines from around the world.  You can browse and purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly from your computer or mobile device to read wherever and whenever you like – on your iPad, iPhone, Android mobile phones and tablets, laptop or desktop. This is perfect for travelling or when you want to read on-the-go, plus it’s good for the environment so everyone wins really.

They have some of my top magazine titles available including Donna Hay, Vogue and Frankie, with a huge array of food and travel magazines (always my favourite!). Enter now for your chance to win and let me know which title you would love if you won from Zinio
If you want to try Zinio out for yourself, they currently have a special on 5 Issues for $5! This deal ends July 26.

Good luck!

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Jun 25, 2013

WIN 3 copies of my travel + dessert zines!

Welcome to the first competition on Love Swah! Woo! Today I am giving away 3 copies of my travel + dessert zines of your choice! And if you aren’t the lucky winner fear not, every entrant will be emailed a 20% off coupon to use in my Zine Store! Please read about my zines and MCA Zine Fair experience here and here and a lovely bit of press on my zines from Neat Eats here. This competition is open to all of my readers from around the world and ends next Friday 5th July.

My recipe zines each feature 10 mouthwatering recipes written and photographed by me with Volume 1 focusing on cupcakes, Volume 2 on cakes and cookies and Volume 3 on pies, dips, tarts and more.

My travel guides feature 2 city guides – New York and San Francisco, and an extended country guide on Iceland. All travel zines features my own photography and include a selection of accommodation from budget to high-end, sightseeing, shopping, transport and most importantly, food and drink! These zines are all A5 size and professionally printed on 128gsm satin paper in Sydney, Australia.

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May 30, 2013

The MCA Zine Fair & the launch of my online shop!

Hey guys,

A huge thank you to everyone who came down to visit JJ & I at the MCA Zine Fair on Sunday. It was a busy, exhausting and fun day and I can’t wait to do it all again next year (am I mad?!)

I still have copies leftover and I know a lot of out-of-towners were keen to get their hands on some. I have created an online store where you can purchase the zines and they will be available in an e-book format shortly too.

We were really impressed with our print job from EW Lee  and it was great to see all our hard work eventuate into a printed and bound copy.

The night before I baked 100 mini Pineapple & Coconut Cupcakes and Devil’s Food Cupcakes as free “gift-with-purchase” to entice (ie bribe) customers.

Here is our table all set up at the fair!

And here we are :)

I will be adding more to the store in coming weeks, I’ll keep you posted!

May 9, 2013

Love Swah exhibiting at the MCA Zine Fair 2013!

If you wonder why I have been so busy lately, slaving away on weekends and nights instead of doing fun things such as eating and drinking, well I’ve been madly working my butt off on writing and designing a series of zines! I have completed 2 dessert zines – filled with my delicious recipes and photos of cupcakes, slices, cakes and more, as well as 3 travel zines on New York, San Francisco and Iceland. I am hoping to complete a 4th travel zine on Vietnam however a recent bout of sickness has set back a few days so I’ll keep you posted.

I am thrilled to be sharing a table this year with the wonderful JJ from the food blog 84th & 3rd, so make sure you check out her work too! For those who aren’t familiar with what the MCA Zine Fair is, firstly check out my review of last year’s Zine Fair. Zines are limited-run publications that are usually handmade and self-published and are on nearly every topic your imagination can think of. It’s a fun day of creativity, shopping and mingling with creatives. What more could you want?

Here are some excerpts from my zines, firstly the dessert zines volumes 1 and 2.

Iceland:

New York:

San Francisco:

Please come visit me, bring coffee and possibly buy a zine (a girl’s gotta pay her rent) – I will have bribery cupcakes! Can’t make it? That’s ok. They will be available in my online shop (coming soon) and I’ll be releasing them as ebooks too!

 

Feb 26, 2013

Pantone Pairings by David Schwen

I always love it when food and design collide and it frequently involves Pantone.

These Pantone Pairings of food on Instagram by Minneapolis based designer David Schwen are eye-catching, clever and I look forward to following this ongoing project. What flavour combination are you hoping he does next?

For more Pantone Pairings in this series go here

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