The History of the Barcode

A guest contribution by Jonny Rowntree on behalf of Elanders UK.

Barcodes of some variety are everywhere nowadays; product packaging, posters and flyers to name a few locations you’ll find one. Barcodes are monochrome graphics that aid in the transfer of information. In their traditional form, barcodes transfer information about a product; such as the products name, brand, price, where its stored in the inventory to a computerised cash register. This information can then be used to keep track of stock so additional stock can be ordered quickly and retailers don’t need to carry out stocktakes as often. In recent years, QR codes have been introduced which allow the transfer of information such as links to websites or smartphone applications. History of the Barcode →

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My Old Lady Ticket Giveaway

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Thanks to our friends at eOne Films,  Design Federation are giving away Four Double passes to the film “My Old Lady” My Old Lady Ticket Giveaway →

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James Bourbon “Welcome Home”

After returning to Brisbane from a 4 year stint living in London, James Bourbon returns with a new solo show “Welcome Home” opening on Friday the 7th of November at Poly Gone Cowboy (34 Berwick Street, Fortitude Valley) from 5pm.

James has displayed and painted works around the world. He paints a unique mash up of vintage and comic works to renew their life in a different form. Check out some of his past work and come down to the show to see a mixture of old and new works.

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Small Gestures, Big Impact – 2015 desk calendar for sale!

Made From Good Deeds is a new stationery and homewares brand which combines graphic design, letterpress printing, and timber craftsmanship to create everyday products with a positive twist. Their 2015 desk calendar is a prime example, each month listing three unique deeds for people to set out and leave their positive imprint on the world.

New products will be introduced in the coming months, so be sure to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s to a positive 2015!

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Dagmar CYRULLA – Reflection – 25 October – 19 November, 2014

“I paint what I am emotionally connected to, or thinking about at a given time. My thoughts and experiences of how we relate to each other are always in flux”. (Dagmar Cyrulla, 2014).

Wagner Art Gallery
39 Gurner Street, Paddington, NSW 2021 T: 02 9360 6069
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Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 6:00pm, Sunday 1:00 – 6:00pm

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SAINTS ALIVE! Eirian Chapman Interview

I first discovered the illustrations of Eirian Chapman  a few years ago when I opened a copy of Desktop Magazine that featured an article I had co-written about popular Australian logos. I was eagerly scanning it for my contributing author picture, keen to see what they had done with my portrait. What I found ground me to a stunned halt that sunny afternoon at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, right in the smack of peacocking models and poseurs at Sydney Fashion Week. There I was, in a national magazine, with a blue, triangular nose.

But when I got past the initial ego-shock, I noticed how Chapman’s drawing referenced the Memphis-Milano style from the 1980’s in a series of illustrations of all the edition’s contributors. It was fun without poking fun. In fact, it was clever, graphical and cool. Sipping on my calming cosmopolitan, still pouring over her work, I realised that she hadn’t rendered me a clown but had deftly captured my likeness in a manner that surprised and delighted.

Chapman is an Australian freelance illustrator whose work has been commissioned by heavyweight clients of the likes of the Australian Ballet, Mercedes-Benz, ELLE Magazine and the Commonwealth Bank. Her first solo exhibition – “Sainthood” – is on until October 25th at Lamington Drive, 101A Sackville St, Collingwood. It’s free to go and you should go and pay your respects to the patron saints of Shiny Things, Drunken Sailors, Interstellar Tennis, and Suburban Jungles. The show consists of a series of large-scale “print tapestries” depicting a troupe of saintly modern super-women and, again, has that visual zing which playfully catches the viewer unawares.

Read the entire Eirian Chapman Interview →

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Peter Pan Op Shop Summer Sale

Sydney’s best kept fashion secret, the Peter Pan Op Shop Summer sale is on again!

For over 70 years, Sydney buyers with a social conscience and an eye for fashion have been returning twice a year to trawl through the chic array of top-end items at rock bottom prices.

All proceeds go to Barnardos Australia to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Bag a guilt-free bargain from the treasure trove of unique pre-loved designer and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories from the wardrobes of leading Sydney fashionistas, as well as brand new designer wear and end of season stock.

Barnardos’ supporters sass & bide have once again committed to donating rare fashion treasures and samples from their latest collections.

To date, the sales have raised over 1 million dollars for leading child welfare charity Barnardos Australia.

WHAT: Peter Pan Op Shop Summer Sale
WHERE: Paddington Town Hall: Corner Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington.
WHEN: Wednesday 29 October – Friday 31 October, 2014.

Wednesday 29 Oct   9.30am – 3.00pm
Thursday 30 Oct      9.30am – 3.00pm
Friday 31 Oct            9.30am – 1.00pm

The Peter Pan Opportunity Committee is a volunteer group who raise money throughout the year to directly benefit the vital programs and services provided by Barnardos Australia.

WHY: To raise money for Barnardos Australia to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

ABOUT US:  Barnardos Australia is one of the nation’s leading child protection charities. A non-government, non-denominational charity, we have been at the forefront of child protection for over 130 years. We believe all children deserve a safe and stable home. We work with families and communities facing issues such as violence, poverty, mental illness and homelessness to keep children safe at home. Barnardos extensive range of services include, family and domestic violence support, mental health support, emergency accommodation, parent education, counselling, foster care and adoption. Our evidence-based research and dedicated caseworkers and carers ensure Barnardos is well equipped to fully support, care for and nurture children in need.

For more information or to donate visit:

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An Art Pharmacy Christmas

Forget socks, scented-candles and other ordinary dispensables. This Christmas, forego the throwaway gift in favour of an inspiring artwork to last a lifetime, selected from Art Pharmacy’s talented pool of local and emerging visual artists.

As Australia’s biggest online dispensary of visual art, Art Pharmacy was born from the idea that original art should be available to everyone – even those who aren’t bankrolled by billionaires or the offspring of Russian Oligarchs.

Emilya Colliver, Art Pharmacy Founder and Director commented: “Receiving an original artwork made by a local artist at the beginning of their career is incredibly rewarding, not least because it will look lovely on your wall. A new artwork can be challenging, personal and also a lasting token of your relationship with someone.” Dont OD, Its an Art Pharmacy Christmas →

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