Sunday, August 31, 2008


I just stumbled upon this fancy line of cleaning products called Murchison-Hume, out of Australia (launched Dec. 2007). The brand is entirely focused on green-ness and natural ingredients -- a movement I am behind, but not obsessed with.
I am, however, obsessed with branding and labels and fonts and colors. Murchison-Hume sells 500ml (16.9oz) spray bottles, and accompanying refill bottles of 1 liter (33.8oz); I like that these encourage reuse, as well as buying more of their product (Hey, it's all about the business). I'm not able to tell whether the bottles are made of glass or plastic, but they look great either way, and they're undoubtedly recyclable.  The M-H website offers .pdf views of all the labels, a feature which won me over.  Pricing was my only issue with the company (and shipping from Australia surely wouldn't be cheap).

The products seem pretty impressive, with natural & chemical-free mixtures: The glass cleaner offers streak-free finish; the dishwashing liquid says it improves the condition of wastewater as it drains, leaving yr plumbing cleaner and odor free (with regular use); Boy's Bathroom cleaner touts strong cleaning power with "No need to open a window" ;and my favorite, Counter Intelligence food-safe surface spray is advertised as safe to use, "even on the dog!" There are two fragrances plus a fragrance free version (my usual preference) offered for every product - that's pretty nice.

Fonts: I see Georgia, and maybe Trebuchet, and I think the label is a stylized Shell (the top left hook from the H has been transplanted to the M).  I'm too lazy to figure out the other ones right now - although I've gotten really close with Garamond, or Adobe Garamond.

Something at the bottom of the page says Design by Geraldine Ward.  I'm not sure if that means the website, or the whole brand identity.  The website matches the bottle labels really well, so I wouldn't be surprised if she did do both.  (Neutra typeface on her site I believe.)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Free Burrito jokers

My friend Katherine had VIP access at this year's Pitchfork Festival. I was way jealous. She showed me a sweet 'free burrito' voucher she was handed. It was so cool I almost wouldn't want to spend it.

I'll let the pictures speak now.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Freee OBAMA/BIDEN Stickerss!

 is offering some sweet, free stickers at the announcement of Obama's VP choice, Joe Biden.  

I really like how classic the stickers look, perhaps especially the blue they chose to use.  Pretty dang timeless.

You can get one sticker completely free, but if you want 5 or 50 you'll have to scoop some money to them.  But what political organization doesn't want money in an election year?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Onyx font on my Mac is crap

I was looking for the font Barbara Walters used on her latest book, Audition. I think I found it: Onyx. I was zooming in to look at the letter forms, and realized that the craftsmanship is messed up. Like, awful. I sometimes download free fonts, so I almost expect an amateur reproduction of a nice font to have some noticeable shortcuts. Onyx, however, came with my computer, and I am vastly disappointed.

Take a look for yourself at the rough edges / inconsistent finish on this typeface (I'm looking primarily at the ends of the letters):


UPDATE:  I saw a poster someone had printed at school using onyx, and I pointed out to my teacher the issues (which I was able to see upon close inspection).  I also looked on a copy of Audition, and they had fixed the problem there.  I'm sure you can buy nicer versions someplace.  When I have money I'll probably buy it and erase this *&&%!# version.

UPDATE x2: I found a new, better copy of Onyx. It's called Onyx MT, but I don't know what that means.