Bench Wrap Up 2.0

And that’s 2017.  We really enjoyed doing the ‘wrap up’ for 2016, which consisted of us individually listing our favourite things we did/consumed throughout the course of the year. To keep it moving we thought we’d continue with this little Bench tradition we have going and reveal our favourites of this fast disappearing year of 2017. …

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Representation Matters

Today I opened an article from my inbox titled “First hijab-wearing Barbie released in tribute to Olympic athlete”. Earlier this year, Apple had released an updated set of Emoji’s, which included a breastfeeding mother and a woman wearing a hijab. And just a few months ago Nike released the prototype for the Pro Hijab, a lightweight, full of high-tech …

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The Best Record Covers of 2017

It’s 2017 — you probably don’t even buy records anymore, right!? Shame on you, you Spotify loving stream whores! Thankfully, album art is still an essential part of any musical release and while mostly overlooked, forgotten and ignored for the majority of listeners, it  plays an important role in creating a wondrous collision of personal branding, …

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Design Terms Explained

Graphic design has so many terms and phrases, it can sometimes feel like a foreign language and there may be some wording you are unsure of. We’ve put together this handy list that we hope will help explain a few key phrases. The below terms are mostly focused on general phrases and printing lingo, leaving web …

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Starting With Empathy

Starting With Empathy Lessons from The Strategy Masterclass by Jim Antonopoulos Good design and strategy development both start with empathy — how else can you solve a human problem if you don’t have an understanding of the people who are impacted by it? Empathy is simply recognising emotions in others, and being able to “put …

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Celebrating Steptember with 10 yoga stretches you can do at the office

The Bench Step team are now mid-way through Steptember – a fundraising initiative for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance that challenges the participants to raise sponsorship money by taking 10,000 steps per day for 28 days straight. Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. One in two people with cerebral palsy are in chronic …

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Low-Risk, Low-Pressure and Pure Labor of Love

Last week, after attending the AGDA speaker event with NYC based designers and art directors Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree, I left thinking about the power of pursuing passion projects. After listening to the couple discuss how their relationship began as a personal project entitled “Complements” that explored the universal bizarre nature of love, I …

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BENCH Finds No. 2

A short & sweet collection of things from around the interwebz that have inspired/stoked/shocked/wowed us. Bespoke typography for Asics Tiger Typography guns Kontrapunkt have joined forces with Bruce Mau Design in Toronto to expand the Asics’ iconic five-letter logotype into a complete font. The bespoke typeface is a beautifully expressive geometric sans serif designed to work in larger scale on the …

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CreativeMornings Sydney

‘The Trojan Horse of Fun’ with Jess Miller at CreativeMornings Sydney

Last week the Bench team went along to Work-Shop in Redfern to kick off our Friday morning in an inspiring way, by attending the July session of CreativeMornings Sydney. First established in NYC in 2008, CreativeMornings has grown to have chapters in 173 cities worldwide. Members of each chapter come together one Friday a month …

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Back to the 80s

There’s no doubt about, whether you’re excited about the return of Stranger Things or embracing Nintendo nostalgia – the 80s are back. Trends often repeat and the decade known for crazy patterns and vibrant colours has made a return. For a child of the 80s it’s kind of bizarre to realise I’m officially retro. For …

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