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do you read me?! is one of THE BEST bookstores I’ve been to. And I haunt a lot of bookstores. A fantastic store, an incredible selection of books and their reading room is supported by Artek – this mind was abso-#@$king-fully-blown. Couldn’t not buy something and had to lift my book ban (excess baggage reasons). A visit here if you’re in Berlin is very necessary.

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Post posts for yesterday. Been in transit and basting in a bit Berlin. Nevertheless, here is some of the amazingness that is the V&A. So much goodness that Ima gonna have to do this in 2 parts. I love this place inside and out (especially the signage from the underground) as well as their fancy coffee cups. And note to self: do not feed the pigeons and keep clothes on in the garden.
http://www.vam.ac.uk/

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Like most designers I go totally giddy for stationery. Have been a big fan of Present & Correct for years so saying that I was excited to be visiting the store is an understatement. And it did not disappoint. It is what all stationery stores should be.

Hello and shout out to the super lovely and talented Neal, owner and illustration extraordinaire. See you soon I hope!

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I’m so enjoying this neighbourhood. And Bonanza Coffee Heroes is one of the reasons why. Can so see a bit of remote working action at some stage here. I did manage to do some eurotang trip planning, old skool iCal stylie. Am still a creature of habit with pen and paper sometimes.

An easy stroll a couple of blocks down from where I’m staying on the gorgeous Oderberger Straße. The street is also lined with cafés and vintage shops galore. And sure it’s also kind of a hipster hangout hub but hey. And I was told it was going to be hard to find good coffee in this city. Nonsense.

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The xx had been on my gig wishlist for ages and I kept missing them every time they were in Sydney. So when a friend asked the week I got to Berlin whether or not I would still be in town May 18 because they were, my reply was ‘heck yes fo shiz!’. She already had me with the xx. But Jessie Ware AND the abandoned amusement park as well. I just couldn’t not do Night + Day

Now I’m not one for festivals these days. I am short and unless I’m in the very front, I ain’t see anythin’. I’m also not really one for crowds. But absolutely no regrets – mind blown and the lighting was just outta control ridic. Uh-maze.

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The ultimate. The original. I had been told that these photoautomats would be everywhere (thanks Sarah!) and they are. Finally had some time to get my old skool selfie on. 

It’s hardly rocket science but it’s been a while since I’ve been in one of these (circa 1994 me thinks?…) and combined with my German illiteracy, I didn’t really know what to do once I put the money in. After being blinded by the light, I managed to get the hang of it 2 flashes into the 4. And the anticipation of the photo developing was just electric (only a little) not to mention the discarded tissue on the photo booth floor.

I’m not the most photogenic person, so all in all, these mug shots aren’t too bad. Passable. But for 2 euro a pop, I can just do it to my heart’s and eyes’ content.

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From dusk til hot desk dawn. St Oberholz at Rosenthaler Platz. This is definitely one of my fave remote working spots. A double storey scatter of different folks from different strokes tapping away on their keyboards. Today Miss Abby Carney and I were two of them. Highly recommended.

Shout out to Scott. Thanks for the tip!

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Snapshots of day thirty four Sunday.

Cafe CK, good coffee, cozy and free wifi, another hot desk possibility. 

I like to cook but most of the time I either can’t be bothered, don’t have time or I can’t decide what to make. Really like Kochhaus as a grocer concept. There’s the usual store sections but what’s cool are the recipe stations which are tables that each feature a recipe along with a beautiful display of the ingredients and bits and pieces you need for the meal. Most featured meals are 5 euro or less and there are take home recipe cards to keep. Me likey this alot.

And then there’s of course a bit of signage love to complete the day.

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The best slice of cheesecake I’ve ever had. Prior to Five Elephant, the cheesecake at Yellow in Potts Point, Sydney (it’s sadly no longer there) held my number 1. Not anymore.

Their coffee is good too. Kinda out of my home way but totally worth trekking down to Reichenberger Straße for. This post goes out to Miss Carla Hackett. I know how much she loves this slice of cheesy cakey goodness x

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Modulor / Aufbau Haus random spatial goodness. I love concrete and just loved the way there are little windows and nooks in the wall. Also really liked the signage type and system. Simple, minimal and monochromatic. Particularly love the cut lettering and grid combined with painted lettering and mapping.

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Words and pics cannot capture the epic-ness of this place. I spent almost three hours just aimlessly wandering around, dazed and confused. Almost lost it in the model making grass section alone and then pretty much had a conniption when I found the scale model people. It has everything you need to be able to make anything (well almost). 

I came out of Modulor inspired and wanting to just buy a heap of supplies and play. This place is just the best.

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72 storeys up The Shard at twilight magic hour. I’m not usually one for major sightsees but I’d already been on the big red tour bus so I figured hey what the hell. Let’s face it, eurotang has kinda morphed into a quintessential tourist. But seeing the city transition from day to night in a few minutes was quite a spectacle.

This post goes out the the lovely Jane, Amy, Chris and Andrew. Thanks for letting me be your foreign exchange student tag-a-long x

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If Gill Sans was a sound what would it sound like? Why has pink Mistral never looked so good as it does typeset as D-R-I-V-E? And what does  bird watching have in common with typography. A simply wonderful talk by Stephen Coles, giving us a glimpse into his family and life, his equal love for birds and words which in the end makes complete sense and of course the parallels of typography and furniture.

I am lucky to have gone and blogged for Typo Berlin, to meet Jürgen Siebert, catch his tweet about Stephen’s talk and then end up in a conversation with Mr Ivo Gabrowitsch. I ended up telling him my story, how I was on the lookout for a new home and job. Turns out he was looking to fill a position in his fontfont team. The thing is, the job is for marketing and I’m a designer… Minor hiccups.

So I instantly promised to shoot through my cv and a few things here and there and we’d go from there. That’s the best I can do right?

My travels so far have been pretty much unplanned, no expectations, just me rolling with each day and week and seeing where people and things take me. Serendipitous run-ins. Today was one of those and quite an important one.

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TOO. MUCH. GOODNESS. I did say it was going to be a type/design ogle-fest and it sure is. It’s almost like a music festival.

Instead of Jessie Ware, it was Kate Moross, with her neon psychedelic creative ‘bullshit’. I am in awe. Instead of The XX, the Vista Sans Wood Type Project (ok, not quite but you know what I mean, and more on music fests later), who were so inspiring and gave me a much needed kick up the ass to actually do something with all the side project ideas that exist only in my mind at the moment.

Luckily, the Typo schedule has been mostly to my favour. All except for one. Neville Brody vs. TwoPoints. Wha?!?! Yes, I know it’s Neville Brody, but I’ve also been an admirer of TwoPoints’ work for yonks and I also felt for them, so I ended up putting my hand up to review their talk. But good karma came to me. The lovely Lupi and Martin and Design Werkstatt students finished early and I still got my dose of Mr Brody. So thank you very much design karma gods. You guys rock.

Read up on the fantanbulous Typo talks here:
Kate Moross / Vista Sans Wood Project / Neville Brody.

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