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A note on Desktop, issue #294


Issue #294, In the Neighbourhood, focuses on the Asia Pacific community, the definition of community, and what purpose a community might serve. Earlier this year, Desktop editor Heath Killen contacted me wanting to run a feature-length interview, and have me design the cover for the June issue using lasercutting as the embellishment. Of course I needed to have the inside spread as well to execute my offering! Hard to imagine I will ever again get access to such prime real estate, and how Killen persuaded everyone to move further in, I have no idea, other than Killen has real gumption and a generosity of spirit.

Typeset in two of my favourites — Dala Floda and Pitch — with the third in FF ThreeSix which I have only just begun to explore, the cut-out shapes are a composition of diacritical marks used to alter the sound of speech when added to a vowel or consonant. Through these marks of sound, are glimpses of sound: a reduced detail from Sound Tracks, a seven metre long digital-analogue drawing of the sound of the vowels (an installation at The Dowse), overlaid with the blood red, brush-lettered O from the title of Bruce Connew’s Muttonbirds — part of a story, an artist book of photographs and oral history text with Dean Tiemi Te Au.


Catherine Griffiths / June 2013

Along with the interview, #294 includes guest Lucy Feagins (The Design Files); The Value Exchange, by Stuart Buchanan; What is your definition of the 21st century? with Robyn McDonald, Seb Chan, Aaron Moodie, Sali Sasaki, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Jess Scully; The Shape of Libraries to Come, by Christian Duell; Trade Routes with words and work by so+ba (Japan), Na Kim (Korea), Guang Yu (China), Jackkrit Anantakul (Thailand), Wang Zhi Hong (Taiwan); Dual Citizenship, with three Australian studios, Atia Cader (Paper Stone Scissors), Martin Maher (Zebra) and Brett Phillips (3 Deep); projects — Gap Filler (Christchurch), and Candy Chang’s I Wish This was ... ; Broached East, an interview with Lou Weiss (Broached Commissions); and a small entry remembering the late Joseph Churchward.


05 a corporate world


exhibition: A bespoke display system for New Zealand Institute of Architects

exhibition: Point of Distance
Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 submission

exhibition: Diverse Practice
School of Architecture, VUW

exhibition: ParlourLIVE!
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 submission

film: Making Waves with 20...

id: Athfield Architects
id: KAREN Network
id: KTA
id: Logan Studio
id: The Oxygen Group
id: Parlour
id: Sharon Jansen Architect
id: Stevens Lawson Architects

online: Interstices Journal

print: A+W•NZ
print: BRAIN magazine, JP
print: Desktop magazine, AU
print: Adam Art Gallery
print: Kristy Gorman
print: Creative New Zealand
print: TypeSHED11

poster: A+W•NZ
poster: A Cadavre Exquis, TS11
poster: Fête du Graphisme 2015
poster: Blue Oyster Art Space
poster: Like This, Like Us
poster: Man-Made
poster: Salted:Singlet
poster: Things That Move Me
poster: Wonder-Land
poster: Window

wayfinding: Athfield Architect
wayfinding: Distance Markers
wayfinding: Fran Wilde Walk


Cover for Desktop magazine, #294, June 2013


Commission: cover and inside cover design, plus a feature length interview with Catherine Griffiths, by Heath Killen.


Desktop magazine, issue #294 June 2013, with cover and inside spread designed by Catherine Griffiths. Theme for the issue: In the Neighbourhood (the community of design).

further reading

The interview

related links

Desktop Magazine
The Dowse
Dilana Workshop
MuirMcNeil, ThreeSix
Paul Barnes, Dala Floda
Commercial Type, Dala Floda
Klim Type Foundry, Pitch

2000s selected

Athfield Architects
REANNZ Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand
The Oxygen Group

1990s selected/archived

Creative New Zealand
Victoria University
Wools of New Zealand


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