Graeme Voigt

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Issue No. 6: Operation Mincemeat, Hong Kong Rooftops, 19th Century Tool Box and more...

Here's what I've been reading, watching and listening to in recent weeks. I hope some of these links inspire you.

Worth Reading:

  1. Artist creates 'mirrors' out of random objects (be sure to watch the videos in each artwork)
  2. Henry Rollins: Don't Sleepwalk Through Life — Get Out There and See the World
  3. 19th-Century Tool Box is Meticulously Designed to Hold 300 Tools
  4. Operation Mincemeat: How a dead tramp fooled Hitler
  5. Genesis Electra GT (concept car)
  6. How Two Photographers Unknowingly Shot the Same Millisecond in Time
  7. A Powerful New Memorial To Victims Of Lynching
  8. The Hidden World of Hong Kong’s Rooftops 
  9. Halfpipe Design Is An Art

Worth listening to:

  1. Saul Williams - List of Demands
  2. La Düsseldorf - Cha Cha 2000
  3. Counting Crows - Round Here (Live at Sydney Opera House)
  4. Bad Brains - I Against I

Worth Watching:

  1. How Jack White uses colour
  2. John Anderson. Conversations: Featuring Jordan B Peterson
  3. How Coca-Cola's Bottle Got Its Curves

Worth seeing:

  1. Whitehorse, Yukon Canada I visited The Yukon just before Christmas last year. It's still one of the best places I've been. We were lucky enough to see an impressive display of the aurora borealis each night too. 

What I've been doing:

  1. I deleted my Facebook profile this week and it feels wonderful! 

Issue No. 5: Utopia is Dangerous, Space Junk, The Real Adam Smith and more...

Worth reading:

  1. D Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz. A insightful book showing the other side of such a historic day. The book is written in an interview/conversation format. 
  2. The real Adam Smith - He might be the poster boy for free-market economics, but that distorts what Adam Smith really thought
  3. Headlights of the Geneva Motor Show  2018
  4. Debris and tiny satellites imperils the Hubble Space Telescope and equipment used for phones, national security and weather forecasting
  5. The Secret History Of Russia’s Most Recognizable Brand
  6. The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built
  7. Utopia is a dangerous ideal: we should aim for ‘protopia’ 
  8. 10 Breakthrough Technologies in 2018
  9. The Electric and Electrifying Electra (Concept Car)

Worth listening to: 

  1. The Gaslight Anthem Live at Southside 2013 My partner recently surprised me with tickets to see The Gaslight Anthem in London this year. Here's a taste if you don't know them already!
  2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live at The Fonda Theatre
  3. Kraftklub - Mein Leben

Worth watching:

  1. Not So Austere – Mark Blyth
  2. Explore The Clash’s London Calling (in 5 Minutes)
  3. Why you keep using Facebook, even if you hate it
  4. Why old buildings use the same leaf design
  5. How the Dead Kennedys Used Satire

Worth seeing: 

  1. Basilique Notre-dame De Montreal. I recently took a trip to Montreal and saw this beautiful building! I highly recommend you check it out. 

Issue No. 4: Anti-anti-communism, The Last Whalers, Israel's Rule on Cyber Security and more...

I've just arrived home (in Canada) after traveling to Tokyo in Japan and then Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. Here's some new links for you. 

Worth reading:

  1. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell. I've nearly finished reading this one and it's one of my favourite Orwell books yet. 
  2. The Last Whalers
  3. The Crazy Stories Behind 6 Of The World’s Rarest Colors
  4. Anti-anti-communism
  5. A Tour Of Tokyo’s Ghostly, Post-War Housing Blocks
  6. Netflix unveils Netflix Sans a custom typeface developed with Dalton Maag
  7. Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts? 
  8. Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy by Vincent van Gogh expected to sell for over $35 million USD
  9. How the In-home Coffee Maker Emancipated Women in the ’30s

Worth listening to:

  1. Seán McGowan covers Spancil Hill
  2. Frank Turner - Blackout 
  3. The National - Day I Die

Worth watching: 

  1. How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security
  2. How Formation Flying Works (feat. the Red Arrows)
  3. Singapore Airlines $24,000 First-Class Suite

Worth seeing:

  1. The Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. 

What I've been working on:

  1. A new logo design which I'll share in the coming days. 

Issue No. 3: Orwell, Amazon, Buying Guns, String Theory and more...

Here's another quality list for your inbox. I'm currently in Tokyo which is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. If you haven't been here already you should seriously consider it! 

Worth reading:

  1. The #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change
  2. The masterpiece that killed George Orwell 
  3. Amazon is complicit with counterfeiting
  4. Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us
  5. Leonard Cohen on Words and the Poetry of Inhabiting Your Presence in Language
  6. Johnnie Walker’s Transformative ‘Jane Walker’ Campaign
  7. Made Thought design world’s first Plastic Free Aisle for Dutch supermarket
  8. Steps To Buying A Gun In Japan: 13. In The U.S.? Just 2

Worth listening to:

  1. Caroline Rose: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. I've been listening to this set pretty much every week since I discovered it 3 years ago. 
  2. Bob Hund – Istället för musik förvirring
  3. The Growlers "Black Memories" 

Worth watching:

  1. Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray: we in danger of losing free speech 
  2. Henry Rollins: The Best Time to Listen to Vinyl
  3. How Gods Die - The Collapse of Easter Island
  4. String Theory Explained – What is The True Nature of Reality?

Worth seeing:

  1. Japan. I have nothing but good things to say about this country and it's people. 


Travel Sounds: Crowded Cafe Reykjavik Iceland

Here is the second recording of the travel sounds series. Recorded in a busy cafe in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Issue No. 2: Why it pays to be grumpy, design facts, $110 million Basquiat and more...

Some quality content in your inbox for once. 

Worth Reading:

  1. No Logo by Naomi Klein (Corporate brands and capitalism) 
  2. Design Facts. Random, bite-sized design industry facts. 
  3. William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: A searing defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit
  4. How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice 
  5. Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered 
  6. Why Do Filmmakers Color Grade Moonlight to Be Blue?
  7. Why Spend $110 Million on a Basquiat?
  8. Why This Florida City Is Debranding Itself
  9. Patti Smith on the Two Kinds of Masterpieces and Her Fifty Favorite Books
  10. 19th-Century Tool Box is Meticulously Designed to Hold 300 Tools

Worth Listening to:

  1. Listener - Building Better Bridges
  2. The Homeless Gospel Choir - Armageddon 
  3. Brian Fallon - Forget Me Not

Worth watching:

  1. Optimistic Nihilism. A beautifully animated philosophical video. 
  2. It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.
  3. Tangled Up in Blue: Deciphering a Bob Dylan Masterpiece

Worth seeing:

  1. The Klementinum in Prague, Czech Republic. I visited this library a few years ago and it's one of the most memorable places I've been. 

What I've been working on:

This t-shirt/sticker design for Disrupt! Automotive Art. 


Travel Sounds: NYC Metro 6 To Bleeker Street

In my travels I often record a few minutes of my surroundings in a new city. 

I thought I'd start sharing some of these travel sounds with you all as they provide a nice atmosphere that isn't quite the same as photography or film. Here's the first one, recorded in New York City.

Issue No. 1: Airport identity, Freddie Mercury's voice, The Berlin Wall and more...

Welcome to my newsletter of sorts. 

I'll post regular links to things worth reading (no specific topics), watching or listening to, some travel stuff, design stuff and a bit about me. I'm honestly not sure what this will evolve into! 

Worth Reading:

  1. Curing the Airport's Terminal Identity Crisis
  2. Muji is not just about minimalism and simplicity, says art director Kenya Hara
  3. Why Freddie Mercury's Voice Was So Great, As Explained By Science
  4. How graphic designer Erich Strenger shaped the image of Porsche
  5. Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free 
  6. The story of Keith Haring’s courageous Berlin Wall mural
  7. The Man Who Owns the Smiley Face 
  8. Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring? 
  9. Why printers add secret tracking dots 

Worth listening to:

  1. Townes Van Zandt Solo Sessions Jan 17, 1995
  2. Will Varley - Seven Days
  3. The War On Drugs - Baby Missiles 

Worth watching: 

  1. Jordan Peterson with Russell Brand - Kindness Vs. Power

Worth seeing:

  1. This lighthouse perched on a rock in Iceland

What I've been working on: 

  1. Ransom coffee packaging