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Monday Bunday: Bugs

Sam Bunny is a publication designer living in Wellington, New Zealand. This is his design for the book Bugs by Whiti Hereaka. You can view more of Sam’s work on his website: www.sambunny.co.nz I wish my last name was bunny too. Though if it was, I bet you all wouldn’t believe me.

June Book Review: Death By Gumbo by Phil Edwards (Kindle Edition)

I’ve never been to New Orleans, but something about the distinct, fiery cuisine of this city has always excited me. There is romance and comfort and an equal measure of the exotic. I hope to visit New Orleans one day, and discover the foods that make it so famous. Gumbo, Jambalaya, Beignet, Crayfish Pie…Oh yes! When I was really young, in the late ’80s, my parents and their friends had karaoke at their houses and at the restaurants they owned. Karaoke doubled as entertainment and as a babysitter at gatherings back then. It kept the kids out of the adult’s hair while they caught up with each other and the adults could join in after dinner when it was appropriate. One favourite song of mine was Jambalaya (On The Bayou). I didn’t know the meaning of the words as a child, but the words sounded funny and they felt good coming off my tongue. Released in the early 1950’s, it was an unlikely song for an early ’80s, Hong Kong born, Kiwi-raised girl to love, …

Your first typography book

Do you recognise this book? Did you spend hours painstakingly tracing it’s characters for school project headers? You my friend, were not alone. You probably didn’t know back then but you were once a typography geek. This book single handedly turned a whole generation of school kids into font admirers. It was the typography bible for those too young to contemplate what a typography bible was. The cover design makes me giddy with happiness and when I showed The Koala, he got the same feeling. His favourite was the bubble lettering. What was yours? Do today’s kids know the dedication and the joys of hand lettering? It makes me sad to think kids these days might create their assignments on the computer and print them out. You don’t get intimate with fonts that way. No sir. The Lettering Book by Noelene Morris was published by Scholastic in 1988. I can’t find any information online about Noelene. Where are you? What became of you? Did you know when you wrote this book that it would studied …

Noodle Pillows by Peta Mathias

Just finished reading a great food travel book called Noodle Pillows by fellow New Zealander Peta Mathias. Published in 2003, this is an account of Peta’s journey through Vietnam as a single woman, eating everything that stood in her way. It’s always nice reading a Kiwi perspective of food from a faraway location. Full of recipes and at only 182 pages, it’s a very easy read. Some of my favourite bits: Nobody could communicate with anybody, so he took the Russians into the kitchen and pointed to things. They were delighted and wanted everything, absolutely everything. The meal went very well and a light snapped on in the entrepreneurial Vy’s brain. The very next morning she put a sign outside the Mermaid, listing what the customers had eaten the night before – this was their first menu. ‘Vietnamese don’t use menus. It’s like songs. Everyone knows all the dishes and they just ask for what they feel like that day.’ Have you ever been to a restaurant where there was no menu? Where the chef …