I first meet Al McCready at a workshop in NZ a couple of years ago. As well as being a talented designer he is a passionate and articulate design writer. I was excited when he told me about a new publication he was working on with AUT (my former university) and honoured when issue one landed in my post box a couple of months later!
The first publication was an absolute delight - it won a 2016 TDC Communication award - the print quality was beautiful and it was jam packed with well-written discourse on design culture (not-to-mention packed with Type and Letterpress eye-candy which is bound to make this biassed reader swoon!) When Stemme two came out earlier this year my expectations were high and once again the publication delivered on all fronts. The printed artefacts are a reflection of the high-quality content. With articles written by industry leaders like Film Director Welby Ings, Masterful Calligrapher Peter Guilderdale, and tenacious Type talent like Al McCready Stemme is a document to covert!
Last night I discovered that the Stemme articles have a new digital home designed by Sons&co's Tim Kelleher (who alongside his business partner Matt Arnold) spoke at the design conference in Brisbane earlier this year. The pair won people's choice at the event when they blew our minds with the possibilities of web, stunned us with stellar aesthetics and entertained us with what could have been a gold medal winning stand-up comedy performance. the design duo are a force to be reckoned with! Matt and Tim are highly celebrated web designers for good reason --- they are doing killer work! Founded in 2008 Sons&co developed a way of working that values design, simplicity and good humour above everything else. They reject the tabular/templated constraints of many web constructions and create unique, delightful digital environments for some of New Zealand (and the world's) most creative brands.
Unsurprisingly Sons&Co have done a brilliant job on the new Stemme Site. And I am really excited to see what is next for this fantastic publication.