As if seeing inside Beci’s book collection and vintage finds wasn’t exciting enough – now we’re going on Beci’s Family Holiday!  Beci has put together a travel slideshow of some of the interesting things she has captured for memories and future design reference. – Jenny x

Tyke and Ari + giant robot!

Travel is something which i try to do lots of. it keeps me creatively stimulated  in many ways: first, just the change in scenery can do absolute wonders mentally. second, just to surround yourself with a different set of sights, sounds and smells can provide tons of ideas instantly. and i think this applies equally whether you are driving an hour to the seaside or flying 20 hours across the other side of the world.

like many travellers, to help me remember these experiences, i take a lot of photos. i am on all accounts, a pretty crap photographer, and of course i take the usual sight-seeing photos, but more often i take photos to have a visual reference of things i saw once i get home. generally these are not your average travel pics, and are based around graphics and pattern.

i guess being an illustrator, graphics is something i always photograph. the top of the images below is of a mural in a subway station in toyko. we were on the train, and it was a station we weren’t getting off at and the train only stopped briefly so the photo is not the great – but it is one of my all time favourite graphics i have seen overseas. from the colours to the low-fi technology illustrations, these are the graphics my dreams are made of!

signs too always catch my eye. might seem strange, but i have a bit of an obsession with pictographs and information graphics.

pattern is another thing i always obsess over. this picture was taken when we went to visit our friends school fete (again in tokyo). i was pretty excited by all the cute kimono the little girls where wearing.

i guess related to pattern, i also take lots of photos of repetition which happens naturally or incidentally. i think i could make a book based on japanese soft toy machines alone!

well, that’s it for today. hope you enjoyed my travel slide show.

- beci