Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

Smith Journal doco: New Jersey

Saturday September 16, 2017

In this original Smith Journal film, meet a Melbourne-based designer who creates soccer jerseys for African countries and disputed territories that don't have them yet. 

A Sci-Fi City Ex Nihilo

Friday September 15, 2017

In the space of just 41 months, a whole new capital city was created on top of an empty savannah. And not just any old city. Brasilia is considered a masterpiece of modern urbanism, as captured here by photographer Noah Webb.

Rebels, Revolutionaries and Us

Thursday September 14, 2017

Seven steps to spark your own revolution. NB: It will not be televised… but it will be live in Melbourne next Tuesday when TEDx comes to town.

DIY Scientists

Wednesday September 13, 2017

What would make you expose yourself to hoards of mosquitoes, cover yourself in someone else’s sweat, or have a red hot go at a spot of self-catheterisation? 

The Post-Punk "Fish Goth" Band

Tuesday September 12, 2017

There have been lots of Joy Division tribute bands over the years, but none of them have been maritime-themed. Until now.  

Introducing: Smith Street Dry Gin

Monday September 11, 2017

We’ve teamed up with Melbourne’s Craft & Co to create our own gin. It’s an unusual take on a classic formula. Just like us.

America’s First Illustrator

Monday September 11, 2017

Meet the 19th century doctor who illustrated 2,000 books, drawing everything from phoenixes and lottery advertisements to circus performers and fire-fighting horse carts. 

Sign of the Times

Sunday September 10, 2017

Liked your visit to this large, rugged mountain in New Zealand? Why, perhaps we can interest you in another, say… Uluru? 

Sory Sanlé’s witty and utterly unique photographs allow us a rare peek into the parties, concerts and daily life of Burkina Faso after its independence from France in 1960.

The 900-Year-Old Manicule

Friday September 08, 2017

Calling all punctuation nerds: we offer you a brief history of the manicule, aka the creepy little hand-drawn pointer from old ‘Wanted’ posters.