Posted in art, design, thoughts

Don’t take shortcuts – designers tales

“None of the files on the disc work!”climbing.jpg

The junior is learning much this week about glitches and hitches. Today’s one; dragging files onto a Mac blank disc only burns the shortcuts (alias) not the files. How many hours have been lost to this mayhem?!
Silly Apple, what were they thinking?

No choice but to get client to ship disc again. The learning curve may be steep.. But the deadline’s often steeper.

(Image Bernhard Witz)

Posted in art, design, Uncategorized, websites

End of Time Architecture

Every once in a while I come across something that is a shiny jewel of inspiration, this is one such moment. I recommend a viewing of the blog of Dan Slavinskya: A SERIES OF DRAWINGS FROM THE END OF TIME. (and, oh my gosh, if his book really exists I want one so much!)

Posted in ads, art, comics, design

You never forget your first

tiger I’ve been in print/art/design for a long time. I’ve had many firsts. Each one gives a little thrill. The first album cover, the first van wrap you see drive past, the first 40 foot building wrap (on a cinema). They don’t come along often and I count myself blessed in each of my opportunities.

One of the ‘firsts’ I’ve not gotten to break into is cartoons/comics. I’ve doodled and drawn, done the 24hour world comic day, done the comic creator challenge.. but comercially, never gotten to do it. Tried many times mind you. But clients have always gone for the graphics/photos options.

Until today.

Today I get to be a commercial cartoonist. I’m buzzing like a kid after their first candy floss 🙂

The ad is for

for the ics data protection course

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Drawing on happy feelings

I saw this on twitter (I think it was the user designtaxi) and

I love the idea of Happy Graphics. we need more happy 🙂

Positive Posters 2010: A Glass Half Full
published Jul 14, 2010
ends Sep 10, 2010

Positive Posters, a bunch of young Melbournians are on a mission to show that graphic design can help people, is asking graphic designers all over the world to submit a positive design in response to the 2010 theme “a glass half full.”

“We started the competition last year with no expectations,” said Nick Hallam, founder of the competition.
“But ended up with 339 entries, from 53 countries. The third most amount of entries from Iran. We are still trying to figure that one out!”

Positive Posters will print 4000 copies of the winning design and paste it around Melbourne.

Deadline for submissions is September 10, 2010.


Posted in art, design, Event, Uncategorized

Offset round up

My first line was going to be something like; The Boys have done it again! But. That would be a great in-justice because they haven’t.

The names and faces here are the ones you’ve seen at the candy collective, sweet talk, secret wars and various other creative social events. So, yes, they are old hands at talks by this stage but.. having been behind the scenes of conventions & conferences myself I Can tell you that they are a whole other ballgame entirely. The boys have not done it again. They have done it For the first time.

They not only filled the days with quality speakers but filled the nights with socials and energy.

It wasn’t all perfect, there are some tweaks I would suggest, for example; listing the names of speakers on the panel sessions in room two so you would know who was on them.  However given the stellar nature of the speakers and the constant flow of talks and micro films I can merely nitpick!

It was a good opportunity to not only see the long standing talents of Sir Peter Blake, Dave mcKean and Chipp kidd but of seeing new kids on the block such as Brian Coldridge.  There were also people who’s names I had heard in passing but not experienced – The Mill and The London Police.

The London Police. What a pair of tasty minded nuts. Loved their talk – combining in films, slide shows, interactive screens, graffiti tecniques and doggie folk songs. Can’t go wrong with that 😉

Posted in art, design, Event, Out on the town

Offset Day 1

Whataday! Tara mcPhearson rocked. James Jean signed his A3 collection of stunning prints for me AND I got to shake Dave McKeans hand. I told him how his work was the reason I went into multimedia. He prosfusly apologised but it’s too late now 😉

Every one today has just been so approachable, even when I myself was tongue-tied. As well as the books I bought (work of each speaker becomes available throughout the day) upon entering we were greeted with a bag of goodies, ranging from an issue of Graffik to a natural paper notebook to a packet of Rowantrees Randoms. People around me happily nom-ed the jellies. Sugar. Friend to the deadline driven creative everywhere. last from 8pm is the Offset social in the Bernard Shaw on south richmod st. Tonight (saturday), in the twisted pepper abbey st, features Tara McPhearson on decks. Is there anything the girl can’t do? Seriously. She’s a great artist (art geek), has cool tatoos (rock chick), djs (music diva) and was VP of college astronomy club (science hero). Dang woman!  🙂


Not every day that you get to say.. Thanks James Jean for the Hugs n Kisses 😉