Design Posts

Google’s design refresh – for better or worse?

November 28, 2011
Google Product Review
Google Product Review

Most people I know (think that I’m crazzaeeeey!) use Google products or services at some capacity and since the launch of Google+, they’ve been slowly updating their UI and designs to give them a much needed face lift. Recently the new Gmail and Google Reader layouts were unveiled and it’s been interesting to see how the changes have affected my experience with them.

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The Telstra brand refresh – one month on

October 18, 2011
Telstra - The branding refresh
Telstra – The branding refresh

I think most of the Australian design community is aware of Telstra’s recent brand refresh by Interbrand which started circulating about a month ago. Since Telstra is arguably one of Australia’s biggest brands, it’s not surprisingly that this 3 million dollar refresh has been everywhere lately. I’ve decided to review the components of the campaign to see how it is now being rolled out one month on. Lets get into it!

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Inspiration Collection: September 2011

October 7, 2011
Inspiration Collection: September 2011
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Only 81 days now till Christmas! This year has been flying by. But for now it’s a new month and that means a new collection of inspirational images to share with you! As noted before, I don’t post all images from last month (seen above) but you can find them all in my tumblr archive. Images will click through to their original sources if available and I’ll note if there’s more than one image in the series.

So let’s get on with it!

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Semi-Permanent – Brisbane 2011

August 10, 2011
Semi-permanent 2011 - Brisbane
Semi-permanent 2011 – Brisbane

Last Friday I attended the Brisbane Semi-permanent Creative Conference – an annual event with speakers from all fields of the Creative Industries. This is the third time I’ve had the chance to go and I always look forward to listening to the artist’s and designer’s stories and presentations. I come away feeling inspired and ready to take on any design challenge ^o^. Getting the SP Pack is always a nice touch too (beautiful art book and freebies!) but more on that below.

This year we had a jam-packed day with eight speakers, ranging from designers to artists and photographers. I think all of them showed that obsession, passion and persistence are key qualities to bettering your craft and getting you places in the industry.

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Unique Everyday Design: Bikes, Cutting Boards, Shower Curtains and Pretty Toast!

June 28, 2011
Everyday Design
Time for some more unique designs and I have quite a few of them! I guess I’ve been on the lookout for them since my last post :|Sanomagic Wooden BicyclesSource: Cool Hunting

First off, I should say that this isn’t exactly a unique everyday design because there are a lot of different bike designs around. I still wanted to post about it though because these bikes are out of wood! WOOD! They’re made of mahogany by a ninth-generation ship wright. This allows them to be lighter, with the bikes even been raced professionally and scoring well. I think it’s great when designers start experimenting with new materials for familiar items. You can read more about theses wooden bikes here.

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Favourite Artists: Jasper Goodall

June 16, 2011
Jasper Goodall - Pink Polish
Jasper Goodall – Pink Polish

This weeks favourite artist is Jasper Goodall, someone whom I only discovered recently even though he’s apparently been quite well known in the industry since the late nineties. He was one of the last speakers at the 2010 Brisbane Semi-Permanent Conference and I was completely taken by his illustrations and skill.

From what I’ve read, Goodall is known for his images seen in The Face magazine as well as his Poster Girl Series and cover artwork for *shudder* Muse. His images have combined illustration and photography and often have a fantasy element to them. I admire the way he plays with colour and meshes different mediums together. His recent projects like the New Goulston Street art and this Rene Grau inspired cutout really show off his talent of working with negative space and minimalist style.

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Unique Everyday Design: The Chicken Co-op

May 30, 2011
Chicken Co-op by RAAD
Chicken Co-op by RAAD

There are a lot of items in the creative industry that are constantly redesigned. For example there are millions of designs for chairs ranging in colour, shape, texture and size. It’s the same deal with tables, lamps, stationary, booklets and other similar everyday objects.

Every now and then though I come across something where I think “Wow, who knew you could design something like that for [insert item type here]”. I figure I should share some of these designs I find. I discovered this a couple of weeks ago while going through my RSS feeds. It’s the Chicken Co-op by RAAD.

It’s described by Cool Hunting as “Luxury living for the urban hen”. I love how it’s all themed around this idea of luxury with with multiple levels, a Run and Dining Area, an ‘Egg Lounge’ for chickens to roost, solar powered ventilation, and 4 private egg laying Nestrooms.

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How similar are Lady Gaga’s songs Bad Romance and Judas?

May 17, 2011
Comparsion of Lady Gaga's songs Bad Romance and Judas
Comparsion of Lady Gaga’s songs Bad Romance and Judas – click to full view

Lady Gaga is my dirty little secret. Behind closed doors I’ll happily sing along to her songs, watch her music videos and read her twitter posts. She’s like an addiction and from what it seems I’m not the only one, because a few friends have told me the same thing.

When she released her new song Judas on YouTube, I ended up watching it over and over again. I took in every detail of it and I ended up having the song stuck in my head for days. As I was singing it to myself, I began to realise that I was replacing parts of the song with lyrics from Bad Romance. I’ve been known to do this with songs before, however the more I thought about it the more it seemed that Judas was sped up version of Bad Romance with new lyrics. I decided to see if this was the case by graphing and analyzing the two songs side by side.

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