I don’t often get outside. It seems my growing up in the tropics – where I was outside most of the time has had an adverse affect – or perhaps it’s my affinity to nerdy computer things. When I do get outside I really do enjoy myself. It seems that my intensely focused brain forgets how nice it is and how positive it is generally toward mood and probably health (think Vitamin A without cancer).

A very impromptu idea courtesy of friends Beth and Brian (Geoff’s friends, but I like them enough to be my friends), fish and chips down by the Yarra.

So Geoff, Paul and I joined them/squashed into one car and had a great afternoon playing frisbee, hanging out and trying the string thing (see photos).

I should get out more.



An odd request perhaps, but my artistic ability extends to such things as layout and the computer mouse and steers away from pen, ink, paint and paint. This makes producing something original without a stack of effort, well, a lot of effort.

My lovely Dad has set October 10 as when he wants to see wedding invitations so he can send them out (this is not meant to make me look incapable but I think it is leaning that way). This is quite soon.

My issue lies in wanting things (esp. in my arena) to be far too good for their own worth. I’d love some original art or sketch or something on my invites. I hate non-originality so if you happen to have some spare time and feel creative, I’d love to see any efforts.

Abstract to trees to whatever… I can’t guarantee I’ll use it and this is a highly presumptuous post especially considering I have no $ to pay you, but oh well.

I’m such a suck. I should just ask my little sister.

Design Wedding

antonia1.jpgI remember back several years ago I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture about Hermeneutics at Melbourne University – I think it was through my Texts and Traditions class – it was fascinating, and I had every intention to one day go back and do some more investigating.

Josh from Love in the Key of Longbrake (which I follow to keep an eye on some fun photography) has written a post about a moment that hit him during a class on hermenutics, I think that you should go and read it. Post of the day worth.

Christianity Culture Post of the Day

smallergologo.jpgWhile I sit here listening to the intriguing sounds of Angus and Julia Stone, let me see if I can reproduce some of another days thoughts that missed any paper..

On Friday I had the great privilege of sitting in on a meeting at work with real life designer Jeremy Muijs I believe his business’s name is Hatch.

You read all of these books and some how by osmosis pick up these understandings around branding and what is effective, but it is really great to have someone give some concrete examples that are right there in your face and give a bit more gut to being.

Don’t get me wrong – I have a good deal of respect for books such as Lovemarks possibly because the same ‘effective branding’ concept of drawing emotions over rationality that is described in Naomi Klein’s No Logo, but I’m never going to be a hooha feeler talker. Designers seem to be an emotional bunch.

Let me explain.

As a general rule my cold cut rationality (or at least the front I present) steers from even uttering the word ‘feel’. I use the word ‘think’ even if I should use the word ‘feel’. And believe me, I do think about and take notice of this stuff.

Despite the word ‘feel’ coming up a lot, I was quite excited coming out of there and really happy to recognise that design does light the fire in my belly.

I go to a uni with a whole stack of highly talented designers (even if we are still first years) who can produce beautiful pieces, but what I would love to see is a practical conceptualisation about what actually works and how it drives business and intertwines with marketing. It truly is all linked. Perhaps this is why I loved system design so much last year?

Here comes the next problem, it appears to me – and I could be wrong – but to be in the position of actually getting where you are significantly impacting the position and culture of something through design, you need to be sitting somewhere where you are… okay, bloody good and perhaps have a few wallop names under your belt.

I know there’s the whole – ‘you’ve got to work your way up and get experience deal’ but it’s a fraction daunting and generally frustrating getting there. You’re producing work but can’t get that culture or something into it.

Prime example is the logo I’m doing for rebranding my workplace, true, I’ve never really done a logo before and sure it’s okay, but I don’t know if I fully believe in it and that disturbs me (just a confidence thing?).

Future speaking, part of me would love to be the casual ‘at home’ designer who freelances, is her own boss, works enough to enjoy it and to make enough and yet still isn’t driven by her work, but the other part would love and thrive off the culture of the sophisticated edge of the design world. Granted, they seem a little snobby sometimes (we can ignore that bit), a bit quirky (some of that is all right) and wear these funky clothes (that’d be nice by I seem to be a fraction lacking in the fashion sense arena)… Maybe I can combine the two and find a satisfactory Bec combination.

Here’s my theory, being good in the design world (besides the being good bit) requires confidence. That’s what it hangs off.

Let me stick with my ‘Art at uni’ theory. If you can talk about it, talk it up, and explain it (even if you’ve done it the night before) you’re 90% there.

Right. So confidence?

Do I have that? Sometimes. Mostly no. Sometimes I’m good at pretending. There is a definite need for my communication skills (and general personableness) to go up several notches it’s something tangible that I can define and work on.

The reality is that I’m good at design but I’m not brilliant – I don’t think I’m being modest, just truthful, so I might have to pull some more feasible strings to get there.

I think I’m okay with aiming for that medium between freelance/hot-shot. I want to be really good at what I do but I want the enjoyment of it to drive me and not hunger of getting that next big client (but damn it would be exciting) or working in the fanciest firm around.

On an even more extreme (and a little pathetic) note, part of me would love to take the safe option of returning all my design work from an email-anonymous front, but it’s not really that beneficial to character.

Design is more than producing something that serves a base level role of just being good enough, treating it as such is about as ugly as crawling the web for a generic swirly logo you can attach your name to and calling it your brand, it’s about communication and thinking way outside the box and beyond the Adobe Suite into culture and psychology and business and life and even in a funny way, theology.

You wouldn’t believe how much design makes me think about God.

Maybe that’s why I like it.

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