I saw La La Land this weekend and Damien Chazelle musical is brilliant and emotional tribute to the 1950’s musical. Visually stunning eye candy for my inner graphic designer. Not so much a visual re-imaging of Los Angeles as a opportunity to see it through an artists eye. Chazelles last film, “Whiplash”used Jazz as a tool to explore ambition, the price of achieving excellence. Read More →

AIGA promotional poster

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional design organisation. Members practice all forms of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, user experience, branding and identity. The objective of the organisation is to be the standard bearer of professional ethics and practice in the design profession. TRead More →

Street art - newtow

I took a couple of photos of Newtown local street art back in 2018.   These three pieces are located in the little laneway behind the Buzz Bar in Newtown. You may also be interested in Mural – Goddard Street, Newtown – Encyclopedia of Design A ocean themed mural has poppedRead More →

Glyphs Sign

Glyphs rise above language and culture Glyphs are the graphical symbols that are more or less universally used. Typical are the plus and the minus signs in mathematics.  Margaret Mead, the American Anthropologist, suggested them as a means of a new international language.  As a “Graphic Designer,” I like the particularRead More →

The difference between oblique and italic

Italics are probably the most common form of typographic emphasis and is used in both text and display settings.  True-drawn italics are usually a unique and separate design from their Roman brethren.  Aldus Manutius, a commercial printer, was looking for a way to fit more type onto a page and to reduce the price of his low-cost editions.Read More →

As a visual designer, I am fascinated how people process visual perceptual information. The design process is about bringing order and form to our visual world. Gestalt Psychologists in the 1930’s suggested some basic perceptual rules that the brain automatically and unconsciously follows as it organises sensory information into meaningfulRead More →

Kelmscott Press

William Morris Born March 24, 1834 Known for Wallpaper and textile design, fantasy fiction / medievalism, socialism Notable work Textile and typographic design “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or beautiful.” That was the rallying call of the nineteenth-century designer, William Morris, aRead More →

rescan

Who has not received an email from an alleged Nigerian relative who urgently wants to deposit an obscene amount of money into our bank account? And who has not been shocked when receiving a warning from Dropbox or Netflix, Apple iTunes in which they urge us to change our password urgently? These scams and fraud seem to be a growth industry. Fortunately, my mail account manages to keep the bulk of the attacks in the spam folder. Read More →

varanasi colour swatch

The Ganges has been drawing men and women to its banks at Varanasi for at least 3000 years.  Today, they come to offer prayers and take holy dips at a site considered one of India’s most sacred.  They come to cremate their loved ones at the ghats, literally “steps” leading to the waters.  I call this inspirational palette Varanasi.Read More →

poppies colour swatch

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row…”
So went the famous lines by John McCrae, who captured the symbolism of solace that red poppies offered the soldiers in the trenches.  This colour swatch I call poppies.
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A visual guide to the web design process Style tiles are a design tool to display fonts, colours and web elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for a website to a client.  A style tile allows one to deconstruct a website into its main visual elements similarRead More →

Style tiles are a design tool to display fonts, colours and web elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for a website to a client.  A style tile allows one to deconstruct a website into its main visual elements similar to the paint chips and fabric swatches of an interior designer.Read More →

Cutting bamboo

Saturday morning and it is time to trim the bamboo below the fence line before grows another couple of metres.  As a graphic designer manual labour to me is using Photoshop to remove unwanted parts of an image. Backyard Retreat It is not quite a meditation retreat yet but itRead More →