Thoughts and sights
Feb 21, 2013
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 9, 2012
Go backwards to go forwards
Sep 12, 2012
It's been six months and it's been great. The decision to pick out three creative cities (Wellington, Copenhagen and Toronto) and take a leap to one has proven to be a great call. More to come...
Apr 12, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
More of his work here: http://pjbart.com/
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
When you're out there in the marketplace Social Media in its various incarnations can either be friend or foe, enemy or ally. The problem is, with the web connecting everyone fairly intimately, nobody really knows you do they? And so people and prospective employers sometimes try to get a feel for what you're about, compile a profile as it were. A living, breathing digitally-sourced you.
Well your Linkedin looks good, CV, resume, references etc. but what are you really like?
Your webpage looks good, solid work, ooh you've got a blog! Interesting stuff, getting a feel for your interests, music taste, movies you like.
You're starting to take shape now, flickering into life. (No, not flickr'ing).
Facebook you looks like a lot of fun, what a lovely wife and daughter! The Maldives looked stunning I have to say, I'd love to go one day too.
Looking good for you so far buddy.
But wait, there's still Twitter to go. You follow some of the same people, great. Oh you had a barbeque last weekend, how nice.
And so, you come fully alive, a little digital you in their eyes.
And yet it can all go so wrong too. A bizarre picture on Facebook, an in-joke or photo between friends on Twitter and digital little you becomes tarnished.
I think Twitter is the one to watch here. I've taken photos of illegally rude graffiti, had outrageous banter with good friends and colleagues, all of which, taken out of context might make digital me look bad.
I'm not saying employers necessarily go to these lengths, but hey, hiring someone these days is a big step so the least you can do is look digitally presentable.
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 8, 2012
10 Tips on Writing Well from David Ogilvy. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times. Write the way you talk. Naturally. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. Never write more than two pages on any subject. Check your quotations. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.
Feb 7, 2012
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Feb 5, 2012
There's such an aversion to change and a need to justify our every move in life nowadays. We meekly accept our roles, terrified of falling short in this modern culture of fear.
Logic screams at us to go from job to job, but if we do surely we never really take a step back and see the bigger picture, where we were, where we are now, and in doing so where we actually really want to be.
There's all kinds of advice and admonitions about this but as much as we may wonder where we'll end up and who we'll be working with, we know we'll be doing exactly what we want to.
Feb 1, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Ella and Pitr have been doing this great paste graffiti frame project for years in Europe. With their mail address on the pieces they invite the public to send their pics in. I first came across the work in Venice, the wife is featured about fifteen seconds in. I think it's absolutely charming.
See more of their stuff here; http://papierspeintres.net/
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
we are the lucky ones
ideas are everywhere
don't do it for the money
share your ideas with as many people as possible, if they make it to the outside world it's a bonus
only be serious when you have to be, and then be good at it
the new ratio is 50% perspiration 50% inspiration
not everyone is creative
a writer is an art director is a designer is a whatever they want to be and vice-versa
we don't realise the power we have
don't be precious but fight for what you love and believe in
take juniors under your wing, it passes on
make as many friends as possible
make people feel
craft it like it's the last thing you'll do
learn everything you can from your seniors
have fun, we are the lucky ones
Awesome tune, artfully shot. Reminds me of how much fun it is pulling into a closeout beachy.
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 8, 2012