The value of our own stories We do not realise why our own stories are so important

Whilst I cannot speak for Tolstoy, Dickens or Bronte it’s clear to me that writing is about more than just the language or verse, it’s about more than hard work and endless hours of writing and re-writing – it’s about recognising that our own stories are important and interesting enough to tell.


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Plus size design There’s no shame in having a little extra weight

Are we sacrificing our sense of ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ for convenience and portability or will touch just take on a different meaning now? Are we about to witness a revolution in making our multi-touch devices more tactile? The quilted back of the Kobo, the plethora of leather, wood and felt cases for all our current mobile devices, make it obvious to me that I’m not alone in wanting a more comforting digital experience. It’s clear that humans find comfort in tactile experiences, what interests me going forward in my professional life is how we’re going to address this need if our content is trapped within the confines of the 2D, gloss-coated LCD.


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The language of fear Journalism’s role in shaping the way that we think

When was the last time you left the front door of your home open and unlocked while you pottered about the house doing your weekend chores. Or when was the last time you let your children play in the street, eat mud pies or go out with their friends without a mobile phone? Have our largest online news sources unknowingly become propogators of societal fear, constantly reminding us of how dangerous today’s world is and how we can make ourselves safer by not catching public transport, putting up higher fences and wrapping our children in cotton wool? Is gen-y really the worst, most violent generation yet?


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A private approach Educating the masses, $10k at a time

Can a 12 month, privately run education make you a ‘designer’? What secrets are the Universities missing out on that mean students are spending 3 to 4 years studying a design degree if it can be accomplished more quickly elsewhere for a smaller fee? Private design colleges are touting cheaper, faster and more successful employment rates upon graduation then their government funded educational counterparts but perhaps the old engineering adage applies to graphic design education also – Fast, Cheap, Good – Pick two.


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Playboy cover goes child-friendly Designing the adult world with children in mind

Why do all of our men’s magazine’s look the same? Penthouse, Playboy… the only way to tell the difference these days is the masthead. What if you got rid of the girl on the front-cover just once and used some creative graphic design? Would the crowds flock to to buy the magazine? Or would it spell economic disaster for a pornography giant?


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