Saturday, September 30, 2006

Design site

hey cam you should check out this


hey cam you should check out this

Friday, September 29, 2006

God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Surrealist Joke

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Computer ignorant? I need a blogg hero

My posts prior to Mia's Coke one are scrolling sideways and I was hoping to read them. I think I may have pushed something without knowing...I already read the entries and I can read all the entries after Mias..... but my blogg wont stand still.!*#?
....I tried to see which thing I may have upset...but I dont know enough about it....

September morning in Cabarita

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cane toad movie; a short Aussie Drama

For some drama and comedy why not have a look at this delighful little cane toad movie
and if you think you had fun with your flash animation you can look at this too.
Hope you enjoy it

Saturday, September 23, 2006

A bit of aussie stuff...

I found this when I was searching for Australian stuff......
I liked the info, the address is at the bottom of this post.

Australian INfront is a collaborative project space and launch pad to Australia's best online designers, artists, companies and other design related web sites.
INfront is also a growing community of like minded individuals who meet up face to face at INfront gatherings to inspire and motivate each other. Lean on each other at times. Bend the rules. Help when there's a need for a freelancer, a brainstorm, an opinion or some constructive criticism. INfront intends to elevate the perception of Australian art and design to a more accurate level, one that reflects the sophistication, individuality, and passion of Australian creatives. Australia, design and art are fundamental to our being and as a group we intend to explore what this means to ourselves and the international community. Our work is Australian and of international standard. We seek GLOBAL RESPECT.
In 1999 a small group of Australian designers got together, we created an email list using a free email list service and we got talking. We asked ourselves some questions:
Why is it that we first hear about good Australian design and art from an overseas source?
Why is it common thought that you have to go overseas to make it?
Why is everyone looking overseas for inspiration?
Why is everyone trying so hard to imitate the latest styles from Europe or the States? More and more we shared a vision, that Australia kicks ass and that we love Australia. We love our environment, our animals, history, we love it that we have a view. We are inspired by living and working here.
INfront averages between 3000-4000 unique visitors daily and we have Media Temple, to thank for sponsoring us with free hosting.INfront is a non profit organisation. All seven members make their money working in the design industry. We forge the time to work on INfront because it's very much a part of us.
Our aim still stands, to promote Australian digital art and design to the world and we'll continue to do that by supporting and documenting experimental visual design projects.
At the moment there is a competition, if anyone feels like submitting to it. The prizes arent great but it may give a bit of experience to someone who is popping out ideas all the time and frustrated with nowhere to send them.

About Dumbo Feather...I quote from....
The magazine 'Dumbo Feather' created by Kate Bezar (above) deserves the accolade and lives up to it. The mag consists
of stories about people who have taken risks, followed their passion, and learned how to fly - hence the name Dumbo Feather after the cartoon character Dumbo who didn't think he could fly until a mouse handed him a 'magical' feather which gave him the courage he was looking for.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Theory of Creativity

We don't spend too much time debating creativity or the way it works. But here's a theory that separates creatives into two distinct camps. Where do you fall?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Club Coca Cola Designs

I have found another bunch of "M5" Coca Cola bottles but more recent made of aluminum.
found another one same site
enjoy coke
Hello, this is an interesting site entailing the career of a graphic designer
check this out...

Graphic designers with Web site design and animation experience will have the best opportunities.
this link gives a rundown on the working conditions, job outlooks, earnings, related occupations and
other interesting things about the graphic design industry.
check it out!

support poor artists

Dear Friends,
As some of you may know, I have been invited by the Steiner School to go on an artistic, cultural tour of Japan for two and a half weeks, with 20 students and their carers.
However, the initial costs have more than doubled! And we leave on Wednesday 27th. September!!!
To make this excursion possible, I am having a fund-raising evening at our home in Mullumbimby, where I will be Raffling some of my best artwork,(see attached pics), and providing all guests with a fabulous dinner of assorted curries!
I would love you to participate in this enterprise and support my Japanese adventure, in whatever way possible, and enjoy a great evening with us!
If you are unable to attend dinner, please consider the prior purchase of tickets @ $5.00 each – your support will be most welcome, and you will be eligible to win one of three artworks, which will be drawn on the night by MC, Sandi Gandhi.

DATE : SATURDAY 23rd. September 17, 2006
RSVP: ANNE 66844733(H) 66807088 (W) 0407030122

poster design

This makes for an interesting read. Art Chantry is a famous graphic designer in the US.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Thought I would get away from all the designer quotes and put something different in, comparing the difference of magazine cover layouts over 50 years.This dual image is a mag cover from 1956 and from 2006. For financial reasons and for effect, Women's Weekly covers for quite a while during the 1950's used artist's renditions rather than photographs, {some rather comical} on current mag issues. The colours and layout even when seen as original seemed rather dull. compared to the second image of 2006.
Women's Weekly covers 1956 - 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

In searching for some comments about designers I found testimonials about this site. Of course they were all fantastic (as you will see if you explore)

BUT the thing that hit me most with this site is... the company, who seem to want to look like a personable and perhaps small company are trying to please everyone.
On this page they wanted to appeal to nearly every religion...which is noticed in the manner of pictures.

This site aroused my suspicions.
I could not find where it was geographically.
I wondered how much was "produced" as a showcase instead of being actual work.
Even if this were true, I felt the site looked good but lacked heart. Very sterile and clean which is good but sort of concocted in a clean sort of suit the testimonials.
I guess that the business is using strategies to survive, by not aligning to any country or culture.

To me it seems shallow to be so general...I expected with a redback spider for the site to have a bit of "bite"

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The REAL Design Process

I love it. I could totally relate to this article. It explains the design process, and then describes the way it really happens. :-)
this is a bit more encouraging (not that its all about the money)

Robots are Vinyl

This is an interesting site. Check out Kid Robot Vinyl toys are extremely popular these days. I guess it's an extension from the Todd McFarlane (creator of spawn) figures that were brought out in the late nineties and earlier this century. Most of McFarlane's work is hand painted as is the newer vinyl toys.

These toys are designed to look exactly like the 2D digital form that that were created from. I think it's pretty cool, especially the level of detail in the models. An Aussie designer Nathan Jurevicius created an online comic scary girl which has recently been transformed into the vinyl world too. These toys/art pieces are something that has evolved purely from the digital age.


i find that checkin out established graphic artists webpages very inspiring for ideas.
heres some links to check out some amazing art

Be passionate

A graphic designer is a visual communicator, i feel its my responsibility to convey messages and tell stories to an audience in a creative and insightful way. As a creative person, i need to tap into my inner thoughts and recources to create solutions to problems that are to be communicated in a graphic form. I know that i am my worse critic and no matter how long i spend on a project, sometimes its never good enough.
As a graphic designer in learning for only a year and a half, how do we learn to be inspired, to be focused or to keep up with the best designers? I know for a fact that there is only so much of illstrator and photoshop a young designer can take before they can shut their eyes and see the pen tool creating vectors amongst the darkness. Ive been there and even given up at times, however after research and experimenting i have found ways to re-fresh myself and be calm and focused when it comes to designing...take breaks, both physically and mentally. I know this sounds obvious but i know with myself and others, i constantly do "just one more thing" before calling it a day, too much time is spent doing this and in the end i am both physically and mentally exhausted.
Secondly look at all the things around you. Let everything and anything inspire you...sunsets, paintings, buildings, conversations,, music and people. Ideas may come to you in any shape or form you just have to let them.
And lastly, remember you are only human. You can only do and be expected to do so much, get rid of the expectations of yourself and you'll cruise.
These ideas might not suit everyone however i know they have helped me.
So expand your mind, keep an open mind or think outside the square...Be passionate about what you do.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

an interesting thing to aspire to
I think this is a different way to advertise, I hope you like it cos I do

Florence Broadhurst

You may have heard of the flamboyant Australian designer Florence Broadhurst, as her wallpaper and fabric designs are currently having a popular resurgence. A book and a film about her interesting life have recently been released. Her gorgeous graphic prints can be seen at:

I've included this link as I find her prints very inspiring visually. She's used very simple images to create strong, eye-catching designs - which echoes the strength and simplicity that is often characteristic of good graphic design.

Monday, September 11, 2006

this designer does some interesting stuff, album covers posters etc easy to use website as well
This is a link to another blog where designers are talking about how much they earn........scary,1125.0.html

Sand head, Sand head, read your brief
You've sent me too early
I'm due the thirteenth.......AL

Sunday, September 10, 2006


PDP2006little mistake in my profile under class contributors I've got my own blog called optomistic design if you want to check it out its pretty groovy!


hi i went and check another site that was Australian and found nothing but an info mail @

Saturday, September 09, 2006

optimistic design

this image is for 2005 graphic designers from five continents were asked for their visions of optimisim for the coca-cola packaging i thought it was interesting since we are doing a brief on packaging

Quote - Charles Mingus

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
–Charles Mingus

Friday, September 08, 2006


TALKING DESIGN Talking design is a unique educational rescource which takes design students deep into the social processes of professional design. This website provides a wealth of teaching resources - student study guides, comprehensive tutor notes and background material. Talking design includes a 30 minute video which takes students into boardrooms and onto factory floors to see how designers and their clients talk design. The video is based on real - life case studies of design projects which include glassware, medical products, packaging and the National Centre for Popular Music. Download section provides access to all the materials you need. To open these files you need a password which is provided when you purchase the video.

This is an excellant article for students, certainly beneficial. But, oh no ! The old sales pitch rears it's ugly head toward the end of the text. Kind of an oxymoron. Student with money.


Thursday, September 07, 2006

Compassionate Designer

Image links to article.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Australian Graphic Design Association

The Australian Graphic Design Association provides all sorts of info about professional graphic design practice and protocol. Here's an intro to the organisation sourced from their website:


The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) is the national association for professional graphic designers. It was founded in 1988 to facilitate the advancement of the graphic design profession in Australia.

Our goal is the establishment of fair and productive working relationships between graphic designers and their clients. We do this by providing designers with the tools and information to take control of their professional lives. We also work on increasing awareness of the value of graphic design in business.

We manage a program of awards, exhibitions, seminars and professional development activities for our members. Many of these activities are also available to the wider design and business communities.

Re: cd cover

This is a cd cover i came across that i thought was really interesting
it opens up by pulling a flap on the right hand side and as u pull it out the left hand sideopens up the cd

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

How People with Disabilities Use the Web
Working-Group Internal Draft, 5 May 2005

Abraham Lincoln said "you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time"
For a designer; "you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time"

Some considerations to design are raised in the page above.
It is good to find this out before we establish techniques, if we are informed about our envirnment and how best to make it work for more people, then we can "Please more of the people more of the time"

Especially about colour blindness you can access more insight from
Walk – Don’t Walk

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Design is arguably the most important factor in any project.
It is more than pretty graphics and splashy animations.
Design is about strategy and planning. Would you build a
house without a blueprint. Taking time to consider the whole
picture before you start will save you time and money every time.
If you don't have time, don't design ::::: SANDHEAD


"Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar cliches or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content or content without meaningful form."

-Paul Rand (1914-1996, American graphic designer)

Friday, September 01, 2006

A List Apart

Although A List Apart is "for people who make websites" the online magazine discusses many things essential to graphic design. Design is design. Lots of interesting articles can be found here:

who decides what is good design?

I was trying to be intelligent and decided to look up something to learn.

Oh, here it is! I thought, hmm sounds interesting
Something good about someone clever…and Australian too. …yadda yadda yadda .see for yourself!
Garry Emery : Australia's Top Graphic Designer Honoured in the United States
Garry Emery, design director of emerystudio and one of Australia's most successful graphic designers, has been honoured for his lifetime contribution to the discipline of environmental graphic design, by the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD) in the United States. He is the first Australian and the first non-USA based designer ever to win this prestigious award.The Fellow Award is the highest honour that the SEGD bestows on a member and recognises Garry Emery's outstanding design history and the consistent excellence of his work in the specialist discipline of wayfinding and signage. He joins the likes of renowned international architects such as Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, as well as graphic designers Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar and Massimo Vignelli who are all past recipients of the prize.
More about him at
Then I went to ………
I was wondering if anyone else is disappointed with what they found?????