I'm off

Stay tuned if you like radio silence. I'll be in Leblon.

Let's chat in 2-ish weeks.

Music for whatever... I'm so tired who cares...

I'm so overworked and so tired, and when I get like this, even when I have a MOUNTAIN of work to do in close to zero time (but really thats like 5 days, when you really need 10, not exaggerating and deadline are not moveable because you're leaving the country.....

where was I?

Yes. I ramble. Like this. And I listen to a single lonesome song on repeat. It keeps me going, the momentum or something. It helps me get the work done.

This week it has been a song by my favourite Suzy Krause look-a-like: Taylor Swift.

We are never ever ever getting back together is actually so fun to sing along to when you're still working at 1am, for the third day in a row. And then again at 1pm.

On a more designery note, 
this music video does remind me of two much better music videos:

Bjork's Bachelorette:

And Let Forever Be by the Chemical Brothers.

Both Michel Gondry classics.

Music for Mondayitis

An old-ish favourite. Very motivating for busy Mondays when you would prefer to stay in bed.


Last year, one of the best things to ever happened to Sydney happened... Costco arrived.

For my north American readers, please understand that Australian's don't do membership-buy-in-bulk stores. We just don't. Culturally, pre-planning in bulk doesn't suit our lifestyle, even though driving to the suburbs to save money does. However, despite my Australian-ness, to me Costco has been amazing. Amazing. Even more so for the 16 year old girl inside of me who first went to a Sam's Club to eat dinner on an exchange trip... it's a dream come true.

The fact that I can now buy reasonably priced maple syrup,  hard-to-find peanut butter cups and bulk frozen blueberries seems miraculous.... okay I'm getting carried away. But I have to tell you it makes my heart sing every time we go there. It's like a little bit of America in my life :D

But this story is not all happy, though it may end that way. 6 months into its life Sydney Costco did the unthinkable... it stopped selling pumpkin pies. Yes, those $7.99 pumpkin pies that we only ever ate half of because they are so dang big. Stopped. Gone. Nada.

With each return visit I've hopefully scanned the bakery section with all its fluoro frosted cupcakes and average apple pies.... no luck... no pumpkin pie here.

Until Saturday. THEY'RE BACK. I don't know or care how, but there was pie! Hallelujah!

But really, I'm on a pre-holiday diet and exercise attempt. I'm not meant to eat pie. My husband suggested we don't buy it because we'll eat it. No! I said, we must buy it. We must communicate to the Costco overlords with our purchasing power. Even if we throw it out, we must buy it. It's all about sales. They must know we want the pie to stay. He caved.

And now I have pie. Though I am ready to get rid of it. While delicious, it's just too tempting. I mean, in 3 weeks I am going to be here. Pie can wait til Christmas, or at least it better.

Some work of late

I wanted to share some of my recent work. I've been pretty busy.

I was asked by a new client the other day (who remembers my work from 2 years ago, but hasn't seen anything recent) if my work has a set 'look'....ahhh 'the look the job requires...' I wanted to reply! From the above*, it's clear that I don't.

I understand that some designers have a set aesthetic they work to, and that's great because that's often how and why they get hired. But for me, perhaps because I spent so long in advertising, I never acquired one. I know what I like and what I prefer but I don't ever force that onto my clients**. I work with my client's wants and needs and brand to create something unique every time.

I've had a lot of fun making a few stop motion animations lately, and cracked out the old After Effects as well, since I can now afford it. And when I have free time (I don't) I have been putting together a wedding book/album/finally!! thingie thanks to this great tip off from Pink Ronnie.)

*Please note I'm not counting the wireframe (second to last) as 'design'!!!

**I'm not suggesting other people do this either.