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‘Morning Sunshine πŸ™‚

Morning All! Hope you are well, just dropping by with Online Finds for you this morning. A bit of this and a bit of that… Enjoy πŸ™‚

Color Matters

Etsy – Six Tips for Beating Burnout

Virgin – Who Wants to be Average

Erika Brechtel – Fueling Creativity: My 5 Offline Sources

FIDM Digital Arts – What Designers Inspure You? Read About T-Shirt Apparel Brand, Johnny Cupcakes, by FIDM Graphic Design Student

The House That Lars Built – Lessons Learned: Your First Idea is Not Always Your Best

Nubby Twiglet – Walking the Fine Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

Chris Guillebeau – Imposter Travellers

The Design Files – Hamish Blake

Creative Bloq – Why Choosing Fonts is a Battle Between Form and Function

The Nostalgia Machine

Creative Women’s Circle – Advertising Tips for Small Creative Businesses

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A bit of colour for this morning πŸ™‚

Morning πŸ™‚ How are we all today? I’m…. okay.

Not really in the mood for super long chats today, so lets jump straight in to the interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across online lately…

Creative Bloq – Kick-start your creativity with self-imposed constraints

Badass Lady Creatives [in History]: Cipe Pineles

Gala Darling – You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Inspire Others

Creative Bloq – 10 Buzzwords Every Creative Should Know

Nubby Twiglet – The Comparison Trap: Your Real Life Isn’t a Highlight Reel

Chris Guillebeau – “Don’t Have Dreams: Have Things To Do”: Mark Krause’s Long Walk Across Turkey

Penelope Trunk – Leaving Your Options Open Sets You Back

Freelance to Freedom Project – How Freelancing Has Made Me A Better Person

Jessica Hische – Non-Creepy Networking: Party Etiquette

Business Chicks – What No One Tells You About Being An Entrepreneur

Breanna Rose – Kick Those Excuses to the Kerb

Psychology for Photographers – The Fastest Way to Bankrupt Your Dream (And How to Avoid It)

Enjoy πŸ™‚



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Pic from last years October long weekend… Fingers-crossed this one is just as relaxing πŸ™‚

Hi All, How’s things? I’m not too bad at the moment. Yesterday was a pretty good day health-wise and so far today is going well too, so minimal complaints from me πŸ™‚

As we eagerly anticipate this coming long weekend, I thought I’d share a few online finds I’ve come across lately to keep your mind off the count-down till Friday afternoon lol πŸ™‚

The Art of Non-Conformity – “3 Encounters That Changed My Life”: How a Corporate Employee Gained a New Perspective through Travel

Digital Photo Secrets – Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

The New York Times – Old Masters at the Top of Their Game

Smashing Magazine – When A Thousand Words Is Worth A Picture

Creative Women’s Circle – Visual Merchandising for Markets

Sarah Lynn Design – Beginner’s Guide to Website Design: Giving Feedback

Flying Solo – Excuse Buster: Dealing with the Word ‘How’

Embracing the Divine Sensual: The Body Sacred – Starting a New Art Form? A Letter to the Beginner Dancer

New Jersey Graphic Design – So You Want to be a Graphic Designer

Rock n Roll Bride – How to be an Artist

The Wonder Forest – 5 Ways to Make Money as an Artist

Bustle – What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie


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Sunrise from where I live now… pretty darn nice hey πŸ™‚

Hi All, how are you going? Is it strange that I often start my posts like that? I think it is a little, but it also feels a little strange just jumping straight into talking… who knows whats right nowadays… annnnyway… I’ve been okay, having okay days and not so okay days with the auto-immune/IBD… yesterday wasn’t great and today is a not so good a day either, but it’s better than others… one positive is that I had planned an annual leave day today to work on some assignments so I knew I didn’t have to go in to work today, or work from home – much less stressful, and I’ve still been able to knock off a bit of study work. It’s all just a bit of a lets-see-how-it-goes at the moment…

I thought for today I’d do another round up of what I’ve been reading and checking out online lately…

J6 Design – The Principles of Design

Braid Creative – How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Collective Hub – In The Kitchen With Flour and Stone’s Nadine Ingram

Design School – Graphic Design for Print vs The Web: 15 Vital Differences You Need To Know About

Creative Bloq – Top tips for selling your designs online

Penelope Trunk – The entrepreneurship craze is over. Now what?

Creative Market – The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

The Art of Non-Conformity – The Snake in the Road

Unearthed Beauty – Self-Care for Self-Worth

Design Mom – Call It A Day: Kirsten Jackson

Creative Womens Circle – How to quit your day job

Fast Co. Design – How To Find Your Design Superpower

Getting Paid

Flying Notes

Made with the Patternator iPhone app πŸ™‚

Hi All πŸ™‚ Just a quick little check in before today’s post… you’ll notice it’s been over a week since my last post and that’s because I’ve been sick – again! It’s a bit of a repetitive thing nowadays but I’m off to see a specialist next week so hopefully it all gets sorted out soon, anyway, just wanted to let you all know I’m still here and I haven’t forgotten about the blog πŸ™‚ So here’s what I’ve been up to with my study lately…

Yay I got to read a section in my textbook that I hadn’t read before! Lol πŸ™‚ It’s a bit sad when that makes me happy haha.

It was a pretty interesting section too, it was all about setting up some business documents and how to get paid for the design work you do when you have your own business and/or are working as a free-lancer. Interesting stuff, especially considering that this is more than likely what I’ll end up doing.

Here are some notes from thisΒ section of Graphic Design: Australian Style Guide

  • “Before you get paid you need to work out how much to charge. This is determined by your experience, what other designers are getting and the prevailing economic conditions. It should increase over time, but may need to dip now and then.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The base rate is the rate for actual design work (conceptualisation or layout). It is used to calculate the charge-out rate and need not be disclosed to the client.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The charge-out rate is (the) rate that includes designing, overheads, profit, etc. It is 3 1/2 times the base rate and is used to calculate the cost of design to the client.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “Contracts are legally binding for both parties. If a designer promises to have something completed by a certain date, in a certain form, and then does not fulfil that agreement, they could be breaking a contract and therefore be liable for damages.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The three main documents that form the basis of the contract between client and designer are the initial proposal, the quote an d the invoice.” (Barnum et al, p327)
  • “Under Australia law, any piece of written communication that involves money and/or contractual arrangement must display an Australian Business Number (ABN).” (Barnum et al, p327)
  • “Terms and Conditions of Trade (T&Cs) are the conditions under which a designer trades, including payment terms and any confidentiality, copyright or contract issues.” (Barnum et al, p328)



Barnum, A., Haddock, S., Hicks, S. and Oppen, F. (2012)Β Graphic Design: Australian Style Guide. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Publishers Australia

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Amazing colours of a sunset a few weeks ago… when I had a phone that took photos :-/

Oh look, two Online Finds posts in a row… I promise this isn’t going to be a trend, but I felt the need to create a post today and due to ‘life’, this is about the extent of what I can put together.

I finally have the internet on at home – yay! Which is where I am right now, at 11am on a Tuesday, because I’m off work sick, again/still – definitely not yay! I’ve been taken down by a virus which makes sleeping/moving/breathing/life in general just a little difficult at the moment. Right now, I’m feeling a little better than last night,Β so fingers-crossed I shake this soon.

This last week thoughΒ I did manage to order myself a new phone – super yay! It’s been really interesting/crap realising how much I relied on my phone as a camera, and also realising exactly how many photos I actually took. I’ve been feeling a little lost not being able to just take happy snaps whenever I felt like it, hopefully though it arrives soon and I’ll be right back at it πŸ™‚

In other news, I’m about 85% settled into my new home. All my furniture and boxes have been sorted, there’s just pictures to put up, rugs to buy and fiddly little bits and pieces now to do, new door handles, light fittings, things like that… oh and the complete renovation of the kitchen – but I’m not tackling that for a fair few months yet!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of the links I have for you today πŸ™‚


Design School – 50 Stunningly Beautiful Geometric Patterns in Graphic Design

OMGLORD – Australian Women in Design

A Pair and a Spare – Three Reasons Your Blog is More Important Than Ever (AKA Why You Shouldn’t Ditch the Blog)

Well Fed, Flat Broke – The Cheap Person’s Guide to the Farmers Market

Bondi Harvest – 23 Cooking Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Being Boss – A Day in the Life of a Creative Online Entrepreneur – I really like the ‘busy Saturday’ idea…

Collector’s Weekly – Is Our Retro Obsession Ruining Everything?

Nubby Twiglet – As Me Anything Q&A: Part 2

Creative Bloq – Why Designers Need to Step Outside Design

Thought Catalog – Can You Get Out Of The Comfort Zone?

YouTube – Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

YouTube – James Victore – Conflict, Compromise and Kill Fees