Welcome to Melbourne's Rapidly Vanishing World

Welcome to Melbourne’s Rapidly Vanishing World

In just about any city, formerly unfashionable places undergo rapid revamps. Suddenly overnight, these shabby, overlooked places become cool. It's a fickle and inevitable transformation. A sublimination and muting of tastes into the oblivion of current fashion. This is the case in Melbourne's western suburbs: Altona, Seddon, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunshine and Newport. Every city with…

Eight Principles of Emotive Graphic Design To Improve Your Website

Emotive graphic design and copywriting are a wonderful combination that grabs your attention and grabs in your chest, where you feel something. It's authentic and should be only type of graphic design that you ever attempt. When you reach an error 404 page and there's a cute picture and anwitty and irreverent one-liner that guides…

The robot with the face only a roboticist could love

The robot with the face only a roboticist could love

Telenoid is a genderless, limbless android that was birthed into the world by Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro a couple of years ago. He (or she) looks uncannily like a talking, moving Caspar the friendly ghost, but with a far more unnervingly human face. His truncated limbs wiggle and gesture as he sits on his custom-made…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 1

In case you've been living under a rock in the harbour, you will know that Sydney offers some amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. It's a really clean body of water. The proof is in the snorkelling too. A recent study revealed that Sydney harbour has more marine species than any other harbour in the…

Twelve Ways That Some Websites Alienate Users

Twelve Ways That Some Websites Alienate Users

There are plenty of reasons why one website will achieve high click through rates (CTRs) and another will fail in getting much traffic at all. If you have in place an air-tight search marketing campaign and engaging copy, then the next step is to do a thorough assessment of your website and its usability, to…

Leviathan or Lilliputian?

Leviathan or Lilliputian?

Great photography plays around with our perceptions of big and small. Here are two examples where it's difficult to tell at first whether or not we're looking at leviathan or lilliputian objects. Sam O'Hare's New York City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk9EBOOAYiU This is actually real and big rendering of NYC teeming with life. The illusion of smallness comes…

Creative writing: Remember the kaleidoscope and lighthouse

Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, was published more than 100 years ago, yet it's still considered as epitome of correct English usage. Although some of the best writers break the rules. Writers like Virginia Woolf and H.G Wells played around with our perceptions of correct usage and so have more contemporary writers. Yet…

23 Essentials for a Kick Ass Content Marketing Strategy

Content strategy is made up of several different stages. The most obvious and well-known part of the cycle is content creation. Although there's a lot more to successful content strategy than this. These are analysis, taxonomy and audit, workflow reviews and distribution parts too. In this article we will be considering each individually and gaining…

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott is the Prime Minister of Australia. He is also known as the Idiot Abroad or Tony No Friends because of his embarrassing behaviour in the US, France and Canada. His gaffes, stupid comments and obvious lack of integrity have become fodder for comedians across the world. Here's a brief run through of his…

Fumblerules: Funny Approaches to Grammar

Fumblerules: Funny Approaches to Grammar

Have a fumble around this funny list of dodgy sentence structure and grammar. Created in 1979 by New York Times columnist William Safire, he published them in his column 'On Language'. Remember to never split an infinitive. A preposition is something never to end a sentence with. The passive voice should never be used. Avoid…

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

During an exciting period of invention at the end of the 19th century, Nikola Tesla stumbled upon cosmic radio signals for the first time. He thought they were signs of intelligent life from Venus or Mars. He later said of the experience, "The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first…

Regret: Living a life of your choosing

Do you need a reason to get off the treadmill of mediocre existence and kick yourself in the ass? here are five. An Australian palliative care nurse recorded the statements of dying patients over the course of a year. Here are the five most common regrets of the dying. 1. I wish I'd had the courage…

Morrissey: Spoken Word

Morrissey is always beguiling and shape-shifting with his art. The below video is some interesting spoken word by Moz featuring Pamela Anderson. 'Earth Is The Loneliest Planet' is the third single from Morrissey's upcoming album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'. There is also a companion film that features Moz doing lyric narration while he…

Maya Angelou: Leader of the Brave and Defiant

It's hard to believe after a lifetime of inspiring others, Maya Angelou will now always be discussed in the past tense. When I discovered she died today at the age of 86, my heart sank. She is (was) a shining diamond – roughly hewn from hardship and the tough early beginnings into a multi-faceted, timeless…

Historic Jukebox: Everything But the Girl, Deep Dish and Patrick Hamilton

Historic Jukebox: Everything But the Girl, Deep Dish and Patrick Hamilton

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.  So…

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

These dainty, foil covered goodies are placed lovingly in our laps, as we rocket across the sky in seemingly impossible gravity-defying metal capsules. They are placed by the busy octopus-like arms of air hostesses, as we hover over the Nile Delta or Vladivostok at 4 am. The 'haves' in first and business class get Mozart…

Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilms

Amazing Vintage Star Wars Art

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012) was an American conceptual designer and illustrator. He had a keen sense of aesthetics and imagination that set him apart from other illustrators. So he was a natural choice for George Lucas, who looked to him for inspiration for the Star Wars trilogy. McQuarrie was responsible for designing many of the film’s…