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A Pep talk for babes with anxiety

This is a pep talk for babes with anxiety. Close your eyes and sit with that feeling. Research shows that anxiety takes 20 minutes to pass when approached with mindfulness. This is not going to last forever. Recognize that your anxiety is part of who you are, but not all of who you are. Discomfort…

Interactive History Like You've Never Seen It Before https://wp.me/p41CQf-Imj

Interactive History Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Histography is a visually stunning interactive online timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015. Taking data from Wikipedia, the site updates automatically and orders events using an algorithm. It's like Wikipedia just with more engaging and interactive audiovisual specs and beautiful typography. The interface allows for users…

Your Life on Earth an Interactive Infographic by the BBC

A Personalised Interactive Infographic About Your Life from the BBC

It's no secret that I adore infographics. Even better are infographics or interactive media that has a personal angle. This enables the user to better relate to and absorb the information in a meaningful way. This interactive infographic from the BBC certainly does add a new dimension to the data. It's a clever combination of…

Find a randomly useful website!

If you're in a bind, bored of simply tired of the same old mediocre crap in your regular channels or news feeds, then check out this ingenious little tool. This lookup tool allows you to get acquainted with useful websites that offer helpful skills and solutions that are universally handy for anyone. Click to explore…

Seven Curiously Contrarian Words in the English Language

Some words in English inexplicably have a defined meaning and then also mean the exact opposite of that meaning. These are known as contronyms or Janus words - the latter derived from the Roman god of beginnings and endings, often depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions). 1.Sanction To give official permission or approval…

Two terrific infographics for grounding yourself in reality, right now

Two terrific infographics for grounding yourself in reality, right now

These are two handy infographics will help you to grab hold of whatever is playing on your mind and master it with mindfulness tactics. In the modern world of constant digital distractions, it's important to remember to breathe, go inwards and find an inner stillness as a salve for the chaos in our daily lives. These two…

The class-based tyranny of accents

The class-based tyranny of accents

Accents give away so much about a person’s origins, and yet there seems to be a stumbling block here. Accents are viewed in much the same way as a person’s standard of dress and the way they hold themselves. And yet, the world is large and filled with people from all over the place. Surely…

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

In the magazine publishing world nowadays, it takes a good deal of creativity and originality to be able to stand out and make revenue.  This Australian magazine is built upon solid foundations of authenticity. From cover to cover it's high quality. What makes it so great is there is a subtle harmony of beautiful design…

Cats Love Species-Specific Music

Cats Love Species-Specific Meowsic

Cats can hear weird things that are beyond our comprehension. Yet what makes their feline eyes narrow in a gesture of sublime enjoyment? Scientists have discovered the catnip track that makes cats contented. The Applied Animal Behaviour Science Journal published a paper in February 2015 which sought to "design sound for the auditory enrichment of nonhuman…

Wine Tasting for Beginners

Wine Tasting for Beginners

There are several important things novice wine tasters should know. The wine tasting process doesn't need to be fussy or complicated, but rather just some simple guidance for all wine lovers to indulge their enjoyment in a deeper way. The first step is observing the wine. Tip the glass to a 45 degree angle and…

Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Cruelty Free Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Let me start off by saying - this is not a sponsored post. This is me wanting to gush about Lush and their superb Charity Pot body lotion. As promised I am going to write about ethical, cruelty free products. This one really takes the cake. Compared to other vibrantly coloured and perfumed products in…

Two Inventions That Make Reading Paper Books A Completely New Experience

From electric ink to aromapoetry – the physical book is about to undergo a renaissance by being paired with some nifty new inventions. While paper epitomises the slow lane of publishing, it is anything but a static medium. Traditional analogue technologies such as ink and paper are now being developed in ways that can and in…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

What the Linguistic Trails on Yelp.com Tell Us About Ourselves

When Stanford University researchers analysed metadata about food reviews on Yelp (900,000 reviews for 6,548 restaurants), this revealed a panoply of fancy-schmancy and flowery language and colourful comparisons. This is hardly surprising, but that was only the beginning. Cheap, unhealthy, fast-food was likened to crack cocaine, whereas people's vocabulary noticeably improved when they tucked in at…

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer...Google Before Computers

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer…Google Before Computers

Remember what it was like when you needed a question answered, and you consulted a book and not Google? Back in the analogue age, we consulted unweildy encyclopaedias which smelt of dusty paper and a pleasant musty ink. Or you could ask the New York Public Library? By writing on a little cue-card, which was researched…

Freelancing Part 1: How To Work Out If It's Right For You

Freelancing Part 1: How To Work Out If It’s Right For You

I have done my years of freelancing. After a long stint of more than 12 years, I am back to working for an organisation here in Auckland. Last year, I researched freelancing in the UK for an ad agency who wanted me (along with a designer) to create an infographic for a recruitment agency. Here…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Cruelty Free Product Review: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy's brand genesis essentially begun with the discovery by New Zealanders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs of the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil. In 2002, the two ladies launched the Trilogy brand based on the efficacy of rosehip oil as a natural and effective alternative to synthetic skincare ingredients. As their hero product, certified organic…

Beautifully Branded Letterhead Inspiration

In the previous century, brands, writers, film producers, artists and celebrities knew about the importance of their visual branding, before this even officially became a thing. Here are some examples of elegant, iconic and playful branded stationery that belongs to many brands that you would have heard of, along with some plucky and obscure individuals…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

In this new section of my blog, I will review high quality, ethical and cruelty free products that are not tested on animals. Also, I will try and review vegan cosmetics products and those produced from recycled or upcycled materials. I am talking about mostly cosmetics and skin care products, but also ethical fashion, shoes…