Design Work

Here are some flyers that have just come in for a client. I really like how they turned out. The colours are a little off on this quick photo.

The first flyers I have created/designed.
Flyers Created for Melanie Wyatt Family Law

I have already adjusted the original file to give the text at the bottom a little more room to breathe when we need to do a reprint.

The stock selection was made without the aid of a samples card, Mel selected a 350GSM stock with gloss finish and I was worried it was going to be too shiny. But the gloss paper is nowhere near as shiny as the gloss laminate and I think they came up nicely.

Meanwhile, our printer also sent me along a Stock Selector so I can see the types for future prints.

Printer stock selector

Black Friday 2019

I say F*CK OFF to all of these businesses who are having Black Friday sales that read like “15% OFF EVERYTHING*” then have in much smaller letters… “Exclusions apply”

That’s not EVERYTHING numbnuts!

Further it seems that the big camera retailers are doing this, both Teds and Digidirect, and BOTH are excluding the majority of camera lenses and the new camera bodies, which are of course the things most people want to buy.

It should be illegal for them to say “EVERYTHING” in a headline of a sale when it is clearly not most things… just look at Ted’s exclusion list:

“*Excludes Canon lenses, Fujifilm GFX and GF lenses, Instax Mini 9 Moments Kit, ProFoto, Panasonic Lumix GH5, S1H and S Lenses, Nikon Coolpix, D850, D3500, D5600, Z50 and Z 85mm, 24mm lenses, Olympus EM5 MK3, Sony A7 MKIV, A9 MKII, A6600, RX100M7 and Sony lenses, GoPro cameras, DJI, Blackmagic, Giftcards, Total Care Packages, and Tamron 28-75mm.”

I can’t share Digidirects because being the dodgy buggers they are they don’t seem to list them anywhere I can easily find.


Poor Porter

A consult room at the Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Clinic
A consult room at the Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Clinic

A visit to the vet for Porter. She’s a sick little kitty, the vet has taken her away to ultrasound her bladder.

She has been peeing a lot and sometimes containing blood, so we took her up right away.

She ended up staying overnight. Her urine sample was sent off to check for infection and while none was found a diagnosis of Cystitis was given. It’s essentially inflammation of the bladder, a kind of catch-all.

Our cat Porter

All up it cost us $580 to fix the cat, she is on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. And you can likely imagine how much she doesn’t like having tablets shoved down her throat.

The advice was that she should lose some weight, advice we all hear in this house, well except Edie, our other cat. The cats share a food bowl and it would seem that Porter is eating the lion’s share. Edie on the other hand is super skinny, but she likes it that way, it lets her easily bound over our seven foot high fences.

Daily Life

Buyers’ Remorse Remorse & a new iPad

David packed us in the car this morning and was taking us on a mystery adventure. I didn’t know where we were going and he told me it was a surprise.

Turns out that surprise was to head to the Apple Store to get new Apple Watches.

You may remember we returned our Ceramic Series 5 Apple Watches within the two weeks of buying them. We just couldn’t justify the cost of the units, until we could!

The plan was apparently to go to the Apple Store and for David to replace his Series 3 with a Series 5, he was looking the stainless steel or the titanium but wasn’t sure which one he wanted. He revealed this to me as we were on the way, which turned out to be a good thing. Upon getting into the car and opening my iPad, which I’d brought along for the adventure, I noticed the corner had a crack in the screen. I was a little devastated, until I remembered I have AppleCare+ on my iPad Pro.

Knowing I had to book in with the Genius Bar for an assessment of my device I looked up Chadstone and checked the next available appointment, it wasn’t until 3pm, then I checked Doncaster and they had an appointment at 11am, just over an hour’s time, and it would have been about 15 minutes after we arrived at Doncaster if we changed our direction. Doncaster also had the watches David was looking at in stock so the redirection was a no-brainer. I was also not-so-secretly excited for this change because there is also an official Lego Store at Doncaster, in fact it’s right across from Apple!

And there’s the Lego Store!

Well we got there, checked in with the Genius Bar and after a 20 minute wait was on my way to having my iPad Pro replaced, no questions asked, just had to pay the $85 service fee and AppleCare+ took care of the rest. The Apple staff was quite surprised I wasn’t really worried about the content of my device. I wasn’t sure when the last backup was, and she was like “well do you want to do one now before we wipe it and replace it?” and I was like, “nah, I’m not wedded to anything on the device, plus most of it is actually in iCloud.”

I also got to go to the Lego store… while David was thinking about which Apple Watch he wanted to get. I didn’t buy anything because while in there we kind of admitted what we’d known pretty much since we handed back our ceramic watches: We had buyers’ remorse remorse. We really liked the ceramic Apple Watch Series 5, and we decided we’d get them back again.

So off to Chadstone where they had them in stock. They aren’t stocked at any other store in Victoria.

We get to Chaddy and pulled the pin on our bank account and now have two new shiny Apple Watch Series 5 Ceramics. They are so lovely. I don’t love the cost of them ($2,088 each), but I do love them.

My Apple Watch Edition Ceramic configuration
My Apple Watch Edition Ceramic configuration
Daily Life

Who wants to buy a dodgy house?

House next door is finally up for sale, no mention of the slab heave or the more than 2 years of work that’s been done on the house to mitigate the issue of all the cracked pipes and sewage leakage. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Of course according to the guy who used to live there, before he was silenced by his settlement with the building company, the official independent building report said the only correct way to deal with the issues of the house was to tear it down. I pity the poor folks who buy the turkey of a house.

He fought with them for 7 years, they moved him out a few times in over the years to do more extensive work and still they needed to do 2 more year’s work AFTER they finally settled with him.


Crikey! I like it!

It a guilty pleasure to which I don’t mind admitting. I love shows about animals, and Steve Irwin was pretty cool. To some over the top, but you could never deny his passion.

His kids are little versions of him, maybe it’s sometimes a little contrived, but I hope they truly enjoy what they are doing in their father’s name and for causes they believe in.

So I watch…


Client Launches

We’re off to a client launch today… we very rarely do this. Our client is launching their new brand, new site, and new clinic.

Incidentally, it’s a client we’ve had, through our previous company, for over 13 years and we’ve ALWAYS been banned from even saying that we work with them. That includes having our name on their site, even in code, talking about them being our client with other potential clients, and having case studies written about the work we’ve done with them.

Their reasoning being: 
1. they are paying us to do the work we do, 
2. they spend a lot of money on advertising and building their brand so they don’t want others essentially riding their coat-tails.

We’ve always accept these terms. 

We’ll David is clearly a very nice person to work with, because without us prompting the client in question has given us permission to put our name on their site… it was a great compliment for David and a testament to the relationship he has built with the client.

Thing is, David isn’t keen on putting our name on the site now… only because we didn’t design the site, or branding, and also because there is not really a logical place in the new design to place our name that won’t impede the design. ☺️

So even if we don’t put our name there, we’re still pretty happy to have the client recognise all the hard work that has gone into their site, now, and over the past decade.

I note I haven’t mentioned the client here, only because I don’t want their name directly related to this text, but I’m sure there will be an announcement in a couple of days.


The Mandalorian

Disney is doing quite the many things with the Star Wars franchise since they bought it. They’ve produced several new films across different story lines: sequels, prequels, new stories with new characters, cartoons, etc And now a live action TV show, one of the first offerings from the Disney+ streaming service.

A Mandalorian Walks Into a Bar
A Mandalorian Walks Into a Bar

Spoilers ahead, and in the images, sorry, but I had to share the cuteness that is.

The baby Yoda in the Mandalorian
The Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian

“The Mandalorian” as the show is titled is, from watching the first episode, an interesting jaunt into the world of Star Wars. While little is known of the time frame we are confronted with a visual part way through that would make the coldest of hearts melt, and it puts the storyline even more a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away… we have a baby Yoda and I’m filled with an abundance of joy and love for the little guy. He’s so darn cute. Though I guess calling him a baby is a little odd, because he’s apparently 50 years old at this point in the story.

Mando and the cutest co-pilot in the world
Mando and the cutest co-pilot in the world!
The Mandalorian in a shootout
The Mandalorian in a shootout
The Mandalorian meets his match
The Mandalorian meets his match