Entries from April 2014

Non-surgical facelift

April 30, 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped me get my new-look website up!

I designed the logo a few months ago (I am so obsessed with mandalas – evidence here). There are a few tiny bugs to be fixed and maybe a few tweaks, but I’ve still got that oh-my-god-I-just-got-new-shoes feeling.

Record for Record Store Day Records

April 28, 2014

I have a confession to make: I don’t own a record player.

My audiophile mates all insist I should only commit to some ridiculous set-up for quality purposes. The concept makes sense to me, the price tag not so much. As a result, the only vinyl I have is a Damn Terran 7″ that I awkwardly co-own with my ex. He’s had custody for the past 12 months. Maybe I should complain…

Anyway, despite all this it thoroughly pleases me that this year’s Record Store Day was the most successful. Doesn’t surprise me because more stores and musicians seem to be getting involved, and more consumers (ahem, wallets) have heard of it. Figures show that vinyl album sales were 58% up from last year’s Record Store Day, and sales for CDs and tapes also got a boost from previous weeks. More stats from Tonedeaf.

My only gripe is that it fell on Easter Saturday when everyone (myself included) was out of town, but fortunately next year’s event lands on a different weekend. Visit the Record Store Day Australia site, and its international sister here.

 

A playlist to work by

April 28, 2014

Someone at The Hub asked me what I listen to when I work, so here I go. I have a few Spotify playlists but my favourite is //yph (I have a very weird method of naming lists, mostly in personal code so I’m not going to bother explaining that). It’s a collection of 272 songs, coming in at over 15 hours of choons with more being added. The songs on here are mostly in the realms of surf rock, garage, grunge, alternative and lo-fi. Also I’m a lazy ass and input entire albums (hey, they’re awesome from start to finish) so maybe make friends with the SHUFFLE button.

The only song that I *really* want to be on here is Conduit For Sale! by Pavement. I love this song and the album Slanted and Enchanted isn’t on Spotify, so here you go. (As much as I hate finding music off YouTube like this since the artist does not get paid. Another argument for another day.)

Follow me on Spotify!

New Twitter format will look shit for 80% of people

April 24, 2014

twitter.

Or so I think.

Today, Twitter announced it was rolling out the “new web profile experience” globally. I hit the ON switch. It’s… m’kay.

You can see from my Twitter profile (here or click on the screenshot above for a bigger view) that everything is huge and shiny and visual. Custom backgrounds are no longer a thing on profiles (still available on your feed for the time being). The main visual is a whopping 1,500 pixel wide cover image across the top. The Twitter team are proud of the fact that tweets can be pinned to the top (woo, everyone can forever know that on Jan 27 my bus was late and I tweeted about it) and tweets can be filtered. Also, updates that have received interaction from others are now stupidly large.

The cover image I’ve used is a picture of me dancing on my bed, taken on a tripod with a timer (blog post about the image here). It looks okay, but I’m sure that with some extra time/if I cure my current laziness I might be able to conjure up something a bit more beautiful.

The new layout will work a treat for people like me (who are photographers/illustrators/have access to Adobe Creative Cloud) and for brands with a graphic design team.

Problem? The average user doesn’t. Joe Bloggs will have some shitty 800 pixel-wide iPhone snap blow up so huge that the pixels will look like post-it notes. Jane Smith will steal someone’s pic off WeHeartIt. I think websites need to remember that the typical user doesn’t have access to stock image sites or a personal photographer.

Looking forward to seeing lots of blurry pet photos.

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P.S. Cool things about the new design I do like: a stream for tweets the user has favourited, how the cover image looks when it’s in the side bar (above) and the date joined information in the profile.

New look site, soooon…

April 23, 2014

I’ve been a busy girl! I’ve redesigned my “logo” (sounds daft and wanky calling it that but you know what I mean) for this site and am currently also in the process of having the layout changed.

Hopefully everything will be changed over on Monday, but in the mean time here are some failed ideas that I designed but weren’t quite right! The metallic gold scale design in half of them took me four hours to paint… which is why I tried so hard to make it work. The rune-inspired logo is a bit half-baked in the version below but it was kinda meant to look like this. The glitter image in the mock-up was based on hand lettering by me but everyone seemed to absolutely hate it.

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Law of the Land

April 23, 2014

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My band Darts performed at Lawsfest over the Easter weekend. It was was so cold (the temperature dropped to a miserable 1°C) and I also had some ridiculous cold/cough thing happening, but I still managed to have fun. Random pics of bands below. Taken with a Nikon D3000 (which is why they’re noisy as hell) and a Nikkor 50mm F1:1.8G lens.

Apologies to everyone for waving a camera in their face like a crazy lady all weekend. Turns out I took about 1K pics over the weekend. I should point out that most of these were giant close-ups of my friend’s faces. WIN.

RAYON MOON

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GOING SWIMMING

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BORED NOTHING

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DRUNK MUMS

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8 Bit Love photoshoot

April 22, 2014

I recently did a photoshoot with my mates 8 Bit Love with a Nikkor 35mm 1.4G lens. Some pics below. Show them some fan club action here!

Shout out to Alia Arthouse in Collingwood for letting us use their space.

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Photography play

April 8, 2014

I think I have a tendency to overexpose images (and lose details in the highlights), so here’s a creative attempt to correctly expose for the brightest lit parts (and purposely underexpose the rest). Photo was taken in a pretty well lit room. I think the model looks serene… but she thinks it’s creepy. So maybe it’s creepily serene. Again with my Nikkor 50mm prime lens.

And here’s another experiment, this time this reverse (making a dark room light) and playing with movement.

And then this. Just because I really like flowers and no other reason at all.

Girls, brunch and a Nikkor 50mm lense

April 7, 2014

Recently purchased a AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G lens (thanks, Callan!) so I took it out to brunch on the weekend. Pictures below of my stunning friend Cassie and a totally adorable puppy.

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