Art/Design

BIGSOUND Buzz

August 31, 2016

WARNING: THIS SITE IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL.

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Bolster (well, Mike & Nicky) built a social analytics site called BIGSOUND Buzz to accompany BIGSOUND. It ranks all 160 bands from the festival lineup according to who is the most talked about on Facebook and Twitter, over windows of the last 6 hours, 12 hours, day, 2 days and a week. Neat little summary around it on The Music.

Did notice a couple of grumpy peeps rag on this saying you can’t rank bands objectively because taste is subjective… which is TRUE. We’re not trying to rank the best bands of BIGSOUND, just trying to make all the noise a bit neater and see which bands people are writing the most about! Two different things. Also you’ll thank us at 10.30pm on day three when you don’t know which band to see next and your brain is fried ;)

Enjoy x

P.S. Here’s another bzzzz I like quite a lot.

What Job Am I Best Suited To?

June 30, 2016

I don’t know why, but I enjoy taking quizzes. Maybe it’s because I was once a teenage girl with a Dolly Magazine subscription. Or perhaps it’s grown from years of doing psychological tests as part of my Psych degree. Or maybe I just have weird hobbies. (Not poorly designed Buzzfeed tests that aren’t set up for response bias, bullshit or OTT Twilight-fandom-ness, mind you.)

Either way, I recently took a TIME Magazine quiz on finding the best job for your personality. Yes, TIME Magazine is slowly turning into Buzzfeed. Never mind, moving along.

The quiz used questions from an American university professor designed to measure six personality traits (realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional) and match those to personality types that are known to suit certain jobs. I also chucked in my preferred/realistic income bracket, age, gender and university education. My ideal job? According to the folks at TIME:

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Yes, a broadcast news analyst. I scored extremely low on ‘Realistic’ (e.g. moving things, manual labour, getting up and doing shit) and ‘Conventional’, moderate to increasingly high on ‘Investigative’, ‘Enterprising’, ‘Social’ and ‘Artistic’ respectively.

Interestingly my other top matches were: industrial/organizational psychologist, and poet/lyricist/creative writer. Interesting to me because I studied psychology at uni, and was into creative writing in a huge way when I was younger.

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Apparently much too investigative, artistic and social, but not enterprising or conventional enough… Let’s just say that I really do love looking at campaign and audience data to find consumer patterns, A/B testing with weird copy I write and sending GIFs to my clients, but not good at hustling and getting new contracts… which is why I work at an agency so I don’t have to do that. 😎😎😎

Segue – did you also take the TIME Magazine quiz, but got Advertising and Promotions Manager as your top employment pick? Bolster Digital (them people who pay me) is actually on the hunt for some new staff in Sydney and Melbourne. Job listings here. We don’t have high turnover. We just have lots of clients and work.

2015 in 25 bullet points

December 31, 2015

  • Made it through the year with 17 plants still alive as of December 31. #greenthumb
  • Had a blast working at Shock Records with the best music team.
  • Ate watermelon for the first time in my entire life and didn’t mind it.
  • Darts released an album that we’re proud of and people seemed to not hate it but I still feel a bit awkward about it all.
  • Discovered Star Talk Radio like a good nerd.
  • Started working at Bolster Digital. So happy to have landed a job with an awesome team/work space/sweet treats/clients/campaigns. Ate a cronut at work today.
  • Had lots of fun shooting Two Halves, who absolutely killed it this year.
  • Saw a blue cactus.
  • Started making my bed regularly. Know that’s weird that but my parents would understand how this is noteworthy.
  • Headed over to BIGSOUND in Brisbane for the third time, and the very first time as a performer with Darts.
  • Stabbed myself. And then got drenched in blood.
  • Played at the Corner Hotel. BRAIN MELTING.
  • Bought a pretty new lense!
  • Practised my resting bitch face on camera here. And here. And pretty much everywhere.
  • Went to four weddings and no funerals.
  • Got Google AdWords certified!
  • Have kept a gratitude diary for the second half of the year. Not going to lie – a lot of it is food and I’m okay with that.
  • Played at Paradise Festival again. Highlight was the rave (first floor) cave. Low point was sleeping on a slope.
  • Dyed my hair pink. Again.
  • After a failed attempt at hot yoga with my neighbour (read: not enough coconut water in the world to ever make me do that again), I started doing room temperature yoga at home thanks to the internet. Goal for 2016: be able to do a beautiful downward dog. I still suck a lot.
  • Listened to lots of new music. My top two picks here on Happy blog.
  • Volunteered at Open House Melbourne. Had fun telling people where they could and could not go. Felt like Gandalf.
  • Spent possibly too much time drawing/buying art supplies.
  • Was in Elle Magazine ^___^
  • Drove a car only once this year.

 

 

 

Tigerburning Tote Bags

August 31, 2014

I turned some of my photographs into tote bags! Click here to purchase the blue twig image (bag print taken in Fitzroy North!) and the pink logs (taken on someone’s porch in Cremorne), or head here to view all my random things on Redbubble (including phone cases, posters and cushions).

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Want my old job?!

July 3, 2014

Like I mentioned yesterday, I have a new job (huzzah) so my current contractor position is up for grabs.

If you’re a gun at copywriting, can tell the difference between a ‘twit’ and a ‘tweet’, and know your way around MailChimp… this might be for you. Main responsibilities are updating the various blogs, managing the social media channels and delivering monthly EDMs. Brownie points for photography skills/gear, graphic design know-how, video editing experience and events management.

Position description and application information here. Good luck!

P.S. If you want the inside goss, let me tell you this: the team are lovely, the office is gorgeous and in the city, and the job itself is actually really interesting.

Hey world! Meet MIASTO.

June 7, 2014

Here’s something entirely exciting but completely scary to reveal…

I’VE STARTED A NEW BUSINESS.

It’s called MIASTO, and it’s my baby. I’ve been working on MIASTO for 7 months now, with a mentor and a collection of incredibly supportive friends in the industry. I’ve worked harder on this than anything else in my life (except maybe Paper-Deer but this is only the beginning).

Here’s the 411. It’s a one-stop shop for musicians to get their band biography and press shots sorted in the most pain-free way. It’s affordable and the turnaround will be super quick.

I’ve noticed that so many bands (especially new bands) struggle with these two things. Getting their social media profiles set up right is so important. The web is usually the first point of contact with other bands, venue bookers, promoters, music journos and the wider public. Poorly written band blurbs and dodgy press shots say a lot about a band, and not in a good way.

MIASTO is a chance for me to use my photography, writing and marketing skills, and bundle them into an affordable package for bands. Artists pick a package to suit their budget and needs. We find a date and a couple simple locations. I ask them about their story, we take some pics, and I then I get to work. A few days later, I’ll send through a whole package of assets that they can use for their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, press kits, whatever.

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This also fits in so well with my life right now. I’m only doing freelance and contract work, and definitely have time to do more. Musicians are my favourite people on this planet and I love supporting the arts. I’m also sick of having to write price quotes. ;)

Consider this the softest of soft launches. My slogan for MIASTO is festina lente (Google it), and I have been and I’m going to continue working on the whole business as a whole and this site. Hell, I haven’t even designed a logo for MIASTO yet because I’m waiting to see how it plays out. I want design the perfect logo. I’ve also been testing the waters to see if social media services should be included, but so far the answer has been a resounding ‘no’ (too much effort for little money, too many people out there pretending to be ‘social media mavens’).

Check out MIASTO here, and holler if you want my services or have feedback of any kind!

 

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.

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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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.

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