The Monday Morning WHIP // 249

I went up to Canberra this week, for a cocktail party at Parliament House for the launch of Shop Small. For those of you who don’t know it, Shop Small is a month long initiative to encourage the people of Australia to support their local shops and businesses. It is a great idea. And a very important one too. I spent a lot of time at the party talking with politicians about how so many shops were struggling. Mostly because of the internet. On the plane on the way back to ... Read More! »

The Monday Morning WHIP // 248

Every once in a while an opportunity will come your way that is a little out of the ordinary. Not an “OMG that is amazing” kind of opportunity. More a “Yeah, um, I’m not sure that’s really me” type of opportunity. What I want you to do is keep an open mind. Yes I know you’re probably keen to work at a particular place or for a particular person. But sometimes those dreams just don’t happen. So please don’t discount job offers or opportunities simply because ... Read More! »

The Monday Morning WHIP // 247

My son is in his final few weeks of school and is contemplating applying to study design at college. He has a natural talent, so my fingers are crossed for him. Thing is I worry that his slackadasical teenage attitude may hold him back, as I know that design is a discipline that requires exactly that – discipline. Yesterday he brought home what I thought was his folio. Turns out it was his experiments, concepts and workings for a corporate identity project. Now I’d have thought ... Read More! »

The Monday Morning WHIP // 246

I’ve been working on a brand manifesto for the last few days. These things are mean to be visionary and filled with purpose. As I was reviewing my collected thoughts this morning I couldn’t help thinking how much of what I had written would make the perfect mantra for a young creative person. Here are just a few highlights just for you: Do what you love. Love what you do. Fight for what you believe in. Look for the opportunity in every problem. Take a moment for ... Read More! »

The Monday Morning WHIP // 245

If you’re a creative wannabe or young up and comer and someone offers you a chance to do some work what would you do? I know what I’d do. But what would you do? Would use how busy you are in your part-time job as an excuse not to do the work? Would you complain about how difficult it is for you to find the time to do the work? Would you turn down the work and ask for the chance to work on the next opportunity that comes along. Or would you say yes, but actually mean no. ... Read More! »

The Monday Morning WHIP // 244

As a creative director I get to see a lot of ideas that are not yet fully formed. Some of them are worth persisting with but many are destined for the garbage bin. If you are getting frustrated than many of your ideas are not seeing the light of day then you have two options: Have more ideas or have better ideas. Either way you have to keep on trying. Failure is part of success. It’s also an invaluable source of learning. So keep your chin up and keep on ... Read More! »