I love logos. I love looking at logos and I love designing logos. Complete brand identities also make me very very happy but thats for another time and another blog post. Today spent time updating my Society6 and much like when I clean a little part of my room and then end up going from top to bottom, I found myself with inspiration to update my online portfolio (and facebook page, and my tumblr about page. See my point?) So, without further ado, I would now like to introduce you to these babies. These logos are some of amazing jobs I have gotten to complete this year (and some are even a sneak peak of projects to come).
Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite logo of all time and maybe even which one of mine you like the most.
I have many bad habits (it's a shock, I know), one of those being that I don't eat breakfast. I have known for years that it's an un-healthy habit but it's been a hard one to break. Seeing as summer is coming and I really do need to start having better food/eating habits, my first goal is to get myself enjoying breakfast. Enter fruit and yoghurt. I am obsessed with the above combination and have found it a tasty, simple and do-able beginning to my day. I can snooze my alarm and get ready with enough time to fit this in my morning (I actually make it in a container and eat it at my desk when I get to work). I am loving this breakfast business already. Also, laurenconrad.com has some killer recipes for quick and easy breakfast foods if you're like me and grab breakfast on the go.
You were amazing. You now hold days and moments I will remember for the rest of my life.
I visited Sydney-town, played Glorious Ruins over and over again and I found myself on a crazy new adventure with a boy who makes me so incredibly happy. 2013 has been an interesting year, but then you arrived and bought with you spring, and change and the beginning of so many new things.
Here's to September, heres to you,
Last night, I slept on this couch. It was small, exposed and the light and sounds around me made it hard to fall asleep. When I awoke the feeling of restfulness was fleeting as I began to realise that I wasn’t in my comfy bed but instead I was tucked up on a couch and suddenly I didn’t feel rested at all.
My one night out the couch to raise awareness is the reality for many, night after night. Couch surfing can often be the first step towards sleeping on the streets, yet what some don’t realise is that couch surfing and calling mates living room home is a form of homelessness as well.
To be honest, I didn’t think this would be as hard as it was. I’ve slept on many couches before, in fact even my living room couch is more comfortable than the fold out bed next to it but last night was a struggle to relax enough to fall asleep. I said goodnight at 11:30 but before I knew it, 1 am came and I was still wide awake. Yet I would do it all again.
This is the couch project. One night on the couch to raise money for youth homelessness and The Oasis Youth Support Network in Surry Hills, Sydney. There are over 44,000 homeless young people in Australia and behind that statistic there are names, and faces, and stories. Through Oasis, hope and opportunity is given for young people to re-shape and re-invision their futures.
And it’s happening all again next weekend for sleep out 2.0, so if you want to get on board there is still time. Head on over to the couchproject.com.au and sign up. Every little bit makes the world of difference to those who need it most.
Remember, it’s not a sleepover if you can’t go home.
This blog has been fairly quiet as of late. With the winter adventures lacking, and life being pretty much the same week in week out, I have been using my tumblr a lot more (mostly just to post my work and reblog pretty pictures) but seeing as it has been two months without a good update, I decided I need to show this place some lovin'.
August has been in gone in a whirlwind. It's weekends were jam packed with youth events and ministry conferences and weeks filled with planning events and office work. I drank a lot of coffee, had my work printed onto a t-shirt, snapped less instagram photos then usual, hand lettered many things, opened a society6 store, applied for countless jobs and started working towards an amazing 2014. Spring and new things are on there way and I cannot be more excited. Stay tuned in a few weeks as I am embarking on some creative adventures as well as a cheeky trip to Sydney town. How was your August? Tell me everything.
If you have been following this blog for a while, or if you know me in real life, you will know I have volunteered a few times in the inner city of Sydney and Brisbane, working along side some of the social services in operation there. One of these services is The Salvation Army, in particular the Oasis Youth Support Network. Oasis is ‘the Salvation Army’s response to Youth Homelessness in Sydney’s inner city, providing a place of safety and care where young people can find refuge’. On any given night, they will help to accommodate and feed more than 100 homeless young people.
On the 28th of July, Oasis YSN is launching The Couch Project, ‘a fundraising and awareness campaign, aimed at combating youth homelessness through raising awareness of couch surfing’. Homelessness is so much more than those huddled up on our streets–it is also those even further in the background, bouncing from friends house to friends house, from couch to couch without a place to call their own. Vulnerable, overwhelmed and exposed, they are the hidden homeless.
On Saturday September 14, myself and a group of friends will be partaking in The Couch Project, hosting a sleep out to raise awareness and fundraise money to combat youth homelessness. If you would like to support me and my goal of $500, find out more about Oasis/The Couch Project or even sign up for yourself, I will post some links below! Your support in any way is greatly appreciated.
The Oasis YSN
The Couch Project
Sign me up!
Last Thursday I was treated to a photo shoot (for an online portfolio for work) and one of our locations was a stunning cafe here on the Gold Coast called Lé Vintage. These shots here are from my iphone and given a vsco filter so they look nothing like the finished product but stay tuned because over the next month I will be using each of the locations as an outfit post plus there will be a write up on this gorgeous café when we get to it. Any excuse to return and drink their amazing coffee will do.
It's vintage darling,
It's funny how some of the smallest this remind us of our childhood. When she was alive my mum's mum used to collect teaspoons like the ones pictured above. They would hang in a display cabinet on the wall of her dining room and I remember being very young and asking her where they all come from and who bought them for her. She had spoons from all over. Now my mum has these spoons, tucked safely away with all the other memories and objects that are here while my grandma is not. We had no idea what we were going to do with them, but we couldn't let them go. It wasn't until I saw them being used in this cafe that I worked out a use: I will use them to serve dessert and tea/coffee at my wedding reception. A little piece of my past scattered amongst the beginning of my future. The love of the ones who are with us no longer is the greatest legacy they leave.
“How can I become focused on making things look good when there are people out there who are in need of everything I take for granted?”
This is what I said in a dream I had last night. For those of you who know me, or have followed this blog for a while, you will know that at the beginning of this year I became a qualified graphic designer. I adore design, everything about it, and as a designer, I will always pick something if it looks good. For example, whichever label of juice appeals to me more because of the design, I will purchase. The coffee place with the most stunning/interesting design will be the one I go to. Even the church events with strong print designs are the ones I initially get more excited for. Good design appeals me and it greatly affects my decisions. In terms of the events, the designs are visually organised and lovely and makes everything feel so much more planned and purposeful. These things are not bad, I’m not saying this because it is a negative trait of mine, it is simply a trait I have, but in light of the dream I had last night, it is an important point to highlight.
I have a passion for design, but I have a heart for justice, and more often then not, justice isn’t structured and organised. It doesn’t look good, and it certainly isn’t the appealing choice–to stand up for injustices that have almost become the norm in today’s society. To stand up for people and places and things that on the surface, don’t look well designed at all. The broken people, the desolate places, the exploited things, that if we are honest with ourselves, are sometimes the things we ignore because it’s easier to focus on those stuff that look appealing to us. Even with my heart for justice, I know that this can be me and the designer in me makes it so much easier for this to be so.
And therein lies the challenge of the words my dream self spoke. How can I simply focus on making things look good (both professionally and personally) when there are people in my world who need everything I take for granted. I can love both the aesthetically pleasing and the injustices of the world–it is not a bad thing to want things to look good, but for me the challenge is to not loose myself in everything needing to look good for me in be interested in it’s content. Go to the less interesting coffee shop, pick the juice label that uses comic sans because a typeface wont change the contents of the bottle. Orange juice is going to taste like oranges regardless of it’s packaging. In the same way justice is to be sought, regardless of how appealing, or easy, it is to seek.
“if you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58: 9-10
This year my easter was spent at a music festival in Toowoomba, QLD called Easterfest. This year was my first festival and I honestly have no words. It was amazing. Best vibe, amazing people, killer worship, awesome music and some of the most magical music moments ever. Highlights from the weekend include: worship by United Pursuit and Ascend the Hill, Tigertown's fantasy show, Relient K, Sanctus Real and New Empire's secret show.
Just take me back to the dusk of the Toowoomba sun,
Until next year,