12 Positive psychology posts for resilience

It is a New Year, new beginnings this time of year tends to magnify peoples loneliness.  There are many blog posts that enable people to function at their best.  This is 12 of them, enjoy;


Vision Quest – It’s what HAPPENS in those 6 minutes

I remember watching "Vision Quest" at the George Street, Cinemas during a stopover in Sydney travelling home to Canberra from boarding school in Brisbane.  It was released in Australia under the title "Crazy for You".  It did not rival the box office success of the "Karate Kid" at the time however it was a more accurate picture of teen life.  I remember wanting to see it as I heard that Madonna had a brief appearance singing, "Crazy for You."

The first Christmas Card – 1846

One of the first edition copies of the original Christmas card was discovered by a housewife in Essex England in 1954.  The quaint old card bears the date of 1843 and the signature of the artist, shows in the centre panel, a family at their festive board, their glasses all raised in a holiday toast.  … Continue reading The first Christmas Card – 1846

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Musique – Funky Fun Typography

A strong, sassy use of type. The ‘U’ create a not so subtle graphic smile. I imagine the ‘Q’ might be perhaps a pared-back transgender symbol.

Beautiful hand drawn birds from the nineteenth century

These beautiful hand-drawn birds were taken from two books by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby; Beautiful Birds in Far-off Lands and Birds of Gay Plumage. 

Husky in UK Traveller Lonely Planet Magazine

Husky Hero Image

I found this delightful picture in the most recent edition of the UK Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine.   This Husky has different coloured eyes caused by a condition called Heterochromia.  Heterochromia results due to uneven melanin distribution and inbreeding.  Melanin is what gives colours to the irises.  It so happens that many puppies have the almond-shaped pale … Continue reading Husky Hero Image

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Smiling Husky – Great shot

I was reading the Weekend Australian this morning and I noticed this fantastic photo of a smiling husky.  If its grin was any bigger the ice would crack.

Sydney to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte in under a minute

This morning I took time out of my busy schedule to have a wander around the sumptuous Vaux-le-Vicomte one of the many Chateaus around Paris. This trip was sponsored by the Google Art project, and after setting up my iMac deskspace, I was there within under a minute. My Wife has been watching the joint … Continue reading Sydney to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte in under a minute

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Cat Videos a Path to Happiness

No member of the animal kingdom has garnered internet fame like the humble domestic cat. I always think if you’re going to procrastinate then do it with mindfulness and intention. Internet Cat Videos have always been one of my favourite ways to procrastinate. New research indicates that Videos can provide significant health benefits. Yes, it’s … Continue reading Cat Videos a Path to Happiness

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The Colour Blue

The Colour Blue has always been my favourite colour.  Apparently, I am in good company as blue is one of the most well-liked colours.  It is the least gender specific having equal appeal to both men and women. Blue can affect us physically it calms and sedates, cools and aids intuition. "Good things are associated … Continue reading The Colour Blue

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I’d Pick More Daises – (or take their photo)

If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat … Continue reading I’d Pick More Daises – (or take their photo)

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Rosie Boylan Hats

I have just added some images to the shop page for Rosie Boylan Hats on the Newtown Business Precinct website. Rosie's latest project was designing hats for the cast of Alien: Covenant. Bio - for Rosie Over 30 remarkable years of hat-making Rosie has perfected her extensive repertoire of millinery skills and her subtle understanding … Continue reading Rosie Boylan Hats

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Five Fonts of the Week

These are 5 Cool Fonts that I am excited to introduce. Great typography is just as important for web design as it is for print media GOGOIA Gogoia is a clean elegant tropical inspired font. It is also a small plant with many thorns on the leaves and stem; It gives small round fruit, but it … Continue reading Five Fonts of the Week

Street Art on Street View – Newtown & Surrounds

GOOGLE STREET VIEW is an excellent way in which to find street art.  I also believe that the camera is placed a little higher than one can get standing in the street allowing a different perspective in which to view them. If you would like a hand with a design project, please Get in Touch. Simon … Continue reading Street Art on Street View – Newtown & Surrounds

El Salvador Gets its own Branding

I was reading today graffica (with the help of Google translate). Interbrand, a multinational branding consultancy has been involved in the creation of the brand for El Salvador. They have created a visual identity aimed at inspiring their citizenry and placing El Salvador on the global map. Interbrand utilised the thorough analysis and work that … Continue reading El Salvador Gets its own Branding

Ukiyo-e woodblock print of a cuckoo and azaleas by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai

Ukiyo​-e, Pictures of the floating world

Ukiyo -e, translated as "pictures of the floating world," has indeed captured wisps of the natural beauty that one sees around us every day. The phrase "floating world" derived from a Buddhist notion of the transience of earthly life.  To a devout Buddhist, our time on earth though experienced as suffering was only a stage … Continue reading Ukiyo​-e, Pictures of the floating world

Why People Fail

The Reasons for Failure There is a cause for everything! Nothing ever just happens. If you do not get a promotion to a better job there is a reason. If you lose your job there is a reason. There are many causes that lead to failure. Here is a list of the most common causes. … Continue reading Why People Fail

Gadget boom sees e-waste in Asia spike 63 per cent in 5 years

A boom in gadgets and a growing middle class has contributed to a spike in e-waste in East and South-East Asia, raising environmental concerns Source: Gadget boom sees e-waste in Asia spike 63 per cent in 5 years There seems to be and insatiable appetite for these materials. E-waste includes everything from discarded electronic devices … Continue reading Gadget boom sees e-waste in Asia spike 63 per cent in 5 years

Self Acceptance – is for Grown-ups

  Yesterday I watched a video by Simon Sinek on "Millenials in the Workplace."  It was an excellent discourse on why Millenials are so unhappy.  In the 15 minute interview, he covers the addictiveness of social media to flawed parenting.  He argues an entire generation is growing up with lower self-esteem. His talk reminded me of … Continue reading Self Acceptance – is for Grown-ups

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Mindfulness – 5 blog posts to inspire and calm

Take a mindfulness break Mindfulness practise and meditation is an integral aspect of my working day. It has allowed me to take a softer and gentle approach to the way I design. As I create more space in my mind it changes the way I see. The following 'curated content' are a selection of some … Continue reading Mindfulness – 5 blog posts to inspire and calm