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10 annoying things designers do

Designers can’t help it. It’s not our fault. We like to judge. We are picky. We like to openly criticise design, even if no one asked us our opinion. It’s in our DNA. We seriously can’t help it, fact. We are a collective who are…

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10 ways to stay creative in chaotic times

We’re always looking for inspiration on creativity as I enjoyed this talk from author Austin Kleon, writer of Steal like an Artist and Show your Work. It forms the basis for his new book Keep Going. He talks about 10 ways to keeping moving forward,…

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Fake personal branding. Have we moved from real people to puppets?

No longer true blue, Aussie pollies are being shaped to ‘fit’ the party image and narrative. The role of personal branding has been impacted significantly by the shift towards more populist politics. In the past, political leaders like Whitlam, Hawke, Menzies and even Howard stood…

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Some words of wisdom from designer and illustrator, Zach Hobbs.

  As well as working as a communication designer at IDEO, Zach Hobbs creates experimental, abstract, and satirical artworks that resemble the sharpie rendition of a bad acid trip. I was lucky enough to interview Zach recently and wanted to share with you his insights…

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Palmer rebrand not really a rebrand at all

Palmer United Party changes name to United Australia Party When is a rebrand not really a rebrand? When you change your name and maybe your logo but nothing really changes. That is exactly what Clive Palmer seems to be doing. Clive has announced that Palmer…

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Vale Anthony Bourdain

Like many people throughout the world, I was deeply saddened to hear about the recent death of Anthony Bourdain. A man with a desirable, dynamic and authentic personal brand, he was not your average celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and presenter. Bourdain introduced us to…

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Banksy strikes again

Banksy has popped up in the heart of London this week, unveiling two new murals close to the capital’s Barbican Centre. Banksy has described the murals as an “(unofficial) collaboration” with the upcoming centre’s exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist who started his career off as…

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on strategy, branding, creative, media or reputation if there’s something wrong with your culture. As Uber is currently proving. It’s impossible in today’s society to mask an internal culture with brand. Sooner or later the truth will out…

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How personal brand is the foundation for building your business brand

Simple Personal Branding is great for Brand Building Recently I bumped-into a friend of mine; Graeme Goldman at a business event. Graeme is one of Australia’s brilliant entrepreneurs quietly going about growing impressive businesses and brands. His retail watch business, 8th Avenue Watch Co is…

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Master Personal Brand Fail for MasterChef King George Calombaris

It would appear MasterChef Judge and restaurant king George Calumbaris has tarnished his personal brand when it was recently revealed nearly 200 staff at his restaurants have been underpaid $2.6 million. George Calombaris’ company underpaid 162 of the 430 current staff at his restaurants including…

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Bruce rocks the rock…

Last weekend I saw two legends in Melbourne, two men so passionate about their work, that they are still going after 45 and 65 years respectfully. It’s not every weekend you get to experience great, influencers at the top of their game, who can rally…

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Brand differentiation: Lye back and think of Iceland

Enjoy Our Nature’s explosive Icelandic condom packaging. As a brand agency with differentiation at our core, we’re always looking for unique ways to help brands standout from the pack. We salute brands who see the world differently, so we couldn’t go past this brand packaging…

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