For someone who lives in sunny Perth, Australia, it’s been a long held dream of mine to spend a white Christmas somewhere in the northern hemisphere. Prior to my visit, I pictured Iceland to be a very cold country with frozen landscapes, snow-covered peaks, black sand beaches and sky scraping geysers. But this magical island country in the North Atlantic Ocean has a lot more to offer than what I initially imagined.
The ground rules required by an individual to be an excellent designer are similar to graphic design rules. However, when you want to specialise, you need to be very aware of the rules and challenges that will make you successful. It’s perfectly acceptable to break these rules occasionally, but it is vital to understand the rules you are breaking to make sure you do it in the right way.
Art is a perfect way of adding freshness to your office décor. If your office walls are cold and uninspiring, it’s probably time to give your office a stylish makeover. Displaying photographs will not only make a workplace more aesthetically pleasing and impress visitors, it can also increase employee creativity, efficiency and productivity.
Kamakura is one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations thanks to its long history and coastal location. There is an abundance of things to see in and around the city, and it has a reputation for having a relaxed atmosphere.
Colour is a vital feature in web and graphic design. It helps to enhance a website’s aesthetic appeal and convey information. But even more importantly, colour plays a key role in the usability and accessibility of a website. Colour can increase accessibility but when used incorrectly, it can create unnecessary difficulties.
I've been working with Guide Dogs WA since September 2016 providing pro bono graphic design assistance, including helping out with their Pupdates – the quarterly ‘school reports’ for each Guide Dog in training. I find volunteering has so many benefits, from learning and developing new skills to gaining experience.
Having spent some time in Osaka and Nara, I hopped onto the Kintetsu Rail and travelled a short distance inland to the city of Kyoto. I was excited to reach Kyoto, a city steeped in history, and home to many fascinating and photogenic attractions scattered around the metropolitan area. Kyoto is also renowned for being one of the best places in the country to see Japanese cherry blossom.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to visit Japan during cherry blossom season. Every year, from February to early May, parts of the country explode with pink as the native cherry trees start to blossom. My imagination captured by the evocative fairy tale images of this natural event, I finally got the chance to visit Japan last year, when I organised a trip during Easter, to see the cherry trees in full bloom.
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting one of the cleanest and most unspoiled destinations in the world - Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland. In this beautiful icy wonderland the air was so crisp and cold I could feel it deep down in my lungs and the water is so pure you could drink it straight from the streams. When the sun rose, the blanket of white snow reflected the pinkish glow of the horizon.
I hadn’t planned to go to Stockholm on my trip around the Nordic countries, but circumstances saw me over there anyway. We had spent two days and two nights in Stockholm and had been pleasantly surprised by it. The city is clean and organised, and the people are very friendly.