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20.11.14. filed under Photography. No Comments →

Get into the Christmas Spirit with PNP

Fresh from the North Pole comes “PNP” or Portable North Pole. The website that brings Santa Claus right into kids’ (and grown-ups’) worlds through the magic of technology.

The website allows personalised videos to be created so that Santa Claus addresses the receiver (child) by name, and names the good (or bad) deeds they have done throughout the year. Then, a madly pedaling elf  starts a frenzy of excitement in Santa’s Village, as he powers the “Verdict Machine” which finally concludes if you are on the dreaded Naughty or most desirable Nice list, this year.

Yes, it’s all a lot of holiday fun – ho ho ho – but the best news is that every year PNP release a free video so that nobody will go without the wonderment of Santa. This year’s free video is set to come out any November day, now. For those who wish to upgrade the thrills to a premium video that gives more personalisation options, there are all kinds of fabulous packages and bundles to help you get giving, and 5% of all web sales will go to a participating children’s hospital near you.

PNP has partnered with Mater Little Miracles in Brisbane and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, this year, so Australian users of the website will be helping put smiles on more than one child’s face. Money that is raised during the holiday period will go to these worthy causes.

So, what are you waiting for? Get into the jingle bells spirit and head over to www.portablenorthpole.com 

19.11.14. filed under Inspiration. No Comments →

Kanji Characters Trade-off in the Mist

In light of recent, perhaps controversial, Trade Partnership announcements on the Federal scene this text based sculpture aims for a subtle cross-cultural knock-out, telling an Aussie cautionary tale in black & white, yet floating in a jaw-dropping surreal rainforest setting.

With this peer-fund invitation you can assist boost the Artist Simon Alexander’s farmgate project that is crafting the typographic installation for the ‘Jurassic’ rainforest due next April in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. As a finalist in the international sculpture exhibition this kinetic work spins a yarn on our geo-political issues of “selling the farm”, translated satirically into large Kanji characters.

This seriously enjoyable piece asks you onboard, with a LOL moment of realisation. To help production and speak to the 60,000 tourist visitors, many of whom are visiting from across Asia and Europe you could receive a beautiful archival photo print that is on offer. All contributions small or large receive a photo document, in appreciation. All LOLs behind the hand please, its more scenic!.

Check it out at http://igg.me/at/farmgate

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Lifeline Australia’s Crisis Support Line: 13 11 14

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Today is the 13th November, 2014 (13 11 14) – this is also the same number of Lifeline Australia’s Crisis Support Line: 13 11 14.

To recognise the unique date, Lifeline and Shout for Good have commissioned artist Darren Henderson to develop a street mural in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude Street.

The mural pays tribute to the vital work of Lifeline volunteers and will encourage those feeling vulnerable to reach out.

Every day over 2,000 calls are made to Lifeline. Darren’s mural, completed yesterday took a little over 2days to finish – that means more than 4,000 calls will be received during its creation.

Lifeline expects that almost one million Australians will call 13 11 14 in the next financial year, reinforcing the need for ongoing support for the organisation.

Today we are asking people to donate to Lifeline via news.shoutforgood.com/131114.

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Emma Braun Interview

Documentary Photographer Emma Braun sat down with Design Federation recently to explain her work in the field of Art Therapy at Hawkesbury House and also her love of the Hasselblad. Read the entire Emma Braun Interview →

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Poke Something That Bites – A solo exhibition by Cohen.

‘Poke Something That Bites’ is an exhibition that explores the mentally exhausting symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

“When the mind is like an angry wasps nest thrown into the middle of an elephant’s carcass being torn to pieces by a pack of hyenas it can be difficult to process ‘normal’ or ‘rational’ thoughts.”

The exhibition is an attempt at visualising these mental and physical symptoms through the mediums of illustration, character design and sculpture/object design.

Running until the 18th November at the Nishi Gallery, NewActon (Canberra). Open 11am-3pm weekdays, 11am-4pm Weekends.

Nishi Gallery
17 Kendall Lane, NewActon ACT 2601 (Nishi Gallery is located near Palace Electric Cinemas)
p. +61 2 6287 6170

For more information visit Cohen’s Facebook page here

To view the full media release for the event click here

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“Dark Night” by Jordan Clarke

A journey through the dark night of the soul by way of myth, folklore, collage and embroidery.

Sounds heavy, but it looks pretty! If you’re into digital collage of the vintage, anatomical, skully, floral and colourful kind then you’ll enjoy this exploration of folk tales and myth.

“Dark Night” by Jordan Clarke

Open for 4 days, come along! Opening Night on Wednesday 26th November, 6-8pm.
Exhibition continues until Sunday 30th November, 12-5pm.

107 Projects

107 Redfern Street Redfern, Sydney, Australia 2016

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The History of the Barcode

A guest contribution by Jonny Rowntree on behalf of Elanders UK.

Barcodes of some variety are everywhere nowadays; product packaging, posters and flyers to name a few locations you’ll find one. Barcodes are monochrome graphics that aid in the transfer of information. In their traditional form, barcodes transfer information about a product; such as the products name, brand, price, where its stored in the inventory to a computerised cash register. This information can then be used to keep track of stock so additional stock can be ordered quickly and retailers don’t need to carry out stocktakes as often. In recent years, QR codes have been introduced which allow the transfer of information such as links to websites or smartphone applications. History of the Barcode →

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