Why Design Matters

Why Design Matters

Jul 30, 2018

I have always loved colour and type. Even when I worked as an editor – where my focus was words – I was particularly interested in the way that design, typography, words and imagery could combine to create an amazing emotional and intellectual response. Some of my interest here was intuitive, and some was studied. I worked to understand layout. I...

Disrupting Graphics: Now Design’s at Your Fingertips with Canva for iPad

One of the great local startup success stories, Canva – the platform that lets us all create great graphic design in an amazingly simple way – has reached a milestone – 850,000 users. This is no mean feat – especially in a world where every startup, every mature business and hoards of consultants, freelancers and the like vie for our attention, loyalty and...

Ash Donaldson – Predicting Irrational Decisions

I don’t know about you, but I am completely logical. Focused. Directed. I am completely in charge of my own decisions and behaviour. Or so I thought. A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with Ash Donaldson, caffeine aficionado and behavioural design guru. We got talking about mobile app design and human behaviour and within seconds, my head was swimming. He was...

MotoCorsa Portland Show Us How to Sell Ducatis

When I sold my last motorbike, I almost cried as its new owner rode into the cold, afternoon sun. Ever since I started riding as a teenager, I had dreamed of owning a Ducati – and here I was, many years on, relinquishing my much-loved Ducati Monster. But once you have owned one Ducati, it’s in your blood. As a result, I am constantly on the look out for my next...

Gustin Shows Why Retailers Still Don’t Get Digital

For years, Australian retailers have under-invested in digital. They held back technology investment, closed down innovation programs and hired traditional marketers when they should have been growing their own breed of tech-savvy innovators. And while retailers had their heads in the sand, the world changed. Recent failures like ClickFrenzy have been down...

Logos and the Psychology of Colour

In the process of building new brands, there are three steps that I love: Naming: The naming of your new brand can be fraught – but should be fun. Coming up with a name that is descriptive enough for your customers but imaginative enough to draw them in can take far longer than you can imagine. Then once you have a name, securing and registering it can take...