The brash iPhone alarm goes off at 7.30am to which I hit snooze until 7:45am comes along. This also gets cancelled in preparation for the 8:00am. I get up and jump in the shower (for far too long). I rush out with my bag and only a banana in hand. It’s about a 12-minute walk to the nearest station and there are 2 of them, so it’s usually a random choice. I arrive at work at 9:01am…the last one to arrive, again. First up, I check all my emails and, of course, Facebook and Twitter. Water the plants, as we even killed an Air-Plant, which I’ve heard is impossible. I make sure there is some decent music playing. 10am on the dot I meet a friend (every day) down at our local coffee haute. The single origin of the day is a Guatemalan…and it’s seriously good. By mid morning I’ve settled into progressing a few projects along, one of which is a terrific project for MTV.
1:00pm comes around and I’m off down the road to join the 30m-long queue for Melbourne’s best sushi. I get a takeaway pack that includes some raw fish and a lot of ginger and wasabi. We all sit down with our respective lunches and eat together. After lunch I delve into some hand painted typography on acetate screens. We have a camera set up nearby to take regular shots that upload to the computer for digital manipulation. I dabble in a few other projects that we currently have on, making sure nothing is left behind.
At 5:20pm I set off by foot to a monthly AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) meeting, in which I am a council member. We discuss all things design that will benefit Australian design locally and internationally. The meeting goes for an hour and a half, and I then jump on the tram to go home. As soon as I arrive home I put on my running shoes, grab my iPod, and go for a 5km run, which always relaxes me after a big day. Given the time it already is, the best thing to cook is a quick thai basil stir fry. After dinner is finished I always try to catch up on one of the terrific TV shows that are currently in circulation. This time it is Mad Men. I usually don’t get to sleep until about 12:00am or after…ready to hit the snooze button in another 7 hours.
Three Last Things…
1. What is up with the book you are showing us? Give us your favorite line or quote from it.
The book is called Open Manifesto by Australian designer Kevin Finn. The book series (6 editions) encourages critical writing on graphic design and visual communication. It’s a very local book, featuring opinion pieces from Australian based creatives. I don’t have a favourite ‘line’ in the book, but at the start it says “this book is dedicated to you”, which I think is nice.
2. Who is this mysterious friend you meet everyday at 10am for coffee. How did that start?
I meet with a friend who works nearby. It is a nice way to get away from the desk and pop down for a coffee/chat. We usually try to have a new Single Origin coffee each day…just like a good Melbourne coffee snob.
3. Motherbird seems to have designed it all…from big (747 airplane graphics) to small (EP packaging). Who’s on your list of future dream clients/projects?
We’d love to continue working in creative industries like art & design, fashion and music. Usually clients from these areas allow and expect a lot of creativity…we love getting an open brief.