From Medical Observer, July 2014.I saw this story reported on other news sites, so you may have heard it, but it is extraordinary. Research shows that for the majority of men (and also a fair chunk of women) doing nothing alone in an empty room (ie sitting with their own thoughts) is unenjoyable, to the extent that 67% of men and 25% of women (swapping to capitals here) CHOSE TO GIVE THEMSELVES AN ELECTRIC SHOCK (that they had experienced previously, and that they ‘would pay to avoid’ having again - ie: unpleasant) RATHER THAN SIT DOING NOTHING. Researchers did not attribute this to the fast pace of modern society - the rise of distracting electronic devices, smartphones, etc - but thought that these devices might be a response to people’s desire to always have something to do.

From Medical Observer, July 2014.

I saw this story reported on other news sites, so you may have heard it, but it is extraordinary. Research shows that for the majority of men (and also a fair chunk of women) doing nothing alone in an empty room (ie sitting with their own thoughts) is unenjoyable, to the extent that 67% of men and 25% of women (swapping to capitals here) CHOSE TO GIVE THEMSELVES AN ELECTRIC SHOCK (that they had experienced previously, and that they ‘would pay to avoid’ having again - ie: unpleasant) RATHER THAN SIT DOING NOTHING. Researchers did not attribute this to the fast pace of modern society - the rise of distracting electronic devices, smartphones, etc - but thought that these devices might be a response to people’s desire to always have something to do.

From The Big Issue Australia, July 2014.From a few weeks ago… My third entry into the ‘Tiny Clive Palmer Caricature Competition’…

From The Big Issue Australia, July 2014.

From a few weeks ago… My third entry into the ‘Tiny Clive Palmer Caricature Competition’…

From The Sunday Age, 27th July 2014.

From The Sunday Age, 27th July 2014.

From The Age, 24th July 2014.Why do I love an ad cartoon so much? Probably speculation best left to a time when I don’t have a deadline breathing down my neck…

From The Age, 24th July 2014.

Why do I love an ad cartoon so much? Probably speculation best left to a time when I don’t have a deadline breathing down my neck…

From The Big Issue Australia, July 2014.

From The Big Issue Australia, July 2014.

From The Age, 22nd July 2014.There was debate with my in-house editor/partner about the correctness of the final sentence, but we settled on this, my original wording - not because it is actually formally correct (we agreed it feels somehow wrong), but because we couldn’t think of anything that conveyed the idea I was trying to get across any better (ie the company will not shame you for the large size of your car parking space, hence your incompetence). Any suggestions welcomed.

From The Age, 22nd July 2014.

There was debate with my in-house editor/partner about the correctness of the final sentence, but we settled on this, my original wording - not because it is actually formally correct (we agreed it feels somehow wrong), but because we couldn’t think of anything that conveyed the idea I was trying to get across any better (ie the company will not shame you for the large size of your car parking space, hence your incompetence). Any suggestions welcomed.

From The Sunday Age, 20th July 2014.

From The Sunday Age, 20th July 2014.

From The Age, 17th July 2014.The pram is based on a Maclaren Techno XT. And the kids? Oh, you know, just totally made up…

From The Age, 17th July 2014.

The pram is based on a Maclaren Techno XT. And the kids? Oh, you know, just totally made up…

So great to see that ‘Don’t Look Now’ has been shortlisted in the ABDA 2014 Book Design Awards in the Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series category.  A lot of effort went into making the books visually striking, beautifully designed objects, and it’s excellent to see them recognised in this way. Props to the book’s talented designer Bruno Herfst, who made the whole package look so simple, striking and fun. The entire shortlist can be seen here: www.abda.com.au, and I am so pleased to be in the company of so many gorgeous books :) The shortlisted books can be viewed from now till the awards on the 22/8 at Readings, Hawthorn in Melbourne, and Ariel Books in Sydney.

So great to see that ‘Don’t Look Now’ has been shortlisted in the ABDA 2014 Book Design Awards in the Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series category.
A lot of effort went into making the books visually striking, beautifully designed objects, and it’s excellent to see them recognised in this way. Props to the book’s talented designer Bruno Herfst, who made the whole package look so simple, striking and fun.
The entire shortlist can be seen here: www.abda.com.au, and I am so pleased to be in the company of so many gorgeous books :)
The shortlisted books can be viewed from now till the awards on the 22/8 at Readings, Hawthorn in Melbourne, and Ariel Books in Sydney.

From The Age, 15th July 2014.

From The Age, 15th July 2014.