Brio Group’s running the Bridge to Brisbane!


That’s right! The kids at Brio Group are going to attempt to run (yes run) the Bridge to Brisbane next Sunday. It’s going to be tough – my body is really only equipped to exercise in short bursts (lasting no longer than a hornpipe – sometimes not even that long) and as we’re glued to our computers most days, we aren’t the fittest bunch. But we think it’s time we all got out and did some exercise for a good cause.

We’re raising money for the Hear and Say Centre, our charity for the year. Hear and Say is one of the leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world, teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak since 1992.

We’ll be sponsoring Rhylee for the next 12 months and following his journey. Rhylee is a 4 year old boy who lives in the south of Brisbane, who needs a cochlear implant in each ear to regain his hearing. On August 10 we were invited to join Rhylee’s family and friends at his ‘Switch On’ ceremony where his cochlear implants were switched on for the very first time. It was an incredibly moving experience to see Rhylee hear again and see the beginning of his sound and speech training.

We’d love it if you joined us on our run or if you spared a few clams here:

And remember donations make us run faster :)

Yours in fun and fitness,

Get your chalk out!

I am always a sucker for good old hand-drawn typography, but hand-drawn typography on a blackboard is just another level of amazement.
Seeing as my blackboard writing skills were clearly tragic when I worked at a school, Dana Tanamachi is my new idol. Take a look at some of her work!

DT Flourish Finished


tanamachi target alphabet decals

tanamachi target home sign




If you want to see more, take a look at her website here.

TED TALK: Looking Past Limits!

“When you REALLY believe in yourself it’s amazing what can happen.” – Carline Casey

Caroline Casey’s parents didn’t tell her she was legally blind until she was 17 years old. She suffers from a genetic condition called ocular albinism which is characterised by severely impaired sharpness of vision, essentially like having Vaseline smeared over your eyes.

In this inspiring TED Talk, Caroline reveals her career history in a range of jobs leading up to her role as a global management consultant for Accenture – all without her boss’ knowledge that she was blind. That is until she hit a hurdle and had to ask for help.

A message for us all from Caroline’s heartfelt story is that to believe is to put no limitation on ability or potential. This ethos has guided her to setting up a foundation to address the global social landscape for people with disabilities.

Steve Jobs – Resigns In Peace

Well a new day of international mourning was created this week with the announcement that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


It really was only a matter of time. It has been well reported that Jobs has had health problems mainly in the form of pancreatic cancer, a survivor nonetheless and also a liver transplant. The early signs of Steve not being able to do his role as CEO of Apple were seen when he was unable to commit to one of his eagerly anticipated keynote speeches at a WWDC (Apple Word Wide Developers Conference), but he has always been open about his health.

It should be said though that Steve is not dead, nor has he left Apple at all. Jobs has nobly put the interests of Apple ahead of himself and it has been confirmed that, as he requested, Jobs will continue as Chairman of the Board and will remain with the company in that capacity. To take his place as CEO, Jobs personally recommended Apple COO Tim Cook. Cook has been ‘filling’ in for Steve when on medical leave and the recommendation comes as no surprise.

In 1976 Steve Jobs (21), and Steve Wozniak (26), founded Apple Computer Co. Their first personal computer released was sold for $666.66.

Some time after Apple became a listed company tensions between Jobs and the Apple board (in particular John Scully, who came from Pepsi to head Marketing) led to Jobs resigning from Apple, for the fist time! This turned out to be one of the best things that, in my opinion, ever did.

After that resignation, Steve went on to found two other well known companies neXT and PIXAR. The neXT computer was used to develop the original Word Wide Web system by Tim Berners-Lee. Unfortunately neXT was wiped off the market, but the new venture PIXAR was to become another hugely successful company. You would now PIXAR as the animators of movies such as Toy Story, A Bugs Life, and of course Finding Nemo.

Are you starting to see the incredible vision of this man?!

Jobs returned to Apple after the failure of neXT. The rest is history! All I need to say is two words, iPod and iTunes! But that’s just the start of Steves vision for Apple. Now we have the iPhone, iPad and the fastest computer operating system around, OS X.

I could go on and on about the success and credibility of this man, but I won’t put you through that! You can read more here!

I will leave you with some lesser known facts about Apple and Steve Jobs though:

• Microsoft Office was first made for an Apple Computer
• Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are friends
• There is a third Apple co-founder, Ronald Wayne who relinquished his stocks in Apple for $800!!!
• Wayne created the first Apple Computer logo

And finally for a bit of fun, if you haven’t seen the Mac vs PC TV ads you’re in for a treat! I found on YouTube the whole collection in one clip (below). Enjoy!



A Brisbane Papergirl!

I’ve just discovered that the art project ‘Papergirl‘, is happening in Brisbane! Papergirl Brisbane is a project produced by For Us By Us, that involves artists of all varieties submitting their artwork and having it delivered to the public. The art is not curated or filtered, it is just rolled up into bundles of three and delivered to the people the old fashioned way, paperboy style. Anyone can submit art to the project and it can be any kind of art including prints, photos, drawings, paintings, zines, creative writing, textiles and stickers. The only requirement is that it is flexible enough to be rolled up.

The artwork will be displayed at White Canvas gallery and opening night will be 3 February 2012. Then the next day the official Papergirl Artwork distribution will commence! And if you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you might pick up some free art!

Get your submissions in!
Yours in art,

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

Each year I thoroughly look forward to seeing the best of Brisbane fashion unleashed to the public at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. I love getting all ‘suited up’ and wandering down to the 60 metre long marquee that spreads along the Brisbane River in South Bank. I love seeing the new and upcoming models that strut the runway drowning in regional luxury. As always, I can’t wait to see what my favourite designer has been working on for the past year! Once again, I was not disappointed. Brad Webb of Darb Bridal Couture is the master of innovation and craftsmanship. Only this man could send a model down the runway wearing a full skirted, green linen (that’s right, green linen) wedding gown and make her the envy of every bride in town. Not only was the closing piece EPIC to say the least, it was enough for me to finish off my fashion week experience with an OMG!!!


Office Etiquette


I just took off my scarf and flung it over the back of my chair, ate my muesli bar and left the wrapper on my desk (which I promise I will put in the bin), and took a look at my sticky notes all over my computer to remind me of whats next. As you can see, I have amazing office etiquette! (cough)

I thought I would take a 2 second break and take a look at the Brisbane Times Website just to have timeout from typography, bleeds, and crop marks. I then thanked my lucky stars that I did not work at BHP Billiton.

This mining giant (BHP) has just structured and handed out a new office Etiquette to their employees. This memo states:
– Post-it notes are to be removed from your monitors and keyboards at the end of the day;
– Other than workstation identification and first aid or fire warden signage, nothing is to be placed on workstation dividers, walls or doors at any time;
– Additional clothing must be stored in designated storage areas during the workday and not on chairs or at workstations;
– Food must not be eaten at your work station;
– Food that emits strong odours is not allowed at all;
– Mobile phone ring tones kept at low volume and forwarded to voice mail when out of office; and
– No iPod or MP3 players to be used in the office.

So maybe my office etiquette doesn’t match theirs?

Yours in Office Etiquette,

Brisbane Festival 2011

We are just over a week away from the launch of the Brisbane Festival.

The three-week festival runs from 3 September till 24 September and offers some of the most interesting, inspiring and cutting edge art and entertainment the city, the country and the world has to offer. Experience and delight in the offerings to be had from dance, theatre, opera, classical music, visual arts, circus, sideshows and contemporary music. There’s surely something on to tempt the creative within.

This year is set to be a landmark year with the 2011 programme boasting four world premieres, five Australian premieres and eleven international productions. What more could the creative, art minded and everyone in Brisbane ask for, especially with an extensive range of both free and ticketed events.

The Festival’s opening extravaganza will set the city a light, with the famous and colourful fireworks display Riverfire, a not to be missed highlight on the Brisbane calendar. The light theme continues throughout the Festival with the introduction of an exciting new show, Santos City of Lights, the first laser light show of it’s kind in Australia.

To find out what’s on offer at this year’s Festival and to see a full programme, checkout

Yours in festivities

For the Typography Lovers!



Who needs a Gas lift, reclining, Ergonomic, posturepedic, support chair when you have these AWESOME Typography Chairs! Spell your name, your initials, and you could even play a sneaky game of ABC Musical Chairs!

Furniture inspired by typography is another trend that the Dutch showed to the world late last year. ABChairs is a series of 26 typographic chairs that were presented during Dutch Design week, 2010. 
It’s an alphabet to sit on and a series of chairs to form words with. Designed by graphic designer Roeland Otten, he described himself as “working with a conceptual approach in different fields of art and design, from graphic design to new media and video, from product design to art in public space and events”.

Thanks to using of rotational moulding of LDPE plastic during their manufacture these chairs are quite lightweight, fragile and sustainable for outdoors use. At the moment these chairs can be bought only by request. Smaller size ABChairs for kids would also be available very soon. Keep a lookout online or email him on to find out more!



Yours in typography,
Angela Purdy
(on behalf of Amber)

What adults can learn from children

In this TED talk Adora Svitak, American child prodigy and published author reminds us of what we can learn as adults, from children. She reminds us that when we were children we had crazy ideas of doing and achieving anything we could imagine. Then as adults we look at these ideas as impossible or too hard to achieve, but aren’t some of the best ideas the ones that seem impossible. She reminds us to take the time to really look at some of those far out there, creative ideas and look at the possibility that they are achievable. To take the time to look at the possibilities through a child’s eyes, rather then as an adult. After all a you have to dream it first, before you can make it a reality.

There have been some truly inspiring children out there and Adora is one who inspired me to look at not only my ideas differently, but the ideas from children as well.

You can learn more about Adora and her thoughts by checking out her blog at

Yours in inspiration,