Category Archives: Brisbane

Riverfire to light our Brisbane skies this Saturday!

Fireworks, who doesn’t regain their childhood enthusiasm when they burst and splatter neon magic through the night sky?

This Saturday (4 September), Brisbane’s skyline, riverbanks, balconies and backyards will be illuminated and alive with activity as Queensland celebrates the opening of Brisbane Festival 2010 with the annual QBE Riverfire. Not sure where the best vantage spot is? Click here.

The iconic fireworks display marks the commencement of Brisbane Festival’s three week programme along with the official opening of the festival hub, QUT Spiegeltent, featuring 22 days of music, cabaret and festival mayhem. For more information, visit the official website.

Let’s see if we beat last year’s record of 650,000 packed on the banks of the Brisbane River to be mesmorised by the Riverfire festivities!

Yours in festivity,


5 ways to improve your desk health

We are rocking along to September, and although the year seems to be flying, I’m sure we are all feeling like it’s not going quick enough! Here are 5 quick tips to power through and keep you sitting up straight, to make sure your posture, eyesight and circulation are tip top! Enjoy the Christmas party this year, instead of spending two weeks trying to ease the back pain!

This one caught us out in the design studio. A visitor to our office pointed out the position of our windows and sympathised about the glare we must struggle with on our screens. We had blinds installed a few weeks later and what a difference! Glare can cause eye strain and make you sit abnormally to see the screen clearly, undoing all your hard posture work!

Ladies, this one will catch you out every 10 minutes if you’re not paying attention, yet it’s the easiest one to fix! I paid particular attention correcting this, and after one week, noticed a dramatic difference. I used to get a lot of knee pain when running at the gym, and I found by uncrossing my legs and keeping my feet flat on the floor, I was not only correcting my posture, but also the alignment of my knee with my hip. This will also help your circulation in your legs.

Make sure your chair is positioned to support your lower back. You should be at a height where your knees are level with your hips. Use a foot rest if this helps. Your head should be positioned above your shoulders. This allows the weight of your head to be supported down to the pelvis and into the chair. Slouching forward will put extra pressure on the muscles in the middle of your back and make them work overtime to keep your head up. This could lead to the dreaded stoop! And if you don’t like working overtime, I’m sure your back won’t either!

Objects which you use frequently should be within easy reach, try to avoid repeatedly stretching or twisting. For a designer, if you love your stationary, use a cool stationary holder or container, so everything is in easy reach. Or make use of the storage room (the more you move out of the chair and around the office, the better your circulation will be!)

Your chair should have a 5 star base, not 4 as it may tip over!

I hope this helps to make the time you spend doing what you love, that little bit more enjoyable!

Yours in good health,


Team Brio take on Bridge to Brisbane 2010

The alarm was not my friend at 4.30am yesterday morning. But joining the pre-race buzz at the start line an hour and a half later made up for it! Team Brio participated in the 10km Bridge to Brisbane fun run, and helped the 31,700 participants raise funds for Autism Queensland. We walked, jogged, and ran the distance and had a great time every step of the way!

Yours in fundraising & fitness,



Brisbane hosts international Design Week – last week for early bird regos

Recently Brio Group has been involved in developing the website for the upcoming International Design Week to be held right here in Bris-Vegas!

In October, ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) in partnership with AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association), will host OPTIMISM: Icograda Design Week Brisbane—international design conference, 10th AGDA National Biennial Awards, exhibitions, design trade fair, workshops and other special events.

OPTIMISM 2010 will recognise the valuable contribution designers make to delivering benefits and results for business, community and culture.

Join designers and colleagues from around the world to celebrate creativity, communication and collaboration.

For more information check out the brilliant website that Brio Digital created or the links to speakers and events below!

Yours in International Design,




Brisbane Writers Festival 2010

Next week  (1 – 5 September) more than 250 writers and participants will gather in Brisbane as they take part in more than 150 sessions, (including 24 workshops), as part of this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF).

BWF 2010 is so much more than the name suggests… It’s an opportunity for people who love reading to come together; to listen to their favourite authors speak; receive feedback on their own work; to make new discoveries as well as share their own thoughts and connections to the stories.

We’ve selected a few program highlights:

Matt Condon, a firm Brisbane favourite, will share his thoughts on Brisbane, and home more broadly, with other Brisbane devotees, Robert Forster and William McInnes.

Jessica Watson will be back on dry land sharing her story of how she sailed into history while Jessica Rudd (Kevin Rudd’s daughter) will take us behind the scenes of her debut novel Campaign Ruby – an interesting chat given the current state of politics.

Benjamin Law invites you to meet The Law Family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist!

And finally, talking about the world of new media, Brisbane bloggers Fiona Crawford and John Birmingham will be joined by China’s wild-child of literature Mian Mian, (who sued Google for breaching copyright and won!).

For all budding writers or published authors in Brisbane, next week is all about you!

For more information click here.

Yours in literature,


Beastman wins 4ZZZ competition and paints Brisbane studio

Early this year, Brisbane radio station, 4ZzZ, put a call out for artists to unleash their creative juices and submit a design for their building in Fortitude Valley in celebration of their 35th Birthday. The winner would be allowed to paint the entire face of their building in the hope of creating a new Brisbane icon.

Well Brad Eastman (AKA ‘Beastman‘) as been announced as the winner and his masterpiece revealed. Beastman is editor of online art magazine/blog WATIM (We Are The Image Makers) and a renowned Australian Artist, with an exhibition called ‘Brave New Worlds’ opening tomorrow at Brisbane’s Nine Lives Gallery.

I love his work…what do you guys think?

Yours in art,

Mathilda’s Markets hits Brisbane today

The magic of Mathilda’s Markets returns today to Brisbane at the Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm from 9am – 1pm. Browse beautiful clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for children at more than 70 stalls that are simply brimming with wonderful bits and pieces your children will love. The market series, which runs nationally, has handpicked a mix of local Brisbane artists, designers and dressmakers to showcase their creations. Fingers crossed for some sunshine! For more information visit the Mathilda’s Markets website.

Yours in market browsing,


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival wraps up tonight in Brisbane

Have you got plans after work tonight? If you love fashion, food and music you can’t go past the final evening of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival as it draws to an end at Little Stanly Street Supper Club tonight (Friday 13 August 2010). The street will be abuzz with activity, a great way to end a short-working week in style! From 6.30pm expect live DJs and the very catchy oz-music outfit Little Red (pictured). Check out the programme, call your friends, and enjoy a beautiful night in Brisbane!

Yours in celebrating Fridays,


Shadowlands opens today at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Shadowlands, the controversial love affair drama of the Narnia chronicles author C.S Lewis and American poet Joy, is a moving and confronting play that has had many adaptations on theatre stages world wide. It’s also been filmed twice, for TV and the big screen. Today the Brisbane Powerhouse opens a short run of Shadowlands from: 29th July until 31 July and 4th August until 7 August.

A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing the large scale West End theatre version of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands in London and the intensity, drama and complexities of finding love still linger in the back of my mind today. In brief, it explores the joy and grief of “experience: the most brutal of teachers”. I remember feeling saddened that C.S Lewis found Joy so late in his life (in his 50s when he was an ultimate bachelor), and was forced to explore the full breadth of emotions that falling in love entails, even when faced with the inevitable  – death. It’s a soulful play that simply cannot help but stir.

So if you fancy some intensity this winter, I suggest you check the Aussie theatre talent (Brisbane and Sydney actors) who will take to the Brisbane Powerhouse stage at New Farm. Tickets are $35 (concession $25) and can be booked online.