Category: Inspirational People

Kids learning code

One thing I love seeing is the opportunity kids have today: we have come so far with coding over the past 20 years.

When I was growing up (see my previous post), it was up to me to do my own learning. I could only learn what I found in my own free time, as it wasn’t a focus at school. Now there are coding clubs run across Australia, teaching kids how to use code in all sorts of ways. Not just webdesign, but game design, animation, program design and more.

Why do I think kids learning code is so important?

Coding is all about problem solving. You might be creating a website to share information, or developing a game to teach people a new skill. But the problem solving runs deeper. When coding, sometimes things don’t work as expected. You learn so much through testing and redeveloping. Even just working through some code to find an error, and learning the most efficient way to analyse the code.

Problem solving teaches kids to be detail oriented, patient and be able to think on their feet. And if they’re learning it while they are having fun, then they usually won’t feel like they are learning (in a good way).

Coding also gives a lot of kids a new space for creativity. Not every kid is set to become an artist, but there are many more ways to be creative – and coding opens up a whole world for it. Coding gives the framework to create new inventions, new ways of presenting information, new ways of interacting. And when it’s kids at the helm, there are no limits.

I am really looking forward to the future, and what the next generations create with code.


Cayt’s book launch!

Our very talented copywriter Cayt launched her own novel this week – The Blood Apothecary.

She writes her own material at any moment she has, and The Blood Apothecary has been a long project that we’re all excited to see turned into a book – a real book! She regularly writes website content and brochure content for our clients.

We helped design the cover for the book, and the book had a successful launch at Readings in Hawthorn. Congratulations Cayt!

readings launch  the blood apothecary

Paul Hawken: a night of change

We went to see a presentation by Paul Hawken on Friday, at the Peninsula Community Theatre. For those who don’t know, Paul Hawken is a socially-aware environmentalist and author of many books. We went not knowing anything about Paul – all we knew was that he was going to talk about sustainability, the economy and business.

Wow. It was hugely different to the media release, but was an amazing presentation. It was strange in the fact that many people from Melbourne travelled down to Mornington for his presentation, so there were very few familiar local faces around. If anything, it was more of a spiritual discussion than a lecture.

Around sustainability, he feels there needs to be change from within each person, not change from outside sources. You can bring in processes and products, but if the people won’t change, then all these plans of improving the world fall to the wayside.

We can’t solve problems by changing things, we can only solve problems by changing [ourselves].
– Paul Hawken

For us, sustainability is a strange word – it’s become somewhat fashionable and its real meaning has lost strength. Think about all the “green” or “sustainable” businesses you see each day – how many of those are really wanting to change our mindset, or just wanting to make a dollar at the end of the day because there’s a demand to be “green”?

To have a sustainable world is going to be hard – everyone is used to having resources literally on-tap, which makes it hard to change. We know we’ve even got a long way to go to really make a change – both in business and personally – but starting is better than sitting and watching the world go by.


Steve Jobs, you won’t be forgotten

steve jobs

The world lost a visionary today. Look around our studio and you know Apple has had a large impact on how we get our work done. I’ve always had a special respect for Apple, which strangely enough grew even more after watching the movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley.

I always have a giggle at the first Apple computer:

And to finish, one of my favourite quotes from Steve Jobs:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
– Steve Jobs