Neil Gaiman: A New Year’s Thoughts, and the old ones gathered:

For this year… I hope we all get to walk freely in the world once more. To see our loved ones, and hold them once again.

I hope the year ahead is kind to us, and that we will be kind to each other, even if the year isn’t.

Small acts of generosity, of speech, of reaching out, can mean more to those receiving them than the people doing them can ever know. Do what you can. Receive the kindnesses of others with grace.

Hold on. Hang on, by the skin of your teeth if you have to. Make art – or whatever you make – if you can make it. But if all you can manage is to get out of bed in the morning, then do that and be proud of what you’ve managed, not frustrated by what you haven’t.

Remember, you aren’t alone, no matter how much it feels like it some times.

And never forget that, sometimes, it’s only when it gets really dark that we can see the stars.


Business not as usual

Observations from my temporary outpost in Singapore.

Archeology and Invention: Designing Empirica • Design writing that digs deep, bordering on obsession, is a delight to read. Empirica is a typeface designed by Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger that pays homage to the Roman Empire which, curiously, did not produce any lowercase letters.

I love that Empirica feels authoritative, stone-etched and clearly like a modern interpretation. The product print specimen is lovely too.


Felix “Squish” the Budgie (4 May 2013–30 December 2019)

My budgie of six and a half years died peacefully on 30 December 2019 in Sydney, Australia. He lived a full life; he was clicker-trained and spoke over 40 words and phrases; he travelled to three states and had been on countless road trips singing along to Prince I Wanna Be Your Lover.

He was very loved by friends and family, adored by those who met him. He left an oversized impact on our lives well beyond his micro size. He will be missed dearly.


Decade in review 2010–2019

It was the decade of growth and growing up. For me, it will always symbolise a decade of taking risks, embracing change, and growing beyond myself.

Weaning myself off my Fitbit after twelve months has been difficult: I no longer have a silent alarm, wrist timer or health tracker, and that has impacted my daily routine. Thanks, Google. I guess it’s time to buy an Apple Watch.


Teshima, Japan

I had heard so much about the Art Islands in the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in the past few years that they were on my must-visit list. When I got there, however, I realised that it was more than modern art that drew me to these former fishing villages.


One of Canberra’s best features is its setting in natural bushlands and the quantity of cool climate produce and wine made in surrounding towns about an hour away. On a Saturday in June, the day before Matthew’s birthday, we drove to Laggan Pantry for dinner and an overnight stay at their cottage.

San Francisco

Before I visited San Francisco, I already felt familiar with the city as a result of having followed many of my favourite photographers on Flickr and Instagram since the early 2000s. I would finally visit the city a decade later.


Spending an autumn weekend at a log cabin in Robertson, New South Wales, a small sleepy town that is home to the “Big Potato”.