Thursday, October 31, 2013

AFP: The Respiratory Tract

The November 2012 AFP Magazine focus is on respiratory problems. Discussing issues such as management of chronic lung disease, Bronchiectasis and strategies to continue the 'endgame for tobacco'.

Joyful Strains

Immigration for a variety of cultures and experiences has enriched Australia enormously. Joyful Strains is comprised of twenty seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia. Stories about what they found, who they became and what they now think of Australia. The driving concept behind the cover design was of this enrichment, the metaphor being waterways in a typically vast, dry continent.

Edited by Ali Lemer and Kent MacCarter, writers include Dmetri Kakmi, Alice Pung, Michael Sala, Paola Totaro, Danny Katz and Mark Dapin. 

Friday, October 25, 2013


The August 2012 issue of Child Magazine featured this story on Embracing Technology, its role and benefits in education. 
And how its the kids who are more easily adapting to it, often more readily than their teachers!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Failure To Bargain

Workplace Bargaining requires more than just showing up for the meeting. Failing to engage with the process risks not just clear understanding or any chance of good faith, but self interest.

Friday, October 18, 2013

AFP: Psychological Strategies

The September 2012 Issue of Australian Family Physician feature is on Psychological Strategies in General Practice. 
The Family Doctor deals with a variety of illnesses and issues, among the most challenging being the psychiatric. From cognitive behaviour therapies, to motivational techniques, problem solving therapy, to prescriptions and monitoring of potential side effects,  the first strategy for all Doctors is to listen.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pop Life.

This is it! The definitely NOT official story of life inside seminal Australian pop magazine Smash Hits Australia from 1984 to 2007, as told by those who were there: Marc Andrews, self confessed pop tragic andwriter during 1988-1990, returning as editor in 1992 for several years; Claire Isaac, obsessive pop fan, turned pop hits magazine professional, and David Nichols, now writer and academic, then accidental pop journo!

And in spite of all the exclamation marks, I still thought it was nicer to have a full point after the title. The design intention was to echo the colour and boldness of the original magazine, and if you look closely you may find it looking right back at you. (!)

Chaz: Superchef!

Chaz's first book has him entering the school's Superchef competition. One way or another, he's going to be the last chef standing.
Getting inspiration from a familiar looking TV host.
Plating up at school.

The school unplating. 

Noob: Crimebuster!

Here's a couple from Noob's first book of the set,  Crimebuster!

Noob flexing his sheer awesomeness.

Taking down arch enemy and suspected Library Book smuggler Liam Lawson.

Been a LITOL bit busy...

For the last year I've been illustrating a couple of sets of books for McMillan Education. The Legends In Their Own Lunchbox series comprises six characters, each with their own set of six books. In a fit of overconfidence, greed or (most likely) wilful self-delusion I accepted 2 characters, requiring 12 books in all. 

Noob is the self described 'Playground Superhero', defender of the underdog, guardian of library rules and schoolyard etiquette. All tied in with his eternal struggle against arch enemy Liam Lawson, smart, confident, deceptive, all-round-nasty-piece-of-work and, unfortunately, son of the school principal! Fortunately, Noob has best friend Trung to keep him from stepping over the brink to complete disaster. Well, most of the time, anyway. (written by Tristan Bancks, )

Chaz loves to cook. The fact that he's absolutely terrible at it is no barrier to his, err, unbound creativity. Long suffering mate Toby tries to reign in Chaz's greater excesses, usually to no avail and certainly to the digestive regret of anyone sampling his dishes. And  pretty much anyone standing directly in front of them, as well. It's his dream to become the next TV SuperChef. Duck and cover! (written by James Roy, )

I'll post a few more images from the series in the coming months.