List 114: Songs stuck in my head for the month of January 2015

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Seriously random shit

Ok, so I’m daggy. Very daggy.

Judge me quietly please.

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Jan 1: Pay attention from Sister Act (1992)
Jan 2: In the summertime by Mungo Jerry (1970); Arrested Development TV series theme (2003)
Jan 3: Sing by The Carpenters (1973); Hell on Wheels TV series theme (2011); Are you ready for this by Jock Jams (1996)
Jan 4: We got the beat by The Go-go’s (1980)
Jan 5: Cold hearted snake by Paula Abdul (1989)
Jan 6: The reflex by Duran Duran (1984)
Jan 7: Back it up by Caro Emerald (2009)
Jan 8: Kokomo by the Beach Boys (1988)
Jan 9: Hell on Wheels TV series theme (2011)
Jan 10: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979)
Jan 11: Coles MasterCard jingle (2014); Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979)
Jan 12: Geronimo by Sheppard (2014); Karma Chameleon/Smarma-chameleon by Culture Club/re-mix by me (1983/2015)
Jan 13: Crazy by Gnarles Barkley (2006); Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979)
Jan 14: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979); Riptide by Vance Joy (2014)
Jan 15: Can you feel it by Timomatic (2012), Can you feel it by Michael Jackson (1981)
Jan 16: Bob Jane T-mart jingle (2014); Crazy by Gnarles Barkley (2006)
Jan 17: Getaway by “Mark Cherry” (2013)
Jan 18: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979); The impossible dream (The Quest) from Man of La Mancha (1965)
Jan 19: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (1979)
Jan 20: Pay attention from Sister Act (1992)
Jan 21: I am building me a home from Hell on Wheels (2013), Smooth Operator by Sade (1984)
Jan 22: Smooth Operator by Sade (1984); Coles MasterCard jingle (2014)
Jan 23: Smooth Operator by Sade (1984)
Jan 24: Elation by Isbells (2012)
Jan 25: The reflex by Duran Duran (1984); Coles MasterCard jingle (2014)
Jan 26: Do you hear what I hear by Harry Simeone Chorale (1962)
Jan 27: Battlestar Galactica TV series theme (2004); No woman no cry by Bob Marley (1979); I like like you by Nick Helm (2014)
Jan 28: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club (1983)
Jan 29: I like like you by Nick Helm (2014)
Jan 30: Geronimo by Sheppard (2014);  I am building me a home from Hell on Wheels (2013)
Jan 31: I am but a small voice by Lea Salonga (1981)

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And like all songs that get stuck in my head, they pop and fade away into that mystical land where shoulder pads, big hair, fluorescent bangles and bad TV adverts all live in peace and harmony.

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Special thanks to my production assistant/husband for helping me with the balloon purchase and putting up with my tantrum-ette during the shoot.

List 113: Things publishers say to book designers

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Design

Question: What does one do with this collection of cover design briefs amassed over a period of 2 years?

Answer: Extract words and phrases that repeat themselves over and over again and turn them into collages using old-school cut and paste! No computers, no Google Images — just these four magazines that were destined for the bin, this beautiful European paper sample book (to represent all the things that aren’t allowed in educational publishing),  a stick of glue and a pair of scissors.

Things publishers say to book designers

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Let’s go with what we’ve already done before.

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We don’t have a budget.

Budget02 Budget03

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The market is conservative.

Conservative02 Conservative03 Conservative01

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The cover needs to look contemporary.

Contemporary02 Contemporary03 Contemporary01

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It needs to look professional.

Professional02

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It needs to look slick and polished.

Slick01

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It needs to be accessible.

Accessible02

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It needs to look fresh and clean.

Clean01

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It needs to look positive and engaging.

Positive and engaging01

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It needs to look fun and playful.

Playful01

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It needs to look authoritative.

Authoritative02

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We don’t want this colour, we don’t want that colour.

Colour01 Colour2 Colour03

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We don’t want images of children on the cover.

Children01

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We don’t want it looking juvenile or babyish.

Baby-ish02

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Do not use cartoon approach.

Cartoon01

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It shouldn’t look too Australian.

Australian01 Australian02

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It shouldn’t look too dark.

Dark02 Dark01

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Avoid anything that looks too similar to the competition.

Competition01 Competition03 Competition02

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Avoid clichés.

Cliches01

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Huh?

Huh01 Huh02 Huh03

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Some very prescriptive suggestions.

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Last but not least and also my personal favourite:
We don’t really need you unless there are pretty pictures involved.

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