A few weeks ago I invested in a top of the range 12.9” iPad Pro to produce some very detailed drawings. The problem is there are so many available Apps on the market. Don’t get me wrong this is a major advance in technology as most of them are free (or competitively priced). Finally, after installing/trialling several programs I have mostly been using Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Sketch. Essentially these Apps enable me to create realistic professional artwork to present to clients. However, as a designer, I am mindful not to over complicate concepts (at this stage) because manufacturing these products might not be possible. In contrast companies like MB & F don’t seem to have these constraints. That is why they can invent incredible timepieces like the new HM9. » Read more

A few months ago I decided to embark on an art based project with my 9-year old son. The challenge was to transform our generic modern white box into something a bit more unusual. However, as the budget was tight we had to be very creative in our approach and broke into stages. After weeks of deliberation, we completed phase one and clad the house in a charred timber called Shou Sugi Ban. This innovative technique originated in Japan and has become very popular with contemporary architects. Interestingly we are the first homeowners to use this distinctive material in South Australia. The second phase involved commissioning a local artist (SA Screen Creations) to manufacture some Cor-ten steel laser cut panels, which were mounted on the fence and vertical columns of our home. They also work perfectly with our large fish sculpture, which is fabricated from salvaged agricultural machinery. » Read more

As well as being passionate about writing and design I am also a real film fanatic. In fact, the subject of my dissertation focused on Cary Grant and his valuable contribution to light comedy. That is why I am eager to watch a movie called ‘First Man’ starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle. The storyline chronicles (legendary American Astronaut) Neil Armstrong’s epic journey to become the first person to walk on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969. However, 5 years before (on March 18, 1965) this historical event occurred Alexey Leonov, performed the worlds first spacewalk. This achievement has been celebrated by Louis Moinet in the shape of a beautiful watch called the ‘Spacewalker’. » Read more

Recently I invested in an iPad Pro and numerous artistic Apps to focus more on design. Apple became the first Trillion-dollar company in the world (followed closely by Google) and it is not hard to understand why. Obviously, there are many other Graphic’s tablets on the market depending on your personal preference. However, I used Apple as an example to illustrate how these modern devices make life a lot easier for creative types like myself. Certainly, this is evident in the wonderful world of horology. It also has enabled the consumer to get their hands on striking watches at affordable prices. A great example can be found in the amazing Prometheus by ERA Timepieces. » Read more