Post Archive – get digg'n

Hear ye hear ye... what follows is a fine collection of my personal posts created on our move from Auckland to Nelson during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2018. Some gems in here! Get reading ...

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CAANZ Media Awards 2009

By Simon Owen / May 2, 2009

My multimedia skills were put to good use again at the 2009 CAANZ Media Awards on Friday night.    The (much loved) NBR Best Dressed Award was presented by Paul Henry and Todd Scott at the end of the first half of the show. This gives me only 45 minutes to: • filter 220 fashion…

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Designing with Principals in mind

By Simon Owen / May 9, 2009

I had the job of designing a look for the New Zealand Principals’ Federation Annual Conference last week. The conference this year will be in Palmerston North – home of windfarms! Check out the resulting handbook cover design below. Now I need to start work on the t-shirt, coffee cup, mousemat, pen and satchel –…

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Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

By Simon Owen / May 14, 2009

I’m not partaking in this Recession; my freelance studio has been extremely busy of late.  The scientists at NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research) asked me to put together their (inaugural) Conference Handbook last week. I have just heard that they are ‘thrilled’ with the finished result and the efficient way that it was put…

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Helping to prepare young creatives for industry

By Simon Owen / August 10, 2009

I am now a contract tutor at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology has campuses in Nelson and Blenheim, each offering programmes that complement the business and industry demands of the area. I’m teaching ‘Intoduction to Digital Media Process’ every Tuesday, between 9am-3pm from now until the end of…

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Wine design

By Simon Owen / August 13, 2009

Designing a new wine label is challenging! Below are 2 solutions I came up with for an Australian Wholesaler. Which one do you like?

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My students finish their first project

By Simon Owen / November 2, 2009

  I’m 14 weeks into teaching a talented class ‘Intoduction to Digital Studio Techniques’.   The class are responding well to having a bona fide full-time freelancer imparting pearls of hard-earnt industry wisdom. The lessons are moving along at a fair clip and I’m building up a nice portfolio of self researched and designed course…

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Tapa Table up for grabs

By Simon Owen / December 16, 2009

I’m gifting my boardroom table to the Auckland Samoan community over Xmas. My design studio operated out of a Ponsonby office during the 1990’s servicing mainly local and Pacific Island based clients including the Samoan Visitors Bureau and the Cook Islands Tourism Authority. The focal point of the busy studio was a large ‘Tapa Table’.…

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My ‘designer tee’s’ clip

By Simon Owen / December 29, 2009

Back in the day when I was a humble design student, I did a animation design and offline editing for TVNZ and a few advertising agencies. These were fantastic opportunites and my first real taste of a freelance lifestyle. Offline editing is when you splice your video using ‘tape to tape’ editing suites. Many long…

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Freelance Freedom

By Simon Owen / January 3, 2010
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New Life in the Lister Building

By Simon Owen / February 15, 2010

Back in 1998, I purchased a suite of offices in the central Auckland business district. My design business (incorporated 1994) was, by then, well-established in the professional services sector and I wanted a permanent custom studio in order to continue working from. The suite is located in the Lister Building. This historic building is located…

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