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Hey Everyone… I’ve Moved!

If you follow me on Twitter/Facebook you would have seen that I’ve been working on my new website over the last week or so, and it’s HERE! This also means that I’m ‘moving’ Twelve by One into my personal website. So now everything will be under the one place…  So I’ll no longer be posting here on Twelve by One.

I’ll still be posting similar kinds of things, and maybe more ‘design’ related stuff… But you can head over HERE to check it out! Don’t forget to add my new blog addy to your readers!

I know there’s always a huge debate with designers/creatives whether to keep the blog/portfolio as separate websites, and whether to have both a business & personal blog, but I’m bringing it all together. I figure that in my personal life my goal is to eventually live a life that doesn’t have a line between work & play, so why not keep that going over my online world.

I’ve also updated my portfolio & a few other things, so have a look around & check it out!

I’ve also launched a new project, called Striking Truths. A collaboration with Bernadette Jiwa, we’re posting a manifesto a day! Click here to check it out.

So head on over & check it out kids! Thanks for all the lovin on Twelve by One, and here’s to more good times.


Never Stop Exploring.

One thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately is exploring. I think everyone will know what I mean when I say this, but at the moment it seems that we’re all getting sick of being online & on our computers all the time, correcto?

Another reason I bailed from the 9-5. To get more outside time. No matter how much work I have on, or what I’m doing, I ALWAYS find time to get outside and do a little exploring. This is what keeps me going. I’ve mentioned it here and there in a couple of posts, but I go a little more in depth here.

I’m finding that my outside/exploring time gets me more motivated when I do get back to the computer, or when I have work to do. The more time I spend out and about, the more I get really into my work.

Any of you that do this will know what I’m talking about when I say this time actually helps me become more creative. It refreshes your mind. It leaves all those ‘inspirational’ images & words you saw throughout the last week/month/whatever behind, where they belong, on your computer.

Now it’s your turn to get out and see these things with your own eyes, in real life. 

Instead of having a whole month or two where you’re burning yourself out, weekdays & weekends, try and balance it out! For me at the moment, I have one whole day a week where I don’t do any work, and I’ll go for a road trip, or jump on a train or the ferry or something.

People say ‘Oh man I wish I could do that, but I’m so busy, I don’t have time, I have SO much to do.’ I call bullshit on that. Find the time.

Stop running around like a crazy person and take time to actually LIVE your life.

Extend your deadlines.

Stop being so easily contactable 24/7.

Rather than having one big weekend off every few months, try and balance it out and schedule some ultimate chill out time every week. And I mean serious chill out. No computer, no phone, just exploring time.

The last two Saturdays have been my exploring days… And the weather has held out amazingly for both, which made it all the more awesome. I’ve also acquired a love for my backpack, and trains. (Say wah? Yeah, I never thought I’d say that either.) But somehow throwing a couple of cameras in a backpack and jumping on a train to who knows where, is freakin exciting stuff. On Saturday I went to the Blue Mountains, which is about 2 hours west of Sydney. (And surprisingly it was only about $11 return.) The whole ‘wandering around with a backpack on, with a camera in hand, living it up’ thing is amazing. It’s inspiring. It’s living.

This has probably actually become my fave thing to do. I imagine it’s not going to go away either.

So what I’m trying to say is, get outside to find your inspiration, and don’t compromise your exploring/chill out time for anything. We get so chained to our computers & our ‘online lives’ sometimes, that we forget there’s a world out there to be explored. Even if it is just your own backyard.

*And if you need even more motivation to get outside & away from the crazyness, watch this movie. I’ve watched it about 5 times in the last week… And it’s partly what fueled me to get outside even more. Hopefully it changes the way you think about things, as it did with me.

*pps I’ve fixed up a few buttons & pages on ze blog. Gotta keep it fresh.


A few photos from the last week or so. A couple from Cockatoo Island, and a couple from the South Coast.

This weekend I managed to get a good break, and not do any work. Sometimes you gotta know when to chill, and this weekend was defiantly it! I was reading this post by Marthe too, she hit the nail on the head. Take a break from whatever it is you’re doing.

Get lost somewhere. Get exploring. (I actually got lost on Cockatoo Island, it was kinda freaky. If you’ve been there, you’ll know what I mean. There’s buildings and tunnels everywhere.)

I’m onto my 4th week of freelancing today, and I’ve got a couple of posts lined up about my first month on the job! Stay tuned early next week to check em out.

*I have a Flickr account here where I post a few more photo’s too. I’m also becoming a fan of this square format photo thing. Hmmm.

On Getting Amongst It

It’s been a while since I’ve ‘written’ an actual post, so here we go!

Lately I’ve been getting amongst everything that’s been coming at me. Work wise, and life wise. Fingers are in as many pies as possible. Hence my lack of blogging. I said that 2012 was going to be the year of Seeking Those Who Share My Passions, and well, that seems to be going pretty well!

Almost everyone I talk to seems to be ‘overwhelmed’ with what the year has brought them so far, and they are going a little nuts with all this crazyness that’s in the air.

What I’ve learnt lately is that you need to learn to balance it out. Take chances, say yes to things, but only the things that feel right. And if you ain’t feelin something, just say no! Chances are, when you say no, bigger and better things will magically float into your life anyway.

I might be about to contradict myself, but I’m here to tell you that there are times when you should ‘Just Do It’ too. I’m referring to getting amongst it, life-wise, not work-wise. There’s going to be times when you don’t feel like going out for dinner, or going to that meet up by yourself, and you’re thinking of just staying home and watching True Blood or whatever.. Well, sometimes you have to MAKE yourself get out there.

How is the Universe meant to bring amazing people and amazing things into your life if you just sit on your arse and blob/work like a slave for 90% of the week?

*Que ah-ha moment.Well, it’s not! The chances of someone/something amazing literally showing up on your doorstep are pretty slim, which is all the more reason to go out. Experience life. Just go for a drink at a cafe. Jump on a train just for the hell of it. Meet up with one of your Twitter pals in real life.

Put yourself out there.

I’m speaking from experience here, as like many of my blog posts. Lastnight I had the insane chance to meet the one and only Jessica Hische, right here in Sydney. And who could turn down a chance like that, right? So off I went! And I met her, and a whole bunch of other rad creative kids.

It was one of those awesome times when you realise, ‘Fuck yes, I love what I do.’ A huge group of crazy creatives from all walks of life, having yarns about anything design related.

This wasn’t the only thing I’ve done lately where I’ve had this realisation, but it just added to the awesome scale even more. I’ve had a huge stack of freelance clients + just awesome people in general come my way, which makes it that much more exciting.

So to my fellow creatives & interweb friends alike, I ask that you get amongst it. Choose to get amongst life.

You never know who you might meet or where it might take you…

*And yeah, I’m retarded, I didn’t get a photo with Jessica. But I promise you, I met her, and she was super friendly + awesome.

Do any of you know what I’m talking about, or had any super awesome experiences you can share?

Make Something Marvelous

Lately I’ve been jazzing up my bedroom, so these are a few sneaky snaps of what I’ve been up to. I don’t usually like putting photos of my house/too much of my life on the internet, but I always find it interesting seeing what certain people’s style is like, so here’s a snippet of mine! My room didn’t really have much to it for a while, and I was getting pretty bored. No posters/ or much colour anywhere. I decided to start to turn it into something a bit more exciting, so that I can enjoy coming home to it every day! After all, I do live here!

I brought that uber bright cushion from Ikea, for a total steal at about $15.00. And the duvet cover is from Ikea too.

I also grabbed those striped boxes from Typo! After my big old clean out I’ve brought a few boxes/folders to organise things a bit better. How sweet do they look?! I could use a few more…

Inspiration board artwork: ‘In order to be…’ Poster – 16HOURS Manifesto | ‘Beautiful Things Don’t Just Happen…‘ | ‘Less Inspiration More Self Creation‘. | ‘Breathe it all in, Love it all out’ – Kal Barteski | All other photos by me.

Stay Fresh | My New Portfolio

So, one of my goals towards the end of 2011 was to freshen up my portfolio, and as designers & creatives alike will know, this is not an easy task. This time I spent a bit of time developing my new ‘look’, and how I wanted it to work, rather than rushing away and then ending up with something you’re not 100% happy on.

I wanted a logo that I can translate & change up when I feel like it, and I also wanted it to reflect me a bit better. I used my handwriting for the main type, and placed one of my images into the text. I’ve always been a fan of using my photos in my design work, so whenever I get sick of the pink & orange combo, all I have to do is change the photo. Voila!

I’ve also introduced a few of my own quotes/sayings, which I’ll use on my business cards & on my email signatures etc. Above is my own personal manifesto that I have created too. I’ve become pretty fond of the idea of having my own manifesto, a set of rules for my own life, the way I want to live. It doesn’t really have an overall theme, it’s just a combination of quotes that I love.

This defiantly reflects me as a person more than other identities I’ve had, which I can put down to spending a lot of time developing it! This is my biggest suggestion to designers doing work on their own personal branding. SPEND TIME ON IT! Don’t even get on the computer until you’ve filled up a good few pages of words/sketches & ideas representing you. Make it yours. Who cares what everyone else is doing! If you’re branding reflects your personality, and who YOU are, then you’ll be golden.

I’ve got a few more things to come as I develop it and get one or two things printed, so I’ll post those babies too.

>> Check out my new web portfolio right here! I’m working on a few new projects at the moment too, so I’ll be updating it a lot more regularly.

New Zealand on Film

A few film photos from my holiday in New Zealand. I’m not a fan of editing my film photos much, I like them to be pretty natural. So I haven’t touched the colours or the cropping on any of these.

Pure and simple.

Hey! I'm Sian, and I’m a free-spirited creative wizard. I have a passion for working with people who are on a mission to live their dream lives, and are electrified by the unknown beauty that the future holds. Twelve by One is my place to share awesome finds + write about this amazing world we're living in. Read more here!


*All photos are my own unless otherwise stated. Please credit me if you're going to post them anywhere. Thanks yo!