Category: Scitech

Science writing wasn’t really an early focus in my career for two reasons. First, it’s a small, specialised field and I frankly didn’t have the experience or knowledge. Second, I’d considered myself a computer, phone and application guy since first becoming a freelance writer.

I reviewed the latest mobiles and software. I was fully acquainted with the whole Mac versus PC thing at its height. I gave ratings out of five, knew all the products RRPs and my system was littered with product shots from PR agencies working for the IBMs, Lenovos and Samsungs of the world.

Today my interest is where tech fits into our lives. Sometimes it’s AI agents that appear all but human, sometimes it’s an emerging field like the new Internet of Things paradigm of short lived, disposable sensors.

But my knowledge of science evolved and grew and I’ve been thrilled to join the ranks I’d always admired and envied and write about scientific topics from the whimsical, like when Skylab returned to Earth in remote Western Australia, to the socially urgent, like the way the human brain reacts to sexual assault.

Harry Williamson

Most of us design for money — but how many of us can say they’ve had a chance to design money? Originally asked to judge entrants to design the commemorative bicentennial $10 note, designer Harry Williamson asked instead to join the running. … Continue readingHarry Williamson

Add Life to your Emails

HTML emails are the darling of commercial operators for several reasons — not only do they look better, it’s easier to track how many people read them. And there’s no reason you can’t send HTML emails to show family photos, portfolio samples to a prospective employer or just to entice people to visit your own website. … Continue readingAdd Life to your Emails

Wrapt or Wripped Off

With discipline and imagination, most graphic artists (who don’t work in dedicated packaging studios, at least) can use their favourite page layout software to create a standard box or bottle. Your bureau or printer will usually supply a cutting die to design on top of. … Continue readingWrapt or Wripped Off

Tune In, Turn On, Online

In the recent past, 99% of us didn’t know or care about video formats. We went to the video shop and got a plastic box with two spools of magnetic tape that somehow contained recorded motion picture and sound. Formats were something TV stations and film distributors were concerned with. … Continue readingTune In, Turn On, Online

Lost in Preflight?

How does a computer file become everything from a letter to your Auntie Flo to a six storey advertising billboard? The digitised information has to be sent to an output device — be it your modem, your colour deskjet or a commercial four colour press. … Continue readingLost in Preflight?

Inside Out

It’s the oldest media around, and the only one people talk about with misty-eyed romanticism. Between 15th century clergymen painstakingly transcribing manuscripts by hand and today’s lightning fast communications and computer-generated info-edu-tainment, the humble book has hardly changed. … Continue readingInside Out