Friday, 12 February 2016

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

If you haven't heard of it before, the Design Indaba Conference is a yearly three day event held in Cape Town, South Africa. It features creative thinkers and doers from all over the world and from all areas of design, making it rich and diverse in content. The Cape Town event has many smaller events that happen as part of the overall Design Indaba Festival, and the conference is also available live via simulcast to other areas in SA.

This year will be the fourth simulcast event I attend, and I'm really looking forward to it. Instead of looking at pretty pictures and portfolios within specific fields, you get to hear the thinking, process and experiences behind some amazing creations in varied fields. It's always interesting and exposes you to creations and ways of thinking you may otherwise not come across. This year's Durban simulcast is being held at our magnificent City Hall, at the Durban Art Gallery - a big favourite for me!

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Some of the speakers I'm looking forward to:
How Far From Home - a South African couple who quit their jobs and travelled 86 000 kilometres across the world - check them out on Instagram

Imogen Heap - yes guys, THE Imogen Heap from Frou Frou. She'll be talking about the future of the music industry

Twins Cartoon - a twin brother duo who are leading the comic scene in Cairo

Snask - a Swedish creative agency who moonlight as a rock band

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Margaret Calvert - a British typographer and graphic designer known famously for her design of many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom

Jaime Hayón - a Madrid-based artist-designer known for the bold-yet-whimsical look and feel he brings to his work

Fred Gelli - the designer behind the Rio 2016 logo

Elena Arzak - a world-renowned chef and pioneer in the food world who creates new and inspiring dishes in a laboratory rather than a kitchen

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

The conference runs from the 17th to the 19th February. Check out the program and the rest of the speakers herebook here and let me know if I'll see you there! ;)
Check out this post from the 2013 event for more of a taste of what you can expect.


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Monday, 1 February 2016

February 2016 Free Printable Calendar

Happiness is... February 2016 Free Printable Calendar

Welcome to February! This month's calendar illustration has a nice loose feel to it, in the hand lettering as well as the botanical illustration bits... do you like?
With last year getting very busy towards the end, the calendars have been going up later and posts have been few and far between... but that's all about to change! The calendar will go back to being posted at it's original intended time, on the last Monday of the month, and I've got some posts lined up that I hope you'll enjoy. If there's anything in particular that you'd like to see more of from me, do let me know. Stay tuned ;)

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Happiness is... February 2016 Free Printable Calendar
Thanks so much to everyone who helped out by sending their preference on the Monday/Sunday saga!  
There had been some requests for the calendar week to start on a Monday instead of a Sunday as it currently does, so I asked you for feedback on my last calendar post, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and the Lucky Packet. The feedback was overwhelming in favour of Monday, so from March the calendar week will start on Monday! Yay :)

Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner (black and white)
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Happy February! :) 


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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Fluffë Flavoured Cotton Candy

Fluffë Flavoured Cotton Candy / Candy Floss / Fairy Floss

I came across this site the other day and it made me so happy I just had to share it! Fluffë is an Australian product conceptualised and created by a guy called Nathan. From what I gather, it's pretty much a one man show, which makes it all the more exciting to me - entrepreneurship FTW!

So what is Fluffë? Beautiful flavoured candy floss! Or "fairy floss" as they cal it in Australia, or "cotton candy" as they say in the US. Fluffë says "pink is not a flavour" and create their own flavoured sugars by hand... they'll even create a custom flavour for you! Just close your eyes and imagine the magic of candy floss in flavours like cereal, birthday cake, rosetachio, cookies and cream, unicorn poop, mojito and more. Amazing! I have always harboured a guilty love for candy floss, so I find this concept terribly exciting, even though it's so far away.
If you're in Australia, get your hands on some of that fluffy goodness and tell me what it's like :)

Fluffë Flavoured Cotton Candy / Candy Floss / Fairy Floss

Check out their website and cool Instagram feed for more drool-worthy temptation.


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Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy 2016 + January 2016 Free Printable Calendar

Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar
Happy 2016! 
Hope you've all had a wonderful and restful holiday and are refreshed for the new year. I've broken my holiday up into two phases: 01 rest and chill, 02 work catchup and prep. I've spent a loooot of time asleep these holz and it's been amazing. I'm generally chronically sleep deprived most of the year due to bad sleep habits, so it's been so great to just relax and get ALL the sleep without stressing that I'm not getting work done. This week it's onto phase two, where I'll be cleaning up my systems and processes to improve areas where I found problems last year and to make everything run  more smoothly this year. I'm also going to be finalising my new site and online store! Can't wait for that, keep an eye out for giveaways and new products coming with that later this month. Then it's officially back to work from next week Monday.
In case you missed it last year, you can still order a 2016 calendar in printable or printed form.

Here's your January calendar, created using hand lettering with ink and brush pen, by me. Hope you like it, and here's wishing you an amazing start to the year and a great day today if it's your first day back at work :)

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Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar
Please take a second to comment with your answer 
to one little question for me:
Do you prefer the week starting on a Sunday or Monday on the calendars? 
(i.e. it currently starts on a Sunday)
Please comment with either Sunday or Monday. 
You can also let me know if you have a favourite calendar design from the past calendars, 
or which ones you liked best so I can create more like those for you ;)
Thank you, your feedback is hugely appreciated!
Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner (black and white)
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Have a fantastic start to 2016! 


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December 2015 Free Printable Calendar

Happiness is... December 2015 Free Printable Calendar
We're on our way out of 2015! The December calendar's got a party vibe going on. What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! 
The January calendar will be out in mid-late December, keep an eye out for it :)

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And don't forget to get yourself the 2016 Calendar!

Happiness is... December 2015 Free Printable Calendar
Happiness is... September 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... September 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner (black and white)

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The Happiness is... 2016 Calendar is now on sale! Available in two printed sizes or as a printable download. 
If you've been enjoying the free calendars all year, I'm sure you'll enjoy these 
(and it's also a great way to show your support! ;)
Click here to find out more and place your order!
Happiness is... 2016 Calendar

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Have a wonderful festive season! 


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