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Zen Bamboo iPhone cases

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Super happy with these Zen Bamboo iPhone cases made by Melbourne based company Natural Aspirations. Each one is different to the other, and lovingly hand made to order. They’re really thin too, and the quality is AMAZING.

I couldn’t sleep last night. At 3AM I was in bed playing with my phone, ran out of things to do on it (lol) so I thought, OK Apple… I’ll fucking update the iOS. I hit that update button and BOOOOM, the phone went into recovery mode instantly. I don’t often have my phone connected to iTunes so I’ve lost a LOT of images, messages, contacts etc as my last back-up was earlier in the year.

At least my iPhone looks hot now with this new case…

Find them in our online shop: http://shop.zengarage.com.au

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Eames Aluminium Group

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Nyaw Mia!

I scored 2 amazing Eames Aluminium Group chairs today. Mum’s moving into a much smaller house and can’t fit these in her new home so she’s very generously given them to me. These chairs were designed in 1958, unbelievable right?! They’re so modern, corporate, fantastic lines, timeless!

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Semi-Permanent Sydney 2014

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Andrew and Murray have done so well. Really proud of both guys.

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Semi’s now held at CARRIAGEWORKS, which is a much more suitable home than the old Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Ved and I hit Semi-Permanent today to catch Tony Hawk speak. Tony was so chill, modest but really proud as well. His theory, that if you’re doing something you love you’re already winning, rings true in relation to Zen and the future. Big time!

I’ll be at Semi over the next few days. Conferences are funny beasts. To get the most out of them you really need to sit through every single presentation, because it’s usually the speakers you least expect that blow your mind and change your life forever.

Having said that I won’t be attending all the talks this year, but intend to get as much out of the talks I see as I can.

PS: I had a mate ask why the hell I wasn’t the one speaking at one of these events, to which I replied I have spoken at Semi-Permanent, in front of 3,000 people no less and yes, I’m damn proud of it!!!

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The Death of Facebook

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11 Million reach/week.

Facebook have killed the reach on commercial pages, and are now forcing page owners to pay to get their posts out in front of their fans.

About a month ago the Zen Garage Facebook Page saw massive spikes in reach. We were reaching 10 million people a week (!), and our likes were going up 1000 a day. A lot of others were experiencing something similar. I even witnessed people who had no interest in Facebook at all, all of a sudden become Facebook addicts (who else doesn’t find getting a billion likes and shares on a post you make a lot of fun?).

Then, even quicker than the reach came, it died and we literally went from millions of reach a week back to 100,000 reach a week. This happened over a week. Our likes though, for reason started to ramp up and went from 1k a day to 2k a day then just a few days ago that too died in dramatic fashion. Someone at Facebook turned something off as we went from 2k likes in one day to no likes at all on one day, then 3 likes the next day and only around 80 likes a day right now.

To put things into perspective: Zen’s Facebook Page was getting 2k likes a day organically, and now it’s getting none, and if I pay Facebook for more likes it costs $50 a day for an estimated 200 likes a day. Get fucked.

I’ve been somewhat proud of the social media marketing skills I’ve developed over the past few years. Building communities is what I’m best at and Facebook has been one of the largest “new” tools I’ve invested a lot of time and work into, but I just can’t help but feel absolutely ripped off. This is phishing at it’s worst. I understand that Facebook has to make money, but it’s how they’ve gone about it that’s wrong.

Honest truth is I’ve been dreading the thought of looking back over the past few years of my life and realising that I spent all of it on Facebook. That’s been a very real fear of mine for the past couple of years, perhaps I should feel lucky I’ve only really lost 2 years to Facebook, and not a whole lot more.

I know what I have to do moving forward. It involves a whole lot of work fucking harder, just like I did in the old days. Am I bitter? A bit, but I’ve got no one to blame but myself really.

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Facebook Fraud

I get heaps of people asking me for tips and help in regards to getting more facebook likes to their pages. It’s a strange game that a lot of people are playing (kinda sad the more you think about it).

When you run a facebook page there’s a permanent facebook advertisement prompting the page owner to “Get More Likes”. Yes, paying facebook for likes.

Sometimes you have to go with your gut. We’ve NEVER once paid for likes on Zen Garage and after watching this video I’m bloody glad we haven’t!!!

Not to suggest Facebook is in fact fraudulent, but glad to be avoiding the drama of it all. Those running pages, and looking for more engagement, be sure to watch this vid, it could just save you some money AND prevent the death of your page’s reach.

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broner

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Zen has a core group of mates, we look out for each other, share laughs and great times. We love each other. We call ourselves ‘the broners’, what better a way than ripping off the ‘brother’ logo (Alain’s idea and I just had to do it lol).

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The Design Kids Interview

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Aus Infront: Damien Aistrope, Justin Fox, Zann St Pierre.

The Design Kids aim to bridge the gap between students and industry within the Australian graphic design community and they’ve just interviewed me for a little feature on Aus Infront.

Read up here: http://www.thedesignkids.com.au/featured-creative-justin-fox-2/

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Alive but Dead


6am shoot with Krysti at my place.


The end result.

Bit of Photoshop fun! I’m pretty rusty, but it always turns out pretty good when you’re having fun! More on Zen: http://zengarage.com.au/2014/01/alive-but-dead-photoshop-fun

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Scrag End

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Visit: http://scragend.com

If you enjoy food, you might enjoy a copy of new food media production Scrag End. It’s a journal that’s focussed on divulging the stories beyond the plates by going further than offering photos and recipes.

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Visual Response #07: 15

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Name/title cards.

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Hey Zann! Setting up earlier in the day.

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5.30PM, it’s beer time.

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Mist spray in the courtyard.

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Damien, who leaves for Seattle soon, and photographer extraordinaire Garry Trinh.

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Visual Response #07: 15 exhibition went well last night at The Tate in Glebe where we celebrated 15 years of Infront and revealed the top 10 winning entries.

All 147 entries are now online for your viewing pleasure! Visit: http://www.australianinfront.com.au

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