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Week 052.

Donut by Kylie on 3 January

The Truth about This Year.

It’s hard to believe that we’re at this point already. Not long ago I was hunched over my tiny Macbook Air in my mum’s 1970s kitchen that, like every Christmas, smelt like Filipino spring rolls and salted pistachios while haphazardly decorated with faded plastic Christmas trinkets. I was hurriedly designing and building this little blog […]

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Week 051.

Donut by Kylie on 27 December

In The Little Moments

Merry Christmas! I can’t believe we are at the end of the year, and I can’t believe we are only one week away from the end of Two In Fifty Two! I’ve been working away in the office alone this week, holding the fort while everyone is busy enjoying their end-of-year breaks. I’m quite content […]

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Week 050.

Donut by Kylie on 20 December

I Wouldn’t Want To Be Doing Anything Else.

I spent this week in Melbourne on an extended girl’s weekend. There were five of us over the entire trip. From Australia, I am from Perth, another friend is from South Australia and the other is from Melbourne. Internationally, one of my friends is from New Zealand and the other is from Las Vegas. We had all spoken […]

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Week 049.

Donut by Kylie on 13 December

Pre-Holiday Chaos and Deadlines

I don’t know why but a week before going on holiday I completely stress the hell out for no particular reason. I decide I need to buy one new everything, I decide that every outstanding to-do item on my list has to be completed well before my departure and I definitely have some sort of […]

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Week 048.

Donut by Kylie on 6 December

The Art of Prioritising Priorities

This week I did a 5 minute talk about some of my take aways from this year’s Web Directions at a Fenders meetup. You’d be surprised how much work goes into putting together a 5 minute talk, and yet it’s aboslute no surprise that I left the much needed preparation to the very last minute. […]

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Week 047.

Donut by Kylie on 29 November

Music and Creativity.

I’ve written about Semi-Permanent 2013 several times on this blog which actually a little bit surprising to me. It was great conference but I have to be honest, I was totally distracted by my own personal pursuit to push myself outside of my creative comfort zone that many of the conference’s tangibles didn’t make it home with me.  I […]

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Week 046.

Donut by Kylie on 22 November

Great Scott!

This week I attended the the Great Scott Grads Design Exhibiton. It was the graduation show for Central Institute of Technology’s 2015 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design students. I won’t beat around the bush, the stuff I saw on display was good. Really, really good. It’s no surprise though. Every time I’ve attended I’ve been blown away by the sheer […]

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Week 045.

Donut by Kylie on 15 November

Hey Design.

Earlier this week I went to an AGDAWA event at which I saw Barcelona graphic design studio, Hey Studio give a talk on their work and processes. I find it really nice to occasionally get away from the digital world and dive into the print world, where everything is tactile and ideas aren’t limited by […]

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Week 044.

Donut by Kylie on 8 November

Thanks, Australian Web Awards.

I hope you’ll forgive me for writing about awards very close together but there is no denying that the biggest thing to happen this week was Two in Fifty Two winning the National Australian Web Award for the Personal Category. I won’t say much about the awards, because I said it all in a previous […]

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Week 043.

Donut by Kylie on 1 November

Web Directions 2015: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Design

This week I was lucky enough to attend Web Directions 2015. It was my second year attending and putting aside the brilliant venue of Luna Park and the wonderful Perth crew I was with (#perthed!), the Australian web conference that everybody looks forward to did not disappoint. As expected, it consisted of two solid days […]

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Week 042.

Donut by Kylie on 25 October

Passion Projects and the Spirit of Working Together

For the past six months I have been working on a secret-squirrel project with a team of passionate and talented people. We’re all from different agencies, from different cultural backgrounds, are an almost equal balance of male to female and range in both age and professional experience. Despite our differences, we work wonderfully together because we all value […]

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Week 041.

Donut by Kylie on 18 October

I have nothing to write about.

This week I had nothing to write about. Actually nothing. No major learns, nothing super interesting, not even one frantic thought whirling around in my mind. Chalk it down to being preoccupied or just not being present. Whatever the cause, this week, I was at a complete loss for words.

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Week 040.

Donut by Kylie on 11 October

Between There and Here

So… this week, we won a thing! An award thing! Two in Fifty Two was lucky enough to win in the Personal category at the West Australian Web Awards. Yay! This means that in 3 weeks time we’ll be getting all fancy and be in the running for the National award. I couldn’t be prouder […]

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Week 039.

Donut by Kylie on 4 October


This week we received the yearly domain renewal notice for Two in Fifty Two. Although I’m well aware that we’re almost at the end of our donutty journey, it came as a bit of shock. It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost been doing this for an entire year. It intrigues me that we, as humans, are constantly surprised […]

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Week 038.

Donut by Kylie on 27 September

Believe in your *

This week I gave a talk at this month’s design themed Fenders meetup. It was my first talk and I honestly hope that it’s the first of many. Speaking is something I’ve always hoped to do. When I was in high school I was part of the ‘Speech’ team, took acting classes, was involved with […]

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Week 037.

Donut by Kylie on 20 September

Say Yes.

I don’t mean to start off on a negative note, but boy did I have a terrible week this week. I had a million things on my mind, I had a million things to do, I was stressed, I was tired, I was frustrated, I was moody and I definitely was not taking care of […]

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Week 036.

Donut by Kylie on 13 September


Growing up, I was raised in a way that cultivated a great sense of independence and, with the pace at which my childhood/life progressed, a certain level of mental toughness that has prevailed throughout my life regardless of any personal vulnerabilities. So, even though my childhood and teenage years were spent in a challenging environment that changed regularly and was […]

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Week 035.

Donut by Kylie on 6 September

“Do Good Work With Nice People”

I spent a fair amount of time this week agonising over a design. Don’t worry, it was the good type of agonising. I liken it to being at a restaurant, being reeeeeally into two different meals on the menu only to remember that the socially acceptable thing is to order only one.

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Week 034.

Donut by Kylie on 30 August

27 Mini-Things I’ve Learnt This Week

This week I turned 27. Truth be told, I don’t feel any different to what I did when I was 17. In fact, I still feel like an awkward teenager despite having picked up a thing or two in the 10 years since. So, to celebrate my learning of things (and my birthday), I thought I’d list […]

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Week 033.

Donut by Kylie on 23 August

Perfect Your Craft, Not Your Tools

This week I read a blog post by Rachel Andrew titled ‘Confidence and Overwhelm’. In this post, Rachel first talks about the fast moving nature of the web industry and the way some people feel overwhelmed by the pace at which new tools and methodology arise. I was instantly hooked because “yoo-hoo, over here!” I […]

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Week 032.

Donut by Kylie on 16 August

Patience in Practice

I’ve been working on new business cards for the team at Humaan for probably the past year and a half now. It’s not that we’ve been particularly slow to work on the card, rather we have explored and experimented with concepts and haven’t been totally happy with anything until very recently. Now, we have a […]

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Week 031.

Donut by Kylie on 9 August

Listening to your body

I don’t remember any of this week. Seriously. I spent a majority of it in a cold and flu tablet haze either in the doctor’s waiting room or face first on my pillow. Unless I’m super snotty and gross, I don’t like taking sick days (I was raised in a very hardworking family who didn’t believe […]

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Week 030.

Donut by Kylie on 2 August

Let’s Meet Up!

I’ve been making an effort to regularly attend local meetups. I was a member on for over a year before I built up the courage to go to my first meetup. It was a slow process, but I now I really can’t recommend it enough. My most regular meetup here in Perth is called Fenders. […]

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Week 029.

Donut by Kylie on 26 July

Making Dribbble a More Positive Experience

I used to have a really strong love/hate relationship with Dribbble. Up until a year ago, I was always so torn between feeling super inspired and super intimidated by everyone’s work. If you were to map my browsing experience of a single visit to Dribbble it would start off somewhere around “OMG. Everything is awesome!” before then descending to somewhere around “I am not worthy!”.

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Week 028.

Donut by Kylie on 19 July

Patience is a Virtue in Your Design Process

I was sifting through the archives this week when I came across the below picture. From what I can recall, this is my most recent and very last full-on drawing project (beyond a quick sketch or doodle) that I completed. It’s funny to say ‘most recent’ because I drew this almost six years ago while I was doing a […]

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Week 027.

Donut by Kylie on 12 July

Design GPS: Setting Goals and Finding My Way

Last week I wrote about feeling like I had lost my way, eventually coming to the conclusion that the way to find my way again was to set myself some goals. So, I spent this past week thinking about what I want to achieve in the near future. Some of my goals are half-baked, so I’ll just share the two that I think are the most solid and the one’s that I think are most relevant to this blog.

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Week 026.

Donut by Kylie on 5 July

Losing my way: Left, right, ahead or double-back?

Week 26, the exact half-way mark of Two in Fifty Two, is proving to be a struggle. By now, I’d like to say that I’m able to swiftly flutter my fingers over my keyboard to produce word-magic at lightning speed but if I did, I would be lying.

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Week 025.

Donut by Kylie on 28 June

The dream where you’re running, but you’re not moving

I’m feeling the (digital) design landscape change and I’m not sure I like it. I feel like there is an overwhelming pressure to look at everything abstractly in the absence of, what they call, ‘original ideas’. I’m feeling like design is becoming less about communication and more about tools and processes. I feel like if I […]

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Week 024.

Donut by Kylie on 21 June

Listening to your ideas

The other week, I came up with what I thought was a pretty solid idea. I thought of it in less than half an hour in the morning while I was trying to pluck up the courage to leave my warm bed for the day. By the end of the day, I had an almost fully-formed […]

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Week 023.

Donut by Kylie on 14 June

What Two in Fifty Two has taught me so far

A week full of doing meant my mind was distracted from it’s usual kaleidoscope of confetti-shaped thoughts. With no significant donut floating around in my mind, this week I’ve decided to outline what Two in Fifty Two has taught me so far.

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Week 022.

Donut by Kylie on 7 June

It’s not about stroking egos.

Something incredible happened today. I woke up and checked my emails only to find that someone had donated $1000 to my Live Below the Line campaign. It was donated anonymously. An anonymous donor. What? Wow. I was, and still am, speechless. It is easily one of the kindest things someone has ever done for me. Just […]

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Week 021.

Donut by Kylie on 31 May

Self-Doubt: Looks Great!

Self doubt is one of the main problems that designers people face. When we work, our work is never private. We might shield our quirky processes and messy paths to creation but at the end of the day our work is always ultimately left open for anyone to scrutinise either positively or negatively. From the moment […]

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Week 020.

Donut by Kylie on 24 May

Are you okay?!

Is it just our industry or is there something that happens, very early on, that tells young designers (or anyone for that matter) that the only way to validate their worth/skill/talent/dedication is to work all hours of the day? To work late into the night? Is it a product of formalised higher education? I’ll admit, when I first […]

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Week 019.

Donut by Kylie on 17 May

That little, joyous spark.

Design, along with all of its complexities and at its core, should be fun. We should be having fun solving problems and creating solutions that nurture the little joyous spark that got us all started on this design thing in the first place. This should be easy to remember but instead I’ve noticed that it’s something that is easily forgotten. Instead […]

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Week 018.

Donut by Kylie on 10 May

A Mid-Week Inspiration Hit

This week Tim and I attended AGDA’s 5/15/25. It was a great dose of mid-week inspiration as it’s always motivating to hear people talk so passionately about their careers and their work. This week I sum up my standout messages from the event!

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Week 017.

Donut by Kylie on 3 May

Is design really helping?

On Saturday I stumbled across a tweet from a reporter who showed a before and after picture, just four minutes apart, of a well known temple. In the first photo, everything was fine; the temple was surrounded by tourists and locals going about their business. In the second photo, the temple was nothing but a […]

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Week 014.

Donut by Kylie on 26 April

Clocks and watches and sun dials

You know, I’d really like to say that I am wonderful at managing my time. The fact is, I’m absolutely shit at it and I hate the fact that I suck at it. Here are some things that I know I should be doing and the way my brain deals with them. Hopefully, this will kick my ass a little bit.

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Week 013.

Donut by Kylie on 19 April

Being Better

Watching Tim’s progress over the last 12 weeks has been a super interesting experience for me. In just 12 weeks and from pure discipline and self-initiated learning, Tim has gone from knowing very little about designing for the web to being a completely suitable candidate for a junior design positon; the sort of position that […]

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Week 016.

Donut by Kylie on 12 April

The Impatient Creative

I consider myself a pretty patient person. If you asked me to untangle a mess of 782 necklaces I could probably sit, peacefully, and go about my necklace-untangling business like a total zen-master. Long lines at supermarket checkouts don’t bother me, I’m always chill about flights being delayed and I am able to get through […]

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Week 012.

Donut by Kylie on 5 April

Everyone is a designer.

I always find the question, “how long have you been a designer?” difficult to answer. Convenience wants me to answer with the number of years since I landed my first, paid, full-time gig as a designer and philosophical me wants to answer with “for as long as I can humanly remember”.

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Week 015.

Donut by Kylie on 29 March

Spare Time

This week went by so fast! Quick and quiet, I didn’t have much time to think about what was going on in my head (If, in fact, there was anything going on in my head. I don’t remember). This weekend, however, I had a little bit of down time. I spent that time getting lost in […]

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Week 011.

Donut by Kylie on 22 March

Be brave, dickhead.

In my mind, my 2015 didn’t start until my holiday was over. Partly because I thought there was no point in launching myself into the new goals only to disappear weeks later and partly because I just didn’t have any motivation to do so.

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Week 010.

Donut by Kylie on 15 March

San Francisco Dreamin’

… And so, after a week of exploring beautiful San Francisco, my American holiday has come to an end. San Francisco was the perfect end to my California tour. For as long as I have remembered I have wanted to visit San Francisco. It lived up to and exceeded every one of my expectations. It […]

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Week 08.

Donut by Kylie on 8 March

Detaching from the everyday

I won’t lie. Keeping up with this blog over the past four weeks has been a struggle. Not because of time, but because at the moment I am so detached from everyday life and everyday routine that I’m also detached from everyday thinking. Like a lot of people, each day I’ll usually think about whatever […]

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Week 08.

Donut by Kylie on 1 March

Designing for Different Cultures

I’ve travelled to a few different places across the globe in the past two weeks and while there haven’t been significant culture shocks, I’ve found there to be a few quirks when it comes to coffee drinking across the globe.

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Week 07.

Donut by Kylie on 22 February

The Details in Paris

Bonjour! So I’ve just left Paris after a week of exploring, mastering Metro systems, crying in cathedrals, eating nutella crepes, happily drowning in art and becoming an expert espresso drinker. It was a pretty great week and much to my surprise, I completely and utterly fell in love with Paris. This isn’t a travel blog […]

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Week 06.

Donut by Kylie on 15 February

Mentor? Who, me?!

Hello there! I’m currently 38,000 feet in the air and flying over South China Sea. According to the little screen in front of me, Hoh Chi Minh city is on my left, while Manila sits to my right. I’m on my way to Paris and I have a 9 hour stop over in Hong Kong […]

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Week 05.

Donut by Kylie on 8 February

The Notebook

This post is not a story sitting behind any great love story nor does it include Ryan Gosling. Or Rachel McAdams. It is, however, a story about my messy notebook. I won’t lie though, this is good but the movie is much better.

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Week 04.

Donut by Kylie on 1 February

A Creative Process: Starting Over

It’s so easy to get so attached to certain ideas that you lose focus of what’s important. Sometimes all it takes to pull you out is a conversation in a tent full of sweaty people at 9pm on a school night.

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Week 03.

Donut by Kylie on 25 January

Weekends, everyday, for everyone.

This week I made a conscious effort to spend my weeknights and my time away from work doing things completely unrelated to design. I just would not wait until the weekend…

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Week 02.

Donut by Kylie on 18 January

Getting Comfortable with Sharing

For the last several years there is one resolution that has always been made but never kept — “write more”. This year, I’ve made it past the first week and it’s brought me to a concept I think about a lot: the importance of sharing as a designer.

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Week 01.

Donut by Kylie on 11 January


If someone told the highly studious highschool version of myself that I was going to drop out of uni before completing my final year, she probably would have thrown a text book at you out of disbelief. But I did exactly that. I quit.

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