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Week 052.

Donut by Timothy on 3 January

Goodbye!

Here we are, post 52! There were some serious doubts about whether or not we we’re going to make it this far. It feels super odd to see an entire years worth of thought and experiences condensed into one page. Scrolling through 52 weeks with a few simple swipes of a finger makes it feel […]

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Week 051.

Donut by Timothy on 27 December

Merry Christmas!

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be quite frantic. What a stressful slash joyous time of year… On one hand, you’re frantically working towards tying up those loose ends. On the other hand, you’re starting to run on an empty gas tank after the year has taken it out of you. What I do […]

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Week 050.

Donut by Timothy on 20 December

Prioritising Your Health

Our work, often, consumes us. We give it all we’ve got, often to the detriment of our own health. I guess it’s a sign of passion, or even dedication to your work. Like an engine, the harder you push, the quicker you’re going to run out of fuel. A flat battery is no good to […]

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Week 049.

Donut by Timothy on 13 December

The Power of Nostalgia

I make no secret that I am a dork. Thanks to the power of eBay, I’ve even managed to attain some collectibles from my childhood. Something has to be said about the power of nostalgia. It can stir up a multitude of emotions and, as seen, people are willing to cough up big bucks to […]

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Week 048.

Donut by Timothy on 6 December

Why You Gotta be so Rude?

I don’t have a problem with people being ambitious. Being driven is such an admirable quality. Of course, there are always going to be those people that take things too far. Sometimes people will do whatever it takes, even if that means pushing people under the bus. I wonder what it is that causes people […]

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Week 047.

Donut by Timothy on 29 November

Responsible Advertising

Even in the lowest socio-economic areas of the Philippines, you will be bombarded with advertisements. Big corporations such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi have their logos plastered in huge letters above even the most humble of home owned businesses. I’m not going to go into a huge rant about corporate greed, or anything like that. However, […]

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Week 046.

Donut by Timothy on 22 November

Being Inspired Abroad

I haven’t always been a big advocate of travel. Growing up, I didn’t see the appeal and didn’t aspire to go anywhere abroad. In a sense, I was perhaps ignorant to the value of not only seeing, but experiencing other cultures. Travelling to the Philippines has once again been an invaluable ‘shake-up’ of my views […]

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Week 045.

Donut by Timothy on 15 November

Embracing your Ethnicity

Colour me excited. Next week I’ll be travelling to my Mum’s home country of the Philippines. We were last there in 1998, when I was 11. Growing up bi-racial in Australia is unquestionably awkward at times. In the 80s and 90s, in particular, the emphasis was on assimilation meaning certain traditions and customs were replaced […]

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Week 044.

Donut by Timothy on 8 November

Award Winners… Who, us?

  Wow, we did it! Australian Web Award winners for the Personal category… crazy. To celebrate our little idea and how far it has come, I’d like to share where our little idea started. We were taking a sunset walk along the beach (nothing romantic here, it was a feeble attempt at “fitness”). This was an actual snap taken […]

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Week 043.

Donut by Timothy on 1 November

Where Does This Energy Come From?

This time last year I was out of my mind busy. This week, I am just as busy. However, there is a vast difference between my headspace then and now. I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm. I have a new feeling of ownership over my career. One of my greatest fears was that I had […]

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Week 042.

Donut by Timothy on 25 October

Find Your Mantra

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we’re closing in on the last 10 posts of this year… or perhaps it’s a side effect of Christmas decorations being hung up pre-maturely in October, but I’m feeling rather reflective. I stumbled across this piece based on Adam Braun‘s 30 Mantras to Change Your […]

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Week 041.

Donut by Timothy on 18 October

“The Purpose of Art is…

…Washing the Daily Dust Off Our Souls” – Pablo Picasso This Wednesday we held our school’s annual Arts Night. Having a years worth of blood, sweat and tears collectively on exhibition is a perfect opportunity for everyone to give themselves a pat on the back for their hard work. First of all, let me just give […]

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Week 040.

Donut by Timothy on 11 October

“Alone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much”

It’s NAUGHTY FORTY Week! So, Wednesday evening was the state announcements for the Australian Web Awards night. Admittedly, social anxiety levels were off the scale. I’m not sure what I was expecting, exactly. I’m hardly what you would call a confident, social butterfly who has a natural affinity for networking… but it turned out to be a […]

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Week 039.

Donut by Timothy on 4 October

Fighting Fear

It’s October and as it turns out, Inktober too. I hadn’t heard of this before but I absolutely love the concept. Kylie and I have both agreed that the accountability aspect of the Two In Fifty Two project has pushed us to grow through consistent posting. Devoting time to drawing sounds like such a simple and easy […]

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Week 038.

Donut by Timothy on 27 September

Just a Quickie from Me!

I apologise for this being a short one, but as the term wraps up things tend to get a little manic in the mad rush to the finish line…

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Week 037.

Donut by Timothy on 20 September

Respect the Process

Man, it has been FLAT – OUT this week. I’m not complaining though! Every day presents itself with a new challenge, a new puzzle to solve or a new solution to be found. It’s part of what draws me to working with creative people – even in the most repetitious task, there is exciting experimentation and endless possibilities that […]

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Week 036.

Donut by Timothy on 13 September

Appendage

I’ve been feeling pretty guilty about this blog. Firstly, the description of my situation on this blog does not properly explain where I stood at the beginning of week 1. Let me start at the beginning…

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Week 035.

Donut by Timothy on 6 September

“Have More Than You Show…

… Speak Less Than You Know.” I love this quote. It’s an ideology that doesn’t win you work, job or opportunities, though. A more realistic mantra we are instilled with at a young age would be, “look what I can do, what I’ve achieved, how intelligent I can sound”. How frustrating is it that the […]

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Week 034.

Donut by Timothy on 30 August

Unexpected Turns

My week ended rather somber. I was reminded just how fragile we as human beings are. We are not invincible. Disease and illness can and will catch us off guard. Whilst I am not speaking about myself, my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who finds themselves in a testing situation. Sickness never effects […]

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Week 033.

Donut by Timothy on 23 August

Finding Big Motivation in Little Victories

Sometimes we think of victory as running through the ribbon at the end of a long race whilst a deafening roar of cheers from supporters fill our ears. It’s nice to be reminded that for us, at some point or another, “winning” comes from simply signing up to the race or beating our personal best. […]

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Week 032.

Donut by Timothy on 16 August

How Do We Recreate the Real World Online?

This week I once again step back into the classroom as a temporary art teacher which is always a positive experience. I don’t think many would complain about having a career which seamlessly interchanges between working with shiny graphics on a screen and getting paint under your fingernails and clay dust all over your pants.

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Week 031.

Donut by Timothy on 9 August

Laugh!

I’ve become a bit obsessed with the videos over at BuzzFeed. I think it is super important to find humour in our day; who wants to work with a robot? Here are a couple of videos to brighten your day.

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Week 030.

Donut by Timothy on 2 August

More Food for Thought

Another day, another new way of looking at things. These little considerations may seem uninteresting for those who have made them habits. For those starting out, it might be interesting to see how they start out as learnt ideas and develop into second nature, down the track.

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Week 029.

Donut by Timothy on 26 July

Dealing with Invisible Criticism

Do you hear criticism when there is none? I don’t know if this is a common thing experienced by everyone or if it is a particular personality trait in a select few. Look, I know how some people are going to think – that I am conceited and think everything I do is impeccable and […]

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Week 028.

Donut by Timothy on 19 July

Metaphorical X-Ray Glasses

The closest thing I’ve ever come to “coding” was back when Myspace was a thing. <howtimeflies>How good was Myspace? </reminiscing>. You’ll see a lot of people saying that a good designer will know how to develop as well. Seeing as I don’t have these skills, I created my website using Squarespace – and would wholeheartedly recommend […]

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Week 027.

Donut by Timothy on 12 July

Chasing The Sun

I can tick off another country visited during the 2in52 year; Sunny Singapore! Flying away from the dreary grey and frosty mornings of Perth, I learnt some important things, not just about the greater world around us but also about myself. The infamous expression goes; travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer. I’d like […]

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Week 026.

Donut by Timothy on 5 July

I’ve Got a Blank Space… on This Blog!

I’ve been racking my brain for quite a while now thinking about what I’m supposed to write here. It’s rather inconvenient that we can’t schedule in a weekly life changing experience or quick-fire off life affirming mantras.

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Week 025.

Donut by Timothy on 28 June

Imitation; the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

We sure do love our pop culture expos here at twoinfiftytwo! We’ll just notch up another Supanova to our belts, thank you very much. It’s always super encouraging and inspiring to see the sheer number of artists who turn out to showcase and sell their dynamic artwork. Despite the confined space and people’s questionable hygiene […]

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Week 024.

Donut by Timothy on 21 June

A Few Random Thoughts…

I need to preface this post by saying I don’t guarantee it to make sense. I had a conversation with someone who was considering employing a designer in an area you would not find usually find one. The following is a collection of thoughts, which sprung from that talk. You can’t judge a book by its […]

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Week 023.

Donut by Timothy on 14 June

Balance and Flexibility

This week, I’ve started work on a commission. This is the first time I have been responsible for not only the layout, but also the photographs. It’s a little bit harder to orchestrate, shoot and edit your own images but as expected the pay off comes in being complete creative control and ownership of the project.

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Week 022.

Donut by Timothy on 7 June

“It’s not that great”

Every time I present something I tend to preface it with something along the lines of “It’s not gr8″. I’m itching to write a whole lot of apologies before hitting the post button – but as an experiment, I’m not going to say anything. Here are caps from my After Effects video which you can see one […]

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Week 021.

Donut by Timothy on 31 May

Before Afraid of After Effects

Do you remember that feeling you had when you opened Photoshop for the first time? Might have gone a little like this… ‘What kind of witchcraft is this?’ It certainly wasn’t the trusty Microsoft Paint we played with endlessly towards the end of the 90s – eek, children without Twitter and Instagram – we really […]

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Week 020.

Donut by Timothy on 24 May

Starting Small

I read an article recently that talked about how in countries like China that mini-sites and mobile apps were used far more than the full scale web pages we’re accustomed to. The article explained that the sheer number of mobile users meant that it was obviously more important to focus on compact design. Makes sense, […]

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Week 019.

Donut by Timothy on 17 May

Can Clean Freaks be Creative?

Okay, I’ll admit I have a bit of a problem. Ask anyone I’ve worked with and they will roll their eyes, shaking their heads over my little quirk. Yep, I’m one of those ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ freaks. Others find endless joy in un-doing my strategic placements, perfectly aligned piles […]

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Week 018.

Donut by Timothy on 10 May

2in52 goes to 5/15/25

So Thursday night, Kylie and I went to the 5 / 15 / 25 event. A lot of people will tell you how important it is to network and be amongst like-minded people. It’s a real shame that I tend to mummify in a room full of strangers… – for the sake of my online persona, let’s […]

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Week 017.

Donut by Timothy on 3 May

The Compatibility Questions

Everyday, teachers stand before a buffet of personalities. You see every ‘type’ under the sun. The optimist, the pessimist, the introverts and the extroverts… As a result, I’ve developed a lot of sage advice over the years. Despite being drawn to creativity and the Arts, a shared interest does not always mean work compatibility. The […]

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Week 014.

Donut by Timothy on 26 April

I Wanna Be The Very Best…

As a further tribute to the Comic Con we recently hosted in Perth, I’m doing to discuss the ideas I kept in mind whilst tackling my first attempt at an app… the twist? We’ll I’m going to use Pokémon to illustrate my points! The difficulty in simplicity Poor, Slowpoke. How would he cope with abstract designs and […]

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Week 012.

Donut by Timothy on 19 April

“In the name of the Moon…”

This week, I’d like to look at a different packet of donuts, these originating from Japan. Hi, my name is Timothy and I watch Sailor Moon. Now, now, no need to laugh! Let’s be fair here, I think most creative people are drawn to odd things… Normally, my guilty pleasures are hidden well from public […]

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Week 016.

Donut by Timothy on 12 April

Know Your Influences

We all remember our high school days. Those were much simpler times… before being hit with the crippling weight of adulthood, career and responsibility. Back then, teachers were these nuisances that would stress the “trivial things”. They were constantly asking you stupid questions to which you had no answer. Whilst most of these students move on […]

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Week 012.

Donut by Timothy on 5 April

Part 2 of Take 2

I’ll keep it brief and let the work do the talking – left is what I came up with on my own – the right is after some helpful advice!

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Week 015.

Donut by Timothy on 29 March

Revisiting the Beginning

What am I up to this week? I agreed to a 5 week relief stint at my school as the Art teacher. I originally pursued a career in education to become an Art teacher but life and circumstances steered me away from that goal. What I am excited by is being able to watch these young creatives. I […]

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Week 011.

Donut by Timothy on 22 March

One-on-One

I’m going to approach this one with my teacher cap on. A high school teacher can potentially have up to 32 kids in one classroom. In a 45 minute lesson (and let me tell you, you hardly ever get all 45 minutes to do what you want to do) not every student is going to […]

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Week 010.

Donut by Timothy on 15 March

Halo-Halo, how are we?

If I had a dollar for every time I tried to write an introduction for this project… I’d be rich. So I’m not even going to try… Did you guys read about Natalia Kills killing her career this week? No? Okay then, back to the design…

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Week 09.

Donut by Timothy on 8 March

Suave.

The view from my office. It gets a bit lonely. There has to be a benefit to being at home studying – this apartment building rooftop is mine. Such a shame the outdoors and screens aren’t always so compatible, because I would work outdoors all the time.

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Week 08.

Donut by Timothy on 1 March

Diamond in the Rough

So it was practice and experimentation on the drawing board for me this week. Normally I would create something and show Kylie so she can give me a chance to change my mistakes, consider changes… but if I’m going to do the journey of a beginner any justice for other people like me, I need to […]

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Week 07.

Donut by Timothy on 22 February

Name Your Price

How much are you worth? When you’ve only ever known volunteering your designing skills, putting a price on your time can be quite the ordeal. Hey, Google? What do you think? … Gee, thanks. That was as clear as mud.

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Week 06.

Donut by Timothy on 15 February

Are We There Yet?

We’re all a bit obsessed with time aren’t we? Time working, take taken, time wasted… Is a day spent creating really that different to a week in the grand scheme of our lifetime? This week I did feel like I was that little kid in the back seat pestering his parents, “are we there yet?” 

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Week 05.

Donut by Timothy on 8 February

Start Where You Are…

Look, I’m going to keep this one brief. No real progress was made, although some new goals were set in the final few hours of Sunday night. Not everyone has an inside person like I do. My pessimism might have gotten the better of me if I was left to my own devices.

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Week 04.

Donut by Timothy on 1 February

Hi, I’m Timothy. Can I Work for You?

I knew that getting my foot in the door was not going to be an easy feat. I was prepared for the ‘no thank you’, the ‘we will let you know’ or even the ‘your skills aren’t up to scratch’ … complete silence, however, threw me a little off my game.

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Week 03.

Donut by Timothy on 25 January

Entering the Arena…

So, I am currently aboard a train en route to Tokyo where, give or take a 12 hour wait, I will be boarding the plane that takes me home to Perth. I must admit, I am looking forward to being released from the grips of delicious temptation…

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Week 02.

Donut by Timothy on 18 January

From Tokyo, with Colour.

Konnichiwa! This international post comes direct from a very frosty Japan. I absolutely adore this country. Of course, there are the people. Polite, respectful, well dressed… but it is when it gets dark that the designer in me gets truly inspired.

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Week 01.

Donut by Timothy on 11 January

Be A Warrior not a Worrier

It wasn’t exactly in my “grand plan” to find myself 5 years into my teaching career thinking, “is this really the job for me?”

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