Melbourne then and now

by Tara Nielsen

An addendum to my early post on the Melbourne then and now project I worked on while at the paper back in 2012. Here's the complete collection. Enjoy :)

Photo credit HWT image library and the Argus file collection.

Happy Holidays

by Tara Nielsen

Happy Holidays from The Boulevard in Ivanhoe. A christmas light wonderland. Happiness is a warm summer night with pretty lights.

2014 here we come!

T xx

Windows Phone concept

by T-Bird in ,

A concept I'm working on that explores the way picture messages are treated in native mobile messaging apps. Currently in most mobile operating systems, pictures messages are stored in threads with text messages. Finding a picture requires arduous scrolling - often hidden and sandwiched between texts. It's hard to find picture messages, unless they're saved and stored in an album.

This concept could be included in any operating system, but I've shown an example within Windows Phone. Namely because I'm a win pho fan and wanted to explore the design language and motion principles for the operating system. I imagine iOS would have a button in the top right hand corner to switch views between texts and pictures. Android could have the native tab treatment to switch between views. As shown in the video, windows uses the pivot control.

It's not a revolutionary idea, just one that makes sense. I'd love to see this explored more and included in future releases.


by T-Bird in

Surely it must be time for another festival video, sí? ¡SÍ! Dorado llanos!

Here's a little clip from Golden Plains, the hottest weekend I've ever camped through. High 30's and cloud coverage and we were lucky if we felt even a skerrick of a northerly wind. It was magical.

T xx

Video: Anglesea

by T-Bird in

It's a new year and I've got a shiny new kit! Which for the next few months is going to mean video, while I dust off premiere and get back into after effects. I've missed it so much. EJ and I ducked away last weekend to catch the sun in Anglesea. Here's a little clip from the beach.


Audio: Blear Moon - Boats for Sale

It Gets Better

by T-Bird in

Growing up gay is hard. But it won't always be. We know, because we've all been through it, and now we're the better for it. You will be too. We are a group of friends who wanted to make a video for anyone who is going through bad times, to let you know that life might be rough now, but it gets better. It really does.

This post has been some time in the making. Mid last year Pete sent an email round with the idea to make a video for the It Gets Better Project created by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. The digital campaign was created to prevent bullying and suicide among the gay youth by making a video that tells them "It gets better."

One weekend the seven of us got together to sink a few beers and tell our stories. Which could be any other weekend, but this was different. It was hard. It was sad. We laughed a fair bit. I cried a lot. We had about six tapes of footage. We learnt more about each other and probably more about ourselves. It was cathartic, exhausting but rewarding and worth every minute. I love my friends. I'm so lucky to have them.

If you need to talk, contact Lifeline Australia now on 13 11 14.

To find out more about the 'It Gets Better Project' visit

View the clip onYoutube