Creative Inspiration

On Rotation Vol. 07 April 2024

Hooley Dooley. It’s been over 12 months since I put together a studio playlist. There’s a solid mix of easy pop, chill hip-hop, 90’s house, and even some proper Acid Techno (ACIEEED!!!) bangers from back in the day. Anyway, grab your headphones and turn this bad boy up to 11.

Track Listing

  1. The Ballad of Johnny ~ KaiL Baxley
  2. Still Rolling ~ LEISURE
  3. Thinkin Bout You ~ Frank Ocean
  4. Obsolète ~ MC Solaar
  5. Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase) ~ Notorious B.I.G., Mase, Diddy
  6. Mathematics ~ Mos Def
  7. The Food ~ Common
  8. Guillotine (Swordz) ~ E Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, GZA
  9. Gorilla ~ Little Simz
  10. Blessings (feat. Jamila Woods) ~ Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods
  11. You Could Be ~ Anz, George Riley
  12. Luv Dancin’ (In Deep Mix Underground Solution) ~ Roger Sanchez
  13. You Don’t Know (MuthaFunkaz Tribute Mix) ~ SuSu Bobien
  14. Funky Sensation ~ Gwen McCrae
  15. Gold ~ Kiiara
  16. Butterflies ~ Jean Tonique Remix MAX, Ali Gatie, Jean Tonique
  17. Get To Know (feat. Winston Surfshirt) ~ Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt
  18. No Ufo’s ~ Vocal Model 500
  19. Acid Tracks ~ Phuture
  20. Mashin’ On The Motorway ~ DJ Shadow

On Rotation Vol.06 – Wall to wall bangers

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a studio playlist but these tunes have been on heavy rotation. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it. They’re either old faves, something I’ve Shazammed (is that a verb now?) or something Apple music has rammed down my through enough that it’s stuck. Anyway, these are on heavy rotation in the studio and have been providing mucho creative inspiration. Enjoy!

Track Listing

  1. HighLife ~ Chris Valentine
  2. Ultraparadíso ~ Gilligan Moss
  3. TV Set ~ HANDSOME
  4. Trouble (feat. Jennifer Hudson) E ~ Iggy Azalea
  5. Don’t Challenge Me ~ Makers
  6. Butterflies (Jean Tonique Remix) ~ MAX & Ali Gatie
  7. Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Maße & Puff Daddy) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
  8. Catchin’ the Vibe ~ Quasimoto
  9. Purple Hat ~ Sofi Tukker
  10. Make a Difference ~ Steve Arrington
  11. On My Block ~ Scarface
  12. The Ballad of Johnny ~ KaiL Baxley
  13. Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole) ~ Gang Starr
  14. Gold ~ Kiara
  15. You Could Be (feat. George Riley) ~ Anz
  16. San Francisco Knights ~ People Under the Stairs
  17. Acid Raindrops ~ People Under the Stairs
  18. Funky Sensation (feat. Gwen McCrae) ~ Disclosure
  19. Like Sugar ~ Chaka Khan
  20. Cascada ~ Konx-Om-Pax
  21. REEL IT IN ~ Aminé
  22. Selfish (feat. Cleo Sol) E ~ Little Simz
  23. Feeling Blue ~ Jakatta
  24. Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane) ~ Breakbot
  25. Blood To Give ~ Karl S. Williams
  26. Quiet Dog ~ Mos Def
  27. Good Day G ~ Nappy Roots
  28. Lady and Man ~ Khruangbin
  29. Lying Together ~ FKJ
  30. Lost In Paris (feat. GoldLink) ~ Tom Misch
  31. The Circle E ~ Ivan Ave
  32. Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy) (Acoustic) ~ Jorja Smith
  33. Roses (Imanbek Remix) B ~ SAINt JHN
  34. Turning ~ J.Lamotta
  35. The People (Ensemble Entendu Remix) ~ Photay
  36. Time of Our Lives & ~ Pitbull & Ne-Yo
  37. I’m Not Ready for Love ~ Promise
  38. This Girl ~ Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  39. Of Wonder ~ Parra for Cuva
  40. This Is Your Night ~ Heavy D & The Boyz
  41. Wish You Were Here ~ The World of Birds
  42. Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane) ~ Breakbot
  43. Beach ~ San Cisco
  44. Waves g ~ Joey Bada$$
  45. Marinade ~ DOPE LEMON
  46. Fire In The Sky ~ Anderson.Paak
  47. CUT EM IN (feat. Rick Ross) E ~ Anderson .Paak
  48. You ~ Mk.gee
  49. BAD LIKE RIRI E ~ Jesswar & Erica Banks
  50. Can’t Do Without (My Baby) ~ Cosmo’s Midnight
  51. Places & Spaces ~ Donald Byrd
  52. Money E ~ Leikeli47
  53. Esperar Pra Ver ~ Poolside & Fatnotronic
  54. Doin’ Our Own Dang ~ Jungle Brothers
  55. You Could Be (feat. George Riley) ~ Anz
  56. seaside_demo ~ SEB
  57. Pretty Lady ~ Tash Sultana
  58. Protect Ya Neck (feat. RZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon) ~ Wu-Tang Clan
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Bikini Kill. Hard, Fast, Fun, Punk Rock from the 90s

Bikini Kill – The Singles [Full Album] – YouTube

So Rad. So Angry. So Fun! Enjoy

Martha Cooper Grafiti Photographer


I love this so much. I had the Subway Art and Street Art books as a kid. I used to pour over them tracing them and trying to develop my own styles. It’s awesome to know that Martha Cooper is still running and gunning and capturing true writers getting up. This shit is amazing. The “at station stop” whole car they destroy at 6 minutes is INSANE!

PRENDS L'AIR - Self care website design

Accueil | Prends l’air – Beautiful Design Aesthetic!

Beautifully crafted french website to do with mindfulness and self-care. While I can’t read the text I lo9ve, love love the aesthetic.

Iron Maiden commemorative stamp design

The Iron Maiden Royal Mail stamp design is first class

I think it’s ace that even with a Tory government, there is room to celebrate Maiden on National Stamps. Another thing I loved as a kid was Eddie T. Head. I can still remember my Power Slave poster.

Power board design idea

Nexen Electric Bar System- How to Use Video – YouTube

I have long thought that the power plug standard is due for disruption. Don’t get me wrong, Standards are good. But the powerboard/plug standard we have settled with is lame!

Ethical Design Practices

Loving Humane by Design

Writings on ethical design practices when creating digital products and websites. Particularly feeling the piece on intentional design and the long-term effects of our design decisions.

Dumb & Dumber.

Inversion: The Power of Avoiding Stupidity

Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance. Rather than thinking about how can we foster innovation in our brand, you might look at the problem by inversion, in which case, you’d think about all the things you could do that would discourage innovation. Ideally, you’d avoid those things. Sounds simple right? Love it!

1950 British Bomb Site Playgrounds

How 1950s bombsites became adventure playgrounds for kids

A very different kind of play than the sterilised, rubberised concrete versions of playgrounds we have today.

Beastie Boys Exhibition

Juxtapoz Magazine – The Beastie Boys Gave Us Permission to Grow, and EXHIBIT Tells the Story

It’s OK to not be the same person today that you were when you were younger. A different kind of Growth Mindset. Looks like a rad exhibition. Wish I could go 🙁

Iggy Pop's Mum

Iggy Pop on his mother’s love – Austin Kleon

Mums are the best. This short piece is a nice reminder to be a rad parent.

Big Love 2023!


Creative inspiration – Rad things 09.01.2023

Flipping typical: preview text & compare your fonts easily

Created by Stuart Robinson way back in 2009, Flipping Typical allows you to explore the different font options on your computer. It’s easy to forget how much gold you have on your own machine. Better than the font visualisation in Adobe, or Font book, that’s for sure. 

The Butcher Shop

Awesome online art supply store in Australia. Their selection of Markers is next level. And super affordable. $10.00 for a Krink Mop is just crazy!

Tools for better thinking | Untools

A collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems. I haven’t dug too deeply here. But will definitely be spending some time over the coming weeks lookijng at where I can polish up my problem solving and design thinking skills. Noice!

‘My Duduś’. A woman and a squirrel

Super touching short film about a woman and a squirrel. Worth your 8 minutes. 

Heavy-duty e-bike for the win

I’m not really an e-bike fan but this mad piece of utilitarian design looks like it would be an awesome addition to city streets. Allowing small business to easily manage deliveries of a more bulky nature. And it looks rad!

Defender-style minivans are awesome

Speaking of looking rad! DAMD convert Japans most popular mini-van into a post-apocalyptic, defender-style, camper. It looks so hawt! Not sure how it would go off-road but I love it. And still want one. I wish I could understand the video on the page also. It looks wild!

The future of Electricity?

This looks like a step toward becoming a Type A civilisation. Although, the soundtrack on the demonstration video is a touch creepy. Kind of puts me in mind of Matrix/Terminator-style AI’s developing their own power systems. But you know that’s probably just my overactive imagination.

Burning the eggs

Loving this idea for a candle. Via swissmiss

Listening to

Another tight mix from Paul at Jervis bay Brewing Co. One of my favourite clients made even sweeter by incredibly similar tastes in music. Check out all their mixes on Spotify.

Watching Colin from Accounts

Another awesome piece of Australian TV. Thoroughly enjoyed this and smashed it in two or three sittings. Worth a watch

Too much screen time

I know I’m always worried about how much time the kids spend on their screens but let’s be honest, some video games are amazing. This is one from a few years ago that I missed. It’s beautiful!

It’s made by Shapefarm their website is pretty nice also.

Creative inspiration – Too Black, Too strong

Artist Stuart Semple has developed what he believes to be the world’s blackest black ink. He calls it Blink, and you can buy it for $16 a bottle. Intended for calligraphy, pen art, or just a very impressive handwritten letters, Blink brings a super high contrast pigment to a medium anyone can handle. Via Fast Company The full article is worth a read.

Creative inspiration – Watching. Succession

Thoroughly enjoyed the first three seasons of Succession. Blackly funny. A debauched, bunch of anti-heroes stabbing each other in back to rule the world. You know it’s good when you find yourself rooting for the billionaire to beat the Government. Get in!

A walk down memory lane

Had plenty of these. I remember buying 3 packs in cigarette-style cellophane. Waiting to press record and busting out bangers on the car stereo. Enjoy!

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