The working world, that is.

This week, I’ll be closing in on my first month of full-time work, pretty much ever. In these few weeks I’ve quite happily set up a mini-workspace for myself, including a graphics tablet (which I’d unbelievably never used before but got used to surprisingly fast) and a very nice second screen.


It’s been a little tough, what with sitting at the same desk for 8 hours at a time and working on the same jobs – a task which I’m not at all accustomed to. I’d become used to taking on more work than I should and dealing with it by running from one task to another and keeping myself on my toes for about 10 hours a day. This is … significantly different. But not completely in a negative way. I will gladly take this opportunity to make a pros/cons list.

CON: The days seem never-ending. Especially those first two weeks. I found it exhausting to push myself into focusing on the same thing for hours at a stretch. My brain tends to wander off after a certain amount of time, and I’m not exactly free to work on just about anything I please while I’m in the office.

PRO: It’s good willpower training. Being in the office ensures that I don’t drift off into another task when I’m meant to be working on something specific. It’d come in handy in a potentially-freelance future.

CON: It’s mostly in Photoshop.

PRO: I didn’t learn half as many software tricks in my three years of uni as I did in the first week of work.

CON: I have to wake up at 7AM (almost) every single day.

PRO: My days have early starts, they’re more productive and I can squeeze in plenty of my own tasks in the evenings (when I’m not running from rehearsals to appointments like a maniac). Of course, I’m still getting used to just how exhausting the days are, but we’re getting there.

CON: I’m often working on the same projects for days (and weeks) on end.

PRO: It’s often broken up by micro-tasks of very different natures, and it’s good practice too. Not to mention the fact that I’m doing more than just design – anything from content to pitching.

CON: It’s the same building, every day (you might have learnt by now that I have quite a problem with repetition and routine).

PRO: It’s a great building. We’ve got a bitchin’ terrace, and then there’s this view.


That was fun. I really should get back to work though …


Around a week ago I shared a little sneak peak of my time in Rome and the beautiful sites/food I was lucky to photograph. Let’s consider this post to be a short follow-up of it.

I’ll have to admit – a significant part of the beauty of the photographs I took while I was away as well as my newly-found zeal for making images (which had grown somewhat feeble) is due to a recent impulse-buy: an f/1.8, 35mm lens.

I’d been eyeing wide-aperture lenses for a while, and here I’ll confess up front (although perhaps there hardly is need to at this point) that I am a sucker for depth of field and all things unfocused. Even at the shop, trying the lens out for the first time, I was blown away by the stark contrast of these new photographs and others I’d taken in the past (with my usual kit and/or zoom lens). Here’s the first shot I took.


Needless to say, being the happy, excitable bunny that I am, the camera barely left my hands at any time during the following few days. One of my regular subjects happens to be an actual bunny, and this might well be my favourite shot that I’ve ever taken of him.


Making this investment has taken me back to a few years back when I’d bought my DSLR camera – a toy I’d never lain my hands on but had been incredibly eager to attain for quite some time. I’d been so pleased with my new purchase that I had taken to carrying it around everywhere for at least the first month or two, a period I’m reliving right now with this lens.

I know they say money can’t buy you happiness, but .. it can buy you a new gadget, and sometimes that’s equivalent.

If you like what you see, there’s more here.


Yep – I treated myself to a holiday.

I spent a wonderful week with my best friends, exploring Rome and immersing ourselves in the culture of centuries past. We even popped down to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius for a day, a decision which most probably made the highlight of the holiday.


I packed with me my faithful DSLR camera and lenses, including a brand spanking new 35mm – the only lens I ended up using throughout the whole holiday, no exceptions. During my stay there last year I only used my zoom lens (70-300mm) and while I got some amazing details, it was rather heavy and space-consuming. I found this one super light and handy to carry around, the aperture (f1.8) made for some incredible photographs, and it worked beautifully for both close-ups and wider shots. Let’s just say I’m in love.

Despite the overwhelming, suffocating heat that persisted over the 7 days we were there, the somewhat dirty and pitiful state of some of the region’s areas, our malfunctioning shower (the water simply wouldn’t drain) and the immense, ridiculous amount of tourists that clogged the Roman streets, it was a lovely week. The food (including gelato and coffee) was impeccable, the atmosphere relaxing but electric, and the company delightful.


See more of my best snaps from this week and other favourite shots of mine (including a couple from last year) over here.


Hello again. I finally remembered that I have a blog!

Tonight I’d like to catch you up with some typographical endeavours that I’ve been up to lately. I love type and it was heartbreaking to produce no work whatsoever for the past few months or so. Now that I’m off school and getting used to my new timetable, I’ve found time to squeeze in some mini works.

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have just passed, and it is my personal traditional to always put that little extra effort into the envelope for both my parents’ cards. I went for some simple script, something that I’ve been trying to get myself to practise more frequently.

I even put a little process video up for dad’s.

But my favourite has to be the piece that I did just to get myself started, to challenge myself to get back to this in a time where I’m almost never in the mood to make or create. And it really felt great to realise I still have it in me, and it’s still what I want to be doing.


Until next time – keep kickin’.


A long due post following a short, unplanned hiatus ..

Update: Thesis project submitted, some other assignments too and only the last one left. Exhibition opening was super. Currently transitioning slowly from school to work, and trying to get used to it. Still lots going on. Phew. I’m out of breath just thinking about everything.

So, for all you avid followers of this website. You may have noticed that a new tab has been added to the menu! It’s called Seeing Sound and it is that very depository that I spoke of a good few weeks back when I was babbling on and on about my thesis. Over there you’ll find all the artwork that I collected for my thesis, including rationales and process descriptions by the artists themselves.

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The site is currently on display at the MaKS faculty at University. My baby is also over there – I couldn’t be happier with the way my publication turned out. Shout out to the lovely people at Digital Print for helping me out with this.


Our exhibition (L-għ) is open for another week or so – do pay us a visit if you’re around. I’m super proud of what we’ve achieved together. I also composed some music for our collective video. You can find the video on our Facebook page, and the music on my SoundCloud.

I’ll be sharing some proper photos of my exhibit next week, once I have some quiet time down there myself. What I’ve really been trying to get into these few days, following a well-deserved break, is little things that I can add to my everyday routine that bring in some real, raw creativity. Motivation is hard to find. Maybe it’s time to go back to those 30-Day Projects


One evening this week I was feeling particularly unmotivated, and decided to lie down and spend some quality time with a nice book. I randomly (or, rather, subconsciously) picked up my copy of Chip Kidd‘s little publication* illustrating Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ speech.

* I only just found out that Chip Kidd designed this book – it’d been my best find at a book sale a few months ago but, other than it being a beautiful book to look at, the main reason I bought it was Gaiman. As I was turning it over this time around, I actually saw the designer’s name at the back and was quite surprised, especially given the fact I bought my copy for around €3.

For the first few pages, I was more enthralled by the beautiful design than anything else. But then the more I read, the more the power of the words really hit me – and, I’m telling you, it truly is an incredible speech.

I stopped for a few seconds just to take this photo, because I just had to capture not only the words on the page but also that very moment when I felt just how much those words inspired and empowered me, as a creative.


And it’s all true, isn’t it? We just tend to forget it.

When I was a little younger and going through a particularly tough time, I cannot describe the way in which music saved me – how I learnt to be honest with myself, how putting words on a page and assigning a note to each syllable would rid my shoulders of so much weight.

Nowadays I’m in a better place and I could say that I don’t ‘need’ this as much – perhaps it’s for lack of time, but I no longer write anywhere near as frequently as I used to. That being said, I still think that nothing could ever replace the experience of looking back on a creative work of mine, whether it’s visual or aural, and just feeling. Feeling pride, satisfaction, maybe even regret – feeling what I did at the time that I made it, letting that emotion fill me and push me forward to make more.

You have one thing that’s unique. You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that’s been a lifesaver.

Make good art.


I can’t believe we’re SO CLOSE to our final exhibition and, consequently (perhaps even unfortunately), even closer to the deadline for the dissertation project.

These past few days have been incredibly long, and dedicated (almost) exclusively to the design of the publication since I’m quite eager to send it off to the printer’s – if everything else that I’ve planned for this project should go awry, this is the one thing that I will absolutely not allow to be anything less than perfect.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some sneak peeks while we’re at it.


I adore a lot of the work that was submitted for this project, and I’m making sure that the aesthetic of the publication represents just that. All in all it’s turning out to be quite clean and minimal, but the book will have its fair share of experiments with colour and typography.


I’ll be honest – I love how it’s turned out.


Meanwhile, I’ve been planning out the structure for my section of the exhibition (I’ll be getting my hands dirty this weekend), taking care of lighting, as well as starting to put some final thoughts into the online depository which is the web counterpart for the publication and will function alongside this blog! And, of course, this isn’t to mention all the side work. The list is never-ending, really.

BUT all the effort that I’m putting into this project is transforming into some incredible, fruitful results – I have to say, it looks like it’s going to be worth it.


Being a creative is one hell of a ride. It really is exciting – creating new things is always this immensely fulfilling experience and, truth be told, the prospect of new, different jobs every time is kind of thrilling.

But it’s a rough ride, too. And I’ve said this before – for weeks on end now, I wake up with absolutely no motivation and no inspiration to create said new things. And when people ask me what’s wrong, my answer’s always: I’m tired.

I’m tired of working for things, for people and towards goals, and seemingly never receiving anything back – at least not anything that is proportional in reward to the amount of effort and energy that I would have put into it, in the first place.

A few days ago, my best friend linked me to this article – it’s called Read this when you’re tired of everything. And I was astounded at the accuracy with which it described pretty much exactly what I’m going through right now.

The world that we live in is an exhausting place to be. It is wearing. It is thankless. It is endlessly trying and scarcely rewarding. You’re tired simply because you live in it. You’re tired of loving too much, caring too much, giving too much to a world that never gives anything back.

At a stage where all I seem to be doing is working towards targets that continuously outrun me, these words ring truer than true.

I know it might seem that this is all I ever really talk about. Maybe it is. In reality, it is all I ever think about these days. Can I really do this for the rest of my life? If all I’m ever going to feel is that I’m not good enough, that I can’t do any more but I’m still not doing enough, then maybe there’s no point in even trying. I’m sure these words resonate with a good few.

But then, something like this comes along and it reminds you of something indispensable: We’re all more resilient than we think.

And it’s true. At the end of the day, I surprise myself with the work I do, the goals I manage to reach, the experiences I attain, and the strength that I show in the face of adversity and other challenges. I’m sure every other creative – and every other human being – goes through this same notion.

Some parts of life happen quietly. They happen slowly. They happen because of the small, careful choices that we make everyday, that turn us into better versions of ourselves.

When you’re tired, go slowly. Go quietly. Go timidly. But do not stop. You are tired for all the right reasons. You are tired because you’re growing. And someday that growth will give way to the exact rejuvenation that you need.


This is the point where I own up to one of the major reasons I started this blog – a Uni project.

Yep. DGA3008, to be exact – something about social media and digital literacy.

Instead of typing it all out, here I am making my first vlog (!) and explaining what’s happened so far. You might notice I’m super nervous in it, but I’m actually quite happy that I managed to speak to a camera for at least 4 minutes.

But now, to the real reason I’m writing this post.

In presenting our project, we were asked to speak of an ‘aha-moment’ that we experienced whilst we were working and losing ourselves online. And here’s mine: If you want to make it, especially through social media, then you need to give your audience what they want. Sell out, really.

Unless you get lucky. But that’s another thing.

Some would say (and have, in fact, said) that it’s brutal – well, yeah. But if you really do want to be famous or, as they say, ‘go viral’, then that’s the way to go. The fact of the matter is that no one cares about what you’re doing, unless it impacts them directly or has something to do with a very popular thing at that moment. And if what you want is fame and glory, then you need to adapt to your audience.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t support it one bit. I’m just aware of it as a reality, and accept that my competition will most likely be using this method to get ahead of me.

I don’t think I’d ever conform to the notion of doing something that goes against my own principles just to attract attention. I love what I do and somewhere deep, deep down, I still hold firm in my belief that if you do what you love and you are genuine in doing it, then good things will happen to you.

Unfortunately, when I’m in a rut and it feels like none of my work is going anywhere, it’s rather hard to remember this. But it’s there. I just need to remind myself that I’m doing the right thing – I’m doing everything that I can with the limited resources I’ve got and I’m trying really fucking hard to not miss out on any opportunities, all whilst being the best person I can be.

Here’s some links to other media I’ve used for this project, namely Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. I’m also on SoundCloud, and this is the art blog I mention in the video – you can find it somewhere on my Behance page, too.

One last thing. I may just be in shock here .. but I’m actually considering vlogging again at some point. Say what?!


It feels like these 36 days have flown by so fast …

To sum up – for the last 10 days, I decided to take a more personal approach than I did with the first 26. With each number, I’ve chosen to connected something particular from my life – say, 1 (very adorable) bunny, or my 3 hot beverages a day.


Once again, a number (haha) of forms were difficult – I’m still very uncertain about that 4, and am quite bugged by the fact that not all the characters are of the same height. This is an issue I’ve had with the letters, too, and one of the reasons I’d definitely like to pick this project back up (when I have some more time on my hands) and revise it.


I won’t go into the fine details of what each number stands for here, but you can find all 36 images and description in this Pinterest board (on which I shall be revealing more information soon).

An appreciative nod goes to the folks who’ve stuck with me through these 36 days, or even stumbled in midway. It’s been an experience of sharing, learning from myself and from others, and an inspiring process. Now, let’s see what I’ll get up to next …