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Lemonface Does Semi Permanent

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Lemonface Does Semi Permanent

Last week Lemonface Creative attended Semi Permanent 2022 at the magnificent St James Theatre in Wellington. After two years in which our lives were disrupted by the pandemic, so too has our perspective on the future completely shifted. To be back in familiar environment, surrounded by like-minded creative brains listening to the great and the good of the design world was nothing short of cathartic.

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Daylight saving – what’s it all about anyway? AND how to avoid feeling tired when the clocks go forward

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Daylight saving – what’s it all about anyway? AND how to avoid feeling tired when the clocks go forward

During the daylight-saving months we are on ‘New Zealand daylight time’, which is 1 hour ahead of New Zealand standard time.

These dates and the time of the change are heavily publicised in the lead up to the change through television and radio advertisements, local council websites and national newspapers. So how come it always takes me by surprise? And how come I never know if that means MORE sleep or LESS sleep each time the clocks change?

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10 blogs to inspire your design

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

10 blogs to inspire your design

This month it’s a little bit different as I’ll share with YOU some blogs that I subscribe to. Blogs that inspire me, make me pause for thought, challenge my thinking, or just make me smile. Smiling is good.

One of the best things about graphic design is that it never stands still for a moment. But that does mean that keeping up with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies can be a bit of a challenge. “Stand still at your peril” I was once told and it’s a piece of advice I’ve long subscribed to. Keeping my mind fresh allows me to stay connected and enthused.

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We’re in a right state. Of flux.

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

We’re in a right state. Of flux.
I got COVID – the long version and it was pretty rubbish for a while there. My enthusiasm waned, my energy levels nose-dived, and my creative juices ran nearly dry. I barely looked outside during this period. But then I got better, stronger and felt enthused again. And I felt it was time to look out of the window again. The new normal is coming I was told. It’s in the post – life is going to be like The Great Gatsby every day. The streets of Levin will be paved with gold. So, I cautiously shuffled across the living room, and I excitedly opened the curtains and I breathed in. And I looked out. I wish I hadn’t!

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Fergus the Fog. An uninvited guest.

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Fergus the Fog. An uninvited guest.
Testing positive was something that I knew would probably happen one day. ‘Get it out the way’ I thought. Nah, I wish I’d never got it. Symptoms are stopping me doing what I want to do. It’s stopping me doing what I always do. I’ve had to take time off, and those of you who know me well know that I never take time off, ever. It’s knocked my confidence a bit. It’s made me doubt myself. It’s made me forget things.

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The Importance of celebrating company anniversaries

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

The Importance of celebrating company anniversaries

As we get stuck into the new year, especially this year, we find ourselves looking forward to many things. A particularly exciting event here at Lemonface Creative is our approaching 7th anniversary. Yup we’ll be 7 on March 1st. As the big day nears, we’ve been reflecting on the importance of celebrating an anniversary, and what all that entails. Anniversaries are more than opportunities to recognise significant milestones—if properly taken advantage of, they can provide a space for all employees to pause and reflect on their organisation’s journey to the present and recognize their personal role in it. In planning this year’s milestone we’re going to discuss a few ways for YOU to seize the opportunity of celebrating YOUR business.

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Motivation after the holidays

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Motivation after the holidays
You’ve worked hard to fully switch off from work mode. If switching your out of office on is the start of your holiday then switching it off most certainly means the end. As soon as that first morning alarm of the year goes off it’s all on again but becoming instantly productive is not always as easy as it seems.

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Gratitude (and happiness)

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Gratitude (and happiness)
With Christmas nigh upon us and the ‘silly season’ in swing, this time of the year can be a challenging. We all want to get our jobs out the door, finish our invoicing before the end of the calendar year and make sure we catch up with people in person (traffic light setting permitting) so we can say thanks for everything in 2021 and to look ahead with confidence to 2022. Let’s face it - It’s been tough for many this year. There’s a period of excess coming our way and as we limp to the finish line it’s important to celebrate our wins and fill our gratitude jars (read on for more on this).

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