Some more research on the big bang theory added to research

January 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

It’s posted on the past page ‘That was so last millennia’. Very interesting stuff!


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Cleaning up the blog a bit…

January 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

I’ve decided to put all the online research I’ve done for my book into three pages that section the past, present and future instead of individual pages that just take up space. Any new material added to the book will be posted up as pdfs in a notes format.

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This is dedicated to the times when one feels like they’re only making a small dent in the massive workload they’re undertaking…it’s hard to keep at it!

January 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

You have to admire authors who have written multiple academic books, I’m only beginning to appreciate the amount of reading and note taking I have to do before I can attempt to write a chapter. What you learn can be summarised into a very condensed piece of writing; so if you wish to write a book; it seems like you’ve written enough for three or four before you begin the gruelling editing process.

It’s tough to remain motivated sometimes. Alot of this requires countless hours of self discipline and making myself stay at my desk and keep working. I can see the finished product and I’m confident it will look well, the way I plan it. But sometimes, the end of the road seems so distant and the path connecting you to it is treacherous at times. But chin up, we’ll get there in September! And then the celebrating shall begin 🙂

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Everyone should read this…it’s a whole new (and uplifting) perspective of the world we live in today

January 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

This was a very enjoyable read. This book confirms, through careful studies, that as a whole; the human race has become less violent and cruel over time. Although we have instinctual urges for violence and cruelty, it’s our acceptance of discipline and morality that we generally cooperate well with each other. I will be devoting a good chunk of one of my chapters to this subject, it’s fascinating!

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time to mix things up a bit…

January 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

For the past two months, much of my time has been dedicated to writing the bulk of content for my book. Currently, I’m reviewing the 22 draft chapters I’ve written and adding bits and pieces along the way. When I’ve completed the second draft, I intend to devote a substantial amount of time researching illustrative and typographic layout styles. I want to indulge in the more creative aspect of the book now, the physical appearance. I enjoy these tasks immensely and will be uploading examples of my progress along the way.

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Typography research

January 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm (How to create a bloody good book old chap!)

Below is a pdf link of some typography research I’ve been doing. It will be of great use to me when I’m deciding upon what typefaces to use, grid systems, and many other tips to clever typographic layouts.

typography research

I’ve also been collecting a few typographic images that caught my eye whilst clicking through interesting websites on

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I’ve been a busy bee this morning!

January 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm (Amazing methods of image making and painting styles)

Below are a range of wonderful illustrative styles that hint at the style of illustration I want for my book.


Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York city where she splits her time between accessories design and her personal passion for expressive, illustrative watercolour painting.

“Eyes” is the latest series of amazing watercolors by artist Marion Bolognasi. The vibrant colors she uses make the paintings really jump out. I love the contrast between her subject’s large, powerful eyes and the white background. Each piece contains such intense emotion…

marion bolognesi and tony philippou

Stina Persson is an illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden


Lawrence Yang wrestles with informational abstractions by day and paints by night. Influenced by graffiti art and traditional Chinese painting, he employs ink, marker, and watercolor, as the permanence of this media adds a sense of immediacy to his work. Lawrence’s paintings make use of color to communicate atmosphere and emotion, and they are concerned primarily with creating order out of chaos (and vice versa).

Roi James’s paintings of conceptual constructions, meditative abstracts , transcendent landscapes, and mystical figure portraits all acknowledge him to be a painter who is continually exploring and refining his technique. The diversity of his styles and the fluency in which he paints reveal that innate ability often described as a gift, but which is truly the result of a deep conviction and dedication towards his creative expression.

Lady fox painting

lyse masion painting

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long time no post…but I’ve been busy!

January 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

Sorry for the lack of posts over Christmas folks but figured I might as well have some substantial news of the progress of my book before I posted anything else. Well…where to begin??

I’ve written 22 draft chapters for the book. I’m currently working on the second draft and figuring our what needs to be trimmed down and what needs to be expanded. Also I need to keep in mind that each chapter should flow into the next and any that’s not of huge importance in context with the theme, needs to go. I’m happy with how this aspect is coming along

I’m continuing to mark make but am concentrating most of my time on researching great typography resources and exploring exciting ways to present the text layout of the book. Also I’m studying more about the layouts of text and image together on a page and looking at what works and what doesn’t.

I’m beginning to explore the outlets in which I can advertise my ebook when it’s complete. I want to have a list of online places to make my ebook as available as possible to the world. Also I’m researching creative marketing technique to get potential buyers interested.

So that’s it for the moment guys..will be back up and running with regular posts soon!

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