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Snow Leopard

If there’s one thing that Apple have got down to a T, it’s packaging design. They know that it’s about so much more than the product – it’s about the whole experience, from looking, to purchase, to unpacking, to setup. I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard, and was reminded how much fun it is to use Apple products. It’s so beautiful and intricately packaged. Wonder how many people use Apple for that reason alone?


Conflict: War & Peace

The latest Ctrl.Alt.Shift collaboration has been launched…

BALTIC Competition
Conflict: War & Peace

Conflict is a major contributor to poverty throughout the world. 80% of the world’spoorest countries have suffered from a major conflict in the past 15 years, funded by a global military spend of $900 billion. Almost every conflict zone in the world is located in a developing country. Very little change happens without some conflict, for the simple reason that people who hold power at the expense of others usually fight to hold on to it. The human destruction caused by violent conflict isdevastating: 90% of modern war victims are civilian. 75% of the world’s refugeesare women and children, as men are often killed or forced into armies or militias.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift and BALTIC are hosting a contemporary art competition around the theme of conflict, giving you the chance to get involved. You will be given the opportunity to showcase your work on the BALTIC website and BALTIC’s own Quay TV, as well as being published in Ctrl.Alt.Shift magazine which is distributed nationally. Your work will accompany the Ctrl.Alt.Shift exhibition at BALTIC. To enter, all you have to do is create a piece of artwork based around conflict, take a picture of what you create and then upload it to this site. Some themes to consider that might help you find direction are: racial and ethnic intolerance, political violence and violence in culture – further information can also be found on the website and in the brief.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift is a community for passionate and outspoken individuals, joined in the fights against poverty and injustice. Learn about the issues. Add your voice. It’s your world – take control.

Posters Live Where Things Happen

Posters live where things happen. So much culture comes to us through a screen – whether it’s movies, the internet, or video games. But posters live in theaters and clubs and political rallies, places where real people meet other real people. And I believe our need to do so is even stronger now that we’re in such a virtual world.

[Luba Lukova]


CONSPIRE!: Plotting Goodness is a quarterly publication that shares stories of community, revolutionary love, and creative new visions. Conspire! stubbornly insists that small, daily acts of faith, conviction, and integrity can change the world.


I found out about CONSPIRE! through Ryan, who’s part of the team crafting it. They’re looking for submissions for the first issue, I’ve just sent a few off! The deadline is soon (Jan 9), but if you’re keen you could make it! The official call for entries is below, check it out…

Call for visions and voices in our premier issue.

Spring 2009 (March) : Resurrection Stories

At the core of all Christian belief is this bizarre, astonishing, and absurd claim: That someone who was executed and killed came back to life three days later. Most of the time it seems that church folks allow that belief to be a safe, abstract spiritual idea without really grappling with its claim on their lives.

Does the resurrection of Jesus actually have an impact on our lives, personally and communally? Have we felt resurrection in our own experience? Has the resurrection story transformed the way we lived into certain situations or utterly changed the way we looked at our options? How?

Have we gone through real deaths – losing someone we loved, bathing and embalming
the loved one’s body marked by brutal violence, or feeling our hopes and possibilities crushed – only to come out at the other end, more alive and on fire with hope?

Or is resurrection the ultimate Christian mind-game–a story so hardwired into us that we are programmed to find resurrection whether or not it is actually there. Are our resurrection stories a placebo to cover up meaningless suffering and loss? Do we call things resurrection when what we actually mean is that we have gotten over some death and moved on?

This inaugural issue of Conspire! will launch around Easter, 2009. In it, we invite you to share your musings on resurrection. Your stories may come from your personal life, or from the life of your community, or from the world around you. How have you experienced world-shattering hope, good news that turns you upside down and changes your life – and is more than a spiritual cliché? Maybe resurrection happens in sly, subtle ways (after all, only a handful of people saw the risen Jesus!). Maybe resurrections are there all the time – but we finally learn to open our eyes to see them.

We are looking for various kinds of materials:

Articles: Articles can range from 200 to 1,500 words. We are looking for material that is personal, engaged, provocative, challenging – not scholarly, not too heady, but neither too simplistic or pious. Most articles should relate to the specific theme of the issue, though we will occasionally consider others as well.

Artwork and Photography: Do you have an eye for the visual image that compels our attention, draws forth deep resonance in our spirit, unveils the unseen beauty around us – or maybe is just cool? Let’s see what you have –maybe it fits in our pages.

Poetry: Do you weave words that yield the shock of beauty, the jolt of insight, the opening of new awareness? Send something our way – no long epics, please, no piety set to verse.

Short Fiction: Are you a spinner of yarns that probe the human condition, that navigate the interstices of meaning and mystery in our experience? Maximum of 1,500 words.

Reviews: Are there some great books, films, art, blogs, or other media out there that can spark our imagination, challenge our paradigms, empower us in our subversive revolution of love? Let us know – in under 500 words. (Note: Reviews do not have to tie into the theme of the issue.)

The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2009.
Send manuscripts, queries, ideas to:

No large image files, please. Small, low-res jpegs, or links to online galleries.


Conspire! is a quarterly publication that shares stories of community, revolutionary love, and creative new visions. Conspire! stubbornly insists that small, daily acts of faith, conviction, and integrity can change the world.
Since Conspire! is just starting, we are not able to offer compensation for articles at this point – but we certainly will provide you with a subscription!

Merry Christmas!

I won’t be blogging tomorrow, so I created a little design to send some Christmas cheer your way in advance…

advent card

Have a great Christmas!


I’m hosting a gig tomorrow night to mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It’s in Bloc (Bath St, Glasgow) from 9pm, costs £4, and features music from the delightful Yvonne Lyon, Ben TD, and the Potential Strangers. How’s that for your money’s worth! Come along, bring yer mates, and lets raise some funds for Christian Aids vital work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic!

Positive+ World AIDS Day gig

Any Glasgow-ish bloggers wanna re-post the flyer on their site for me?! Thanks!

Design Work

This morning I’m doing some research on designing a calendar, and on designing a brochure for the Fields Of Life guesthouses here in Kampala. It’s been fairly relaxed so far, nothing to strenuous, as I’m just taking it easy and getting acclimatised. At the weekend four different teams from Northern Ireland will be arriving, so all the staff in the guesthouses are busy busy busy preparing for that. Then things will really kick off!

I’ll be taking some photographs over the next week or two of the two guesthouses, Shalom and Emmaus, trying to capture them at their best. If you’ve got any experience of interior photography, leave a comment or drop me a line and give me some advice!!


"Ultimately, movement is only as valuable as your commitment to stillness, and vice versa."

Pico Iyer

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