John Corabi has been the lead singer for international rock bands like The Scream, Motley Crue and more recently his current gig as front man for the Dead Daisies. Recently I interviewed John for an upcoming episode of the Mojo Radio Show.
During the interview John talked about the process of songwriting. He said “sometimes I go through a dry spell where I have nothing to say. Then I walk into the studio and I have everything to say. It is about knowing it will come”.
I took a lot from this interview with John, as it relates to any creative endeavour. You need to have your time away to recharge. During those times of recharge, free your mind of your normal day-to-day activity and let it wander and capture stimulation. Then when you need to create, your mind has something to draw from. It’s also important to know that having confidence in your own creative ability is critical and if you have given your mind sufficient rest then the moments where you need to create, you will have everything to say. No creative is always on.
The interview with John will be released on the Mojo Radio Show in the coming weeks. Subscribe here on iTunes.
The Mojo Radio Show - Ep 85 - Building True Self Belief for Yourself and in Others with AFL Legend - Simon Madden
There is no doubt that Simon Madden is a true legend in Australian sport. Having played 378 AFL games, winning 2 AFL premierships, winning the prestigious Norm Smith Medal, and even having a cinema and a street named after him, Simon has a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful. Couple this with his passion for improving people and you have a powerful formula for understanding and facilitating the process of winning.
As an educator, a successful businessman and an AFL Hall of Fame Inductee, Simon combines his years of experience and knowledge to provide you with the philosophies, insights and processes to assist you to develop and harness the strengths of your people.
The Espresso gets excited when a designer looks at a traditional item, challenges it, and says what if you did it differently?
Polish designer Robert Majkut has challenged the design of the traditional piano by creating the Whaletone Royal Digital Piano. Measuring 13 x 8’ this piano resembles more a stylish watercraft than it does a piano. No strings or hammers under the hood, instead the whole piano is digitally driven.
It comes with MIDI inputs and outputs, USB and headphones sockets so you can play in silence to immerse yourself in the experience. The Whaletone Royal Digital Piano is built to order so you can customise it to your own environment.
Regular subscribers to the Espresso or listeners to the Mojo Radio Show will know that I have been talking about the trend of moving into smaller and smaller living spaces.
A recent competition in New York challenged designers to create the city’s first micro unit apartment building. Carmel Place is now almost ready to welcome his first tenants.
Once upon a time we all craved a bigger and bigger home.
Now it's about minimalism, simplicity, and affordability. With that comes the necessity to design smarter.
We love this foldaway chair designed by Liquid Interiors which simply folds down and disappears into the floor. What a wonderful design piece to maximise the minimalist lifestyle and trend that was ahead of us.
It's fair to say that doing the washing and folding up your clothes to put away would not be in the top five chores that any of us look forward to.
However if you read Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying then you will know that this trend the timing is sweeping the world.
To make it easier for you meet …Foldimate. The Foldimate Clothes Folding Machine makes sure you'll never have to fold again, and what's more your shirts will always look like they came off the retail floor. You simply clip your clothes into its rotating rack and hit start. The machine sucks each one inside where a robotic arms give it a perfect fold befor dropping it down into a removable tray.
Many of us have been to hospital and seen what is a typical wheelchair. Over the years it seems that not a lot of true innovation has happened in the category of wheelchairs up till now.
A new project - GO is creating made-to-measure 3-D printed consumer wheelchairs that are designed specifically to fit the individual needs of the consumer, catering for a wide range of disabilities and lifestyles. The custom form of the seat and foot bay is driven by 3-D digital data derived from mapping each individual users biometric information. The result is a wheelchair that is accurately built for your weight, your body shape, and your disability. The accompanying GO app allows you to participate in the design where you can specify optional extras patterns, colour ways and features.
It's taken GO a lot research to get to this point, but we love the look and style of the wheelchair and we are even more impressed that someone took what is traditional in its design and challenged it to find a better way.
We read stories daily on health and suggestions for us to keep the inside and outside of our bodies in tiptop shape.
A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had developed a tiny ingestible robot that once you eat it, unfolds from a biodegradable capsule to be able to remove foreign objects from the stomach.
The little robot can be steered through your body via external magnetic fields allowing it to move through your system and remove small objects or patch wounds. According to MIT 3500 button batteries are reportedly swallowed each year in the US alone. These robots could be used to remove these batteries if our own natural systems of digestions cannot do it alone.
The mind boggles as to where this type of technology can take us.
The Espresso gets a real kick out of a designer who looks at a mundane everyday product and thinks differently about its design or application.
Our latest design like is the PORITZ & STUDIO X UNCRATE TOOLBOX.
Made from 75-year-old reclaimed tropical walnut from Nicaragua this tool carrier has been heavily stained on the outside and is quite simply the standout toolbox for the handyman who has everything. This Toolbox may even find its way into your living room fully loaded as opposed to being banished to the shed.
It is not cheap but then again, great design comes at a price.
Creating a logo or look for your brand can be quite a daunting task if you're not a big corporate with an in-house facility or the ability to outsource to a bigger agency.
Algorithmic logo maker Tailor Brands has now generated a quite unique offering by giving small to medium sized businesses unlimited branding material via an online subscription service.
Tailor Brands Studio has an algorithm that has automated the branding service to provide companies with unlimited branding packages on a subscription basis. Over the last two years, they created the algorithm by collecting data from 13.5 million designs so as to offer automated options on logos, business cards, stationery and social assets. Companies subscribe for a monthly fee, which is quite reasonable and it gives you unlimited access to branding material for your own in-house use.
Cracking idea that will certainly find a home small to medium sized enterprises.
The Postal Service in Australia, Australia Post has been reported in the media to be struggling. People simply aren't posting letters. Little wonder when you can never find a postal address on any website if you choose to send snail mail to a client or customer.
The solution it seems is for Australia Post jack up the prices…. that should fix it! The mail service in Finland, Posti - has a different view.
Posti is expanding its’ service to include lawn mowing throughout the summer. Posti employees will offer a lawn mowing service one day a week in addition to doing their normal rounds of deliveries.
Interesting take on collaborative consumption where you take a resource that is unused and find a new dual job purpose.