Issue 7

Issue No7 boasts a refreshed design and even more inspiring stories. Our interviewees this time are Australian all-round talent, Cameron Adams; founder of t-shirt community Threadless, Jake Nickell; video game fan and 3D-printed doll creator, Alice Taylor; one of the lead creatives behind Obama’s presidential campaign, Scott Thomas; Tokyo and Switzerland-based information architect, Oliver Reichenstein; and Gowalla creator and former Facebook designer, Josh Williams.


Cameron Adams

Co-Founder of Canva — on the vague vaguaries behind Google Wave, his attempts to ‘solve’ our email headaches, and riding the startup rollercoaster.

Jake Nickell

Founder of Threadless — on shipping millions of t-shirts, ranking number one for ‘bunions’, and shooting Zombie movies at the office.

Alice Taylor

Co-founder of MakieLab — on being part of the national Quake team, printing non-creepy dolls, and the challenges of running a tech company as a mother.

Scott Thomas

Co-founder of The Noun Project — on his childhood obsession with floor plans, designing Obama, and what a 500-year-old letterpress can teach us about design today.

Oliver Reichenstein

Co-founder of iA — on growing up amongst rats, rants and cigarettes, his forays into philosophy, and the clash of Japanese and startup culture.

Josh Williams

Co-founder of Gowalla/Last Guide — on being a teenage CEO of his parents’ business, and launching the first (well, maybe second) location-based social network.


Thoughts — Food for thought by Michael Honey and Louisa Heinrich

A Day In The Life Of — From the diaries of pixel artists and code wranglers: Cem Hurturk, Jaime Derringer, Miika Puputti, Tracy Chou

Profile — Shiny Things in Sydney make fun, educational apps for kids: Jane Abrams, Mat Peterson, Sebastian Grail, Simon Seeber

Mistakes Made — Nobody is perfect: Nadine Roßa, Nathan Garvie, Tracey Foulkes, Kevin Huynh

Founder StoryMurray Bunton about creating an agency with a difference.

ReflectionsMatt Steel reminds us of the importance of slowing down.

Feature — How Melbourne-based Art Processors use technology for a better art experience, with Scott Brewer.

Rules of Business — Guiding principles for doing business by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten.

Founder Story — Crowdsourcing Watsi-style brings medical help to people in need, by Chase Adam.

FeatureMichael Flarup tells us what happens when software developers make hardware.

Gear GuideErica-Lee Lick’s desirable items for the modern web worker.

Founder StoryKejia Zhu created a successful product business from inside an agency.

Workspace — A look behind the scenes of the workspaces of digital creators: Asana, iProspect, The Giant Pixel Corporation, Evernote, Fueled Creative, YouSendIt

FeatureKevin Russ travels the US armed with an iPhone and an eye for great sceneries.

User Experience — San Francisco-based Lyft runs an Airbnb-style car service: Crystal Wiggins, Elliot Franks, Peter Chung, Tricia Huerta

Local FocusTimo Reitnauer about establishing a domain registrar in Wellington, New Zealand.

ReflectionsChristopher Murphy shares his most personal thoughts about his struggle to keep up.

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