THE BLOG

27
Nov

The cure for wobbly boots

So these days I’m a little unsteady on my pins. A medical condition has led to muscle wasting in my legs and whilst I can walk around all day on the flat I generally have more than my fair share of stumbles, tumbles and outright nose dives. As a sobriety test though it works pretty well – If I’m out on a big night I blame the first two excursions to the floor on my feet but on the third one it’s “Na you’re pissed, time to call a cab!”

I think the most embarrassing tumble I’ve ever taken though happened in my 20s at Rosny Park Golf Course. As usual the place was packed with fellow hackers, and as usual I was mouthing off to everyone in my group how I was going to give them a golfing lesson. It was a cold, wet day in August and it was my turn to tee off on the third hole. Anybody that ever played Rosny back in those days knows that that was a busy part of the course. It’s a shared tee for the 2nd and 18th holes, The 1st, 3rd and 17th greens are right next to it and it always became a bottleneck with golfers aplenty tapping their feet impatiently waiting to tee off.

So on that day we had the four in my group waiting to go, a group behind us also waiting for the 2nd tee, The same thing happening for the 18th and the surrounding greens full as well – close enough to 30 people hanging around watching me as I stepped up to the tee. I wish I could say that I was a gracious and sportsmanlike figure like the golfers of legend but in reality I was more Happy Gilmour than Jack Nicklaus. Mouthing off was second nature and I did plenty of it before starting my back swing.

That’s where it came unstuck, literally! – my old KT-26s didn’t hold so well in the mud and I could feel my feet going out from under me as the club started it descent towards the ball it was never going to get anywhere near.  Before I knew it I was flat on my back, wallowing in the mud like a prize hog, the club having left my grip and almost decapitating a player on the 17th green, with over a score of previously bored golfers pointing fingers and laughing their heads off.

To add insult to injury I still had 17 holes to play caked in mud and copping  constant and merciless stirring from my mates and the group behind us whenever they caught up which was often! Nearly 30 years later I’m still hearing about it when I catch up with the boys on a Wednesday night.

I don’t reckon Grip Guard could have helped me that day, but these days as someone who’s prone to slipping on wet, loose or slippery surfaces, I find their work invaluable. From massive projects like resurfacing footpaths in St Helens through to residential applications like driveways, paths and wet areas Kim and his team have been making Tasmania safer for all of us.

They’ve been with Resilience for some time now and we’ve completed a web site for them as well as designing their business cards among other projects.

Web Design:

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22
Nov

Building Things

This week’s shout out goes to Vos Constructions, the people responsible for the incredible $12 million revamp of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery among other high profile building projects around the state.

A lesser known, but growing part of their business is shopfitting and they have already assembled an impressive array of clients both here in Tasmania and on that much larger island to our north.

Emirates Leisure Retail Australia (Hudsons Coffee), Luxottica (OPSM, SunglassHut and Laubman and Pank), and Bakers Delights are some of the international and national organisations enjoying the Vos shopfitting experience as well as major pharmacy retail groups such as TerryWhite Chemists, Priceline, Chemmart, Discount Drug Stores and Chemist Outlet.

Resilience were stoked to be asked to develop a magazine ad to publicise their excellent work in the Macq01 Restaurant for the Federal Group recently in addition to the magazine ad we developed for them after their fit out of the Hudsons Coffee outlet at Sydney Airport.

Graphic Design and Magazine Placement:

13
Nov

Be Safe Out There

I come from a long line of country folk. My forebears were robust types that lived through wars, depressions, droughts, floods and other natural disasters with nary a complaint and a practicality borne from just having to get on with it or you won’t be eating anytime soon. They were farmers, graziers and saw millers and I’d like to say their blood courses through my veins but when it comes to farming I’m a card carrying member of City Boys R Us.

When I was growing up we used to visit my country cousins occasionally and the land was always a pleasant place for me to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. My mum once suggested that I spend the summer holidays at my Uncle Bluey’s farm in the mountains instead of the usual swimming, cricket and hanging with my friends and I screamed louder than a millennial who’s lost his wifi.

Of course in this day of tree changes and hobby farming the lines between city folk and country folk have blurred and more and more people are being drawn to the rural or semi-rural lifestyle. Towns like Woodbridge, Cygnet and Huonville which were dying the death of a thousand cuts back in the 90’s have a renewed energy, increased tourism and facilities in the form of restaurants, cafes and B&Bs and cottage industries are booming.

You would think that this exodus of unskilled city people moving to and working farms would lead to an increase of accidents on the land but the opposite is actually occurring. In the late 1980s and early 90s there were an average of nearly 150 accidental farming deaths per year. That number has steadily fallen and last year there were 63.

Education and resources relating to safe farming practices is freely available for hobby farmers and fair dinkum farmers alike and the increased awareness and education is clearly having an impact in keeping people on the land safer.  Resilience are proud to have been involved in producing a raft of materials for Safe Farming Tasmania including an Induction Handbook and accompanying video, printed materials and electronic versions loaded onto a usb stick.

Here’s a look:

 

Corporate Video

Supplied on branded USB drive – here’s an idea of the content

Graphic Design

Business Cards

Stickers

Handbook

Style Guide

06
Nov

The Underdog’s Lament

Walking through a market a couple of weeks ago, I came across an old toy replica of the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard.

I didn’t buy it but I irritated my girlfriend no end for the next three hours with Roscoe P Coltrane quotes which gave me infinitely more pleasure :). You know the ones – We’ve got ourselves a hot peeeeerseeuuuute and coo coo coo I hollered gleefully as we followed an old man with a hat on, doing 35 km/h in a circa 1960 Morris Major down Main Rd, New Town.

It dawned on me then that A. if I didn’t drop the redneck “Looosianna” accent soon I’d be single again and B. I’ve always identified with the underdog more than the hero. I don’t even remember the cast of Dukes of Hazzard other than Rosco P Coltrane and Daisy (for obvious reasons!) but I could come up with Rosco quotes ad nauseum. Apparently causing nausea at the same time if the stony silence from the passenger seat was any indication.

Some of the gems that rolled off  my tongue were ” Do you know who I am? I’m Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and when he tells ya to scoot, he means scoot. That goes for you too you little Turban Tucker” and “Oh, he is stupid! I mean, I mean even the dipsticks call him a dipstick!” Of course I made up quite a few as well in my best Southern accent but stopped when I noticed her googling Dr. Kavorkian on her phone.

Hmm where was I?, Oh that’s right – underdogs.

I was always willing Wylie E. Coyote on, I mean it was a cartoon – why couldn’t the bloody road runner die? – They killed Kenny every week on South Park. Dick Dastardly and Mutley – destined to forever finish second and don’t get me started on Elmer Fudd, poor bugger never did get his wabbit stew!

Curiously though my favourite real life underdog was also a Roscoe – Roscoe Tanner the American tennis player with the massive left handed serve. He won an Australian Open but finished up runner up in the other majors and every other tournament of note. I was a huge tennis fan as a kid and his serve was something to behold when it wasn’t coming back at him quicker than a toupee in a hurricane. Unfortunately for him McEnroe, Connors, Vilas et al were playing in the same era so he didn’t get the chocolates all that often.

Perhaps if he had had a better coach….. nice segue into this weeks featured client. Marty Nidorfer – you guessed it – Tennis Coach!

We designed and printed a brochure for him a little while ago.

Check it out here

31
Oct

Stand Out!

At Resilience we’ve been helping business be seen for over 25 years now.

Once synonymous with the Resilience Report, a budget tv advertising and radio advertising package which helped hundreds of Tasmanian businesses showcase their products and services, Resilience helped pioneer cost effective advertising in the Tasmanian market. Hard to believe that the last Resilience Report aired 10 years ago!

We’re proud of our roots, which made us a household name in Southern Tasmania, but we’ve moved on a bit from those days now.

We are all about finding quality solutions to get our client’s message out to the market place and have added many strings to our bow in order to do this. Having evolved into a full service Advertising Agency, we take a consultative approach with our clients to find the best medium or combination of mediums to ensure their brand rises above the pack. We’ve fully embraced web technology and social media and added them to our more traditional electronic media solutions in addition to one of our fastest growing areas, outdoor advertising.

With our superscreen displaying ads 24/7 at the Elwick Showgrounds and the utilisation of traditional billboards we are literally showcasing hundreds of Tasmanian, National and International brands every day to thousands of people.

To find out how we can help your business give us a call on 03 6224 6888 or use the contact form on this site.

 

23
Oct

Releasing our inner Rock Gods!

Resilience Managing Director, Darren Roach and his wife and fellow Director, Jody attended the WIN TV Aust Connect networking event at Hamilton Island last week as guests of the WIN Network.

Apart from the formal events associated with these conferences they also got to let their hair down (literally!) and rock the night away as their alter egos, Slash and Tina Turner.

From all accounts everybody had a great night although it may take some time for the Hamilton Island Conference Centre dance floor to recover from a Tina Turner lead all in rendition of the Nutbush City Limits dance!

Resilience would like to thank WIN TV for a terrific conference, where many contacts and new business relationships were formed.

17
Oct

Here’s one for the Nay sayers!

I was an outside kid. If the sun was out – I was out. Usually with my mates on our Malvern Star 10 speeds cruising the neighborhood or staging epic cricket test matches at Parliament St. Oval until the birds’ evening chorus signaled that it was time to go home and scoff down whichever version of meat and three veg was on the plate that night.

Rainy days were a nightmare. No DVD’s, Playstations or facebook back in those days. Just books and whatever was on one of the two channels available on the box. Video Recorders were just coming in but we didn’t have one so The Secret Seven and Famous Five would become my world until the Sun came out and I could get back to clobbering Tony Grieg all over the park again. Then one year we got pong – the first tv game. Two vertical lines on each side of the screen which went up and down and a square which acted as a ball. This was the most fun you could have indoors, hey – I was 10!, and my mates and I would play it for hours or at least until the sun shone again and the Ashes could continue.

I had no idea what made it work, and I had no interest in finding out either which may have been a mistake in retrospect. Games have come a long way since pong and each successful game has created untold wealth for their creators.

Take Robert Nay for example. At the ripe old age of 14 he created a game called Bubble Ball, put it out to the world and was a millionaire before his 15th birthday. It’s been downloaded from iTunes 16 million times – 2 million times in it’s first two weeks back in 2010 earning Robert a million dollars in that fortnight alone. All because young Robert had an idea and some coding skills.

How does your 14 year old get these coding skills? Well, I’m glad you asked!

Here’s the answer – a series of live radio reads and a radio commercial organised by Resilience for Coder College.

 

Live Read

Live Read

Live Read

Commercial

 

Is your child the next Robert Nay?

 

09
Oct

A Crying in the Wind

This weeks shout out goes to Elizabeth Fleetwood, a Cornwall native who has been calling Tassie home for 35 years now so I guess we can call her a local!

Elizabeth’s book “A Crying in the Wind” is a sweeping saga, traversing over 200 years of Tasmanian History as told through the interwoven stories of four families beginning in 1812. Well researched, the book really gives you a feel for the harsh realities faced by 19th and 20th century Tasmanians and the struggle faced by our indigenous and immigrant populations.

 

Here’s a brief synopsis as written by the author:

“This epic and sweeping 200-year saga of an ancient island and its violent transformation from Eden-like paradise to the tourist-destination Tasmania of today, is told through the lives of four families.”

The Aboriginal child Tom, stolen in 1812 and forced into early adulthood with no family, no identity, and no love; the hard working Scottish Fairfield family who leave all that is familiar to establish themselves in an alien place; the convict George Turner whose gentleness and conscience are finally destroyed by hard fate; and later the Dijkstras – displaced from Java and then from the Netherlands by WWII – come seeking a new home in the fabled isle that their own Abel Tasman had discovered in 1642. 

In the wake of invasion and genocide, the remnant Aborigines struggle for bare subsistence and recognition on the remote Bass Strait Islands while the pastoral settlers build their empires on someone else’s land; the convict’s sons try to create a new identity, and the Dutch search for peace but bring memories of other wars. All of them are in an alien environment full of ghosts and strange presences.

As their descendants – ordinary people whom you might meet on the streets of Hobart today – interact around the troubled boy Ty, a threatening environmental mystery, and a fiery climax on the slopes of the grand Western Tiers, this is raw history as well as the heart-warming story of ordinary people, loving, hating and battling along in a difficult setting, indelibly marked by their past, yet striving to rise above it and seek redemption.

Well worth a read!

Resilience were approached by Elizabeth to help her market the book a little while ago now. As part of that process we have built a web site and social media presence, designed brochures and screened cinema advertisements for her.

See below:

Web Design:

cryingintthewind-web

Visit Site: http://www.acryinginthewind.com/#steps

Social Media: cryingintthewind-facebook

Visit Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/A-Crying-In-The-Wind-1844977595751627/

 

Cinema Advertising:

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Graphic Design:

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29
Sep

Welcome Paul

We are very pleased to announce that Paul Wright will be joining the Resilience team as an Account Executive on Monday the 2nd of Oct

Paul is highly educated, comes with a wealth of experience in Media, National and International business. Paul will give us the ability to widen the net, reach out further than ever before and secure some amazing clientele for the agency

We are all thrilled to have him joining the team at Resilience as we continue to go from strength to strength!

 

12
Sep

Mags and things

I had to visit my doctor this week. The dreaded dog’s disease was getting the better of me, threatening to turn into a full blown case of the man flu, which we all know is a fate undeserved for any man and much worse than the female equivalent. Settling in for what turned out to be a long wait in a room jammed with people filling tissues in plague proportions, I looked around for a magazine to read to pass the time.

My usual M.O. is to grab a National Geographic to use as cover while I sneakily slip a Take 5 or New Idea inside it to catch up with the Kardashians or tsk tsk at whatever nonsense Kanye is sprouting. Kanye is the greatest source of nonsensical quote gold since Dan Quayle. Take this gem: “I see stuff from the future, and I’m such a futurist that I have to slow down and talk in the present.”

But in this surgery there wasn’t a magazine to be seen. Nada. I looked everywhere but not even a dog eared copy of Women’s Weekly was available. I even asked the receptionist who haughtily looked down her glasses and pointed to a sign on the wall supplying that day’s WIFI code. WIFI? I remember when every medico in town had a sign on the wall demanding that people switch off their mobiles or else. Having left my mobile in the car I was forced to people watch which in a room full of infected people isn’t really a pleasant experience.

It got me thinking though – are magazines a dying medium? Are kids of today and tomorrow going to be denied the joys that I had like Spy vs Spy and folding the back cover of Mad Magazine or laughing at the idiot in a singlet and his sheep hanging off the balcony of the Ettamogah Pub in the Post Magazine?

In this day of iPads and electronic content delivery will there be a place for printed magazines?

Well judging by the range at Blackmans Bay News and Post the answer to that question is Yes!

They have thousands of titles in stock and can order in magazines that aren’t already on their racks. They also have a huge range of papers, books, cards, snacks and stationery as well as lotto, dry cleaning and Australia Post Agencies.

Far be it for us to brag (wink,wink!) but they also have great branding, television advertising and an awesome web site all developed by you know who!

Check them out below:

Television Advertising:

 

Branding and Graphic Design:

 

Web Site:

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