Are you a “Sheep”?

Printed T Shirts – Preferably Cotton, not Wool

picture of a crazy printed t shirt In a world of mass-production and consumption, there is a growing trend towards bespoke designs and individual expressionism – sound wanky? Perhaps but are you yourself a “sheep”? Are you so indoctrinated by societal pressure that you wear the prescribed suit and tie to work, jeans and nike t shirt at home, whilst walking the labrador with 2.2 kids in tow around your standard suburban estate flocked with Ford Falcons and Commodores? Continue reading

The Upside for Dogs

Make Your Mark with Branded Pens

Picture of Two Promotional PensIt’s a rather depressing fact that as human beings we don’t live terribly long lives….and if you were a dog, good luck if you get 12 years. The upside for dogs is being unaware of their impending doom – every day like the last till it all slows down and you can’t hear or see and taste as well as before, joints get sore, tail don’t wag as much… Continue reading

On the Water

Promotional Water – Whatever Next?!

image of promotional custom waterIt’s always intriguing when someone takes a pre-existing product or service and twists it into an essential, must-have solution to our crappy lives.

Whereas before we didn’t have need for coffee on-tap, automatic coffee machines are the latest kitchen necessity. In the past, we used to have conversation, now families can sit quietly in the same room and concentrate on their own self-swiping research – last night I window shopped for a car, my wife was caught in message banter with her sister and my children were absorbed in a virtual reality game on the planet Zorg where parental intrusion was forbidden. All quiet, no need for discourse – except we didn’t need electronic aides in the past – newspapers, phones and books provided all of that. Continue reading

How We drive Ourselves Forward

Printed Tea Towels – Grouse or Shouse?

picture of a tea towel used for promotional purposesOne good thing about getting old will be freedom from the shackles of work and all that continuous expectation to generate income – it’s quite exhausting thinking about how we constantly drive ourselves forward, usually to feed tiny mouths, then larger, Gannet sized mouths then bed and board for older chicks before finally persuading them that inner city living is chic and cool. Continue reading

The Lost Opportunities

It Starts with Takeaway Cups

promo takeaway cupsSitting in a cafe observing life as new tyres are fitted to my car. I used to work in a restaurant/cafe/bar and picked up a few valuable life skills and tips along the way – like how to draw the perfect cup of tea, how to express a decent cup of coffee and how to negotiate with angry customers. Continue reading

Save 10c Every Shop!

Promotional Calico Bags for Savings at the Till

picture of promo calico bagsLike most folks I meet, I sometimes fall into the trap of wearing blinkers and regarding objects around me as fit for one purpose only. A car gets you from A to B, an orange is for peeling and eating, and a napkin is for wiping your mouth. These items actually have other uses than their primary purpose and it’s symptomatic of our lazy, spoon fed society that we can’t see secondary and further uses for everyday items. I’m not suggesting you live in your car, play football with an orange or insulate yourself on cold nights with a box of napkins. Continue reading

In the Olden Days

Promotional Plastic Pens for a New Generation

picture of a promotional plastic penMy daughter asked me yesterday if pens were around when I was a boy…”in the olden days”… That cracked me up – the perception of time and place, and how children have very little concept of where they are in the Universe and of what occurred before them. Continue reading

Nothing Less than Fine Bone China

Promotional Paper Cups over China

promo paper-cupA century ago, people would’ve scoffed at the prospect of drinking from a promotional paper cup (or paper cup of any description!). Mind you, walking on the moon and journeying to the bottom of the ocean were also pie in the sky endeavours. But filling a vessel made of paper and not expecting a soaking was beyond their thinking. Even as a child, I remember my grandparents refusing to drink tea from anything less than a fine bone china mug, such was their entrenched attitude. Continue reading