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Google tooltips

As one of Google’s randomly selected usablity testers, I get to see a lot of upcoming developments before they’re released. Google’s latest feature is a preview tooltip of each website. Looks like their screengrab tool doesn’t render HTML canvas properly, as shown by the missing text on Siteroom. It also highlights where Google gets its snippet text from:

Shortlisted for an award!

We’re proud to announce that a cookbook we designed, copy-edited and printed on behalf of the Mouth Cancer Foundation has been shortlisted in the prestigious Pfizer 2010 Excellence in Oncology awards.

Always have a contingency plan

You know how it is – things don’t always go to plan. Promised articles or images fall through at the last minute; the advert that was booked and confirmed fails to arrive; the Government announces a new policy making a news piece out of date… and basically you’ve got some space to fill (and no time to do so). Deadlines Deadlines are there to be broken right? Wrong! Deadlines are there for a reason, especially when a printer is waiting

Siteroom in the press!

Last week Siteroom were the lead story in the business section of Newcastle’s newspaper, ‘The Journal’!

READ ME! The art of writing headlines

Eye catching and succinct – what makes a great headline? Headlines in ‘the environmentalist’ are the subject of both merriment and frustration here at Consilience. Obviously they have a job to do; getting the reader’s attention and compelling him or her to read on. A headline also has to work with the standfirst (that paragraph above the main body of copy that should give you a two- second digest of the piece plus the authors’ names). Both the headline and

Monkey for a day

Saturday morning saw me hugging trees. Nothing new there you might think. Only this time I was rather far off the ground. Bearing in mind that I’m scared of heights, this was probably an insane thing to do, but it was a surprise for a friend’s 40th and we were at Go Ape, Matfen Hall. The induction took an hour, but it was really thorough. This is ok I thought – then I had to climb up the first ladder

Crocs and coral

No computer or internet access for our fortnight in the north, but back in Melbourne now for the last few days of our holiday.  We’ve gone from 36 degrees back down to 14 in Melbourne, but the sun has been shining so that helps. It’s been 16 years since I first went to Kakadu in the Northern Territory.  Last time I was there it was late October, the end of the dry season and the ‘build up’ to the wet,

Election deja vu

General election, Labor (sic) loses its majority, the result is a hung parliament, everyone scrabbling around trying to woo the independents, the first Green Party candidate is elected to the lower house – no one is currently governing the country.  Sounds familiar?  Yep, same thing has happened here.  It’s looking like the right wing (‘Liberal’) coalition will be the ones able to make the numbers up, but as yet nothing confirmed.  Australia holds its elections on a Saturday as it

Tasting expensive wine

Yep, plenty of koalas – and also lots of beautiful birds visited us in our treehouse at Wye River – a gorgeous view of the sea through the gum trees – and the lorikeets, parrots, rosellas, kookaburras and cockatoos keeping us company on our deck.  We also saw kangaroos, wallabies and emus on our drive through through the Grampians – i bet they were finding it cold, it got down to 5 degrees. We’re leaving the southern Australian winter for

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