Do-it-yourself module for people with Low-Vision

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Hello! I have developed a do-it-yourself device and placed the instructions on!

So far it has received positive feedback, being featured on the front page of instructables for a few days last week. Check it out here: Haptic Proximity Module (HPM).

Mobi Des at the launch of Look.Stop.Shop.

The Scale of Things made an impact at the launch of Look.Stop.Shop 2011 at Melbourne Central on Monday 18 July. Here’s some of our quick snaps and behind the scenes moments, taken by our very own photographer Imran. We were also on of six “shops” interviewed on the day and the video can be found here in this post.

It was a real grown-up moment for us here at The Scale, and the start of hopefully many more events as part of the State of Design festival.

Simone is interviewed by Melanie Hopgood-Bould of the City of Melbourne about The Scale of Things and Mobi Des at Look.Stop.Shop.

” Look.Stop.Shop is an around-the-clock exhibition that takes you on an exploratory journey around Melbourne’s city centre. You’ll experience a series of installations by 29 design-minded businesses.

These are the stories of six participants who’ve created installations for this year’s Look.Stop.Shop theme ‘Design that Moves’.

‘The Scale of Things’ is a collective group of design-savvy entrepreneurs. They’ve created ‘Mobi Des’, two innovative mobile units and one stationary unit featuring handmade designs by emerging Melbourne artists. These units will be popping-up unexpectedly around the city during Look.Stop.Shop.

Paper bubbles overflow from Geyer’s creative studio into the bustling Centre Place laneway. Bubble decals flow onto the pavement and shop windows. This eye catching display has already caught passers-by as they explore the laneway, dine and shop.

Pieces of Eight Gallery in Russell Place is showcasing contemporary jewellery and small art objects made by over 50 Australian and international makers. The installation has been created from recycled cardboard boxes with the theme ‘We are family’, depicting Melbourne’s close knit design community.

Little Mule is just off Little Bourke Street in Somerset Place. There you’ll discover a bike shop voted as one of Melbourne’s best places to enjoy a brew. Little Mule have transformed their cafe and shop with an exhibition featuring ‘high-brow low-brow’ fine art.

In Little Lonsdale Street you’ll find the Design Dispensary, a quirky store selling home wares and gifts. RMIT visual merchandising students have created a installation which features miniature hot air balloons, with Crumpled City maps. They’re handy, lightweight, 100% waterproof maps which can be easily crammed into your pocket or backpack.

Some of the most interesting cities around the globe are available. Design Dispensary owner Samantha Sivarajah has commissioned a Melbourne map and will be asking customers to nominate their favourite spots in Melbourne which will be considered for a list of ten ’soulsights’ on the map.

RMIT Interior Design students searched the city high and low to gather 8,000 ping pong balls, 3 kilometres of fishing wire and other materials to transform the Euroluce logo in their Russell Street store.

This is merely an entrée to what you’ll find during this year’s event. So grab your Look.Stop.Shop map, walk or run the trail. View more about Look.Stop.Shop on What’s on.

The event is presented by the City of Melbourne and is part of the State of Design Festival from 20-31 July 2011. “

Japan, My Parents and Moerenuma Park


This is the Scale’s first international post! I’ve been in Japan for about 3 weeks now and been from the middle to the bottom to the top and back to the middle!

This isn’t my first journey to Japan, at age 2 (1989) I first lived in Kyoto for 1 year – for those of you who can remember 1989… I’m sure it was a good year, I had a great time!

Around the mid 90s I was very involved with Aikido and Kendo. It was around this time I went back to visit Kyoto when my dad was there. My mum has been a big driving force behind my Japanese experience. Having studied Japanese in her Undergrad and going on to study Japanese management in S.E. Asia her love of Japan runs deeper than mine. She has introduced me to many things related to Japan, specifically around martial arts.

Noguchi interests me for two reasons. Firstly his sculptures and secondly he is a mixed kid (just like me!), his mother is American and father is Japanese. His work really engages the moment.

Whilst in Sapporo I visited one of his last efforts as a Sculptor, Moerenuma Park (wiki). It is a park that is considered to be “one complete sculpture”, and they nailed it! I spent a solid day exploring most of the park. From the peak of Mt. Moere to the Forrest of Cherry Trees to the Glass Pyramid. As you walked along and looked into the distance you could see each individual sculpture blend with another and forming a larger piece. Everything is deeply considered and deeply connected.

Here are a few images I took of the Park:

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If there is anything you get out of these Friday link post’s, I hope that it opens at least one path of investigation, which hopefully will lead to many many more.

All the best from Osaka Japan,


Sticking to Analogue.

About two years ago I caught the analogue bug (this also included a mild collectors bug) specifically film SLRs and other film cameras from the 60s up until 90s. And it has cost me. Let’s just say I could have bought a brand new Canon 5d Mark II instead. But I wouldn’t trade my collection. Through the process of collecting these cameras I’ve learnt a great deal about vintage cameras and how to shop for them, photography in general and dealing with online sellers!

My current collection includes:

How did it all start?

My dad had asked me to repair his old Nikon EM from the late 70s and clean up a few lenses that came with it. The tropics is not a good place for cameras. This particular camera, was incredibly special to him, it had been with him through his PhD. fieldwork and research plus was the main tool for documenting the childhood of my sister and I. While searching for a repairer in Melbourne I decided to scour e-bay for a second hand Nikon EM to compare the price of replacement vs. repairing. I searched Melbourne for a decent camera repair shop. Michael’s was the first place I went too but they were too expensive. Someone had given me a tip about a shop in Camberwell, but I wasn’t able to find it (I have since found it…). One night I was walking past the vintage camera shop in Little Lonsdale St (number 281 with the big “TAKE AWAY FOOD” sign above it) and there was a small ad for Nagami Camera Service. I had a good feeling about this. So I gave Mr. Nagami a call and booked in a time to visit him.

Success! I managed to get dad’s camera gear repaired and nowhere near what Michael’s quoted me. As great as this was… I was now hooked on these cameras. While I waited for dad’s camera to be repaired I decided to order one or two off e-bay. The more I looked into it the more things I found that were appropriate companions to these SLR bodies. Many hours were spent researching variations in camera models, opinions regarding brands, equipment and lenses that suited each camera. It was endless!

Google was my friend! It spat out sites like

Some photos from the Nikon EM and F3

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About a year after my dive into vintage film SLRs I discovered the world of Polaroid cameras.


I heard the film was out of production but after continued research discovered that there was one company that was reviving the film! They called themselves “The Impossible Project”.

I was hooked.

I subsequently purchased 10 Polaroid cameras. This led me to another great find! didn’t just sell craft and bits and bobs… it sold vintage cameras! Most of them were quite reasonably priced and meant the risk of losing out went down. I learnt to ask important questions like… “have you tested this camera with film or just an empty cartridge?” and “how much is shipping to Melbourne, Australia”. A great source of information on polaroid cameras The Land List. Some other sites like Camerapedia and how to hack polaroid cameras popped up. I’m currently contemplating medium format cameras… but I’ll wait a little bit before I get there.

Some photos from my Polaroid cameras:

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Have a look at my 35mm and Polaroid photos.

Links I found while writing this… and for a bit of fun…