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Moral Rights PART II

The purpose of the previous post was not to say ‘Oh well, missed out this time around, I’ve learned my lesson, next time I’ll make sure I talk to my client about moral rights, it won’t happen again’.

While I was composing the post I was also in contact with my client and Alice Blackwood, the writer of the article.

To Alice it began with a tweet reply to a photo she had posted of the space:

@aliceblackwood bit slow on the pick up but unhappy not to be credited for my design work here ūüė¶

A bit lame in retrospect, but I was treading cautiously and nervously – unsure how best to approach her, unsure about whether I was over-reacting or not.

However once it was put out there my concerns were almost immediately addressed by Alice.

We ended the day of back and forth messages and emails with a phone call discussing issues of attribution and how this is particular rife in the more fickle retail design sector, how we could explore the topic in more detail in a further article, online vs print publication and when we could meet for a coffee to talk about all of this and my work as well.

Oh and with regard to the article, it was an oversight that can easily be amended.

It’s funny, I have spoken with many architect friends about this. They often have their own story to tell, how they were pissed off but didn’t do anything about it.¬† Or they retell the story of someone they know and how they can’t believe it happened.¬† Or they just complain about us being ‘too polite’ not ‘fierce’ enough as individuals and as a profession.

It could also be that not being credited makes us feel like we have failed, and no one wants to talk about that, right?

Moral of the story of Moral Rights:
Question the omission Рit is more than likely an oversight or error.  The beauty of on-line content is that it can be easily fixed.
And remember to have that conversation with your client!

Share your story and/or follow up on that incident that’s been eating away at you and let me know how you go.


Will work for shoes PART II

First site visit this morning at Wilfred and Enric Shoe Gallery. 
Originally a basement gallery space off Smith St Collingwood, we are playing with the idea of displaying the stock as pieces of art.

Existing main gallery (1024x765)Existing gallery space (1024x804)In Progress

The elements of the space are:
1. the entry – an internal shop front, signage and mannequins STAY TUNED
2. the light box
3. the long wall – a low shelf for shoes along the entire length of the wall STAY TUNED
4. the jewellery box
5. the bluestone wall
6. the main gallery
7. the lounge – for trying on shoes and relaxing STAY TUNED
8. the stockroom – hidden behind the bluestone wall
You can see the PLAN here W&E PLAN

light box (1024x800)In Progress SOMESLASHTHINGS BLOG rick owens 4 VEL (3)Inspiration
Rick Owens http://www.someslashthings.com/blog/tag/rick-owens
This 15m long light box will BLOW THE SPACE OUT

JEWELLERY BOX (1024x765)Existing
This will be a perforated metal clad moody black room in the centre of the space containing precious objects within.

bluestone wall (1024x765)Existing bluestone wall revealed (756x1024)In Progress
This has been revealed through demolition, it adds texture + depth to the space.

rachel-whiteread_b one hundred spacesInspiration
Rachel Whiteread http://pictify.com/5/rachel-whiteread-untitled-one-hundred-spaces
Here the stock will be displayed on custom designed and made plaster and 2pac plinths.
The unfixed nature of these display units means the shop gallery can be rearranged to showcase the latest stock or even stripped right away for a minimal space.

Will work for shoes

Practice Management question of the day:
‘Would you work for free or what is your price’?

As I flashed my new shoes around (part payment for a shoe shop I designed) we discussed what we would work for.


(nice huh?)

I really wanted to encourage an open dialogue among the students about what they would charge for student commissions, or even whether they would do them.  Having had no idea about this when first approached by an acquaintance of a friend (or relative, or just a relative, all right is was a car port for my mum and dad that never got built) I thought how much I would have appreciated some guidance and peer support at the time.

Most students were actually hesitant about doing their own commissions wanting to gain experience in a practice first.

However, when it came to payment were they to accept a commission, nearly all of them thought they should be paid for their efforts.  Their price ranged from $25-$40/hour.  In the end we thought perhaps a lump sum was a better way to frame fees when starting out.  This way you can invest as much time as you need / want to do the best you can.  Whether it takes you 50 or 200 hours is your choice.

Either way, a good starting point in is to¬†be¬†paid what you feel comfortable asking for. It might sound dumb, but if you can’t be¬†confident asking to be¬†paid then chances are you won’t be.

When in doubt think about what you earn as a waitress and charge at least that.

(What surprised me is they are earning the same in hospitality now as I did 15 years ago! Pity everything else has tripled in price.)

The Headshot or is a beautiful photo of me drinking champagne on the way to MONA an appropriate one?

Dr Katherine Hepworth gave an excellent lecture¬†last week¬†on “Online Identity”.¬† She was one of the guest lecturers in¬†Kirsten Day and my¬†Practice Management course for Interior Design at Swinburne University Melbourne.

There were many things she spoke about but one thing I had to blog was…


This is my ‘headshot’:


You may have seen it on the ‘about’ page of this blog, or my LinkedIn¬†profile or various other places where¬†I have been asked¬†to provide a photo of myself.

According to the criteria of the lecture this is totally inappropriate and unprofessional.

And obviously it’s not a head shot.

SO for those who are interested, the rules of a professional headshot are as per following table (thank you Katherine): comments on my headshot in italics

What is a professional headshot?
Professional Unprofessional My Headshot
Passport or¬†smiling Duck face I am definitely smiling – hell, I’m on a boat on a beautiful day on the way to Mona with my family and 4 of my best friends drinking champange‚Ķ
Head and shoulders Body / hero shot No to former, yes to the latter (without the Hero part)
Sober Party shots Well it looks like a party for one, so I think I’m pretty safe saying ‘No’ to both
Daylight / office / studio lighting High or low contrast / arty lighting Yes / Yes (I had my phone with me) / No / No /No
Smart casual / office clothes ‘Off duty’ clothes There’s only one look with me
You, alone Cropped group shot YES!! I got one
No camera effects Instagram effects This is an uneditted photo
How to take a professional headshot
Find a friend with a fancy camera My dearest friend has always taken the best photos of anyone I’ve ever known with or without a fancy camera
Find a plain background No
Find some good lighting Doesn’t get better than a beautiful later spring day in Hobart I suspect?
Put on some plain, smart clothes in neutral colours Lucky I’m an¬†architect
Set up the shot ‘Fraid not – totally candid
Ask your friend to take many photos Didn’t ask, but he did, and most involved more people and pink beanbags
Choose the best photo, and crop it. This is straight up, no editing, no cropping 
Distributing   your professional headshot
Upload it as your profile photo for all the social media you   will use professionally Now I think I might do this…so look out for me drinking champagne on twitter and instagram, too
Upload it to profile aggregators Might need to google this to refresh my memory

I spoke with Katherine after the lecture.¬† In a way I wanted validation of my ‘headshot’.

‘You’re not a 20-year-old¬†student trying to get a job and be taken seriously and wanting potential employers to know you’re not out partying every night but can turn up to work.¬† The rules are different if you are in private or small practice, if you are established… It’s almost the opposite – you want people to see your personality, to connect with you as an individual’

(that is a very loose quote)

Phew…I’m not ready to change it yet.

What do you think?