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TRUE NORTH

Design, art & popular culture in Far North Queensland. Written by Hamish Oates.

I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, writer and the founder of Sand Web Design. Author of 'The No Good'. Father and husband. Pop culture addict.

Featured Posts:

The No Good

Hairdressers Unite

Fix It With Video

The Spaces in Between

I've explored plenty of options when it comes to drawing and colouring art digitally. They all have their unique pro's and con's, but I seem to always inevitably find myself drawn back to Photoshop...

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Here's Johnny

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It can be easy to neglect your hobbies. There was a time that I tried my best to do some drawing every day, be it of the paper and pencil or digital Wacom variety...

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The No Good

I released my first attempt at an original, written novel this week. Titled 'The No Good', the story follows a group of young punk-rock musicians, scraping out a living in a dystopian, post-societal Australia...

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Tropics Occupational Therapy

Colour is an fundamental factor when it comes to any kind of branding. Choices with colour can grab attention, set a mood and create strong brand recognition. Colour is something that can sometimes be hard to lock down...

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Cairns Phone Repairs

Sand had a couple of brand new websites launch this month. The first is Cairns Phone Repairs, your go-to device and computer repair experts in the Cairns...

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Hairdressers Unite

There is something decidedly energizing about being around someone that is genuinely passionate about what they do. The pursuit of a craft into an exceptional or innovative space is an admirable thing to strive for...

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Retro Web

They say that time flies when you're having fun. Being a product of the 1980's, it never ceases to amaze me just how far digital technology and the internet at large has come in the past thirty-plus year...

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Fix It With Video

Video content has a much greater yield when it comes to return on investment with social media marketing. It's more engaging, it grabs more attention and it can communicate your message faster and more efficiently than any other means....

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Northern Exposure

I've lived in Far Northern Queensland for almost two years now, and every-time that I leave the house, it still never ceases to amaze me just how pretty this part of Australia is. The last place I lived was in...

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Texas Que' Culture

It can be quite disconcerting, working on a project that seems designed to make you, as the person overseeing branding and visual design for said project, extremely hungry. That was the dilemma I faced with a client that I've...

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Roll Credits

In the silver screen days they were something audiences had to suffer through; static text over a still frame, interminably long, crediting everyone and everything right down to the type of film used...

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Retrospective Interview with Quest for Glory Creator Corey Cole

Last year I was privileged enough to do a short interview with veteran adventure/RPG game designer Corey Cole. Corey is one half of the husband/wife design duo behind the eternally beloved ‘Quest for Glory’ series...

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