Interpretive signage at Tamar River, Tasmania

Lead end client: NRM North, Launceston, Tasmania Client agency: Challis Design Brief: Development of engaging and educational content for series of six interpretive signage nodes located along the Tamar River foreshore at Launceston, Tasmania. Development of theming outline (exploration of the river, port heritage,  recreation, natural values, industry, flooding, siltation/sedimentation, biodiversity, flora, fauna, Indigenous heritage,…

Great Ocean Road Touring Map

End client: Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Client Agency: GSDM Marketing Medium: printed accordion fold touring map including editorial, map and promotional ads. Brief: As a companion to the Great Ocean Road Travel Planner, the map delivers inspirational editorial about the region through key themes of welcome, food + wine, natural attractions, great outdoors, arts, history and more. Limited word count….

You’re worth it! Holding your ground on freelance rates

I’ve been a freelance copywriter for longer than I own up to in fresh company. Over the years I’ve inched my professional rates up – gradually and mostly at the insistence of my accountant. I’ve accumulated experience and developed skills that make my current rates fair for the value I offer. I’m not a big-four…

Superb verbs: what “doing” words do for your copywriting

Some days I’d surrender my first-born for a superb verb. Clever verbs trump nouns or adjectives any day. They overshadow pronouns and decimate adverbs (absolutely). A verb can tell your audience so much more than a string of wimpy, overused adjectives. Used well, they paint masterful word-pictures and require minimal punctuation so are less likely…

Get out of my inbox! Go do something creative

Who wants to mark Valentine’s Day by buying a new printer cartridge? Or (for feck’s sake) gutter guard? Not me. I don’t want to mark Valentine’s Day at all. Yet, it seems that everyone with something to tout thinks Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to hit my inbox with an offer. Hell, I even…

I, we or they? Finding your voice in copywriting

I’m often asked about the right “voice” for business communications? There is no absolute answer. It all depends. Whether you’re writing for email, your website, print marketing collateral or your blog, choosing the appropriate voice for your piece depends on your objective, your audience and your business. Connect and emote with “I” The first person…