Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

I just came across this story on the Total Wellbeing Blog and thought Id share.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

So, pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play With your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.
Play another 18 holes.

“There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Client Spotlight: The Hodgetts Foundation

The Hodgetts Foundation was founded by Adam Hodgetts for the sole purpose of helping homeless children get their lives on track. Other charities have been doing fantastic work in helping these children in need, but it is simply not enough.

Rather than providing a simple shelter and basic provisions such as food and clothing, we are setting these children up in a normal housing situation, with parent-like carers, enrolling them in school, and providing as normal life as possible for these destitute children.

Read more at and see how you can help.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Client Spotlight: That Aussie Game Site

The boys at That Aussie Game Site sure do like their games and it shows. The Australian market lacked a high quality, informative site for the gaming community but not anymore.

While the site is in it's early stages, the guys are busy writing articles and reviews, creating a competitive, yet friendly online community and above all, having fun while they do it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Spot On Graphic Design is Now Mac Compatible!

Well sure, PC and Mac do a pretty good job of working relatively harmoniously but Spot On have become proud new owners of a beautiful 17" Macbook Pro.

We've gone all out with this baby!
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB 667 GHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 200GB Serial ATA@7200 rpm
  • and a 17" Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display
Oh and did we mention how pretty she is?

We will always be a PC studio at heart but it sure is fun to have a new toy to play with!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

IKEA Catalogue 2009 - Out Now!

Thank goodness because I think Ive almost managed to buy one of everything from the 2008 catalogue!

I really am addicted to IKEA (I shop there about twice a month and my home is a shrine to the Swedish Gods) and not surprisingly, their latest catalogue doesn't disappoint.

Make sure you grab a copy in-store or browse online at

There's even a couple of pages dedicated to
'Small Business, Big Ideas' but I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration for your office or workplace amongst the 376 pages of delectable IKEA goodness.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Is it Spring yet?

Spot On has been absolutely flat out this winter and we're not the only ones!

van Riet are full steam ahead with all their new developments (stay tuned for updates!), Sport Compact Group are going as strong as ever with the latest Jamboree, we're about to unveil a new project from GTD Shipping & Distribution and Stonestreet's Coaches have a new website coming soon.

We have a few more top secret projects in the works but you'll have to check back soon to find out more.

As they say, there's no rest for the wicked!

Make sure to drop by for more on what we've been up to.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Client Spotlight:

The newest addition to Spot On Graphic Design’s web design and development portfolio is

With bases in the United States and Australia, is an import/export business with a twist. They’ll not only import or export your product, but they’ll organise the complete sourcing or full distribution of your product.

So if you are a US company looking to move into the international sector, consider GTD to get you there. GTD specializes in Shipping, Sales and Marketing to guarantee that your product will be properly packed, shipped, advertised, distributed and most importantly sold abroad.

Client Spotlight: Belly Bulge Maternity

Belly Bulge Maternity is one of Spot On’s latest web design projects. Take a look at their gorgeous new website, showcasing their range of designer maternity wear.

The Belly Bulge design philosophy is simple: sexy, feminine but practical.

Stretchy, soft-feel fabrics, attention to cut and detail and trans-seasonal styling are qualities I believe are important to make sure you get the most wear from our clothes.

You can wear Belly Bulge garments right through your pregnancy…. and you won’t want to part with these clothes after your bundle of joy arrives… because you’ll turn heads in Belly Bulge even when not pregnant!

Client Spotlight: Baby BeeHinds

Baby BeeHinds is one of Spot On Graphic Design’s newest clients. This is a half page ad that we’ve developed for their magazine advertising.

Baby BeeHinds™ are specialists in modern nappy options. They pride themselves on providing easy to use, reliable, luxurious nappies all with the customer service you deserve! Check out their fabulous range- they’ve got your baby’s beehind covered!

Baby BeeHinds- All Your Nappy Needs!

Search Engine Optimisation: What can Spot On Graphic Design do for you?

So what can Spot On Graphic Design do for the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) of your website? In a nut shell, we do the most we can do without you having to spend an extra cent. We build the cost of SEO into our standard website rate, and to be honest, what we do is quite a lot.

Let’s break it down in point form so you can quickly get the facts:

  • We design your website with SEO in mind
  • We encourage and suggest content that is not only compelling to your website’s visitors, but also meaningful to a search engine’s ‘crawlers’
  • We suggest other websites that can help draw traffic to your website, helping to increase your website’s rank
  • We build your website optimised from the ground up. To us, SEO is not the second phase of your website. It’s part of the website development process.

Now, what we don’t offer is a guarantee. The ‘guarantees’ are for companies that charge a fee to get your site ranked up high - and rightly so. If you feel you’ve already done as much as you can on your website, we know the right people to talk to about that as well! Just ask us.

For more information on getting Spot On Graphic Design to help with your website, talk to us today.

Spot On can now shoot your product photos!

While we realise that simply owning a digital camera does not make you a professional photographer, we can still fill the gap between digital images taken at home and a full-on professional photo shoot for your product line.

We’ve just added the Canon 40D to our semi-pro studio so ask us about our product photography services via our website. We plan on adding some samples to the website very soon.

We also work with a couple of brilliant photographers, so if you do have the need for a professional shoot, just ask us!