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Why Is International Shipping So Expensive ? March 22, 2015 00:23


Because the costs incurred include private carriers, commercial airlines, terminal dues, somebody's coffee, late delivery penalties, mail sorting equipment, somebody's spilled coffee, vehicles, the postal labour to do it all, and the non-renewable energy to fuel it all. Also, there's a fair amount of coffee involved.

We've shopped online too, and we've balked when shipping fees double a product's cost.

It feels wrong but it shouldn't. The infrastructure in place to accept a package, check the validity of its address, sort it, transport it, and deliver it to the right recipient is a complex, frighteningly efficient network that's worthy of admiration.

So ?

Since admiration doesn't pay for fuel or equipment or salaries or coffee, we need to have shipping fees. And yes, shipping costs may seem incongruent with a product's value - however, these fees are not based on what a product is worth, but rather on its size, material, weight and the distance to its destination.

Here's a fascinating video showing how Australia Post gets you your product on time. Sorry about the kids.



We Charge You Less For The Keyn Than We Should And You're Welcome

This table shows what it costs (in AUD) to send a small parcel via AusPost :

AusPost International Shipping Costs

You're probably wondering which zone your country falls in (USA is Zone 4, Europe is Zones 6-8, New Zealand is Zone 1).

But it doesn't matter, since we charge you only $9.00 for Zones 1-5, and only $15.00 for Zones 6-8. And shipping's free in Australia!

This is because we ooze generosity and poor business sense. You're welcome.



Keyn now shipping worldwide! March 15, 2015 21:00

Good news, K-fans. The Keyn has liftoff! We've launched, and the Keyn is available for worldwide delivery.

If you want to dominate your keys and choke them into submission....the place is here, the time is now.

If you have any questions, check out our FAQs page or email us at - we'd love to hear from you!



3 Van Gogh Quotes for Artists and Entrepreneurs January 23, 2015 23:00 1 Comment

If you said or wrote or built something of value that didn't exist before, you're an artist.

To inspire you to keep making good art, here are three inspiring quotes from the master himself, Vincent Van Gogh :

1. "Everyone who works with love and with intelligence finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art a kind of armor against the opinions of other people."

2. "It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done!"

3. "Do you know that it is very, very necessary for honest people to remain in art? Hardly anyone knows that the secret of beautiful work lies to a great extent in truth and sincere sentiment."



3 Inspiring Movie Themes For Design Work December 14, 2014 23:00

We like to play theme music when we design stuff. Also when we're writing. Or working on back-end stuff. Or when we're looking out the window and sipping coffee and dreaming mad dreams.

Actually theme music's playing whenever we're awake. It's an addiction but a productive one.

Here are our top 3 "Get Shit Done" soundtracks.

1. Kick-Ass | "Flying Home"

You don't have to be a fan of the movie to enjoy this. It is under-rated and epic (the track, not the film). Notice your blood heating up at 2:37.



2. The Dark Knight Rises | [Adapted] End Credits

Not actually from the movie but close enough. When feeling is given a sound, this track is what you get. Enough has been said about the cinematic masterpiece that is The Dark Knight trilogy - immerse yourself once more into the music that awakens your inner hero.

When the orchestral chant begins at 4:34, the next thirty seconds will make you cry.

Hollywood often uses choirs singing powerfully in Latin to add a certain gravity. Its effect has been diluted by recent overuse but The Dark Knight rises above them.



3. The Exorcist | "Tubular Bells"

Did Richard Branson put Mike Oldfield on the map, or was it the other way round ?

Either way, 1973's 'Tubular Bells' was always destined for immortality.

Don't forget to revisit Oldfield's Moonlight Shadow, their biggest hit from ten years later, and featuring the folksy voice of Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly.



Bonus Track : The Piano Guys | "Bourne Vivaldi"

If you've not heard of The Piano Guys, we just improved your miserable life. You're welcome.

Jason Bourne makes us want to work smarter and faster and be generally awesome. But a trilogy takes time to watch, and we've happily given it the time more than a few times. To avoid growing roots in front of the telly, this track is backup inspiration.

If you don't feel what he's feeling at 3:03, you're not really listening.