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March 2017

The process of design and storytelling: some recommendations

Design and storytelling is central to our work at .id. Why put all the effort into converting data into information and knowledge if we can’t communicate our knowledge clearly? The enormous effort that goes into the quality of the design of our web applications may not be obvious but the level of user-ship (over 2.5 million user sessions per year) tells us that we’re doing something right.

I recommend a current Netflix series on design called ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’. Each episode covers one of the world’s best designers, each from a different field. What is so fascinating about the creative process is how it literally starts with a blank page and requires inspiration to get from nothing to ultimately something special - particularly in the case of the designers profiled in this compelling series. What is notable from the series, is that in every case, the designer’s inspiration comes in the form of a story. The designer needs to develop a story to form a link between the blank page and their design outcome. There is something essential about storytelling that links our brains with our emotions and moves us from ‘knowing’ something to ‘understanding’ something.

Another excellent example of design and storytelling can also be found in our latest e-book, on the future of Western Australia, 'Is it all doom and gloom after the boom?’. There is much to learn from the surprising story told in this e-book, and the brilliant use of graphics enable the story to be told so compellingly and concisely. I recommend that too.

Author Ivan

Economic trends

What’s driving change in your economy’s competitive industries?

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We are often asked by local governments and regional bodies how to understand the competitive and non-competitive industries of a region. So, we developed a new shift-share analysis tool.

Population forecasting

Is it all doom and gloom after the boom in WA?

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With the end of the mining resources boom in Western Australia, many people are left wondering, is it all doom and gloom after the boom? We take a look at what is happening in the West, including the demographic trends affecting the state's population and the future outlook for WA’s population in the next 20 years.

Local government

The tale of two cities becoming one



When councils merge, it creates a new geographic area with its own unique characteristics. The amalgamation of Canterbury City and Bankstown City has created not only the largest LGA in New South Wales but also one of the most culturally diverse, formalising a migration relationship that has existed for some time.


Inside .id

Launch of new WA population forecasts



We were excited to share the latest demographic trends and insights from our recently updated WA Small Area Forecast information (SAFi) at our launch event in Perth last month. We would like to thank all our attendees for joining us at this wonderful event.

If you missed out on the event (#FOMO), we've compiled the insights and findings into an eBook Western Australia: Is it all doom and gloom after the boom



Updated 2016 Census data release schedule



The ABS have just updated their 2016 Census data release schedule and it’s a little different to what we’ve published before, so we thought we’d give you an overview of the latest timing.
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