The Nest’s Amplify smartphone app selected as an Official Honoree in The 2014 Webby Awards


Our smartphone app for the 2013 AMP Amplify Festival has been selected as an Official Honoree in The 18th Annual Webby Awards.

Designed as an interaction and navigation platform for AMP’s biannual “Business Innovation & Thought Leadership” event, the app included deep data on sessions and speakers, gamification elements, social media tracking and augmented reality tools.

The Webby Awards is described as “the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet” and its Academy includes the likes of Kevin Spacey, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington, Biz Stone and Lawrence Lessig. This year they received over 12,000 entries from over 60 countries – Official Honoree status is awarded to the top 20 percent of all work entered that exhibits “remarkable achievement”.

The 18th Annual Webby Awards take place on May 19th in New York City.


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Upcoming Talk: AGDA – Out On Your Own


The Nest CEO Stuart Buchanan and Executive Producer Rebecca Hedderly will be talking next week at an event for AGDA - Australian Graphic Design Association - the peak national organization representing the Australian graphic design industry.

For an evening session titled “Out On Your Own“, the evening features a series of speakers offering insights into the opportunities and pitfalls of starting your own creative agency.  Here’s the description from AGDA:


If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.

Making the switch from Employee to Employer, or from national to international, you need to be Business Savvy, Street smart and have ounces of bravery.

They say fortune favours the brave, so hear about those who have made the leap of faith, hear their stories, pitfalls and tips about making it, faking it, and raking it in.

This is definitely not a “how to start a design business” seminar but casual chat with the founders of design businesses from new start-ups to international achievers. Hear their design business stories, how the decisions, collaborations, initiatives and awards they won made a difference to their businesses.

This promises to be an evening of warts-n-all, inspirational design discussion.


  • Nick Morgan plus Business Partner - Gen.a
  • Justin Smith and Goran Momircevski - End of Work
  • Brad Stevens and Chris Laws - Born & Raised
  • Stuart Buchanan and Rebecca Hedderly - The Nest

Wednesday 9 April
6.30pm to 10pm

72 Campbell Street
Surry Hills

Tickets $40
AGDA Members $30

Buy tickets at


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Upcoming Talk: The Cult Of The Now

The Cult Of The Now

Every moment of every day is now pregnant with the possibility of new information – devices are persistently within reach 24 hours a day, chirping for our attention. When the call comes, we instinctively respond – so much so that the average person now consumes up to 75 gigabytes of media every day and switches applications 36 times every hour. The net affect of rabid information consumption and multitasking is not only distracting, it is also now proven to be literally rewiring our brains.

But what value does immediate information bring? What is so important that it has the power to interrupt our workflow, our personal conversations, our intimate moments? We’re constantly being told that our attention is valuable – so why are we throwing it away?

As individuals, we have the power to say ‘no’ – if only we would.

As digital designers, writers, developers and producers, we have the power to change the paradigm – if only we would.

In an upcoming talk as part of the deFrost* series, Stuart Buchanan, Director of The Nest and Head of Digital for The Frost* Group, campaigns for the dissolution of The Cult of The Now, for a connected experience that celebrates relevancy not immediacy, and looks at practical ways in which we can bring focus to our digital lives.

The talk takes place on 10th April 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm start, at Frost* Design, Lv.1/15 Foster Street Surry Hills, Sydney. Tickets are free via Eventbrite.

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Final call for submissions for new issue of Cuttings

Have you checked out The Nest’s original digital publication, Cuttings?  Every few months, we gather together the best in new Australian writing and publish our own digital journal, available exclusively on iPad and Android tablets.

We’re currently on the lookout for submissions for our second issue, themed ‘Meanwhile, over the hill…’.

Instead of big city love, cocktails, high rise apartments and expensive suits, apparently fetishising farms is now the thing. Raising goats, knitting socks and shovelling horse poo – when it comes to pulp fiction, these are now the distractions that romantic escapists want.

Our challenge to contributors for the next issue of Cuttings is to take this genre and run with it. Why just farm-lit when you could have ‘meadow-lit’, with softer light and more English accents? Why stop at life inside the picket fence when there are villas, pasteurising plants and horrific sow factories to explore? Why should humans have all the fun? There are animals that mate for life you know.

Plant-lit, hiking-lit, ornithology-lit – we’re open to whatever takes your fancy. Our only concern, as always, is that the writing itself be top-notch.

To contribute, send your piece for consideration to (max 500 words).


As the journal is immersive, we strongly encourage you to consider any way your piece might work well with links, images, video or audio content. If these elements are to be embedded (which we’d prefer!), they would need to be outside copyright, owned by you, or we would need permission to use them. Don’t let that scare you off – anything is possible. Now, get writing.


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Jobs At The Nest – Digital Producer and Web Developer roles now available

Fancy coming to work at The Nest?  

In 2013, The Nest became part of The Frost* Group, led by independent creative agency Frost*, and we’re now looking to fill a variety of exciting roles  as we expand into the next stage of our business development throughout 2014.

Working from our offices in Foster Street in Surry Hills, our new team members will be working across a client roster that includes Sydney Festival, SBS, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Tropfest, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia, Sydney Writers Festival, Australia Council For The Arts, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sounds Australia, Taste Of Tasmania and many more. View our Portfolio for the full story.

We’re currently looking to fill the following roles:

Could this be you?  Or could it be someone you know? – pass it on!


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