Hello, I Am Gerard Thomas
I'd like to say I am big in Japan... but I'm not.
Through my passions and interests I have managed to do a lot of things in the field of design - from designing motorcycles (Ducati Motorcycles), apparel, and experiential installations (for the likes of Sony, MountainCycles, Telstra, NZ Navy...), to doing illustrations for magazines.
I'm that person HR type people can't cope with.
Unashamedly drawn to conceptual ideas and design that can only be described as uniquely Japanese in their thinking and identity, when I am not working on websites I continue to develop my own, increasingly abstract, corner of the science fiction universe... 👇
I can also be found doing the odd piece of commercial illustration or design work.
An odessey in short form...
My current work in progress, MAG-100 is a collection of sketch stories that together, begin to uncover the history of a far future.
With the writing now complete, I am working on the visual content.
EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WRITTEN.
Even in the future when, if, it becomes a normality, the craft we will use to traverse the void will look nothing like the myriad of designs we have become so used to seeing on screen.Read More
If you like, study, or practice art in some way or form, then undoubtedly there will be a piece of art that you will keep coming back to.Read More
If you like thinking about things far beyond our own mortal concerns, and you like science fiction art, this is a short film well worth your watching.Read More
A strong use of negative space with an almost sketchy, yet controlled line work, Wilson’s panels are dynamic pieces of art.Read More
There is no doubt, other than Foss, Peter Elson was a powerhouse of the heyday of science fiction illustration and books with his covers always got my attention.Read More
Unlike most books on the subject, which are either pictorial or voluminous in nature, World War II Infographics takes the interesting approach of interpreting the mountains of statistical data compiled after the warRead More
Homer: The Iliad & The Odyssey, as presented by Cross and Packer can not be recommended enoughRead More
I was hooked instantly – hard not to be, as what it held in its pages was so far beyond what I had seen elsewhere; partly because Manga was a fully matured and accepted form of publishing in Japan.Read More
But what’s best about these books? What would make me track them down, and pay a premium, so many years later?Read More
Up to three decades old in places, Yokoyama’s sketchbook reflects a distinctive style and stance that is so difficult to find these days.Read More
I don’t find it easy to describe just what it is about Shaun Tan’s work, both literary and illustrative, that I find so enchanting.Read More
Shapes, forms, colours were diverse, often soft, organic, and the visions of the future, in paint and ink, were as varied as they were interesting.Read More
I instantly recognised why his work at the time was so magnetic – it has that ageless ’something’. While I can’t put my finger on just what this something is, Huxley’s Matchbox art has it in spades.Read More
Themes of youth alienation and anti-establishment, military power and government corruption are handled cleanly and powerfully, balanced with the core theme of the super natural powers that drive the pivotal characters.Read More
Like the Matchbox art of Roy Huxley, which for me proceeded gaming, I was always captivated by the artwork adorning boxes of many games.Read More
Foss’ visions are those of an industrial space and scale, where the craft are purposeful, work is hard, mechanical, and space unfriendly for people.Read More
It was one of those strange waterfall of events, one of those where one decision leads to another and another and before you know it, you are somewhere else entirely.Read More
I want to believe but I fear I might need to step out over a bottomless shaft to find the control that lets me…Read More
I called him out on not being sharp enough, and his response was to be rude.→
What better way to mark a sporadic comeback to writing about bikes, than to write about something totally foreign to many in this, the age of 12x gearing.→
I had a new lust… a gleaming new Polar ‘device’ that is due out, the V650. A long time fan of Polar, as their HR kit is some of the best going, so the idea of bundling that with a good GPS and barometric elevation tracker was too good to be true. Bliss! Then I thought about it. The past few months has seen me back on the bike in anger. ‘Winter’ was a write off, three months of being constantly sick wiped out any form of riding, so when I finally got back to riding, I said to myself…→
“35 years on tubulars and I’ve never seen one folded the way you did. Share with us the techniques, please?”→
I, like many out there, have been riding for far too long and have always worked to the accepted basics of mileage establishes base fitness and targeted sessions build strength etc. etc. Nowhere, in all those years, did I ever hear or read anyone saying sure, 2 minutes a session is all you need.→
Quite literally when this frame, a pre-production sample, was being welded up, frames for 27.5″ were already in production. That meant at least a year and a half prior, the ‘industry’ had already decided that the 26″ wheel was dead.→
Cycling with diabetes, with cycling being an aerobic activity and all, is high on the list of activities that don’t play nicely together.→
To all those young spuds out there, you probably have never known anything other than ‘grips’, regardless of the shape or form. But back in the early to mid 90’s when mountain biking was making its mark, using bar tape on your bars was not unheard of.→
I thought I’d add my tuppence with this photo sequence of how I wrap mine…→
G’s Note: This is NOT one of the articles that I have written, rather it was penned by my friend Rich. Rich wrote some great ‘how to’s’ for the old company blog, so I’ve put it here rather than loosing it to the ether of time and space. A little while back, my good lady wife’s bike was in need of a spring clean so I took the opportunity to finally cover something I’ve been meaning to do for ages – cables. But this is not so much a ‘how to setup and tune your brakes and gears’ and more like…→
Bicycle ‘design’ is boring and I mean both in terms of visual appeal and in terms of design and designing…→
The crisp, fresh smell in the air, the early morning light and knowing that the chance of bumping into any of the interstate interlopers I saw heading in with bikes strapped to their cars would be nowhere in sight.→
Lately there has been a lot of hoopla about the supposed war going on between ‘cyclists’ and drivers…→
Now this might come as a shock to some retailers but I have a theory about just why you might be loosing business. The theory is simple and goes something like this – you suck.→
The sort of stuff I see on a regular basis is a lot more passive but every bit as insidious.→
I started thinking though, why don’t we just (and others with a similar love affair for older bikes) upgrade to something modern…→
I have a question for you – what’s the best way to make your bike lighter?→
The 55 is a great fork but it’s bloody heavy, it truly is. All you have to do is pick up the bike to realise this…. or even just the fork alone. I wondered if I could stick a lighter fork on the front?→
Yet despite this many of today’s adverts tell you that it should be, and is mostly about, victory and winning.
And that’s where I have an issue.→
Unless you have been living in a large hole of late, there is a new wind blowing through the mountain bike world…→
Put up your hand if you remember what it was like to ride a mountain bike in the early to mid 90’s. Remember all those must have, lust worthy boutique parts?→
How it started was one of those strange stories, perhaps best left for another post about how the internet works. What happened though was I found myself working in the bike industry (in a way I had not before, just to clarify) and for one of the great names in the annals of Mountain Bike history.→
marketing departments tell people how bikes work, meaning there has been an ever growing tide of misinformation about how and why bikes do what they do→
After putting them on the bike though, my elation turned to confusion as it seemed they were to softest wheels known to man.→
The prototype bike came off the line, ended up in a box and was in my hands within a day. A few days later I was out riding on it, working out all the little things that needed correction – hardly anything.→
When it’s wider, it just feels better.
Got your attention you dirty minded folk, haven’t I?→
The frame was called the San Andreas and was the first true mountain bike full suspension frame. With a solid background in designing MX machines for the likes of Kawasaki, Reisinger applied a thinking to his design, that up until then (and even now to some extent), was foreign to the bike world.→
I’ve often wondered where do old Mountain bikes go? We’ve all owned bikes only to sell them and sometimes wish we hadn’t. The thought had crossed my mind a few times as to how some of these classic old bikes would stack up today.→
Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether you realise it or not, the amount of ‘valuable’ time you loose to social media apps is completely bewildering. I needed, wanted, a way out.Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes I’ll admit it. I am properly late to the whole Gundam thing…Read More
Reading Time: 6 minutes I have always been interested in the design of aircraft, being of the opinion they represent the ultimate expression of the maxim – form follows function.Read More
Reading Time: 4 minutes I used to think, like everyone else on the planet, that if I had something going on, then I had to use Facebook to reach my ‘tribe’, as Jeff Goins likes to term it.Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes In the west it’s near impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the boob tube and not see some sort of military action. Visual reference to the military has become part of everyday life, desert tan, woodland cammo.Read More
Reading Time: 6 minutes Game flow is nice and simple, broken into 5 phases with the last one, ‘tagging’, being the crux of the game. The first player to tag a building with four ‘holotags’ gets to demolish it – demolish four, and you win. Simple, eh?Read More
Reading Time: 4 minutes The problem about writing a review, or opinion, about Valerian is where to even start? I write this after only having watched it once and thinking about it still leaves me swimming in its vast ocean.Read More
Reading Time: 4 minutes Hands down, ‘Alpha’ is the best interpretation of the original Manga to date.Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes While it definitely has it’s moments of ‘goodness’, Ex Machina is more a film for true Anime geeks…Read More
Reading Time: < 1 minute We accept, somehow, that at the flip of a switch and push of a lever, Han Solo can push the Millenium Falcon into hyperspace.Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes If you never have, try and check Rez out. You might not click with it right away but when you do, and you will, it will all make sense.Read More
Reading Time: 6 minutes Don’t let that fool you though, this is an incredibly difficult game to win (where the Space Marines are the ones that win or loose), and very quickly the Space Marines player will start experimenting with ways to actually survive more than 10 minutes!Read More
Reading Time: 6 minutes “I always felt like there was a complete disconnect between things that were fun and entertaining to watch and things that were more thoughtful and philosophical.” Peter ChungRead More
Reading Time: 5 minutes Big walking tanks whomping the bejeezus out of one another. That’s the basic premise of Battletech, a game with its roots dating back to the mid 80’s.Read More
With any luck, now that it’s sailing under its own sails, and backed by people who really love it, it is only going to keep getting better…. which is kind of a big ask!Read More
Yes, I know I said, and I quote myself, “I love ink pens – fountain pens and old skool Roting Isographs; the line quality just can’t be beaten. But they suck. Messy, temperamental and expensive, both in time, money and sanity, to keep running.”Read More
I needed something to save my thumb and XP-Pen’s Star G640 came to the rescue.Read More
As much as I like pen and paper, having endless sketchbooks or loose sheets pile up, or worse, inadvertently end up in the bin, was a pain.Read More
Say what you want about Apple, they are seriously deluded if they think I am going to fork out 7k+ (local) to entertain the idea of acquiring an iMac Pro.Read More