Publishing as Practice: A collaborative approach to design lead publishing—is the title of a semester-long research project undertaken during the capstone course of the Master of Communication Design. The resulting body of work consisted of multiple publishing experiments conducted under the NOTICE title. The publishing entity NOTICE was conceived to house the work created on a branded website as well as function as a point of departure for further publishing and design work .
An industry brief that focused on the visual rebrand and strategy formulation for West Space, a Melbourne CBD gallery space. The existing brand needed to be refreshed and brought up to speed with the current graphic climate as well as a higher demand for online applications. My strategy and graphic solution centred around the importance of artist intervention, openness and fluidity. After an in depth study into the competitors, stakeholders and values to be communicated by the organisation, a graphic system was produced with various applications. These scope of these applications include; Web, print, wayfinding and signage. Some design components include—Guerilla RISO printed posters, business cards, vinyl wayfinding, digital propositions and letterheads.
Image as Language as Image was an exhibition curated by Master of Communication Design students. Crowdsourced content formed the body of the show, highlighting the interplay between text and image. The show was concerned with the broadening of language and communication, and the proliferation and evolution of visual literacy. Image as Language as Image aimed to explore the dichotomy that arises between text and image. The project explored the concept of an ‘interpretive spectrum’, while also providing reflections on the limits of representation. The show intended to encourage discussion around the practices, literacies and disparities of reading and viewing. Visit the site here.
A partially realised proposal for brand mark, typographic approach and various collateral for the occasion of Flinders Lane Art in Review—a Melbourne art event that occurred in August of 2016. The event showcased a series of curated exhibitions, talks and experiences in Flinders Lane. This project was undertaken for Print Ideas.
Picturing Syllable contains a series of typographic propositions which repurposes literary content to challenge classical representations of prose. This publication aimed to explore conventional representations of poetic prose and how experimental uses of typography can affect it. Can typography assist in assigning meaning to text, or adding emotion? And if so, what is the potential of ‘text as image’ as a medium to communicate? Certain words and images can resonate differently with different people, this idea of an ‘interpretive spectrum’ is recurring in this publication and is important to consider because of the subjective nature of the topic. Each designer in this publication was asked to respond to a provocative enquiry and apply typographic propositions to a piece of poetic prose, blurring the space between reading and seeing. Content was sourced from Syllable, which was independently published by Ted Hopkins from Champion Books/Backyard Press in Melbourne in the 1980's.
I have worked as a designer at Art Guide Australia since 2015. The focus of my work in this time has been the full redesign of the print magazine, full redesign of the iPad magazine and various general graphic and digital design outcomes. The print redesign for the occasion of the 101st issue of the magazine intended to pare back page composition to take advantage of the generous new size and beautiful lay flat properties of the publication. Like the walls of a gallery—the layouts present a sparse surrounding, allowing the artwork to command the composition. I also put a large emphasis on the forms of the typography, to be without adornment or complex presentation. Clarity, flow and overall feel of the publication were revised—bringing forth new subtleties in design.
A freelance project involving market research, marketing strategy, brand development and implementation spanning across multiple print and digital platforms. A full suite of brand assets and style guides were developed, as well as a website which is currently in development.
This brand mark and resulting systematic application proposal was undertaken for Print Ideas—a Melbourne based business offering a range of design services. The mark focuses on the value proposition implied by the name and championed by the business itself; ideas. These light bulb moments are captured in the tittle, the circular dot present above the letter i, and their tendency to move around signals both spontaneity and flexibility. The reduced mark still echoes these messages with the formation of a face-like appearance.
An ongoing freelance project to design, execute and maintain an online presence for a cafe in Fitzroy, Melbourne—Uncle & Jak. Work encompasses photography, styling, art direction, web design and copywriting. Visit the site here.
A collection of communication design criticism that aims to explore and expound the various roles designers can occupy as practitioners and intellectuals. Ranging from 'Challenger of Social Constructs' to 'Shaper of Collective Cultural Memory,' designers may function and succeed in a multiplicity of roles. The works contained within this anthology were selected because of, and all embodyan exploration of 'designer as' a variety of roles.
This project explored the utilisation of empathy in communication design and how it can be established and fostered. We were to explore this through selecting a subculture and gathering information and formulating ways to connect with our audience through storytelling. The chosen subculture is the Maker Movement, which after detailed research into the intricacies of the movement, a comprehensive campaign to communicate the values, objectives, and stories associated with the culture to other Makers in Melbourne was created. The strategy is called the Melbourne Maker Movement and features; outdoor advertising, physical spaces including a Maker Cafe, an alternative currency proposition, and a full digital strategy.
ARK & Co. is a self-directed project to brand my own collection of hand-sewn products. The identity focuses on the influence of Japanese fabrics on the designs, as well as the artisanal quality of the items. The collection features drawstring bags, totes and zip pouches, with a widening of products on the horizon. A product catalogue, business cards as well as other promotional collateral was produced supplementally to the products themselves.
The Show Ponies studio focused on planning, coordinating and executing the end of year graduate exhibition for Communication Design at RMIT in 2013. The concept for the exhibition was the comparison and contrast of the perception of graduates by industry and peers, as mature or immature. This playful juxtaposition is expressed in the branding symbols which reflect upon the many possible ‘faces’, personifying old and young, female and male or indeed mature or immature.
An official graduate catalogue was also produced by a small team of Show Ponies students, along with a selection of Masters of Communication Design students. The catalogue was designed and sent off to press within 48 hours, in an accelerated intensive workshop approach.
A poster and GIF exhibited in the Masters of Communication Design graduate show exploring ideas surrounding design as a commodity. In a world where the value of design is being systematically undermined, undervalued and overlooked, how may we regain and redefine worth as practitioners and members of the global design community? I make a proposition through my poster for an alternative currency championed by the ‘D’ character, denoting Designer Dollars. This fictitious alternative currency may not remedy patterns of subversion, but it may create a dialogue as to what design is really worth.
An industry brief that focused on the visual rebrand and strategy formulation for The Meat Market, a heritage site in North Melbourne. Inspired by the unique architecture, this mark epitomises the space and personality exuded by the Meat Market. The emission of any colour in the brand marks is purposeful, and the expression of brand identity is to come from the vibrancy and texture of photographs, as the space itself really is the hero. The style is modern, gritty, architectural and dynamic.
As well as working on the concept and branding of the exhibition, I worked in a small group of three to develop the content and design for the I’mmature zines. The pages consisted of a mix of student finals, workings and sketches, incorporating the I’mmature branding, laser printed repeatedly and randomly throughout. The zines were then assembled within a guided, live and interactive workshop by guests on opening night.
This anthology of book design, Speaking Volumes, is the product of the studio ‘How to do things with books’. This houses a collection of student essays examining the intricacies and nuances within a book and its design, with specific focus on visual communication of content, on design as strategy, on physicality and on typography. Each essay is categorised by a system of symbols, which represent each of these themes. The accompanying dust jacket and poster is a multi-fold double-sided print—produced on a risograph with three colours.
Paris in Black and White is a photographic journal of a trip to Paris in the high Summer of 2013. Mainly candid street photography defines the book, as well as various examples of the classic ‘shooting from the hip’ technique. All images were captured on a Nikon D90 over a three week stay in the city. An unidealistic yet tender representation of the City of Lights from an unprofessional photographer’s perspective.
A collaborative project focused on formulating a coordinated strategy and business plan for a theoretical design-centred business. Q-Rated is a website and set of digital and tangible applications. These operate as a platform for the curation and distribution of artifacts and artwork by a select set of artists, curated monthly. The main driving force is the on-line store which is complimented by monthly launch events, various social media applications and a member subscription program.
Styling and photography from a range of freelance projects within the hospitality sector.