What's poppin' homeslice? June is chock-full of workshops. We've got Life Drawing at HOTA, Paper Making at The Craft Parlour + heaps more. The new TDK website is offically live, so head on over and check out the goods. HOT TIP: There are some spicy jobs over on the job board ;) Thanks to all who came to #TDKTuesdays this week. Good vibes were flowing and plans are already underway for the July event and beyond!
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Get the low down on your fav Gold Coast creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
Hayley O'Connor surely has one of the coolest jobs on the Gold Coast - Senior Graphic Designer at Billabong. We had a chat about her typical day-to-day, including a casual trip to Malibu or Mexico now and then (no biggie), plus how to avoid getting stuck in your style.
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The Sunday Co
We recently teamed up with Liam and the team at The Sunday Co for an epic #TDKtuesdays pin design comp (check out the winning sushi-cat pin below!) - so we decided to sit down and get the low down on how the company came about, and the impact the tourism industry has on the design industry on the Gold Coast.
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We had an epic chat with one half of Harmonica agency, Rachel Smith, about her journey through school, university and those first few proper jobs. We talk about how graphic design is almost becoming a dirty word; Harmonica's design process, and how the concept and strategy is always the hero; plus focusing on what you're truly good at as we become more specialised as creatives.
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Studio Manager / Designer Dave Lydiard of Oven Creative tells us about the importance of work ethic, personality and networking! Also where they believe design is heading in the future and how we need to adapt with it.
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G'day Byron Bay
Byron Bay creative duo Rita and Ivano launched their studio G'day Byron Bay at the beginning of this year and they are destined for big things! Learn more about there creative side project Iloveyouwhenyousmile and how they got to where they are now!
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We talk to the killer duo from Art Park – Craig and Paul! Ever wanted to chill in an amazing studio? Have incredible support behind your work? Look no further! Not only are Art Park a brilliant studio but they also hold residencies for artists. Soon they'll be launching an amazing (and pretty mind-blowing) competition... Read on to see what we're all jealous of!
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We chatted to Holly McCauley about the loveliest, coolest magazine to come out of Australia. Holly tells us what goes on at Frankie HQ, her plans for the future and her tips for students and new graduates alike!
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I think we're Luke's biggest fan! Our TDK relationship with this legend started when he gatecrashed Frankie birthday party 3 years ago - since then has done live artworks on the studio walls, got listed as one of the 14 designers to watch in 2014, featured in the TDK x Bone Machine skate show, Terrible Twos with This is Neu, Threesome with Paul McNeil (Artpark, Mambo), he's our Gold Coast contributor and he's about to represent us at Let's Face It next week! All this and he only graduated a couple of years ago!
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Avoiding logo-centric d…
The market for logo-centric / logo-only solutions continues to grow. It is evident in the rise of 99Designs, off-the-shelf products and market places. The way isolated logos are treated with such reverence online and rendered to the nth degree. The celebration of grid, guide and golden ratio based precision. And the abundance of logo-only galleries, ...
I first stumbled across the work of Nerdgore around 4years ago at a Clowns’ merch stand (https://clownsband.bandcamp.com/).They’re one band that’s always had impeccable taste in artwork and it shows in the artists they choose to collaborate with. But this tshirt, well this one was above and beyond.After finding out that the artist was Nerdgore I immediately started following @artofnerdgore on Insta and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to do the same.Nerdgore seems to regularly have interesting and widly varying projects on the boil, which compelled me to get in touch with him and asked him a few questions to get to the crux of what he’s all about. So let's Larry King this thing:What artists were early influences on your style?There are so many to mention. Essentially, I taught myself to draw whilst reading 2000ad as a kid/teen so Mike McMahon, Kev O’Neill, Steve Dillon, Simon Bisley, Kev Walker, etc are essential components of my artistic DNA. Then the very British world of tabletop gaming had a massive influence on me too; illustrators like John Blanche, Russ Nicholson, Wayne England, Gray Chalk, Iain Miller. I love aesthetics, that collective ‘feel’ you get from bodies of work created by different artists at the same time. So for 2000ad, the various aesthetics of the comic between issues 500 and 1000 are hugely influential for me. And likewise with Games Workshop, Fighting Fantasy , Lone Wolf etc at the end of 80s and first half of the 90’s. Those are the ‘golden’ periods for me.Did you have to work or practice to create your own style or did it come fairly naturally as you started?It’s not something I consciously did. I think as consumers of art/illustration we all have certain tastes that appeal to us and things that don’t. I’ve always gravitated to detailed, heavily ‘inked’ styles and particularly like traditional brush/dip pen work with an organic feel. The more I like something the more I find out about it and then want to try it… it kind of just evolved from that. What would you say your main motivation or influence to get into the illustration game was?It’s hard to say what motivates me. I love the actual process of drawing and especially inking. To me it’s a skill to try and learn and one that you can always get better at. I find that motivates me more than anything to just create stuff and push my own abilities. I also love coming up with characters and creating worlds, riffing off the deep vein of nostalgia that runs through my work. I enjoy commissions, but it’s my personal work that motivates me the most.Do you get involved with any other creative fields (graphic design, music, writing etc)?Not really. I do like writing and will eventually combine the two and draw my own comic or create a game book. I did try and become a horror writer in a dim and distance past, but it’s best left forgotten haha.Any peers or current talent that you are digging in the illustration/creative fields?There are so many. You only have to swipe down on Instagram once and some new fully formed illustrator pops into the ether. I tend to gravitate towards those illustrators that carve their own path and do stuff that might not be trendy or whatever, but has a hell of a lot of heart. Off the top of my head: Daniel Shaw @shawillustrations, Scott Wygman @darkwizard_bezerker, Matt Stikker @bargainbinblasphemy, Elle Taylor @smelly.ell, Cal Sino @cal_sinoKiss/Marry/Kill – Judge Death, Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson...Kiss: Has gotta be Anderson…Marry: Probably Judge Death… I have him tattooed on my leg so that’s kinda married anyway Kill: Judge Dredd… Imagine being the artist that got to draw The Death of Dredd and with the obvious ending scene of his helmet being removed… amazing!
Proudly and passionately Gold Coast and deeply connected to place, Bleach* Festival continues to pay tribute to local legends past and present. In 2018, we are proud to present an expansive program of genre-defying events, spanning intimate gatherings in locals’ homes to some of our largest and most ambitious projects to date.
Do you froth uncontrollably at the sight of a well-formed ampersand, or stop on the freeway to photograph a vintage sign? Do you freak out your friends when you fondle letterpress wedding stationery just that little bit too long? It's OK. We understand.
AGDA is the peak national organisation representing the Australian communication design industry. With more than 3,000 members distributed throughout the creative, visual communications, applied design and technology sectors, it is dedicated to advancing the profession through an interrelated program of state, national and international activities in education, advocacy and professional development.
Creatives are too often asked the same questions about their processes, practices and background. From these questions, we rarely gauge a true or honest understanding of what it means to be creative from a personal and professional point of view. Word—Form aims to open a dialogue by challenging creatives to reflect on their processes in an indirect way.
Episode 75 – The Gig Ec…
In this ADR special, Matt Leach moderated a panel discussing the gig-economy and how it affects the design industry. It’s a bit of a change of pace in terms of episodes but we thought there were some good discussions happening you might like to hear. Panellists Andy Wright – Streamtime twitter.com/adwrighty Vanessa Ward – Founder of Nomadism nomadism.co Anita McArthur – CD of SeeSaw seesawstudio.com.au Jim Antonopoulos – TANK twitter.com/jimantonopoulos Moderated by Matt Leach instagram.com/matt_leach Thanks to Streamtime, Foundry and the speakers. streamtime.net foundry.com.au
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FORM Student Graduate Exhibition
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The Craft Parlour // Gold Coast
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