Hey Melbourne! Hope everyone had an amazing time at the June #TDKtuesdays screen printing workshop — thanks to @home_work_ for having us! In need of a good read? Check out Gabby Lord’s interview on the TDK website or go and subscribe to her killer weekly newsletter asap. Interested in a freelance packaging design gig with Tiny Hunter or a Junior Designer position with Ad Agency Town Square? Head over to the shiny and brand new TDK website and check out the job board for more details!
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Get the low down on your fav Melbourne creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
A big congrats to Zoe Hu, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Monash University graduate from Melbourne, their work was chosen by James & Beth from Warriors Studio: “Solid concepts resolved with strong and effective outputs throughout. Valuable skill set to bring to the studio: solid typography, good conceptual work, good motion graphics and illustration. Professional aesthetic sensibility. Mirror Mirror is a tight project with the full package. The interactivity is well considered and brings it to life. We’re always interested in designers responding to current affairs, so for us this was stand-out”. We asked Zoe to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Manuely Avila, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A RMIT University graduate from Melbourne, their work was chosen by Matt & Tim from Sons and Co: “It seems overly precocious that a person, like Manuely, has developed such a refined, sophisticated and considered sense of design so early in her career. But she has. So we nod our heads, smile, and clap with admiration”. We asked Manuely to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Madison Tierney, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A RMIT graduate from Melbourne, their work was chosen by Verònica from Hey Studio: “ Madison knows her style and this is strongly good because has a trademark on her work. Experimental, hand made with concept behind. No fair to try and mix”. We asked Madison to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Leanne Gu, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Monash University graduate from Melbourne, her work was chosen by Matt & Tim from Sons and Co: “Leanne, Leanne, Leanne. This is good stuff. It's fun and intellectual - qualities rarely found in the same room together - and the kind of work which suggests a preternatural gift”. We asked Leanne to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Gemma Mahoney, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A RMIT University graduate from Melbourne, her work was chosen by David & Hannah from Pleasure Projects: “There was a lot of contemporary typography of a certain style, appealing, yes, but fundamentally similar. Gemma’s work goes a step further and as a result stood out to us. It is clearly work that is engaged and interested into current typography experimentation, but so too is it fearless in playing with pastiche and historical type, bringing it bang up to date with colour composition and application”. We asked Gemma to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Dominique Vine, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Monash University graduate from Melbourne, their work was chosen by Tad from Carpenter Collective: “From the start I really responded to how the designer presented their work. Very simple, clean and straight forward. The decision to use black only enhanced their bold colors and strong typography choices. Several projects really stood out, but Dominique’s overall strength through-out the book was typography. From the ‘Dreams Archive’ project where we see the type heavily manipulated to the smart type pairings on the “Abbotsford Convent Identity” project, this designers understanding of type far exceeds expectations”. We asked Dominique to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
A big congrats to Artisa Tumiwa, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Swinburne University graduate from Jakarta, their work was chosen by Dem from Ustwo: “I’m impressed by Artisa’s approach to framing problems, taking a challenge-process-solution approach to describing work helps to contextualise the projects in this entry. It’s also great to see that the users are considered when designing the final solution”. We asked Artisa to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
Work Art Life Studio
We chat with Andrew Ashton, Creative Director at Work Art Life studios. Andrew spills all the ins and outs, secrets and tips from his 30 years in design and we love the perspective he brings to the table. We discuss creative consultation, the Aussie design industry and what it means to be more than a Graphic Designer.
We love Ashley Ronning and her honest, down to earth approach to design and life. We chatted about her lovely morning routine, why we should bin the word networking, finding your style, and the impact Instagram has had on the industry.
We've been lovin' the work of Tim Semple on the #TDKpeepshow tag this year - so we finally reached out for the full lowdown on all things Tim. We chat about keeping a retail job while freelancing, Bookmark - Tim's attempt at a Creative industries white pages - and of course, where it all began - Instagram.
Check out the industry standard of work in Melbourne - how it is shot, what do they present?
Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Melbourne.
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!
Billy Blue Blog
In 1987, Billy Blue Creative decided to open a tiny design school to train people who would eventually work in the studio. A crowd of about four was expected. Sixty-six people enrolled and there was a long waiting list. In essence, the school was created by industry for industry and we’ve been building on that concept ever since.
Fan Club Journal
Fan Club is an online journal documenting the things that enhance creative’s lives. Each episode features one person in the creative industry and 10 things that give them inspiration in their work and life. Whether it be objects/ experiences/feelings/pets/whatever - it’s totally up to the individual’s interpretation.
Named for the adorable native Australian robin, the Jacky Winter Group is an independent Australian creative agency. Since 2007, we have represented the very best contemporary Australasian commercial artists, connecting them with a broad range of clients both locally and internationally.
Business of Creativity
A real-world view of 25+ years in the industry — for students and emerging designers and strategists.
Creative Mornings / MEL
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! Melbourne host Jeremy Wortsman of The Jacky Winter Group plus a small army of helpers.
On The Grid Melbourne
On the Grid is a user-friendly guide curated by talented local designers who want to share exceptional places in their neighborhood with the rest of the world. On the Grid was created by Hyperakt, a design agency based in Brooklyn.
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.
365 Melbournians: Little Boxes
Loop Project Space and Bar, 23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
'Soft Toy City' Group Art Exhibition
EVIE CAHIR — MARKET FAN CLUB
Lamington Drive, 52 Budd Street Collingwood, Australia
Construction Lines II – shifting perspective
Memphis Gardens, 37 Yarra Street, Abbotsford, 3067
Salt Lake City
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