The TDK Awards are BACK BABY! They’re free, easy to enter and packed full of the best prizes to boost your name in the industry — enter via the awards tab on the website. While you’re there, check out our our shiny new interviews with Singapore’s Fable & Oslo’s Isabelle Feliu, scroll through the global feed and bookmark some of your fave good reads and articles, like this one from #ShilloMAN Alumni Amy Pastilades on going freelance. Don’t forget #TDKtuesdays are back FEBRUARY 2019, thanks for a magical year friends!
— Laura Schweiger
Get the low down on your fav Melbourne creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
One of our favourite things about Yarron Frauenfelder is how he details his process on his website — from wireframes, to sketches, to test prints, it's a little glimpse behind the scenes that we love (and you can learn a lot from)! We chat with Yarron about the balance that studying at both University and Design college created for him, his time in London with design studio Ascend, plus we get the lowdown on his favourite podcasts and publications.
Freelance Visual Artist & Designer, Max Malone is a Melbourne newbie! Originally from Bristol, England -- Max only made the move to Melbourne early 2018. We chat about making it work across different time zones, his fanatical passion with collaging and finding your place within the Melbourne scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never Not Creative
Never Not Creative is a community of creatives who want to make our industry a better place. We hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world.
Short Courses at JMC Academy
JMC Academy Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
Brush Lettering Masterclass with Casey Schuurman
Work-Shop Melbourne, 195 Argyle St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Shillington Melbourne Info Session
Level 9, 55 Swanston Street
How to Run a Damn Good Brand Project
General Assembly Melbourne
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