Cool things in Newy this fortnight: @hivisgroup are looking for 2 full time graphic designers. If you’re desperate for some experience, there’s loads of internships popping up in Sydney! @honestpaper has teamed up with Kym from @inkywords for a watercolour hand-lettering workshop on the 23rd. Made some cool stuff you’d love to sell? @olivetreemarket is launching a Startup Stall Comp - they’ll be picking one winner of the package for the next 12 months! Next #TDKtuesdays will be another from the creative talks series so come along and learn all the stuffs!
— Bronte McKell
Get the low down on your fav Newcastle creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
MAKEit MADEit '18
Each year we're lucky enough to partner up with our favourite conferences around the world, and this year our kind friends in Newcastle at MAKEit MADEit gave us a full conference pass to give away via Instagram. Our winner this year was wonderful Brisbane-based illustrator Kate Peebles. Kate shares her Newcastle experience with us and her favourite nuggets of wisdom from the speakers!
Newcastle local Brandon Mcintosh is up for 3 AGDA Awards this year - three! Here we learn all his secrets to success ? including getting thrown in the deep end after high school, asking your printer for a discount, and always present your work face-to-face!
We chat with the legend Scott Kirkman of Newcastle based studio Shorthand. Scott shares with us a few must read books on creating great client relationships, why he loves the flourishing Newcastle creative scene and about finding your niche within design and rocking it!
Australian Type Foundry
Huzzah! We chat with Wayne Thompson, the man behind ATF and the Type by Hand workshops with Gemma O'Brien. We ask him about his love of type, his home town of Newcastle and what makes a good CV. Spot the M dash and you have yourself a job! (Jokes)
Today we chat to Aaron Craig, one third of the force behind Stupid Krap, a new collective where you can buy all your favourite prints online, and how he ended up working with SK.
Carl + Lara = Zookraft Design. They met at TAFE and the rest was history. Zookraft (Newcastle) run LOOK HEAR & LOOK SEE, an epic initiative to enrich the creative industry and help students get involved ! Zookraft are all about student collaborations, so read on and get around them. They have recently worked with Beastman, WBYK and Beci Orpin just to name a few. P.S they just launched their new site, check it out for more fun times.
Meet the one and only, Trevor Dickinson, the man who's giant quirky wall murals put Newcastle on the map. From the humble beginnings of Newcastle Productions' zines, tea towels and cards to painted murals that animate Newcastle's city walls, Trevor has done it all. After years of designing for the fashion industry, Trevor moved to Newcastle and away from his computer. In his most recent project, the weirdly obsessive artist, spent nine months visiting almost every street in Newcastle scouting out 100 unique Australian letterboxes to draw. Trevor chats with TDK about his journey and creative influences.
Traditional signwriting may be a dying craft, but don't fear, Brett Piva is here. Brett directs Pocket Design, a small creative studio with a focus on hand made aesthetics and creative collaborations. He is madly passionate about traditional signwriting and runs workshops from his studio in Newcastle, the town booming with creative opportunities. Brett has been designing/ lettering since he was 15 and has been contracted to work on brands such as Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Disney, Kodak and Virgin Moblie to name a few. WOW. And just when you thought this interview couldn't get any better, the workshops are going on tour, so watch this space. Fellow type lovers, read on, this guy knows what he's talking about!
We chat to the crazy lady behind her brand Smack Bang. Sophia Flegg is based in Newcastle and paints dogs, people, parrots, crosses and abstracts. Her instagram is hilarious ("Sometimes I get really worried that my wardrobe doesn't match my quickly decaying elderly body and then other times I don't give a shit and buy Pomeranian socks and wear them with hideous men's loafers and are sublimely happy.") and her work is equally as interesting! We love her. Get stalking NOW.
Years ago, we always wondered who was behind the Movita building on the corner of Hoiser Lane. Now we know - as Lucas Grogan is super well known. You've probably seen his FUCK YEAH plate, and many many more examples of his beautiful blue works. BUT - what we liked the most is his journey once arriving in Melbourne - all the knock backs and lessons learnt. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom, well worth it for any budding illustrators/artists. Thanks Lucas!
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Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Newcastle.
The Lock Up
Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space and inner city hub for creative thinking and doing.
Renew Newcastle aims to find artists, cultural projects and community groups to use and maintain these buildings until they become commercially viable or are redeveloped. Renew Newcastle is not set up to manage long term uses, own properties or permanently develop sites but to generate activity in buildings until that future long term activity happens.
It was 1999 and Luke and Shane were two creative thinkers with a heart of gold, an aversion to apathy and a will to do good with what they’d been given. Fast forward 17 years, countless experiences, many remarkable people, and the addition of third owner, Nikki, in 2005, Mezzanine is now a purpose-driven brand and business consultancy with a commitment to having a positive impact on the world.
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.
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.
EP79 with Jack Mussett …
In this episode, we spoke with Jack Mussett, Director at Motherbird. Jack has been on our infamous industry wish list since the beginning of the podcast so it was great to finally get a chance to speak with him in his hometown of Melbourne. We spoke about work-life balance, overdelivering on projects, working with friends, side projects, and diversity. We got philosophical with talk about critical thinking and the meandering brain. We dove into a few projects including The World Cancer Congress the Melbourne International Jazz Festival as well as some of his personal projects including Word–Form. Special thanks to Streamtime for helping us make this episode happen and Tina Victoria Afshar for joining Guest Host! “It’s important to sometimes not have a goal and just enjoy the journey” – Jack Instagram instagram.com/jackmussett instagram.com/motherbirdstudio instagram.com/wordformco instagram.com/tinavictoria_ instagram.com/streamtime Twitter twitter.com/jackmussett twitter.com/motherbird twitter.com/wordformco twitter.com/tinavictoria_ twitter.com/streamtime Web motherbird.com.au Word-form.com tinavictoria.com streamtime.net
EP78 with George Rose o…
This episode finds us still at the Brisbane Design Conference, finding some time to sit down with our friend, George Rose. George is a multidisciplinary artist, well known for doing incredibly large walls, blending colours, gradients and textures through hand-rendered type forms. An incredibly honest and free spirit, we got into all things about having a career as a mural artist, how she makes her money and life on the road. George has a background as a designer before moving over to the street art scene, having studied both art and design in University. We cover off how that move came about and discuss expiry dates and how long she can keep up the physical pace of leaping around ladders and scaling walls. Thumbs up to Streamtime for making this episode happen, The Design Conference Brisbane for having us and Josie Young for guest hosting. George’s Instagram instagram.com/george_rose George’s Facebook facebook.com/GeorgeRoseIllustration Great write up No Cure Magazine nocuremagazine.com/no-cure-blog/2016/6/28/george-rose Streamtime streatime.net Josie Young instagram.com/josieyoung
EP77 with Bráulio Amado…
EP77 with Bráulio on Design and Reinvention Bráulio Amado is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Portugal, currently living in New York City. He worked as a Designer at Pentagram NYC. Then joined Bloomberg Businessweek as an Art Director. Moved to Wieden+Kennedy. Now he works for himself. We spoke about his journey from Portugal to Pentagram NYC, to Bloomberg Business Week and following Richard Turley from there Wieden kennedy. We spoke about some of his projects like working with Frank Ocean, Notting Hill Carnival and the Janelle Monáe New York Times cover and creating interesting and different type treatments using only a small amount of typefaces. Special thanks to Streamtime for making this episode happen, The Design Conference Brisbane for having us and Josie Young for guest hosting. Streamtime streamtime.net Josie Young instagram.com/josieyoung Bráulio Amado Design badbadbadbad.com instagram.com/braulioamado Better Mail Bráulio vimeo.com/76932423 Notting Hill Carnival itsnicethat.com/articles/braulio-amado-boiler-room-notting-hill-carnival-graphic-design-240817 Janelle Monáe NYT Cover nytimes.com/2018/04/25/magazine/behind-the-cover-how-janelle-monae-found-her-voice.html Richard Turley richardturley.tumblr.com Tracey Ma tracyma.com Be Best underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_for_be_best_by_melania_trump.php Wieden Kennedy wk.com
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