How quickly the year goes, Newy! Huge thank you to all the legends who have joined us at #TDKtuesdays. Special thanks to Onwards Studio for their generosity throughout the last few months. If you're still looking for some fun things to do, check out the life drawing workshops on tonight at Studio One Maryville from 6.30pm. Make sure you get down to the last Olive Tree Market of the year on the 15th. See ya'll in the New Year for a huge 2019!
— 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.
EP93 with Birgit Palma …
In this episode, we spoke with Birgit Palma Illustrator & Lettering Artist based in Barcelona. Today, Birgit is known for her Illustration but during her studies, she learned a little bit of everything including illustration, graphic design, 3D and sound design. Her work lands at the sweet spot between modern avant-garde and illustration. This episode was recorded in Los Angeles as part of our Adobe Max series. We spoke about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and what impact it might have to artistic work, creating design systems and guidelines for illustrations, her regimented workflow and schedule, how she likes to create impossible imaginative work because the possible is all around us and using instagram as a playground for illustration. Big thanks as always to our friends at Streamtime who help make our episode possible. streamtime.net Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe Australia and HP Australia big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner! 🙌 Birgit Palma instagram.com/birgitpalma birgitpalma.com/wordpress Links Mentioned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapiens:_A_Brief_History_of_Humankind
EP92 with Adam JK on We…
EP92 with Adam J Kurtz on We're Going to Die In this episode, we spoke with Adam J Kurtz a designer, artists, author and more from Brooklyn. He is best known for the honesty and humour in his work and his books. True to his online presence, Adam was open, honest, funny and personal when we caught up for a sneaky chat in a press room at Adobe MAX. We spoke about Adam’s history moving to New York, that time he built a fan site for The Veronica’s, the internet, design, depression, taking ourselves too seriously and the fun fact that we’re all going to die. Thanks to our mates at Streamtime – it’s project management software we couldn’t live without. They’re also behind Never Not Creative who have a great podcast we think ADR listeners will enjoy. Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe and HP Australia – big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner! 🙌 Links adamjkurtz.com instagram.com/adamjk twitter.com/adamjk shop.adamjk.com/book twitter.com/nvrnotcreative
EP91 with Lauren Hom on…
EP91 with Lauren Hom on Juice and Squeeze In this episode, we spoke with Lauren Hom a designer and letterer based in Detroit, schooled in New York, and raised in Los Angeles. Lauren is well known for her bright colour palettes, playful letterforms, and quirky copywriting. Lauren is highly intelligent, funny, passionate about what she does and has an infectious laugh that made this episode incredibly fun. We spoke about her original plans to be a Creative Director and studied at The School of Visual Arts and how lettering was a ’thing on the side’ we spoke about some of her lettering projects, freelancing, picking up book deals, marketing and building a body of work. Thanks, as always, to our good friends at Streamtime – It’s project management software we couldn’t live without. They’re also behind Never Not Creative who have a great podcast we think ADR listeners will enjoy. anchor.fm/nevernotcreative Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe and HP Australia big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner Links homsweethom.com instagram.com/homsweethom behance.net/homsweethom streamtime.net
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