Newcastle! Compassion Australia are looking for a mid-weight designer to join their Newy team. If you're looking for inspiration check out all the TDK Awards '17 winners on the website, or visit MRAG for their Weekend of Dada-Do! And keep your eye on the FB page, deets on next moth's #TDKtuesdays will be landing VERY SOON! :-)
— Bronte McKell
Get the low down on your fav Newcastle creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
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!
Check out the industry standard of work in Newcastle - how it is shot, what do they present?
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.
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
EP74 with Catriona Burg…
Growing up in a house designed by Phillip Cox, with Marimekko curtains and with a reconditioned printing press in her house, it’s not surprising that Cat eventually found her way into the design world, but the beginning of her career started her off on a different journey. From a Journalist at channel 7 to public affairs roles with Sydney Water and government organisations she eventually, perhaps inevitably made her way to Emery Vincent where she has spent 15 years and what is now called Frost Collective. We spoke about purposeful brands and the importance of ideas, we spoke about the shift away from the industrial model of the past to today’s connection economy. We also spoke about equality in the workplace, embracing flexible and inclusive work schedules and how far we’ve come from needing employees to be chained to a desk to add value to a business. Head to ausdesignradio.com to listen now or subscribe using any podcast app. Shout out to Guest Host Josie Young, Streamtime for lending us their studio to record and supporting us this year. Catriona Burgess twitter.com/catsydney instagram.com/catsydney Josie Young http://josieyoung.co instagram.com/josieyoung twitter.com/josieyoung_ Cat’s Defrost Talk youtube.com/watch?v=KfjofeoU7xE Cox Architecture coxarchitecture.com.au Marimekko marimekko.com Seth Godin sethgodin.strikingly.com Sheryl Sandberg amazon.com/Sheryl-Sandberg Roxane Gay – Bad Feminist goodreads.com/book/show/18813642-bad-feminist Massimo Vignelli eyeondesign.aiga.org/massimo-vignelli-design-quote-if-you-do-it-right-it-will-last-forever The Design Conference thedesignconference.com.au
EP73 with Vanessa Ward …
Still in Tassie, still missing Flyn, Andy and Matt spoke with Vanessa Ward, Founder of Nomadism, about her fascinating life. Now living in Hobart, Vanessa has had a life of travel, study and exploration. A respected strategist, product designer and thinker, Vanessa has worked for some of the most exciting design firms in the World, such as BMD (Bruce MayDesign) and FuseProject before setting up Nomadism in 2016 (with Sandy Oh and Dr Stella Humphries). This episode charts a biographical path, from Vanessa’s entry into design via Architectonic Jewellery up to the recent building of her first home and what that taught her about design, permanency and sustainable technologies. It’s a roll-a-coaster of a life that is equal parts careful planning and happenstance. Nomadism: nomadism.co Behance: behance.net/VanessaWard BMD: brucemaudesign.com L’Oréal UV Sensor: fuseproject.com/blog Architectonic jewellery: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architectonic_jewellery Streamtime: streamtime.net Never Not Creative: medium.com/never-not-creative
EP72 With Andrew Johnst…
This time 'round, we spoke with Andrew Johnstone, Founder of Design is Kinky and Creative Director of Foundry. Flyn had been called away due to a project he was working on so we called in previous guest, Andy Wright to co-host. Andrew, now living in Launceston, has had a wild and varied career, but one, upon reflection, that could be categorised by following his gut. This ‘gut-feeling’ has led him to establish some of Australia’s most influential events, communities and magazines where he’s sought to expose new talent and shine a light on the more obscure parts of our industry. It’s also led him to walk away from some ventures because it no longer felt right. In this frank and honest interview, Andrew talks about these beginnings and endings. The highs and the lows. Giving us an amazing insight into his thought process and hints about what could be next. Links: Personal Website: andrewjohnstone.com Instagram: instagram.com/andrew__j Design is Kinky: designiskinky.net DiK Instagram: instagram.com/designiskinky Foundry: foundry.com.au Foundry Instagram: instagram.com/myfoundrylife Lume Magazine: lumemag.net Lume Instagram: instagram.com/lumemag Take Magazine: instagram.com/take_magazine Take Instagram: instagram.com/take_magazine Mike Campau: mikecampau.com Semi-Permanent: semipermanent.com Flint: flintsydney.com
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