Hey cuties, hope ya’ll got along to @thisisnotart over the weekend! Drink 'n' draw at Greenroof on the 2nd for #TDKtuesdays. Check out the latest podcast from @nvrnotcreative feat. the wonderful @kitiyapalaskas from this year’s MakeItMadeIt. Ooh also the @therizzeria and @theabda are holding a risograph workshop on Sat the 8th in Sydney - just a train ride away! P.S @mezzanine is hiring!
— 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!
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.
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.
EP87 Flyn and Matt Esca…
In this episode, we catch up with just each other for the first time in a long while. This episode is the prelude to our #AdobeMAX series as an #AdobePartner When this episode is released, we'll be in LA hustling to get as much audio content captured during the enormous design event in Los Angeles. Follow us on Instagram for updates during the trip! https://instagram.com/ausdesignradio Our episodes are on track and keep coming thanks to our friends at Streamtime – streamtime.net Our trip is in part thanks to HP and the new laptops called zbooks which we can't wait to get our hands on over in LA https://www8.hp.com/us/en/workstations/workstation-ultrabooks.html
EP86 with Jeremy Lord o…
EP86 with Jeremy Lord on Deliberate Practice In this episode, we spoke with Jeremy Lord, Illustrator, Designer and Teacher from Sydney. Jeremy is a long time friend of the show and an amazing Illustrator, but he’s also a designer working with studios and agencies on projects from branding to packaging to straight-up graphic design. We spoke about deliberate practice if you really want to improve a skill, skateboarding duck foot, drawing dragon ball z, Instagram, workload and workflow. Streamtime streamtime.net Jeremy Lord instagram.com/jeremylord_
EP85 with Prue Jones on…
EP85 with Prue Jones on gender, sex robots and simulations This session finds us still at the Adobe Symposium 2018, where we ‘finally’ got the chance to sit down with Prue Jones. She has been on our list since the first episode but for whatever reason we’d never been able to make it work. Well, the wait only heightened our anticipation and Prue did not disappoint. Design and Creative Director of Fjord, Prue has over 30 years of experience in the Creative Industries. Starting in advertising she made the move to graphic/digital design and recently began balancing the roles of futurist and gender equality leader. Two topics she’s incredibly passionate about. As you might imagine, with that backstory, this conversation went all over the place but somehow remained connected to what we, as designers, as people, can do to make things better. We talk sex robots, the singularity, living in a simulation and becoming a spokesperson for female creatives. Special thanks to Streamtime for their continued support. If you haven’t started using their software… well, you are missing out. Thank you to Adobe for having us along for the ride and to Jo Roca (freakin’ legend) for stepping in as co-host. Prue Jones linkedin.com/in/prue-jones-58991516 instagram.com/prudencemjones Streamtime streamtime.net Jo Roca forthepeople.agency
Hands-On Copic Ink Demonstrations
Eckersley’s Newcastle 73 Tudor Street, Hamilton
Brush Pen Casual Lettering
Pumphouse School of Design, 24 Greenway St, Wickham NSW 2293, Australia
Hunter Arts Network’s Art Bazaar Lambton Park 2018
Lambton Park Cnr Morehead and Howe Sts Lambton, NSW 2299
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