Musician Tony McKenna wanted a mockup of his website that he could take to a developer for implementation. We designed a logo and related header bar, and worked with a three column grid and colour scheme drawn from the landscapes loved by our client.
John Jess was an Australian politician brave enough to stand up to his own party and demand justice for the seamen injured or killed in the collision of two RAN vessels — HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne. We were lucky enough to be supplied with a sensitive pencil sketch of Jess, which we combined with two images of the tragic incident.
A very well written work of local history, detailing the roaring growth of a gold mining town in Central Victoria. The map featured shows the town grid and the decorative elements are in keeping with the era under examination. Title set in Eveleth.
The middle aged protagonist loses his wife to a younger man, then falls in love with a woman who may or may not have his best interests at heart. Restrained typography and hints of Italy, venue for the novel's denouement.
Our client wanted to hint at the intimate nature of the secrets shared by a group of women without the cover design being too overt or crass. Title set in the beautiful Lust Script.
Our client's book dealt with her long and ultimately successful struggle with an eating disorder, and she wanted the cover design to reflect a sense of optimism and potential change. We used a contemplative photograph and a fairly quiet type arrangement, with colours pulled from the underlying image. The author commented that "the great cover that you designed for my memoir ebook version receives lots of praise. The image you have created portrays the essence of looking ahead, remaining hopeful, and visualising new horizons. Also, I greatly appreciate your creativity in incorporating a picture of my favourite walking place, on the Bellarine Peninsula, into the cover design. Best wishes, June."
See also the author's website here.
Diagnosed with fructose malabsorbtion and forced to avoid foods such as onion, garlic and wheat, Rhonda Allen had to discover for herself a new path to tasty, satisfying food. The eventual result was a collection of easy-to-prepare recipes which she assembled, then commissioned a photographer and engaged our services to design the cover and lay out the content. Enjoying Food Again is available at Rhonda's website and will be a welcome resource for those living with this condition.
Using a term unique to Melbourne, Australia (a kind of turn necessitated by Melbourne's on-road tram network) Hookturn showcases Australian made podcasts about culture and design. In a world dominated by the Brooklyn hipster aesthetic it feels good to experience something a bit more home-grown. As the site founders say: "Hookturn is made in Melbourne by people who care. That's probably all you need to know."
Our client wished to depict the journey of a woman forced to shed all that was familiar and comforting in order to be true to herself. We chose a surreal scene implying temptation and impermanence, with a muted colour palette.
Keeping small children safe is a full-time occupation for parents. The ability of a toddler to get into trouble involving sharp objects, flights of stairs, hot water, bookshelves, food, animals and so on is genuinely amazing. Michelle Fiddian has written a very helpful introductory guide outlining both strategies for protecting little ones and acting quickly if accidents do occur. Published by Jo Jo Publishing. We wanted to show the vulnerability of the very young, using crisp, clean type. Title set in Trend Sans, subtitle in Mostra Nuova.
Gone are the days of having to fall back on web-safe typefaces. Cutting edge web design is now typographically sophisticated, powered by web-served typefaces. This seminar gives a good overview of what is now possible, and easily accessible to those who are not elite designers. It touches on type selection, readability, editing and other issues.
Ann Gillespie has conjured up a colonial-era property called Bel Endroit. A place where men and women can be at piece from whatever besets them in the external world. Our cover depicts a bucolic viticultural landscape with a contemplative woman in the middle distance. Title typeset in Yana Swash Caps, author name in Trajan Sans. We also designed the cover for Ann's previous title Isabelle some years earlier.
Imagining a world where illustrators are paid fairly for their work, this page sets out suggested rates for various tasks and situations. In an increasingly borderless design world competing with much lower wage regions, those kind of rates may be difficult for many illustrators to achieve. The site hosting this page is a time portal back to the earliest days of eye-wateringly bad web design.
Our client, author and historian Ben Schofield, interviewed veteran cyclists about their experiences on tracks and the road in Melbourne during the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these cyclists were world class and helped make Australia a major power in cycling. Title set in Dynalight and subtitle and author name in Vitesse..
A designer muses on aspects of design theory and practice while travelling around Europe visiting top designers. A very pretty website and perhaps a little hipster-smug:
2517 miles, 15 beds, 12 interviews, 10 cities, 38 cups of coffee, 1 adventure. I'm on an adventure — to explore the limits of design's ability to solve social problems, big and small. To do this I attempted to solve 50 problems in 50 days using design. I also spent time with 12 of Europe's top design firms.
Carl Hancock has written a moving tale of a boy sent to a English boarding school and beset by cruel bullies. His intelligence and athleticism are not enough to save him from a scarifying series of experiences. We wanted to capture that feeling of hopelessness but also a strong sense of resilience. The protagonist pauses to catch his breath somewhere on the school grounds, perhaps about to run, perhaps about to stand and fight. The title is set in Requiem and Trajan Sans.
Spooked by recent reports about the dangers of sitting all day, but not enthused about standing for such long periods of time? The Varidesk might offer a good compromise — the device sits on your existing desk and can be used to easily raise your monitor and keyboard to allow standing, then back down when your legs start to rebel. It's relatively cheap and has an agent in Australia, which hopefully would keep shipping costs down.
Dudley Sims is an unassuming man catapulted into a key role in resisting a rapacious land developer. His escapades and love interests are chronicled in The Confessions of Dudley Sims by Brian Smith. We wanted to capture the feel of the riverine landscape he defends in the story – the murky but beautiful Yarra River. Along the base of the cover parades a low-key protest, complete with dog.
Jessica Hische is almost a brand unto herself in the design world. Blessed with obvious talent and taste, she works on high profile design assignments, but also maintains a raft of often amusing side projects. Examples of her work can be seen here, here, here and here. She is a key part of the recent revival of interest in the lush, layered type design seen in 19th Century advertising art.
Our client is an authority on project management software. We needed to convey the practical nature of this particular book and make it extremely clear that it was based on the latest version of Microsoft Project. Fresh, bright colours were combined with images of contemporary architecture.