the company Devillain is a skate clothing label based in Byron Bay. They design and produce men’s clothing items and accessories, selling their items to over 20 boutique skate and surf shops around Australia and New Zealand.
my role I worked as Devillain's sole graphic designer for over four years. In my time at Devillain, I was privileged enough to help shape the brand and watched it develop into a mature and refined label. I worked on their new season ranges, promotion graphics, video graphics and website design.
the beatles guvera pitch
the project I was asked to design a pitch that would be presented to Apple records to help secure The Beatles on the music streaming service.
Guvera wanted to present a unique graphic approach to showcasing their music. They wanted to create a Beatles channel within the app, where you could stream the music, read bios on the band members, view galleries and enter competitions.
my role The Beatles went through many phases over time with their image and sound, so we wanted to combine a few of these elements while adding a modern twist.
We used images taken of the group over a few different periods and combined them with psychedelic colours to paint in their black and white clothes. I also worked on some hand lettering to support the graphic elements.
These graphics were intended to be used on the Beatles channel along with other EDMs, app notifications and advertising material.
I worked on this project with my co-workers Jake Springthorpe and Thomas Smith.
claire & michael
the project Claire & Michael is a design project created by Claire Sewell and myself. Under this name we created typographic prints sold through our own online web store and selected stockists. The photos are taken by Claire on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, and the prints produced in Australia. www.claireandmichaelstudio.com
my role I created all of the hand written typography used in the prints. I also set up the online website and contributed to the business’ social media posts and campaigns.
raw ink magazine
the project Raw Ink Magazine grew from the creative passions of myself and two journalist friends. We published stories on creative events and people in the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas. In the three years that we were publishing, we released over twenty four issues with over two thousand readers for each. We interviewed creatives such as Sticky Fingers, Bluejuice, Ben Quilty, Katie Noonan, Yayoi Kusama, and Shida and had the privilege of covering events such as Splendour in the Grass, Woodford and The Surfer’s Paradise Festival.
my role As well as being a founder of the publication, I worked on all the branding, page layouts, social media and web graphics for the magazine. I also spoke to Gold Coast Institute of TAFE students as a guest speaker about my work with Raw Ink Magazine.
arty promotional prints
the project Guvera was briefed to create some promotional merchandise for Russian DJ Arty on his Australian leg of the tour. We were given a very limited budget to produce high quality products in a short amount of time.
my role I pitched the company's marketing directors the idea of producing one-off, Guvera branded artisan prints. I was able to price the prints to come into the budget while still producing interesting, unique merchandise. The directors chose my pitch and we ran with it.
I created the artwork by outlining Arty’s silhouette with different paint marbling effects. The project was a great success, with the prints being very popular at each of his Australian shows.
Sideways Surf is a surf and skate shop based on the Gold Coast, Australia. They’re a surf outlet stall who also produce their own surfboards and skateboards. www.sideways.com.au/new-boards
my role I worked as the graphic designer for the company and created all of the visual collateral. As part of my time there, I was asked to create the new artwork for their 2015 skateboard collection. I designed thirteen different pieces which were all used over several different boards. I also created artwork for the Retro Groove label.
the project The Queensland College of Art (QCA) handbook consists of information about the different courses, the campus and general information. My design proposal was chosen as the handbook for the 2013 students.
the strategic process My concept for the design was to use two colours, red and blue. The red is the same as Griffith’s logo and symbolises the university. The blue represents the students. The two colours combine, where the circles overlap, creates something new and different. This was a concept I felt would work well with Griffith’s philosophies.
As well as designing the book, I became the project manager with dealing with university representatives, printers and the Liveworm studio.
I made a few changes to my original concept to accommodate a reduced budget. After discussion with a number of printers, the size and shape of the book was changed to maximize paper usage and reduce costs.
the project This is a chalk typographic piece of Matthew Carter's quote “Type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters.” It measures 1200mm x 900mm.
the strategy “Type is beautiful group of letters” is hand drawn and illustrated, “Not a group of beautiful letters” is made up of the typefaces Baskerville and Bodoni.
I wanted the look of the piece to reflect the meaning of the quote. The connected and flowing decorative type alludes to the idea of “typography” being a visually aesthetic group. The second half of the quote is very structured and formal, indicating the idea of the rigid, individual letters being the beautiful part.
the project This calendar is a gift designed for international guests of the Queensland College of Art.
the strategy The calendar features 12 iconic locations, attractions and events on the Gold Coast. The front of each card has an image and a calendar, while the back gives information on what the image represents. It showcases the tourist attractions, nature and the lifestyle of the area. These are all unique aspects of the Gold Coast that would appeal to visitors.
I used a soft, beach colour palette to reflect the colours of the Gold Coast. I have also applied a weathered effect, as the Gold Coast air is full of salt and weathers almost everything.
The calendar itself is an interactive object – you can construct it as the tower, deconstruct it as the months go by, or make it into a completely new object.