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Vale Simon Rowbottom

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share this information with our clients, supporters and design colleagues.

Our most amazing Production Manager Simon Rowbottom passed away on 31st December 2021.

Simon was Salt’s Production Manager for over 12 years; well-respected by clients and suppliers, and always striving for the highest quality, cost-effective production.

Simon was a great mentor and friend to all of our Salty team. He shared with us his ideas, know-how and enthusiasm for life. He solved the trickiest of production challenges and met deadlines which were more magic than the proverbial rabbit-out-of-a-hat!

Simon was always willing, and oh so able, to do whatever he could for our clients.

Simon’s career in the local printing industry has spanned over four decades. He started in the industry in 1979 as a Costing Clerk/Estimator for Simpson Halligan. His experience in estimation and production progressed at William Brooks and Printcraft. He then became Production Manager for print companies including InPrint and Platypus Graphics, after which he became co-owner and Production Manager of JT Press at Redcliffe.

Simon was a true friend and supporter of so many in the Brisbane print and design industry. He was fun, passionate and a great role model to many apprentices starting out into the industry.

In 2009, Simon joined Salt Design to support his life partner and Salt’s Director Daile Drevins to help grow the business and manage studio production. With his vast print production knowledge and expertise, Salt diversified into digital print production, providing a capability that has enabled Salt to provide even higher levels of service to our clients.

With his interests and passions, Simon was fastidious. Whatever he did, he gave 110%, learning everything there was to know about each new interest or skill. Simon never needed simply to master something – he had to be the best at it!

The last few months have been more than tough for our team. But we have been there for each other, and supported by so many Salty family and friends.

It is only now that we have chosen to share this sad news with our wider Salt community.

We know you will share in our sorrow and great loss of such a wonderful man.

RIP the best Production Manager ever!

salt-shaker-signoffBecause everything tastes better with a sprinkle of salt!


SALT vision: A step back in time

Meet Hannah :: Senior Designer, Salt Design

Hannah DonaldsonMeet Hannah! Our Senior Designer at Salt Design. 

So much of our Salty brilliance stems from Hannah’s drive to achieve great things for our clients. Her passion for great design is at the heart of everything she creates!

Hannah is methodical in her processes, which results in a calibre of design production that has our print suppliers in awe. Her eye for detail is second-to-none (just you try getting that a mis-placed apostrophe past her eagle-eyed proofing!)

When it comes to the new and exciting design directions Hannah is no follower – she’s our trend-setter! Yet it’s her considered approach which truly illustrates Hannah’s creative maturity. Brand development, corporate literature, product packaging, even the simplest social media post – all benefit from Han’s focus on achieving visual gorgeousness which meets the brief spot on! And Hannah’s personal style exudes her confidence, capability and genuine love for design and client service.

Hannah is such an authentic, trusting and caring soul. She’s the glue that binds our creative team!

Tasty morsels about Hannah . . .

  • Hannah is the studio’s dedicated sports fanatic!
  • Hannah is a tea lover and expert biccie dunker – an early morning cuppa tea on the farm at Nan’s was a perfect start to the day!
  • Hannah enjoys late night blog exploring, getting lost in links and spending far too long on Pinterest.
  • Hannah loves all things creative, and can’t get enough of Fox & Fallow greeting cards and stationery, Three Birds Renovations YouTube and Joanna Gaines.


Favourite colour: Navy blue
Favourite food: White chocolate & raspberry muffins
Favourite sport: NBA, Motor Racing, Rugby League {all sports except golf!}
Favourite escape: Countryside with a view to the ocean
Cat or dog person: Dog.

salt-shaker-signoffBecause everything tastes better with a sprinkle of salt!

Meet Daile :: Director, Salt Design

Daile DrevinsMeet Daile! The face, founder and Director of Salt Design. She’s the glue that holds us all together.

Daile has almost 30 years experience working in the Brisbane design and printing industries.

Daile mentors, guides and directs the creative output of the Salt Design team to ensure the delivery of contemporary, high quality, cost-efficient solutions. She combines her understanding of the requirements of corporate reporting with her knowledge of typography, creative design and production techniques.

Daile’s affable nature and ability to translate even the most complex design briefs into real-world solutions makes her an invaluable asset when engaging with our clients.

Daile’s work has won a number of design and print awards including National Print Awards; Public Sector Management Annual Report Awards; and Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards.

Tasty morsels about Daile . . .

  • Daile named the studio based on her love of all things salty and in homage to her childhood experiences living on Stradbroke Island.
  • Daile is a self-confessed animal tragic!
  • Daile’s dream is to set up a luxury B&B farm-stay which will also be home to many, many animals including dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, pigs, cows and an alpaca!

Favourite colour:
Fluro lime green
Favourite food: Seafood
Favourite sport: Cricket!
Favourite escape: any where I can hear the sea! (definitely Straddie!)
Cat or dog person: BOTH!

salt-shaker-signoffBecause everything tastes better with a sprinkle of salt!


Meet Daile Drevins - Director, Salt Design

Our humble beginnings

How do you come up with a catchy memorable quirky name for a new design studio?

This is the very question I was confronted with almost 10 years ago when I decided to start up Salt Design.

So – why Salt?

Firstly, salt is a flavour enhancer. It’s used in cooking to bring out other flavours. Ever wondered why salted caramel taste so good? The sweetness of the caramel is actually amplified by the salt. In a similar way I saw how design can bring out the best in our client’s business, to accentuate their appeal to their own customers.

On another level, I believe we are the ‘salt of the earth’. We’re humble people who just love what we do and love doing it well – providing good service and quality design to our clients.

Another reason for choosing ‘salt’ is a very personal one. For my entire life I have loved and lived for the sea. Swimming, fishing, diving – it’s my special place. Over the past 10 years Salt has become my ‘other’ special place where I have come to share a love for design with others (both staff and clients). It’s where I have gained a sense of pride and sense of self. As much as the sea epitomises who I am – Salt now represents what a team of dedicated, passionate people like everyone at Salt can achieve!

And lastly, I should probably mention that when there’s tequila and lime on hand – I’m a tad over-zealous with the saltshaker!

salt-shaker-signoffBecause everything tastes better with a sprinkle of salt!

Image :: Stradbroke Island


Design. Typography. Paper. Colour. Kerning. Ligatures. Photography. Illustration. Digital Print. Spot UV. Diecut. Burst Bind. Emboss . . . Do words like these get your creative tastebuds tingling? Here at Salt – it certainly does!

As a graphic design studio based in Brisbane, Australia, we offer complete graphic design and visual communication solutions.

We’re so excited to say hello and introduce our new blog – SALT.Shaker. It’s going to be our place to express our creativity, share our ideas, swap tips, show-off projects, ‘sigh’ with inspiration – and have some fun along the way!

Stay tuned to find out more about who we are, what we do – perhaps even who we do it for! Subscribe to our Blog and connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest.

salt-shaker-signoffBecause everything tastes better with a sprinkle of salt!