Brisbane // International Women’s Day 2019

What a HUGE week we have had celebrating International Women’s Day 2019!

Our Director is a member of Zonta International Club of Brisbane City Heart and last Friday we organised a fabulous luncheon at Rydges South Bank for almost 120 people! In her role on the Club’s PR Committee, Salt Design was called in to action to design and produce all of the promotional and event collateral.

Collateral included: invitation, Trybooking site design, social media promotion, menus, programmes, posters, placecards, name badges…

Designing and producing resources for an event is a specialised requirement – as there is a deadline which HAS to be met!

Planning such an event calls for a collaboration of many people with many talents – organising guest speakers, venues, invitations, promotional resources, social media posts, raffle prizes and nominating a fundraising recipient (FUEL Girl Shaped Flames) to name but a few.

We are so very proud of the contribution we made to the event’s success! We provided our guests with an experience which ticked every box – quality venue, superb food and service, entertaining speaker, educational cause and enlightening about our Club. Most of all, Friday’s event was a celebration of women coming together to celebrate who we are and what great things we can do together!

We were able to show just how an event can be planned, coordinated, designed, and produced. Salt Design collaborated closely with event coordinator – Kim Kee of KBS Events. Kim’s coordination of our Guest Speaker Julie Cross was GOLD (or should that be glitter!). Julie was truly the perfect speaker for the event – engaging, fun, provoking and thoroughly entertaining!

Salt Design has worked with a number of event coordinators for many events and conferences. Kim would have to be one of, if not THE most efficient, thoughtful, dynamic professional we have ever worked with. We placed our full trust in her expertise. Kim, in return, provided our team with support, advice, collaborative ideas and made herself available whenever we needed her advice.

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Images via: Salt Design, Julie Cross, KBS Events.

International Women’s Day 2019 – #BalanceforBetter

The concept of ‘balance’ is core to achieving gender equality. We acknowledge that right now in our society there is an imbalance. But how do we change this? What can we do to achieve the goal of a more balanced, fair and equitable role for all women in society – in business and in our communities?

Perhaps understanding the principles of balance in design, and applying these same principles to our lives, could provide us with a guide to how we can progress toward achieving Balance for Better.

A balanced composition feels right. It feels stable and aesthetically pleasing. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition draws your eye so much that you can’t see the other areas.1

We need to recognise each other for our unique capabilities. We can provide a safe, open and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and accepted for who they are. We can also provide support and direction when held is needed. And we must reward individuals equally on merit.

Balancing a composition involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas.1

Let’s recognise and celebrate our differences. Let’s relish in our uniqueness. Let’s understand that personalty is an individual characteristic that’s not gender-related. Let’s appreciate not only our difference in gender – but the differences that come with age, culture and experience.

Everything works together and fits together in a seamless whole. The individual parts contribute to their sum but don’t try to become the sum.1

When we collaborate and share ideas, the result is so much richer! Being equal should not be interpreted as ‘being the same’. Let’s embrace our differences and relish in the possibilities of coming together to be a better humanity. [Now join hands and let’s sing “Kumbaya!”]

It’s a huge topic and a massive task to change attitudes that have been entrenched in our society for many generations. We are a small studio of five individuals. But we still can have an effect…

  • We can be aware, we can share our ideas and opinions openly.
  • We can provide a safe, open and inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and accepted for who they are.
  • We can celebrate creativity and innovation and praise a job well done!
  • We can conduct ourselves in both business and our personal lives in a fair and equitable manner.
  • AND we can make positive changes that take us closer toward achieving a balance for better.

All of this is possible – regardless of gender.

 

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Reference 1. Smashing Magazine

SALT 2019 March Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The design of our Salty Calendar 2019 is inspired by ‘Loving a Salty Life’.
Oh crab! Can you believe it’s March already!

WALLPAPERS

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Inspirational quote: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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SALT 2019 February Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The design of our Salty Calendar 2019 is inspired by ‘Loving a Salty Life’.
February is all about the coral beneath the sea because…
“We got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea!” Sebastian, The Little Mermaid.

WALLPAPERS

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Inspirational quote: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019!! We’re excited for brand new year to get underway!

Of course a new year, means a new Salty Calendar! This year’s design is inspired by ‘Loving a Salty Life’.

We’ve already been helping out the big guy by posting calendars as Christmas goodies to all our fabulous clients, friends and supporters of Salt.
But if Santa hasn’t delivered – let us know and we’ll put in a good word for you!

Printed by our good neighbours at The Print Village. Huge thanks to Simon and Paul – our print makers!

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
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To get you started, we’ve designed a 2019 New Year design…

Download your very own 2019 December Calendar!
2019: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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Seasoned Greetings!

We’re taking a short break from 21st December 2018 until 7th January 2019.
See you all in the New Year!

From the Salty Team!

Salt Design Christmas Wreath Message

SALT 2018 December Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

December – Vincent Van Gogh

With his iconic brush strokes and revolutionary use of colour, Vincent Van Gogh has mesmerized art lovers for over a century. And with over 2,000 artworks created in the decade of his artistic career, fans have a plethora to choose from.

With pieces like The Starry Night, Sunflowers and Wheatfield with Crows, Van Gough was greatly influenced by nature, and he was renowned for his use of saturated, complimentary colours. Van Gogh experimented with using colour to convey emotion, saying that “colour expresses something in itself” and that it has a “psychological and moral weight”. Van Gogh also used a distinct brushstroke, that in his day was considered rudimentary and amateurish, but has influenced millions of artists since his death.

Unfortunately, Van Gogh suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and spent his 37 years in and out of institutions, before taking his own life. With so many masterpieces created in the 10 short years of his career, one can only imagine what more Van Gogh was capable of, had his circumstances been different. 

Modern day inspiration

Alisa Burke, artist, mural painter and mentor, is a creative who also loves to experiment with colour and takes her inspiration from nature and the world around her. She uses bright saturated colours that contrast to evoke emotion. 

Dan Huton, a New York artist, experiments with vibrant contrasting colours and distinctive brush strokes.

WALLPAPERS

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Images via: The Starry Night, June 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sunflowers (F.458), repetition of the 4th version (yellow background), August 1889.[1] Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Almond Blossom, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890. Wheatfield with Crows, Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890. Alisa Burke. Dan Huton.

SALT 2018 November Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

November – by Hannah

Whaam!! Roy Lichtenstein’s work is certainly striking and well-recognised through his use of primary colours, bold black outlines and half tone dot and line patterns.

As a leading figure in the world of Pop Art, his work was greatly inspired by enlarged comic strip styles, which often depicted parody and female portraits. “I take a cliche and try to organize its forms to make it monumental. The difference is often not great, but it is crucial.” Roy Lichtenstein

He most famous works included Drowning Girl, Whaam! and Girl with Ball – a particular favourite of mine.

I was so excited to see his work at the MoMA in NYC, with the highlights campaign and book displaying his work on the cover. The gallery label from the artwork reads: 

Lichtenstein took the image for Girl with Ball straight from an advertisement for a hotel in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. In pirating it, however, he transformed the photographic image, using a painter’s version of the techniques of the comic-strip artist. The resulting simplifications intensify the artifice of the picture, concentrating its careful evocation of fun in the sun. The girl’s round mouth is more doll-like than female; any sex appeal she had has become as plastic as her beach ball.

MODERN DAY INSPIRATION

In the recent years, I have followed the work of Camille Walala and Gemma O’Brien (Mrs Eaves101) who use a brighter colour palette and modern take on this style. Gemma’s decorative background patterns, line work and dotted elements create energy and dimension in her typography – which I love, especially due to the large scale of her murals!

A few of our favourite and inspiring creatives to mention include:
Camille Walala
Gemma O’Brien
Wanissa Somsuphangsri

WALLPAPERS

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
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Images via:Whaam!. Girl with hair ribbon. Little big painting. Blam. Typography – Wanissa. Building artwork – Camille Walala. Typographic Murals – Gemma O’Brien.

SALT 2018 October Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

October – by Daile

Jean Miro 1893 – 1983

Miró’s attachment to the landscape of his country of birth was crucial in his work. His connection to the land and his interest in everyday objects and in the natural environment formed the backdrop to some of his technical and formal research.

Miró pursued a constant quest for a pure, global art that could not be classified under any specific movement.

It was through art that Joan Miró expressed rebelliousness and a strong sensitivity to the political and social events around him. These conflicting forces led him to create a unique and extremely personal language that makes him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

In early 2017, we had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain. Such energy and expression, so vivid and alive! During our travels between Barcelona and Madrid, we also saw first-hand the countryside and landscapes that inspired Miro’s work. However, it was the colour and abstract shapes and elements in his work that we find most engaging.

Today we can find elements of similar visual expression in graphic design, fashion and interior design. Colour and abstract patterning provide us with avenues for creative expression far beyond real-life visuals such as photography and more traditional portrayals of landscapes.

The freedom an artist like Jean Miro has to visually express his emotions, thoughts and beliefs provides us (the viewer) with the opportunity to interpret, adopt and personalise what we see into an expression of our own emotions, ideas and beliefs. Seeing then truly becomes believing!

MODERN DAY INSPIRATION

WALLPAPERS

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Download your very own 2018 October Calendar!
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Joan Miro artwork

Images via: The smile of the flamboyant wings – Joan Miro. Snob Party – Joan Miro. Works at the Fundació Joan Miró. Big Garden – Rachel Castle. Gorman ClothingKiNDAH KHALiDY. Jenny Kee.

 

SALT 2018 September Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

September designed by Daile and inspired by Henri Rousseau!

WALLPAPERS

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
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Download your very own 2018 September Calendar!
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