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!
Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+) for when they are released each month.

Download your very own 2018 September Calendar!
Drop cap: Desktop // iPhone // Android
Pattern: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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

 

 

SALT 2018 August Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”
– Pablo Picasso

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Picasso is one of the all-time greats! You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of this legendary artist.

Born in Spain in 1881, Pablo Picasso spent his early years drawing and painting and showed an extraordinary talent. Under the tuition of his father, who was both an artist and Professor of Fine Arts, Picasso flourished and went on to have long and prolific career. Although most well-known for co-founding the Cubist movement, he also went through periods of painting classical, neoclassical, African-inspired, surrealist and neo-expressionist styles. He was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, poet and playwright, and continued to produce art right up until his death in 1973, at the age of 92.

With such a prolific career, it’s not surprising so many other artists were inspired by Picasso’s work. Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, acknowledges that Picasso was a huge influence on his early work, claiming “I was always afraid of looking like Picasso. The more I tried to evade his influence, the more self-conscious the paintings got and the more evident was the source.” Jackson Pollack was another artist who took inspiration from Picasso, with his use of bold colour and abstract symbols. Camille Walala, a modern day designer and artist, draws on the bright colours and heavy lines of Picasso’s later work, as well as referencing cubism through many of her designs.

Needless to say, the world of art has benefited greatly, not just from Picasso’s own work, but those he has and continues to influence.

WALLPAPERS

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+) for when they are released each month.

Download your very own 2018 August Calendar!
Drop cap: Desktop // iPhone // Android
Pattern: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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

 

Picasso Inspiration

Images via:

1. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907. 2. The Old Guitarist, 1903. 3. Chicago Picasso, 1967. 4. Painter and Model, 1928 MoMA. 5. Girl Before A Mirror, 1932. 6. Roy Lichtenstein – Girl With Beach Ball III, 1977. 7. Roy Lichtenstein – Femme au Chapeau. 8. Camille Walala Print. 9. Jackson Pollock – The Water Bull, 1946.

SALT 2018 July Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

July – by Hannah

Think Monet… think water lilies!

Just over 10 years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It was fantastic to view artworks by masters of their era, including Monet.

There was something very special about being surrounded by the curved walls of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings at the MoMA, to then be strolling through very similar scenes in New York’s Central Park. And this was very much Monet’s intention – to immerse the viewer in nature through expansive compositions that would evoke an emotional response.

Monet’s life and works
Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a French Impressionist with the ambition of: ‘Documenting the French countryside which led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.’

From 1883, Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. {Wikipedia}

Modern day inspiration
There has certainly been a movement over the past few years of bringing the outdoors, indoors and we see this happening in a variety of creative fields – from interior design, to stationery design, to fabric patterns and artworks.

A few of our favourite and inspiring creatives to mention include:

  • Rifle Paper Co.
  • Peaches and Keen
  • Mister Zimi
  • Edith Rewa

WALLPAPERS

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+) for when they are released each month.

Download your very own 2018 July Calendar!
Drop cap: Desktop // iPhone // Android
Pattern: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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

 

Monet Mood Board

Images via: 1. Water Lilies, 1914-26 MoMA. 2. Water Lilies, 1915 3. Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1897-1899  4. Central Park, NYC. 5. Rifle Paper Co. – Tapestry wrapping sheets and merchandise. 6. Peaches and Keen – Botanical Calamity A2 Artwork Blue. 7. Edith Rewa – Family Proteaceae Scarf. 8. Mister Zimi – Poolside in Marrakesh

SALT 2018 March Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

March – by Hannah

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This made him a perfect fit for inclusion in the Salt Design Modern Masters 2018 Calendar!

As a founder of the De Stijl movement, Mondrian’s artistic vocabulary was created through simple geometric elements using blocks of primary colours and black grid lines. To this day, his style is instantly recognised and emulated by many modern artists and designers.

Mondrian certainly caught my eye when learning art history at school. I loved applying his style to screen-printing, using simple block colours to create bold, bright art pieces. His oil canvas, Broadway Boogie-Woogie, was one of my favourite pieces. The abstract composition evokes energy and rhythm, depicting the pace of life in the bustling metropolis that is New York City – a city I always dreamed of visiting (doesn’t everyone!?).

In 2007, I fulfilled this dream by visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC. It was a fantastic opportunity to view artworks by masters of their era, including Mondrian. 

At university, one of my first design projects was to create patterns within a square, using grids and combinations of varying shapes and block colours. It reminded me of Mondrian’s work. Whilst a load of fun, it also taught me how the underlying principles of form and function are at the core of good design. To this day, I use these principles as a strong foundation and approach for beginning any design concept!

In the recent years, I have followed the working career of Camille Walala. I was so fortunate and excited to see Camille’s presentation at The Design Conference 2017. I love her use of brighter colours to create boundless energy in commercial spaces and textiles. To me, her work is a fresh, modern take on Mondrian’s style.

WALLPAPERS

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+) for when they are released each month.

Download your very own 2018 March Calendar!
Drop cap: Desktop // iPhone // Android
Pattern: Desktop // iPhone // Android

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

 

Images via: 1. Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent shown with a Mondrian painting in 1966. 2.Richard Meier’s city hall in the Hague transformed into the ‘world’s largest Mondrian’. 3. Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930. 4. Piet Mondrian. 5. Broadway Boogie Woogie (Taken at the MoMA). 6. De stijl chair. 7. MoMa Exhibition (taken in 2007). 8. Camille Walala – Rooftop NYC, WALALA X BETTER BANKSIDE LDF 2016 and The Design Conference 2017.

Salt Design 2018 Calendar

Design inspiration is found everywhere and in all manner of things. From a café menu to a packaging label, from the cover of annual report to a digital billboard whilst stuck in morning traffic! As designers, our strongest connection to visual design started with the study and admiration of the great artists and artworks of history.

2017 was an extra special year for one of our Salty peeps which included fulfilling a life-long dream to visit galleries in Paris and Barcelona to see the works of some of the world’s greatest artists. And this became the inspiration for our 2018 Salty Calendar – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

Each of the great masters we have selected for the calendar has particular meaning for each designer. Colour, form, passion and emotion were captured by each of these great artists. Please enjoy our personal interpretations of each artist.

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 on our Canon imagePRESS C800 Digital Production Printer and our Roland DG XR-640 Wide Format Inkjet Printer.
Huge thanks to Simon – our Salt Production Manager!

Of course, as an added bonus, we couldn’t help but create FREE wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices!
Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+) for when they are released each month.

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

 

Happy International Print day!!!

We love print – and today is the day we celebrate this amazing medium for communication!
Here is a collection of recent print productions we are proud to call our own ‘works of art’!

Want to know more about the value of print?

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

The Design Conference Brisbane 2017 // PART 1

The Design Conference (TDC) 2017, had us excited to hear the future role of design in our world. With an awe-inspiring line-up, 680+ guests and a great location, we knew we were in for one hell of a ride!

Hannah – Senior Designer, Salt Design

Representing Salt Design, I shared in the event with my two salty colleagues, two of our Salty clients and a (new) friend I made at last year’s TDC – which made it all the more enjoyable!

A key theme throughout TDC which resonated with me, especially as a Senior Designer looking to inspire our team, was epitomised by a single slide in Mike Rigby’s presentation (ECD – R/GA): “Design is a movement not an industry.”

So, what is it that drives this movement? Designers who have the hunger, the right attitude, the ability to amplify their creativity through technology, and understand the answer to the ‘why’. That’s what!

It’s never too late to discover our creative journey, play more to develop our creative identity or take our side projects to the next level. As designers, we should always be learning, or as the guys from UsTwo put it –”shlearning!” (share learning). Working as a collaborative team who are willing to “give the world a wobble, ay” (Dean Poole, Alt Group), and solve design through human connection.

Highlight
Dean Poole – an extraordinary mind, full of creative twists! Such a wicked talk and not surprisingly the People’s Choice awardee! New Zealand designers seem to have a creative edge I find fascinating and Dean had us captivated within seconds. It was such a pleasure to meet Dean on Day 2 and thank him for blowing our creative minds!

 

Bree – Designer, Salt Design

Camille Walala
What a great way to kick off The Design Conference for 2017!

French born, London based commercial artist Camille explained how she went from selling cheese, to failing to sell her work at market stalls, to partying in London, to collaborating and travelling the world creating murals, collaborating with fashion labels, restaurants, shopping centres and much more!

Camille gave a great insight into the importance of creating opportunities for yourself – even if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. That taking those opportunities works to your advantage and create even bigger and better opportunities – all you need to do is say YES!

“It’s never too late to have fun.” Listening to her journey made me realise the importance of persistence and to keep creating even when things don’t work out as planned.

Dean Poole
Creative Director, Dean Poole gave a really engaging, interesting and inspiring talk. Some of his work was on the more weird and wonderful side, while others were more deep, spiritual and full of meaning.

He explained many of his eccentric personal projects – which left the audience in hysterics! Dean has inspired me to want to consistently create, as he demonstrated that almost anything can be a creative personal project – if you want it to be.

It was fun to get a small glimpse inside the mind of someone so interesting and creative. Dean encouraged me not to take your life too seriously and to start creating and doing the things I want to do NOW.

Nadia Hernández
Much like her work, Nadia’s talk was bursting full of passion, colour and energy. She focused on the theme of freedom and fear and explored the subject of “To be free, is to have no fear” and how she integrates that theme in her work using text, illustration and colour.

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion, she then went off to pursue a career in graphic design. Nadia confessed that she didn’t actually have any drawing skills, that she couldn’t pattern make or even sew!

Sharing this fact made me realise the importance of experimentation and how it’s helpful to finding what kind of style and practice of design especially works for each individual designer. Much like Camille’s talk, Nadia explored the advantages of taking any opportunities that come to you – as they can lead you to many unexpected creative ventures . . . even something as wacky as Youtubing how to paper mache a life-size baby elephant!

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

Turning big ideas into winning results // Brisbane State High School

At Salt, we’re known for great design – usually the end product is an A4 Report, brochure, business card, poster or pull-up banner.

So how excited were we when approached to design, print and install two HUGE murals in one of Brisbane State High School’s (BSHS) Sports Stadiums. What an amazing opportunity to show how design at any scale can inspire, engage and solve even the most challenging of briefs!

Changing a client’s brief

When first contacted, the brief was to design 26 x individual banners to be installed into a VERY large sports arena. However at the site inspection we quickly realised the walls of the stadium were already jammed-packed with ‘visual noise’ – acoustic panelling, basketball hoops, air vents, steel girders, loudspeakers, glass panels. The last thing these walls needed was even more stuff!!!

Instead, we proposed to design and create two eyecatching murals (one for either end of the stadium) which would draw everyone’s focus to the designs.

 

94 years, 26 sports and 2 corporate colours

The purpose of the banners from the original brief were to display and celebrate the School’s brilliant sporting achievements spanning over 94 years (1922-2016). Each premiership year in each sport (26 sports in total) was to be represented. Just how that could be done in a logical, eye-catching manner was a challenge in design planning.

A future-proofed design

The requirement for the murals is that they can be added to at the end of each year. Sports who have won their annual premiership will have the year added to their sport’s ‘honour roll’. Our design enables white vinyl cut lettering to be applied – with ample space for the School’s anticipated sporting excellence to continue in every sport for many years to come!

No photos please

Due to the potential limitations of using actual photographs within the design, our client requested that we find an alternative means by which to represent each sport. Planning for the longevity of the artworks (envisaging issues such as changes to uniforms, student privacy and potential copyright ownership of photographic images) lead us to opting for developing silhouette illustrations for each sport – some of which we added the School’s actual sporting uniform to provide even stronger visual links to BSHS.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Our design was based on a ‘layered’ image approach using the School’s corporate colour palette. Having already worked with the school, we understood their strong drive to encourange and empower students. So we added another ‘layer’ to the design by including motivational quotes which adds a sense of celebration of achievements and recognition that it is not about winning – but doing your best.

Getting the job done before the school bell

Timing for the production and installation of the murals was critical – the murals needed to be installed before the first day of school! We received final artwork approval two days before Christmas! Printing and planning for the installation took place during the first and second weeks of January.

Installation took a VERY long day. Planning was crucial as it involved hiring a specialised crane/lift which weighed less than the restricted requirements for the timber flooring in the stadium. Watch our video below to see how the day went…

The siren may have sounded – but the games have only just begun!

We are so pleased with the result! And even better is that our client is too! There is now a strong point of visual focus within the stadium – which reinforces the School’s visual brand and it’s vision for the School, its students and the entire school community.

Perhaps, as the clock counts down the last seconds of the next nail-biting game – it provides some winning motivation!

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

 

 

 

LIA Queensland: Letterpress @ The Bacon Factory

On Tuesday evening, LIA Queensland (Lithographic Institute of Australia) invited members and guests to look back at the world that was letterpress printing, with a visit to the Bacon Factory at Design College Australia (DCA).

The Bacon Factory and all its letterpress goodness was created through passion and a commitment to the craft of printing by designer, educator, curator and dreamer, Clint Harvey. Letterpress has been missing from the design scene for the past 20 years. That is, until this dedicated group of letterpress lovers at DCA took on the task of preserving the equipment, to rediscover the techniques and preserve the past for the future.

During the evening, members and guests delved into the history and gained an understanding to letterpress and its origins. Various forms of type were explored, from chromatic to wood and cast metal.

Guests were fortunate to have the rare opportunity to create their own personal type from metal.

The challenge for we Salty folk now – to create some fabulous designs which just HAVE to be printed Letterpress!!!

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

 

LIA – 50 years young!

Salt was recently approached to update the branding for LIA Queensland. LIA (the Lithographic Institute of Australia) was originally formed over 50 years ago. It is a well-respected industry association providing support, knowledge and connections for all within the printing and graphic arts industry.

Why we should never change for change sake?

For many long-standing members their logo was a ‘sacred cow’ and should NEVER be changed. But to others the organisation was in desperate need of an update – a means by which to engage with a new younger generation. Membership numbers have been waning for a number of years – so a fresh presentation of the organisation’s branding was hoped to be a first positive step toward reviving interest in LIA. But where to begin????

How do you ‘update’ a 50-year-old logo? How do you not offend the traditionalists? How do you attract a new, much younger, more progressive audience?

Our solution . . .

NOT to change the logo. Rather, refine it and add a new dimension to its application. By addressing the dated typography and finessing the existing logo symbol, we were able to reinvigorate the identity. By broadening the colour palette we were able to retain the ‘traditional’ LIA Green whilst enhancing its application by placing the logo on a darker, neutral colour.

The result

Each year the LIA promotes and presents the Annual “Graduate of the Year” Awards for apprentices within the Queensland Print Industry. The Awards event provided Salt with an opportunity to launch the new branding by applying it to a number of promotional resources including a Display Banner, Table Tent Cards, Award Certificates and PowerPoint presentation.

We were invited to attend the Awards event on 7 July. It’s an opportunity we rarely get – but one which we really love! To actually see how attendees reacted to the new branding on the Display Banners and to watch the PowerPoint presentation was terrific! The branding really worked in a consistent contemporary manner. Award recipients were overheard saying that it was the “best-looking Award Certificate they had even seen!”

Kudos to Gemma

The development of the new LIA branding was the work of Salt’s Junior Designer Gemma Jestico. The project provided a valuable learning ground for Gemma, who designed all of the corporate and promotional collateral along with documenting the application in a detailed branding guidelines. Love your work Gemma!

Our next challenge

Our work is not yet complete, as we are now investigating the development and construction of a new website for the LIA.
This will also provide our newer Salt Designers with a fabulous opportunity to learn in more detail the technical requirements of design for web.

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

 

The Design Conference – Day 2

After an awesome first day of TDC – Day 2 was set up to be a hard act to follow! But it did not disappoint – as our newest Salty Designer discovered . . .

As this is the first conference I have attended since transitioning from a student to fully-fledged design professional . . . I felt like I was listening a little differently than what I had done in the past. As a student attending these events I would listen with stars in my eyes and my imagination running wild when I’d hear the speakers talk about ‘the real world’. Now that I’m in it, I listen with just as much enthusiasm, but it’s just different. I can relate a little more to the speakers now – which is awesome!

I believe each time I attend these events my perspective will evolve as I gather more experiences along the way (which is pretty exciting!).

I didn’t feel I specifically connected to any one speaker – instead, I took from each one what I needed. This was exactly the way to go, after all – as designers we will flourish when we let our lives flow.

The Design Conference 2016

 

The Design Conference 2016

 

 

Erin Smith

Erin Smith was one of the first presenters. She’s an artist from Ipswich who loves drinking glasses of milk! I admired Erin, for regardless the amount of knock-backs she received, she never was knocked down by her experiences. She also took a massive leap to study in New York city, where she studied two different art courses. Erin contacted artists she admired in the City, asking to meet for coffee and then became friends with them! I find networking in Brisbane intimidating enough!

I went along to Erin’s art exhibition held after the event to see her painting in real-life. It was a totally different experience to having seen them on screen – the textures and colours were just beautiful.

The Design Conference 2016

 

Nicole Phillips

I knew Nicole would be a highlight of Day 2! She’s a local typographer/designer who I’ve often seen at events but never actually met . . . something I definitely hope to do after hearing her presentation!

Nicole is one designer I found myself relating to now that I am in the industry and working with clients. Nicole explained how she worked her butt off to the point of burning out! At which point she realised just how important it is to have your own personal creative outlets as often client work just can’t cut it.

This is so true. I feel we are always being told this, but for a lot of us its not until we live it, that we do anything about it. Nicole encouraged the audience to ‘invest if yourself’ in order to create ‘crops of awesome work!’

The Design Conference 2016

 

Matt and Tim from Sons & Co

Matt and Tim from Sons & Co. are web designers from New Zealand (or as they put it – “from the island off the coast of Australia!”). These guys had the whole audience in fits of laughter. Their presentation was natural and comforting as they delved into telling tales of client work. They too have their own creative outlet – printing t-shirt designs which they approach well-known artist to contribute for. The boys have no branding, no business card, no social media and no website – they are the ‘website guys’ with no website . . . Go figure!
(Check out Sons and Co.’s work featured above at Boundary Breaks website and Crane Brothers website)

The Design Conference 2016

 

Todd Francis

The last presenter for the day was Todd Francis, an artist and illustrator from the States. Listening to Todd explain his art (which was mainly on skateboards) got me appreciating this style of illustration more than I have before. To be honest, his style is nothing like me, I’m more florals and happiness and Todd is more San Fran pigeons and dark humour. Todd told of the ups and downs life has brought him. It seemed like his outlet to illustrate assisted him in finding his way. Musicians have music, writers have writing and Todd has illustration… which made me think – what do I have? I really must work that out . . . watch this space!

As the event wrapped up, I felt inspired – but in a different way to what I’m used to. No longer was I trying to be just like the presenters. Instead, I listened to their experiences and took from them what I hope and believe will help me along my design journey. As I said before – watch this space!

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

The Design Conference – Day 1

Wow! One day down, one day to go…

This year’s Design Conference (TDC) is being held in our hometown, Brisbane and we sent along two Salty designers to marvel in the exceptional line-up of national and international guest speakers – making for one impressive design event! **insert squeals of excitement!**

Finding your way to awesomeness!

There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation as well-over 700 people entered the Brisbane Powerhouse main auditorium. A huge screen flashing the TDC branding and pumping tunes greeted us to kick-off the conference.
(Image profiles below from TDC Website)


Feature Talk #1
Jessica Hische, Letterer

Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn.
Read her full profile on TDC website or visit her website. (Images above far right from Jessica’s Website)

As one of our all-time favourite creatives, Jessica was one speaker we couldn’t wait to see! And her presentation did not disappoint!

Stemming from the idea ‘More about the letterform, less about the decoration’, Jessica told her journey from earlier works to where she is now, going into detail of the process and production behind the end result. Her lettering is about substance and style, and really knowing the story behind what you are creating. Creating her Penguin Drop Caps Cover series certainly meant she needed to value the content and perspective of the readers.

Jessica continued discussing her process through a number of examples including those for Starbucks, MailChimp, Eventbrite, Penguin and Johanna Basford. We agree with her, that client’s love to see the process work or reasons behind things you changed on their existing design and it’s important to be sensitive to a client’s existing brand (who knows the client may have created it in the first place!!).

She also acknowledged that while we can all be immersed in and experiment with different creative paths, it’s imperative to have a trustworthy relationship with other creative people to help you when you need it. Her historical-feel café wall design was a good example, where she created the Illustrator file but left it up to a production team to bring it to life on the wall.

We loved her honest, funny and intelligent talk, which also highlighted how ‘you have to love the day to day, not just the end result’. It’s not a race to the finish line, as you discover more about yourself, improve your process and find your style… your awesomeness!

 

 

Feature Talk #2
Branden Harvey

I’m a storytelling photographer with really goofy hair. I used to think my dream was to be a photographer. Sure, that’s my job, but I’ll let you in on a secret: My dream isn’t to be a photographer anymore. Right now I’m telling stories with a camera, and that’s fulfilling for me. But I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve. And in 10 years, I hope to have a few more.
Read his full profile on TDC Website or visit his website.

Branden focussed on ‘pivoting’ through life to become a better you. While it’s important to have goals, it’s also fantastic to experiment and build on who you are. He spoke about writing down your top five inspirational people and finding ways you can take a piece from each of them, to pave your journey.

Don’t try to mimic someone else’s journey – choose your legacy.

Wow! Branden’s presentation left us full of good vibes and inspired to make a positive contribution to our community through our work.

 

 

Feature Talk #3
Emily Woollett, Creative Director – Paper Stone Scissors

Emily loves to create powerful brand stories that engage, resonate and inspire a response. It’s not just the story of the product, place or service, but uncovering the juicy bits, the ideals, the personality that captures the true essence of the brand.
Read her full profile on TDC Website or visit the Paper Stone Scrissors website.

‘Superawesomeness’ was the first slide of Emily’s presentation which delved into taking her approach to building brand stories and applying this to real life. We could resonate with the stage of life Emily is in and how looking back on her processes and life values was important to shape what she is doing now. That is, we all get busy with life and sometimes forget to take time for ourselves.

She gave us her top ten tips:

  1. Dare to begin (little and often)
  2. Make friends with fear (versus excitement)
  3. Value your values
  4. Phone home
  5. Focus on your super strengths (collaborate)
  6. Find your story
  7. Understand your process
  8. Don’t blame others
  9. Make work you love (even if it’s on the side)
  10. Work it out by doing.

 

Feature Talk #4
Kitiya Palaskas, Artist & Designer

Kitiya Palaskas is a designer specialising in the creation of props, installations, sets, and artwork using craft-based techniques.
TDC profile sums her up well. Check out more of her work online.

Now she is one rad chick! And we’re not just talking about her fabulous outfit today, or when she was a rapper!

Kitiya’s vibrant, fun personality shines not only through her work but her presentation today, showing how she embraces creativity and turns her limited experience into a dream job!
She’s a jill-of-all-trades, not necessarily fitting into the proverbial ‘box’, but that’s quite ok with her (and us!!).

She wasn’t afraid to mention all the things she didn’t know at first and how she googled her way through some questions in client meetings. Explaining her approach and process provided us with an insight into finding your craft and knowing how to rock it!

Her final statement was ‘success through gratitude’ and we couldn’t agree more!

 

Feature Talk #5
Lisa King, Visual Artist

Lisa King is a self-taught designer and artist based in Adelaide. Her imaginative and stylish portraiture crosses mediums – oil, acrylic, aerosol and computer-generated imagery.
Read her full profile on TDC Website or visit her website.

Art is life. It was great to see photos of Lisa’s exterior and interior murals, however, perhaps the most intriguing part to her talk was the time lapse of her Photoshop process. Her technique was amazing and watching the video provided insight into how she creates her digital pieces. The tone and detail in her work is impressive.

 

Feature Talk #6
Timba Smits, Art Director / Illustrator

Timba Smits is an award-winning designer, visual artist, illustrator and part-time crime fighter living in East London.
Read his full profile on TDC Website or visit his website.

This is one cracking illustrator and creative dude. His talk titled ‘Paddle against the flow’ covered illustration and its integration with typography and layout… oh and his love for Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Who remembers Wooden Toy magazine?! We certainly do! Hunting down a free printed copy whenever they were released was a must! Well it was actually some of Timba’s first works.

He is passionate about editorial layouts and creating a typographic headline to match each featured artwork.

We were shown a detailed illustration of a ‘made-up’ cityscape produced for an Amazon campaign, promoting that they deliver anywhere. And what made it even more awesome, was how he included many hidden elements such as the Ghostbuster building, a DeLorean – even himself with his girlfriend! Best of all – his client was totally cool with it!

While he is well recognised for his retro style illustration, Timba has taken new directions to further his style. One aspect he’s been working on is “taming the beast” – don’t go overboard with the design – strip it back and keep it simple.

Timba had the opportunity to move to London and now works for The Church of London as Creative Director, working on iconic magazine Little White Lies and Huck Magazine. His creative process to produce the cover illustrations is incredible!

If you live in Melbourne, be sure to check out Timba’s solo exhibition ‘Role Models’, inspired by cinema and movie culture, which reference his magazine covers.

T’s number one top tip ‘Good things take time. Great things take a lifetime.’

Cheers for awesome presentation Timba!

 

Feature Talk #7
Jonathan Calugi, Artist

(Note to all readers – this bio is to be read with a deliciously gorgeous Italian accent!)

It all starts with two dots and a line •• –

Jonathan Calugi is an illustrator from Italy and it is from his self-proclaimed chaotic workspace, that he creates clean illustration and pattern works. Each piece is a take on his quirky child-like doodles with minimal lines and simple, uncomplicated colours.
Read his full profile on TDC Website or view his work on Behance.

We loved how he introduced himself through his gradual illustration of his two cats, to which he then added his parents, then himself and his partner – this was his story in a way only he could portray so creatively!

It’s the energy he creates with a single line that makes Jonathan’s work so fascinating! His ability to create many viewpoints through the telling of a story from one perspective through to another in an array of patterning – all with a single line was awesome!

He was very passionate in his talk about taking his doodles (which he said we may think are ugly, but he simply loves) and turning them into stylised artworks.

Jonathan’s work for Nike and his development of typography by a continuous line were but a select few of our favourite works from his presentation. Truly exquisite!

Cheers TDC for a truly awesome day one!

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

Learning the right way to be a Wayfinder

AGDA Afterhours – Conversations with Despina Macris – 27 April

On Wednesday night our newest Salty team member (Gemma!), listened intently as Despina Macris, Managing Co-Director of Dotdash, presented a snippet of what it is like to be a Wayfinder.

Despina held the attention of the AGDA community as she described Dotdash’s creative process, the variety of professions which are employed to work together and the incredible projects her team has worked on. By the end of her presentation, it seemed everyone in the room wanted to adapt their Graphic Design career to become a Wayfinder!

Having a ‘scaffolding education’
To produce wayfinding systems that work well and stand the test of time, a range of professions must work to together; such as Visual communicators, Interior designers, Architects, Industrial designers and Urban planners to name a few. Despina pressed the importance of having a ‘scaffolding education’, which is reflected in the qualifications the team at Dotdash boasts.

Finding your way around Brisbane
Despina described a wayfinding system that I see on a daily basis, and am sure most Brisbanites would recognise – you know the yellow pedestrian street signs plotted around Brisbane’s inner city? This is a Dotdash award winning project! It is a Multilingual Pedestrian Wayfinding and Signage system produced for the Brisbane City Council. Have you ever noticed there are five different languages on each sign! FIVE! It’s a typographic nightmare, but necessary to help locals and tourists navigate their way around our beautiful city. All Dotdash had to begin with was the already standing street poles, the rest was up to them. With design precision Dotdash produced a system that is clean and understandable at a glance.

How to move millions from A to B everyday
For everyone who has hopped on a form of transport in Sydney, you would have definitely been directed by the next project Despina spoke about. Dotdash worked with Transport for New South Wales to design the Multi Modal Wayfinding System. On a daily basis millions of people rely on this beautifully designed wayfinding system and train signage to navigate around the HUGE city! Maybe that’s why I don’t get lost when visiting Sydney!

Good design takes time
One of the longest running projects the team has worked on was Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which was 7 years in the making. Despina explained how important it was to get the wayfinding exactly right − especially to enable patients and family to find their way in a short space of time.

Wayfinding design plays a part in all our lives, to make our life easier – sometimes without us even realising. Imagine a world without this form of design – it would be a pretty confusing place.

AGDA Queensland holds these free, short and sweet speaker events monthly. Keep an eye on their Facebook for upcoming events and follow on Instagram.

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

 

To view a previous presentation by Despina visit The Society for Experiential Graphic Design Chicago 2015.
Wayfinding images credited to Dotdash. Event image taken by AGDA Queensland.

 

Lest we forget

Lest we take for granted how fortunate we are to live in this great southern land.

Each year, as ANZAC Day approaches, we are reminded how we should remember the fallen. Those who fought courageously for our countries – Australia and New Zealand. Upon reflection, perhaps we can also use this commemoration to remember what we have and how lucky it is to live in countries where we can feel safe and able to live the lives we choose to live.

At Salt, we’re drawn to visually beautiful things – awesome design, brilliant typography, brilliant new styles and trends in all areas of design. So we would like to take this opportunity to recognise and be grateful for the freedoms we are provided to create and inspire, to achieve and strive for new and beautiful designs.

Design ‘across the ditch’
We are inspired by the freshness and ingenuity happening in all areas of New Zealand design. The nation’s approach to life, respect of nature and ‘genuine’ personality are being translated into many design disciplines including graphic, environmental, interior, fashion, industrial and architectural. Whether it is the natural beauty of the landscape, the purity of New Zealand’s oceans or the remoteness of the country – there’s definitely something about kiwi design!

Our Great Southern Land
Not to get too swept away by the talents of our nearest neighbour – we’ve got some pretty clever and crafty folk here in our own back yard! The ability to step beyond the norm, willingness to stand out from the crowd and true blue Aussie resourcefulness are the qualities of young designers leading the way here in Oz .

So here’s to great design, to our ability to express ourselves creatively and stand proud as Aussie and New Zealand artisans.
We truly are grateful – for who we are, for what we have and for what we can create!

Lest we forget.

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

 

All images and biographies below are from the creative’s website – be sure to check them out!
You can also see their work on our Pinterest board!

Aussies // Edith Rewa, Brooke Holm, Brown Paper Lemon, Olivia York.
Kiwis // Fancy (featuring Design by Makebardo + The Neighbourhood Studio), Hello Polly, Inject Design, Klim Type Foundry, Think Packaging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Patrick’s Day // Inspiration

Oh to be sure to be sure – it’s a Grand Green Day! (and we don’t mean the band!)

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a few favourite pieces to make you green with envy this St Patrick’s Day! {p.s you’ll find even more beauties on our Pinterest board!} Be sure to check them out to help you join in the celebrations!

  • Wallpaper // Salt Design – download your FREE typographic calendar.
  • Palm Canyon print // The White Bunglow Home Interiors – Print looking super lush – amazing styling & photo by Villa Styling
  • Letter P // Alphabout – We love a green pea!
  • Norick Brand Identity // Ashley Jankowski – Gold foiling and oh so much green, on this branding project!
  • Multicolour Garland // DD Brand – Peacock inspired coloured tassels make the perfect decoration! {or even to brighten up your workspace!}
  • Urchin table centrepiece // Lana Caves Stylist – A beautiful centrepiece for our studio this St Pat’s Day!
  • Clover crown // Oh Happy Day – This stunning DIY paper crown might make you even luckier this year!
  • Clover straws // Martha Stewart – Decorate your drinks with these DIY straw toppers.
  • Clover green and blush earrings // Emily Green – We love Emily’s hand-made jewellery designs and would have these earrings any day!
  • Colorplan Emerald & Lockwood Green // BJBall Papers – Featured at the entrance of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Design by Matthew Guzowski and Amanda Teer from Australian Museum.
  • You Sham Rock Cookies // Tell Love & Party – Love the editable glitter on these delicious looking cookies! Some great ideas on Sara’ blog!
  • Printable Leprechaun Mini-Cupcake Toppers // Oh Happy Day – She’s done it again! Fun printables and DIY for your sweet treats!
  • Summer Lovin’ Palms Gift Wrap // Colour and Chaos – We’re a huge fan of Jodi’s vibrant designs and passion for colour, including this revisible gift wrap!
  • Seeker, Double-Sided Wrap // Emma Kate Co. – You might know of Emma through her beautiful hand lettering, but she also creates amazing gift wrap patterns
  • Green Macrame plant hanger // Scout Gathers – A passion for weaving knots into modern macrame pieces, we love this hand-made, dip-dyed plant hanger.

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

 

We go together like pen + paper!

We go together like… Pen and paper, Sans and serif, Salt and pepper, Digital and print, Branding and guidelines, Style and substance, Letter and press, Widows and orphans, Black and white…

With a love of typography, design and sweet treats, we couldn’t resist sharing a few creative pieces by our favourite designers to get you in the mood for l-u-r-v-e this Valentine’s Day! {p.s you’ll find even more beauties on our Pinterest board!} Be sure to check them out and send them some love this Valentine’s Day!

  • Wallpaper // Salt Design – download your FREE typographic calendar.
  • ‘For someone special’ gift tag // In the Daylight – illustrated stationery range, based in Brisbane {image by @eleanor_landford_photo}.
  • Stunning bouqet // A Small Bunch – a local Brisbane florist.
  • Snail Illustration // Hip-Hip stationery and gifts featuring quirky critters, cheerful colors and clever quotes!
  • Together embroidery // Rachel Castle & Things – Colourful creations for your home.
  • Pencils // Miss Poppy Design – Graphic designer with an online shop full of goodies!
  • ‘Sunsets, salt water & you’ print // Harley Quinn & Co.Graphic designer + lover of lettering {be sure to check our her amazing new collection!}.
  • DIY ‘You’re dynamite!’ gift tag // Sugar & Cloth – Blogger, crafter, baker + creative of all pretty things!
  • ‘King Protea Giclee’ print // Edith Rewa – Textile designer and illustrator {image by mimconcepts}.
  • ‘You Legend!’ card // Fox & Fallow Creative Ink & Dust – Custom and ready-made chalkboards, timber signs and stationery.
  • Strawberry desserts // Nectar & Stone – Dessert designer. Enough said!
  • Card + Brownies // I Heart Brownies – an artisan Gluten Free bakery, located in Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. We heart the peanut butter & jelly brownie! {image by Karen Fitnatic}.

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

Join our creative team // Junior Designer position

We’ve hired!
We’ve found a new creative to join our team!

We received an amazing number of applications – which made for a tough challenge to narrow down just one talented junior designer.

Having viewed some impressive and well thought-out applications and portfolios, our faith in the quality of young designers graduating from colleges has also been restored.

We wish to thank everyone who applied. It may be a big world – but we’re sure there’s a special creative space out there for us all. Oh, and if it’s ok we would like to hold on to your applications. . . just in case even more exciting opportunities come our way.

Cheers,
The Salty Team

// APPLICATIONS CLOSED //

Overview

We know it can be difficult to get a foot in the design industry door. As a new designer you have loads of passion but little experience. And how can you get that experience if no one is willing to give you a go!

Here at Salt we believe the right team member is more likely someone with the right attitude rather than the perfect portfolio – so we’re looking for a junior designer to join our team.

Essential skills

  • The right attitude
  • Tertiary qualification
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to take direction (and do something with it!)
  • JPEG, PMS, EPS, GIF, PNG, CMYK, AI, PDF, OT, OK, DPI, PPI all mean something to you!
  • Not shy to ask questions – the more questions you ask the more answers you’ll discover!
  • Willingness to learn
  • Tough skin – ability to take critical, constructive feedback and learn from it
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative CS – Indesign is a MUST, Illustrator a close second and Photoshop right behind
  • Willingness to learn

Who are you?

  • Perhaps your portfolio consists mainly of assignments – but the creative process is obvious and spot on!
  • You’re obsessed with all things design including social media, digital marketing and editorial design trends
  • ‘Keen’ is your middle name
  • You are passionate about typography, layout and design skills
  • You love the creative challenge of working within specific guidelines and under strong direction of a more senior design professional
  • You’re goal is to become an InDesign genius, an Illustrator whiz and a Photoshop guru!
  • You communicate your ideas and present well to any audience (eg. designers, clients, your mum/cat!)
  • You’re demanding of yourself
  • Your sense of humour is apparent (just make sure you laugh at the Boss’s jokes even when they’re stinkers!)

About us

  • We’ll provide a positive and creative environment where you can learn and develop as a designer.
  • At Salt, we use a very collaborative process which involves input, feedback, critique and direction from ALL team members. We believe it’s a process which results in even better results for our clients!
  • Our studio is located in Fortitude Valley with access to public transport and (limited) street parking.
  • Please don’t just flick us your application. Do some research first. Find out a little more about us. Read our blog, check out the work we do from our website. Then really consider how you can stand out from the crowd of creative newbies! Make sure your CV tells us who you are and what you can bring to Salt. We understand you may not have any real-life design samples. Just make sure we can see your potential – how you research, design and execute your ideas. And tell us about WHO you are – What drives you? What motivates you? Why you want to be a designer? And especially why you want to join Salt?

We certainly do NOT want to see any standard CVs. If you think that will get a job in our industry – please think again! The creativity you show us by how you apply for this position is part of the challenge! So prove to us you have read this advert and know what it takes!

Check out our blog mini-series ‘Worth your salt’ for inspiration!

Join our team
Please email your CV and digital portfolio to info@salt-design.com.au
Applications close 5 February 2016.
Word documents will NOT be accepted. No agencies please.

 

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

Worth your salt // Part 4 – Industry experience

Following on from our post about Applying for a design position and Crafting on your resume + portfolio, we’d like to inspire those who perhaps don’t fit the industry experience criteria.

So the advertised position requires minimum of three years industry experience! Unfortunately, that means if you’re a graduate or you currently work in IT but dream of one day being a graphic designer – we can’t consider you for the position.

However. . .
Rather than scream “how can I gain experience if no one will give me a job?”, why not write an application as someone to be considered for the position you can fill.

Admit the obvious – you lack experience, all you have in your portfolio is assessment pieces. Instead, find a way to prove visually that you have potential and could be considered for a junior or graduate position, should the opportunity arise.

The latest GSM Magazine by BJBall Papers offers some advice for aspiring designers looking to break into the industry:

  • Mentoring – Find a mentor and get involved with the design … resources for inspiration and mental support.
  • Design is a business – It’s not about doing what ‘you want’, you’re not designing for yourself – you are designing for your client.
  • You are your own brand – Own it! Sell it!

A couple more to inspire you

At Salt, it’s important for us to find the right designer to join our team. Equally important though is supporting the many keen, passionate creative minds yearning to work in this industry.
We certainly don’t claim to know it all – but we hope these posts help.

Keep in touch and let us know your ideas, feedback and when you score that dream job!

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

 

Images from our Pinterest boards // Go the extra mile // Excellence // You’ve got this

Worth your salt // Part 3 – Designing your portfolio

Following on from our previous posts about Applying for a design position and Getting started on your resume, we’d like to inspire you to be creative and informative with your portfolio.

Seeing is not believing

Your portfolio is the single most important introduction to who you are and what you are capable of.

It’s not just a showcase of pretty pictures – every piece is the result of a process. Explaining your experience during that process is most important element to a prospective employer.

We don’t necessarily want to hear about the client and what they do – unless of course, they were a contributing factor to the result. If they were difficult to work with, set in their ways, insistent with a particular colour or image – explain how you worked with that challenge.

Explain how you created each piece.

  • What design software did you use?
  • Why did you choose a specific font or colour?
  • What was the client brief?
  • How long did you have to develop the design?
  • What was the budget?
  • Was it printed – if so how?

If it’s a branding project – we’d love to see your workings. Tell us the story of how you developed the logo, selected colours, the research you carried out. Include design concepts that worked and perhaps some that did not – along with an explanation of why they were not accepted or why your creative direction changed.

Don’t be afraid to explain who else was involved in a production. Was it professionally written by a copywriter? Were you directed by another creative? Did you brief another designer on part of the production? How did you work with a printer to achieve the particular result?

It’s all part of the story which unfortunately we don’t know unless you tell us.

So our words of wisdom are to consider what to include in your portfolio not for how the finished product looks – but for the story behind it. How it showcases your creativity and ability as a designer.

Give your portfolio the edge // handy links

Our next post in this series is on Industry experience – applying for a position when you don’t quite meet the experience level…

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

 

Images // Book Binding // Talent // Font Pairing like a Pro // Creative book covers