More powerful together

Amazing, enlightening and empowering Business Chicks breakfast event as part of #IWD2019.

Insightful, engaging and challenging speakers all with a common message – that together we can achieve so much more! That no matter where we are in our careers, no matter what the challenges we may face in our lives and regardless of the obstacles we may find between us and our goals – with the support of others, by drawing strength from our friends, our peers and our supporters – we can achieve great things.

Amna Karra Hassan: Let’s get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Let’s be real and authentic.

Sam Bloom: We should not take for granted the gift of today; never underestimate our abilities and learn to accept the help of those who love us (especially small feathery ones!)

Anne Summers: Let’s celebrate the achievements of those strong women who have come before us. Let’s build and grow from those wins and take new bolder steps toward gender equality.

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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

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

Another fantastic Typism event!

Basking in the glorious winter GC sun – we were super excited to return for another year of typography inspiration. Our expectations were high, based on the 2017 line-up.

This year’s collection of presenters – all internationally-renown designers and typographers did not disappoint!

We listened intently to each presenter, ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhed’ at their amazing work, and learnt loads . . . design approaches, analogue and digital techniques, typographic styles, creative challenges (and solutions), tips for better understanding clients – this event had it all!

Best of all – we spent a great day together immersing ourselves in a community of creative inspiration!

The guest speakers included Wanissa Somsuphangsri, Barbara Enright, Cyla Costa, Lachlan Philp, Kelly Spencer, Crystian Cruz, Karin Newport.

Thanks Dominique and your team for another fabulous Typism event!

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{Header image via Typism}

Untitled. {The Design Conference 2018}

We attended this year’s event showcasing designers and graphic artists from Australia and around the world – two days of being fully immersed in design thinking. Held at the Powerhouse, the Design Conference was attended by over 500 delegates (local, national and international designers, industry peers, students and people who just love design!)

Design has the ability to extend, express and engage. It can communicate beyond perceived boundaries – geographically, culturally, politically and ethically.

It was a sensory delight seeing these designers’ works and hearing their journeys (both personal insights and career highlights). With the theme to this year’s event being “Life changing moments”, each speaker presented their own perspective on how they do what they do, and more importantly WHY they do what they do. As both personal and professional yardsticks, we found ourselves inwardly exclaiming “yes!” “me too!” and “oh wow!” many times! We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet other designers, discuss design topics in depth, be creatively inspired and awed by the achievements of such stand-out creatives!

  • It’s cool to be a kiwi and wear jandals on stage
  • Dyslexia is no obstacle to great design
  • Design can be a powerful driver to effecting change in humanity
  • Beautiful normal is a wonderful state of being!
  • Typefaces can be exceptional in themselves – when incorporated into brilliant design – the result AMAZING!
  • By guided by your own passion. It’s not a competition.

Each speaker was insightful and empowering in their own way.

Absolute standouts were…

It is so important to be challenged and inspired by learning from others.
And TDC provided us with such a brilliant opportunity to do this.

So when can we purchase tickets for next year’s event?

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Join our Salt team // Mid-weight Graphic Designer

// WE’VE HIRED – APPLICATIONS CLOSED //


Overview

We’re looking for a creative designer to join our team!

Here at Salt we believe the right team member is someone with the right attitude, a brilliant portfolio AND a passion for design!

Essential skills

  • Tertiary qualification
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience
  • Design experience across both print and digital platforms
  • Advanced capabilities in using Adobe Creative CS – InDesign is a MUST!!! Illustrator and Photoshop close seconds!
  • Ability to interpret and adhere to branding guidelines, and ensure brand consistency
  • Ability to take critical, constructive feedback and learn from it
  • Conceptual designer able to develop ideas into original, innovative and effective design solutions
  • Foundation knowledge of WordPress and/or Social Media strategy an advantage

Who are you?

  • Your portfolio consists of ideas, concepts, finished projects – most importantly, examples that show us your creative process is spot on and at the core of everything you do!
  • You’re obsessed with all things design including social media, digital marketing, editorial and design trends
  • Attitude is everything! You have a strong work ethic with the ability to manage your own time, take initiative and drive each project
  • ‘Keen’ is your middle name
  • You ask questions – LOADS of them!
  • ‘Attention to detail’ is NOT on your CV (why state the obvious right?)
  • You LOVE!!!! typography, layout and design
  • You seize every creative challenge presented by working within a team of creative designers. It’s all about the project not the individual!
  • You communicate your ideas and present well to any audience (eg. designers, clients, your mum, even the cat!)
  • You are more demanding of yourself than we’ll ever be!
  • Your sense of humour is apparent (please try to laugh at our Director’s puns – even when they’re stinkers!)

To apply

Please don’t just flick us your application and a link to Béhance. Do some research to find out who we are and whether we’d a good fit for you.

So we can see your potential, consider how you can stand out. Tell us who you are, how you design and execute ideas. What drives you? Motivates you? And most importantly, why you want to join Salt. 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: Monday 30 April 2018.

Word documents will NOT be accepted. No agencies please. No huge file attachments!!!

Vitamin Sea! A visit to Fraser Island

Often we are asked – so why is your studio called Salt?
It originates from our love of the sea. It’s our ‘special place’ fulfilled with many years of memories – fishing, swimming, summer holidays on Straddie and relaxing on Fraser Island.

We have just come back from a short escape and wanted to share some pics. Spectacular and boundless natural beauty and abundant wildlife including whales, turtles, dolphins, eagles and dingoes. Sadly not as many fish as we had hoped – maybe next time!

Plan your own getaway!

 

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Business Chicks – Amy Cuddy

There I was, seated in a room with 400 other women, at an event to which our guest presenter had travelled all the way from the USA to present. I was so eager to hear this inspiring woman’s presentation about “The power of presence and importance of posture”…

Ever since watching her Ted talk over a year ago I have been obsessed with Amy Cuddy (and I’m not alone with over 4 million other people having watched it too!).

Amy Cuddy is known as the ‘Power Pose Lady’. Yet there is far more to Amy than her Ted talk and poses. She is a Harvard Business School Professor and Social Psychologist. Amy studies how nonverbal behaviour influences people and her research has been published in top academic journals.


Being present
Amy has also authored a book called Presence, and began her presentation talking about just that – being present.

I hung off every word and easily related what she was telling us, to how I feel when presenting concepts to clients – her presentation was perfect for this!

Amy summed up her advice and reasoning about Presence into a single slide (see left).

The power of posture
The second part of Amy’s presentation focused on the power of posture. She explained how when we feel accomplished our automatic reaction is to raise our arms above our head