We’ve become quite adept at linking the idea of design with the digital realm, but design doesn’t only just live there. Like with many things graphic design began in the physical world with roots and history in letterpress printing and layouts and typography being laid out by hand.
Well designed places should encourage human connection. With the world becoming increasingly digital and human connection decreasing due to the apparent connectedness individuals can feel online, it is important that as a designer you allow for privacy but encourage communication.
This article is the full and extended version of the one that appears inside issue nine.
On any given night, 1 in 200 people across Australia are homeless. And the number of people who are homeless is growing. We ended 2019 with devastating bushfires across the east coast of our country, destroying more homes than previous seasons combined. 2,400 homes were lost and 41,000 damaged in NSW alone, hotels and motels were at capacity supporting emergency accommodation, and our community had to band together for those that were left without a place, to offer “a room or backyard for a caravan/tent”.
Walking through the doors of The Victorian Artist’s Society to see The Mind’s Eye was like stepping into Australia’s rich history of art and graphic design. Both the artists and the space have a history worth rediscovering. Recently, on a visit to Melbourne’s CBD it would have been very easy to drive past The Victorian Artist’s Society building in East Melbourne without blinking an eye. This beautiful American Romanesque building has struggled to find its place in today’s public awareness. Yet recently, three stalwarts of Australian graphic design all exhibited their latest work there. Myriam Kin-Yee, Heather Towns and Trevor Flett were all designers in the 70s, 80s and 90s who made significant contributions to Australia’s history—something that has also largely gone unnoticed in today’s history of graphic design.
Felix Oppen | Graphic Designer | tiliquapress.com
We live in a world full of things that we can see, touch, hear, smell and taste. A world of solidity and, well reality. But what if it were all an illusion, an imaginary world? Would this be useful or helpful to you as a designer? Felix Oppen suggests that it just might.
Emma Cormick | Interior Designer/interior architect | emmacormick.com
Switching from one industry to another can be a daunting thought for a lot of us but for some the feeling in their gut to make that change overrides all that fear. But making this change doesn’t always have to feel like this fear-inducing act, sometimes it just feels like the natural thing to do.
Like most people designers live some place, work some place and visit a host of other places for the various other needs of their lives. Some designers, architects and interior designers for example, create places for not only themselves but for other people too. In the end though all designers, and most people for that matter, give consideration to, at least, the place where they work and where they live.
Nina Drakalovic and Rebecca Lourey | ustwo.com
When a design festival publishes a theme and invites contributions the simple option for participants is to look at what they have done, and talk about that. The more challenging route is to take that theme and attempt something new, to look forward rather than backwards. Digital agency ustwo decided to take the theme of this year’s Sydney Design Festival as a springboard to look forward and be challenged by addressing the needs of some extreme users.
Two sisters. Twins no less. Both very creative. Both with the same history of interests but both expressing themselves in different creative fields. Ligature Journal caught up with jewellery designer Sally Leung and illustrator Stellar Leuna to find out what makes them tick.
It’s no secret that the people of Australia come from nearly 200 countries and represent more than 300 ethnic ancestries. Whether you were born here or had at least one parent born overseas, you are not only influenced by the place you live in but also by the place that your parents had once called home.