John - MEL Graphic Designer

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What sparked your passion for design?
My passion for design was sparked when I first started studying VisCom in highschool. I had a very influential teacher whose passion for design was contagious.

How creative were you as a youngster?
To answer this question, I will simply say, my year 5 Christmas card was the bomb!  

Do you come from a creative family?  Were they supportive of your desire to be a designer?
Yes, one of my brothers is completing a Masters of Architecture, and another brother inspired me artistically with his artwork in highschool. I initially started studying Biomedicine at Melbourne Uni, but quickly jumped ship with the full support of my family. 

The first move...

What sort of education and training have you had?
I studied a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) at RMIT.

Who did you want to work for when you first entered the industry?
Anyone that would hire me!

Tell us about your first project and what do you feel about it now?
I worked on a new logo for a friend’s photography business. Needless to say, it won’t be making an appearance in my folio.


What is your preferred software to work with and what has been the greatest advancement in technology over the past 5 years?
I am a Photoshop fiend! No offence, Illustrator and InDesign. The greatest advancement in technology would be digital fabrication.

What are the various mediums that you’ve worked with and is there any that you would like to explore?
I mainly work with print design revolving around identity, but would love to explore more traditional methods of design (letterpress etc).

Is digital technology going to eliminate the need for print?
Not in my lifetime. People appreciate tangible objects.

We could be heroes...

Whose work do you really admire and why?
Stephen Banham for his attention to detail and his dogmatic approach to typography.

Who has been the greatest person that you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and what have they taught you?
At the risk of offending past and present colleagues, the question shall remain unanswered!

What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Having my Year 12 art exhibited at the NGV as part of Top Arts.

All about me...

How would you describe your work?
My work has a strong emphasis on branding and identity.

What are your plans for the future?
Gain as much valuable experience as I can and eventually start a studio.

What sort of company would you like to work with next?
A small to medium design studio.

Locally made...

What is your opinion of Australian design?
Australia has some of the best designers in the world.

What is the best/worst thing about being a designer in Australia?
The best thing is being surrounded by amazing talent and inspiration, the worst thing is competing with all these people.

In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge the Australian design industry has to face in the near future?
The issue of outsourcing design to cheaper countries overseas as we delve further into the digital age.

Just for fun...

What is your creative outlet outside of design?

What is the best designed bar in Melbourne?
Tramp Bar.

What are your top 5 websites at the moment?

What music are you currently listening to and is it any good?
Jon Hopkins – Immunity. It is mindblowing.

If I was a font, I’d be...?
RBNo2.1 b Book Italic