Motiv are one of the great Adelaide design firms that seem to have been around forever. They continue to produce great work. Longtime company director Keith McEwan has recently retired and the reins have been taken over by his daughter Hannah and longtime employees Peter and Leo. Their website has had a major upgrade as well, and features many stunning pieces that run the gamut of graphic design mediums. If you are looking for examples of good, solid, honest design work, the Motiv site is the perfect place to start.
I’m really loving the collaboration between Cul-de-sac Creative and illustrator Chris Edser for the Australian String Quartet’s Season brochure. I used Chris’ illustrations in a similar way for a fashion spread in The Adelaide Magazine I did a few years back (I think he’s stepped it up a notch or two here though :). His style seems to interact really well with such beautiful photography. Well done to both parties for producing something fun and engaging for what could typically be a pretty staid solution in lesser hands. Cul-de-sac are really on a roll with this and the beautiful work they’ve also produced for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. You can check out more of the work on the ASQ’s website, or of course, just pick up a copy of the brochure!
I haven’t written much about the numerous digital agencies that inhabit the great metropolis of Adelaide, slackness on my part, because as you would imagine, there is a lot of well designed content being produced by these aforementioned creatives. I’ve had my eye on local firm Lightbulb Digital ever since designer extraordinaire Dan Vaughan mentioned his work with them to me. They’ve recently uploaded a dedicated website displaying some of their work, the aesthetic is a pared down design style that is instantly pleasing and pleasingly functional. It’s easy to get carried away with the bells- and-whistles possibilities of the modern digital medium, but these guys seem to have their heads around it, it’s a refreshing experience to view these locally produced websites, built and designed to be functional, easy to navigate and also beautiful to look at. They work with an interesting and diverse range of clients, take a look for yourself at their link above.
One of the first ‘Designers Who Are Better Than Me’ posts I did back in 2009(!) was about local firm Black Squid (still going strong, by the by). I made a particular point of singling out employee Melane Terrett Leš and her illustration led design chops – well, she now has her own studio called 3 Bags Full and is still producing some very nice work. Lots of illustration led projects as you would imagine, but there’s also some great typography such as the above bottles for S.C Pannell (this being a South Australian design firm, you can bet there’s lots of wine work on the site). Melanie and her husband Daniel are also exceptional visual artists, demonstrated by a separate section showing some of their exhibit and mural work. Beware the sheep on the home page if you have the volume turned up full!
Loving the typography and foil print on these cards for The Stella Agency designed by local design gurus Cul-de-sac. A nice print result from the team at Peacock Print in Kent Town.
I’m a big fan of South Australian design firms that locate themselves outside the environs on the city and suburbs, actually it’s more probably the case that I’m jealous of designers who are able to practice their craft outside the city limits. I first came across Brady & Co Creative through my Instagram account, though I’ve been noticing and admiring their work for a little while longer without knowing who produced it. Erica Brady and Kim Jericho design mostly for the wine industry as you would imagine from a design firm that makes their home in the Barossa Valley. Lots of great label design (such as pictured above) on their site and very civilised working hours as well.
Toolbox, those purveyors of great design and awesome studio environs have updated their website with a new look and of course, lots of really nice design work. With an enviable client list and a sideline in gin production – proprietor Adam and his team are keeping busy and producing the goods. And seriously, you really need to try their gin if you have the means, you will not be disappointed (great label design as well, obviously).