DO YOU CONFINE YOURSELF TO ANY RULES WHEN DESIGNING?
I don’t follow any of the rules I was once taught at college and I’ve never worked for anyone else as a graphic designer. I’ve been working for myself from the beginning, not full-time don’t get me wrong; I have always juggled other jobs in construction, bars at the same time. In the corporate world there are rules with graphic design however that is a very small part of what graphic design really is. The most influential agencies in graphic design these days don’t follow any rules whatsoever.
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN GRAPHIC DESIGN CHANGE OVER THE YEARS?
It’s definitely more artistic now, there was art and there was design before and now they’re the same thing. If you want to be a good graphic designer and that’s your career path you need to be an artist as well; it is vital to be broad. I think having those skills and that creativity makes you stand out.
LAST YEAR YOU CURATED 'USELESS WOODEN TOYS' TELL US MORE ABOUT THE EVENT, IT'S IMPACT AND PURPOSE?
“Useless Wooden Toys” is a initiative event which combines art and skateboarding to raise awareness and funds for environmental organisations to promote upcycling and recycling. It was run in conjunction with the Wollongong Fringe Festival, and I chose to help Plastic Free Wollongong through the event.
We worked with local Wollongong artists to revamp and redesign skateboard decks which were then auctioned off by local legendary skateboarders at Howling Wolf Bar. We sold all of the boards and were able to pay two of the artists to create t-shirt designs which were printed at Kraken Kreative.
This project combined things I love and enabled me to do my bit for the community with artists who are so passionate about what they do. Becoming a father made me more aware of the future. I certainly want my son to grow up in a society that cares about its environment so it was great to generate discussion about single use plastic and the individual impact we have- that’s why I support organisations like Plastic Free Wollongong. I’m just doing my bit for the community and look forward to doing more in the future.