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Fiats graphic design flair

The Design Institute of Australia is proud to announce their endorsement of the 2013 Fiat Nationals. The event hosted by the Queensland FIAT car club – a Non for profit organisation, provides the opportunity to highlight the beautiful graphic designs that have accompanied the beautiful cars designs – time after time.

The FIAT nationals will be held on the weekend of the 18-20th of January 2013, drawing Fiat Car Club members, design enthusiasts, and motoring devotees from the Asia Pacific to gather in Ipswich, Queensland. The weekend encompasses a variety of competitive and social events that will include a timed sprint at Queensland Raceway, the 50th “Fiat of Italy Cup” Autokhana, a Show’n’Shine, participation of by other car clubs such as Alpha Romeo car club as well as a Presentation Dinner.

As a the centre point of the Nationals, a vast collection of graphic design, marketing and advertising material and memorabilia will be on display at the Fiat Nationals DIA lounge. The DIA lounge will have activities for people to explore automobile graphic design first hand – a must do for kids looking at becoming designers of the future.

The DIA lounge will be a chill-out spot for adults and children to enjoy the 2013 FIAT Nationals. DIA board member & Designer Marina Kozul says, “The FIAT nationals not only represents a celebration of FIAT cars and the fiat group which includes (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Jeep, Chrysler) but also represents a celebration & acknowledgement to the huge body work made by fiat designers since 1899. The contribution of graphics designers for the automobile is immense.

Since the beginning FIAT graphic designers have been giving a voice and visual communication to FIAT automobiles. As the DIA is a professional body for designers, founded by the design professions, and run and funded by designers;. The DIA is delighted to endorse The FIAT Nationals which shows appreciation for good design. There is nothing more convincing than an example or good design because good design prevails – and FIAT has certainly proved that.

DIA Queensland co-president and Graphic Designer Peter Florentzoz says the fiat posters represent ideas of heroes and crossing frontiers. Those messages accompanied the bold fiats designs – the hero being the everywoman, man and every child looking to cross the next frontier smartly.

Communicating a smart message about an automobile/design/product is just as important as the smart automobile itself. In many cases sometimes the poster was the only way to plant a seed in people’s minds about the possibility in owning a FIAT. The information graphics designers deal with not only requires a sound understanding of text based communication but also requires them to skilfully use the communication properties of symbols, colours and pictures.

FIAT has relentlessly provided that communication worldwide capturing life’s romantic, heroic, and vivacious moments all though graphics design, some say the FIAT campaigns were at the art of graphic design.

For more information on graphic design as a profession visit: www.design.org.au
To see the FIAT graphics design portfolio at the 2013 FIAT Nationals register at: www.fiataustralia.com

 

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BADC Awards

The crown jewel of what BADC has to offer!  Without doubt over the past 37 years The Brisbane Advertising and Design Club awards are the most anticipated event of the year.

Starting back in 1975 as a wine and cheese night, in a small cafe in Woolloongabba. The awards were started and have always been to reward our hard work, late nights and creative brilliance. It’s a night where Brisbane Advertising and Design stands up and shows why it is fast becoming a town like no other. But it’s more than just awards, it’s a chance for us to let our hair down and have a drink with our mates. What separates Brisbane from the other big cities isn’t the border, it is our mateship. Regardless of which agency, design studio, post house, sound studio or production company we come from.

So make sure you get your tickets early, each year the event sells out faster. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out.

Date: Saturday October 13th 2012, 6.30pm – Midnight

Venue: The Marquee, Victoria Park Golf Club, 223 Herston Rd, Herston
Dress: Cocktail

Reference and for more information visit the BADC website.

Yours in rewarding good design,
Tanya.

Shaping Brisbane > Shaping Graduates

Recruiting new employees? Have you thought of building a Graduate Program?

Earlier this year we assisted Brisbane City Council in conceptualising their image for this year’s Graduate Program.

We built on their messaging and captured the essence of their responsibility to the graduates as well as the opportunities available to them.

This employee branding embodies the Brisbane City Council brand moto: ‘Dedicated to a better Brisbane’. We pushed their logo tagline and created imagery representing the Council as shaping the candidates to:

• create a better Brisbane
• get better opportunities
• gain better skills
• gaining a better career

Brisbane City Council has welcomed new technology and are opting to utilise QR codes throughout Council programs which drives target audiences to the website quicker and is accessible to Gen-Y.

The interchangeable bright and dynamic stand has been a success in attracting the right candidates who are ready and willing to be ‘Dedicated to a better Brisbane’.

 

Yours in finding a better you,
Amber

Emerging local artists

The IMA: Institute of Modern Art is inviting artists who are 6 years out of art school, who have not yet exhibited at IMA and who were born or are living in Queensland to submit their portfolios to be considered for showcasing at the 2012 Fresh Cut exhibit at the IMA. All you need to do is submit your portfolio by 28 March via:
• email [robert@ima.org.au]
• post [IMA, PO Box 2176, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
• or drop it off at the IMA office [420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
Note: They will not be returned.

This annual exhibition has been running since 1997 and is a great platform for emerging artists to mingle and share their work and views.

Are you ready to put yourself out there? Hurry as you only have 7 days to enter!

Yours with Art Exhibitions,
Amber van Sloten

Semi-Permanent

Well designers, it’s that time of year again! Have you got your tickets for Semi-Permanent yet?

Semi-Permanent is a world leading design conference that to date has hosted 29 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with over 200 speakers and 50,000 attendees. In 2012, Semi-Permanent celebrates ten years of events – that’s a decade full of stories and wisdom from industry idols.

The event covers all disciplines of design, including graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interaction design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, and architecture, and much more.

Find out more here.

Yours in keeping up-to-date,
Tanya.

Interview: Andrew Apostola, Creative Director at Portable

We interviewed Portable’s Creative Director Andrew Apostola about Brisbane’s creativity, product design and challenges in design in the coming year.

What excites you most about Brisbane’s current design / creative industries?

We’ve been following the progress of the Edge over the past few years and have been really impressed by the space and the opportunities being made for creative professional to come together and engage. The first step to creativity is making a space available in your life for creativity to happen: Brisbane is definitely doing that.

What are the biggest challenges that face product designers in the coming 12 months?

At Portable we’ve been intrigued by the amount of data that is being aggregated around the world. An hour of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every second. That’s incredible. The same applies to the iTunes App Store and to web platforms in general. There is SO MUCH. How often do you try to find something interesting before giving up with nothing? So the challenge for product designers is going to be getting your product noticed. All the tools are there. Resources have never been more easy to attain.

What are the biggest road blocks you see that prevent us from achieving great design and delivering relevant products to consumers?

I’m a fan of Steve Blank who talks about the need for product designers to spend more time undergoing a customer discovery process than a design process. I think that understanding the core needs of users and customers is the biggest road block to most designers and design process. And when I say core, I mean keeping design to one or two key use-cases or stories that relate to your user and forgetting the rest.

What do you see as Brisbane’s biggest challenges to becoming a truly ‘creative city’?

Brisbane, you already are a creative city—stop beating yourself up so much! Go out there and find other creatives and talk about your ideas. That’s how incredible ideas and companies get founded, by encouraging people to mix. Maybe spend 2012 practicing saying to people, “I love your thinking, what can we work on?” and see what comes of it Brisbane.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter here

Portable will host Portable Presents Product Design 2012 next Tuesday. You can buy tickets here 

Matisse ‘Up Late’

Up late is back at GOMA with the current Matisse: Drawing Life exhibit, running from 20 January-2 March 2012 on Fridays 5.30-10pm.

With an exciting line-up planned….

This Friday 3 February 8.30pm Tyrone Noonan (AUS/USA) – originally from Brisbane :)
10 February Brous (AUS)
17 February Jason Lytle (USA)
24 February Halfway (AUS)
2 March Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (USA) – Tickets selling fast!!!

Catch up with friends for a drink and a bite to eat, check out the extensive Matisse exhibit, experience ‘The Drawing Room’ come to life and enjoy the sweet sounds of live acoustic music performances.

Want to read more on Matisse, check out Angie’s blog >

So yr dilemma is you’re spoilt for choice, Which night will you go? I’ve locked in this Friday, so might see you there!

Yours on the Brisbane Nightlife,
Amber van Sloten

Matisse at GOMA


Art lovers will agree that Henri Matisse was an artist of classical greatness. His career was long and varied, covering many different styles of painting from Impressionism to near Abstraction. Early on in his career, he was viewed as a Fauvist, and his celebration of bright colours reached its peak in 1917 when he began to spend more time on the French Riviera at Nice and Vence. This is where he completed most of his exciting paintings. In 1941, Matisse was diagnosed as having duodenal cancer and was permanently confined to a wheelchair. It was in this condition that he completed the magnificent Chapel of the Rosary in Vence. The above painting “Purple Robe and Anemones” is one of my favourites. I love it because of it’s abstract feel and use of colour and as with most of Matisse’s works, still looks great today in most settings.

Matisse was also a born leader and taught and encouraged other painters. Brisbane artists and art lovers alike are very lucky to be able to view the works of this great artist on display at GOMA until 4th March 2012.

The exhibition, titled ‘Matisse Drawing Life’ is the most comprehensive exhibition of Henri Matisse’s prints ever mounted. It has been presented in partnership with the Bibliotheque nationale de France and includes more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books.

An interactive large-scale drawing studio for visitors will feature The Drawing Room, inspired by Matisse and his working environments in GOMA’s Long Gallery.

Yours in Classic Artists,

Angie

App Love: A Local’s Guide

 

A Local’s Guide is a stroke of design genius from Map Magazine

I’m a huge fan of the magazine from the content to their design and this local’s guide to Brisbane in app form is no exception.

Map describe the app as hundreds of random curated suggestions by locals for the best experiences in Brisbane.

You can search Brisbane’s best breakfasts, lunches, dinners, gigs and shopping destinations. What could be better than the best of our city at your fingertips.

I suggest you download this gem from the AppStore pronto. Chop Chop!

You can also search the guide online or add your own suggestion!

Yours in app love,

Justine.

TEDxYouth Brisbane

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending TEDxYouthBrisbane at The Edge. The speakers were diverse and I loved the revised 10min talk format. It kept the pace of the day just right and you never felt like your attention was drifting.

A firm favourite was Harrison Saragossi, a local photographer who was this year named as the Walkley Young Australian Photographic Journalist of the Year  for his work documenting the Valley Nightlife. Harrison’s photos show raw, real and disturbingly human moments in the familiar “Valley Nightclub” right of passage many travel through in Brisbane.

Some of the “sound bytes” I jotted down from the day include:

Lisa Kingsberry
“Push the boundaries when no-one will give you an answer”
“If you can’t do it differently you shouldn’t be in the industry. Always question why you’re doing something.”

Scott Sneddon
“Make something bigger than yourself in a small moment”

Meg Cooper
“I always attract I need. Always be aware of your thoughts.”

And the heartwarming video from Benjamin Zander was a delightful accent to the day:

Yours in TED-inspiration,
Justine.