07.07.2017

Top Designs

DWD recently collaborated with Nuttshell Design on a branding concept for the VCE Season of Excellence for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Designer Gemma Field did a magnificent job seeing the concept through to design implementation. Pictured below is the exhibition design for Top Designs currently showing at the Melbourne Museum until 16 July 2017. The VCE Season of Excellence presents works created b​y VCE students in design, technology, multimedia and the cinematic, visual and performing arts through exhibitions, screenings and performances supported by education talks, forums and panel discussions, catalogues, programs and online material.

 

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13.02.2017

Collectivism and the art of postermaking

An exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and activism, features works by printmaking collectives Redletter Community Workshop Inc. (1977-1991), Another Planet Posters (1985-1991) and Red Planet Inc. (1992-2001) spanning from the early eighties to the mid-nineties.

Dianna Wells has two of her posters from her time as a printmaker at Another Planet Posters in the 1980s.

The prints reflect community engagement and concerns for the socio-political and changing economic environment of the late twentieth century. Producing timely and significant works in response to nuclear testing, shifting social norms, a growing awareness of the environment, immigration and economic and social rights, many of which, are still relevant today.

A panel discussion was held on 21 January with Convenor: Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, NGA and exhibiting artists: Carole Wilson, Dianna Wells, Nicholas Mau, Wendy Black and Julie Sheils. Over 100 people attended.

The exhibition continues until 19 March 2017.

 

If all the seas were nuclear free (1985)

17.11.2016

ACC 2017 International tour

It was a privilege to work with photographer Emma Phillips on a photoshoot with the 18 members of the Australian Chamber Choir. The choir tours to Europe in 2017 and wanted a classy sophisticated identity for their promotional material which also celebrates the choirs’ 10th birthday. Thanks is also due to hair and makeup students from Victoria University who contributed their time to work on the shoot.

 

 

Australian Chamber Choir / 2017 International Season promotional brochure

30.09.2016

James McCaughey website

Writer, performer and theater director James McCaughey commissioned DWD to produce a website to promote his current production Conversations with the Gods about their Deaths and Other Matters. The website also contains an archive of James’ productions and publications produced during his career.

 

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20.08.2016

Lovelocks memento boxes

It was a delightful experience to work with Craft Victoria on the Lovelocks project, designing a memento box and publication for a public art project. Seven artists were commissioned to create new artworks from thousands of padlocks or ‘Love Locks’ removed from the footbridge that spans the Yarra River. Their removal was was necessary for safety concerns and damage to the bridge.The artwork and the memento boxes, containing heart shaped sculptural objects, were exhibited at the Melbourne Town Hall from 8–20 August 2016.

Craft Victoria / "Lovelocks" Memento box and publication

10.06.2016

Out of the Matrix

Using the premise of the matrix, from which all prints emanate, Out of the Matrix showcases a group of artists who activate an expanded understanding of print practice. DWD designed the catalogue for this exhibition which was launched recently at RMIT Gallery.

 

RMIT Gallery / "Out of the Matrix" catalogue

24.11.2015

Bushfire memorial opens to the public

The Whittlesea bushfire memorial, located in the Toorourrong Reservoir Park, officially opened to the public on the 24th of October. The memorial is a place of remembrance, dedicated to those from from Whittlesea, Victoria whose lives were lost in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, one of the worst in Australia’s history.

Created from recycled granite, a narrative wall presents themes of fire, loss and community spirit through image and text, while a memorial wall is dedicated to remembering loved ones lost in the fires. The space offers a sanctuary for private remembrance and shared stories.

This was a collaborative design project led by Toni Roberts at Hatchling Studio. DWD provided graphic design services for the project, other team members included David Gargiulo (technical design) and Hamish Coates (landscape design).

 

Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial, Australia

 

Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial

30.10.2015

transformation for BreaCan

BreaCan, a support service for women with cancer, wanted to express the theme of transformation in its annual BreaCan Year in Review publication. Living well is the focus for women who use the service, which is in turn a transformative process. DWD, with the help of Katherine Williams, created origami flowers which were photographed and scattered throughout the design of the report to support this concept.

 

BreaCan

17.07.2015

Kakadu Man

The newly commissioned work Kakadu Man by composer Tom Henry, is currently being performed by the Australian Chamber Choir on its tour in Europe. DWD designed the identity and promotional posters for the tour in collaboration with photographer Ponch Hawkes.

 

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20.05.2015

Anzac Day anniversary exhibition

Rallying the Spirits: Sport on the home front in WWI is an exhibition currently running at the National Sports Museum in Melbourne, reflecting on how the war changed Australia’s attitude to sport. DWD has designed an assemblage of information and wall panels to sit with posters and objects such as the “lucky horse shoe”, which Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire famously brings along to the Anzac Day AFL clash at the MCG each year.The historic shoe, which will feature in the museum for the duration of the exhibition, was sent to the football club almost a century ago from the battlefields of France by former star player Malcolm “Doc” Seddon.The exhibition runs until February 28, 2016, at the museum which is situated within the MCG.

 

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17.05.2015

Girls Like Swirls

Dianna Wells has been invited to take part in a panel discussion on communication design hosted by Design Honours Students at Monash University

G1.04 Lecture Theatre
MADA Monash Art Design & Architecture,
900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East

Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Date: Thursday May 21
Free Entry / All Welcome

How does design reflect current social attitudes? How could design be used to foster greater equality?

Girls Like Swirls will explore how graphic design has influenced the way society perceives gender through an examination of gender clichés. Is there such a thing as a masculine or a feminine aesthetic? Is gender neutrality a desirable or achievable goal for a communication designer?

Hosted by Alexandra Mitchell
Speakers: Veronica Grow, Gene Bawden & Dianna Wells

15.04.2015

Shane Warne at the National Sports Museum

Shane Warne looks pretty happy with DWD’s promotional material, designed for the 3D Virtual Reality Game, Shane Warne’s King of Spin.
Image courtesy of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

 

Shane Warne

16.03.2015

Shane Warne, King of Spin

An interesting project for the National Sports Museum, Shane Warne lives again in a poster design for a 3D Virtual Reality Game. For budding cricketers prepared to face the King of Spin, it can be played at the Museum which is housed at the MCG in Melbourne until 18 April.

 

Shane Warne

17.12.2014

Kath Walters website launch

Content marketing expert, Kath Walters, has launched her new website today. The site is full of useful info and blogs for anyone in the business of marketing their product and creating content that ‘sticks’. DWD worked collaboratively with Kath on a site that was targeted to an average ruthless reader who visits a site for 10 to 20 seconds. kathwalters.com.au

Kath Walters

27.11.2014

Australian Chamber Choir 2015 Concert Season

The Australian Chamber Choir launched their 2015 concert season at their recent performance of Eternal Light – Lux Aeterna by Ligeti in Middle Park. The publication was designed and art directed by DWD, with photography by the fabulous Ponch Hawkes.

 

Australian Chamber Choir