Sydney Dogs & Cats Home Identity

We have not been into good graphic design posts lately and promise to reveal more inspiring projects in 2016. Here is a group of Sydney based designers transform the low communication of local animal shelter by helping "Sydney Dogs & Cats Home" to get a new visual language. A versatile identity system was put in place to work across all manner of communications, with a boldness and clarity of message, whilst making sure playfulness was embedded throughout.

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Monica Rohan's Textiles in Art

"Floating transcendence and anchored realism share equal magnitude in Monica Rohan’s paintings. Inspired by a rural-idyll of a childhood in South East Queensland and the internal longing of the 19th century novel, Rohan reflects on the genre of autobiography through a mysterious form of self portraiture. Allowing her imagination free rein, Rohan represents the figure in a variety of emotional roles and physical states. Using space as a striking pictorial device, her female subject is positioned in adventurous settings, endlessly floating or falling, climbing or reclining, hunting or hiding." via

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Hyper realism by Joel Rea

Australian artist Joel Rea creates photorealistic paintings of natural landscapes and fantastical scenes with a surreal touch. What’s especially impressive is how he manages to paint waves in a way that seem to bring them alive. Rea, who calls himself a ‘contemporary surrealist painter’, often puts himself into his own paintings. via iGNANT

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Meatworks Interiors

The name behind some of Sydney’s favourite eateries – Jones The Grocer & The Victoria Room - Lindsay Jones-Evans, brings his meticulous design skills to this newly renovated South Melbourne address. We were hooked by the simplicity of inner space sending us to sunny streets of Valencia, where Lindsay got his inspiration 20 years ago.

Read more on Broadsheet

Photographs by Brook James

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Paper Sculptures of Anna-Wili Highfield

Anna-Wili's sculptures (Instagram) are stitched together from archival cotton rag. Her works explore the organic qualities and resistance of paper, generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used. They represent animal life in an immediate way that conveys the energy, movement and physical character of different creatures. Her aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature in a way that emphasises both the startling differences and similarities of human and animal forms and consciousness.

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Ben Thomas Photography

"In the series ‘Chroma’, Australian photographer Ben Thomas (Instagram) captures photos of urban landscapes featuring bright aqua-hue tones and simple forms that resemble illustrations. Shot across a number of cities – including London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai – the images depict a diverse mix of architecture and skylines. To achieve the colour and texture seen in his photos, Thomas usually photographs on sunny days and uses photo editing tools to create the right balance between intensity and depth." via iGNANT

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Hutch & Co Restaurant by Biasol Studio

"Nestled amongst the vines of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, 35km northeast of the city is Hutch & Co. From its humble beginnings as the 1800s ironmongery store formally known as Hutchinson’s, the site was transformed into a modern restaurant by Melbourne Design Studio Biasol"

Photos: Ari Hatzis

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Melbourne's Code Black Coffee spots designed by ZWEI

"Code Black is simultaneously a laboratory, a workshop and a hub for connoisseurs of the dark art and science of coffee. Its design delivers a stripped back, masculine, almost reverential ode to the coffee bean." Based in Melbourne, Code Black has a few spots spread over the city. All of them are designed by ZWEI Studio delivering epic craftsmanship with a sustainable twist.

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Pastel Works of Alex Louisa

Australian artist Alex Louisa (Instagram) from Brisbane draws upon life and death in nature with fervor in her soft pastel artworks. Primarily using PanPastels on textured paper, she is able to exhibit her unique fascination for her subject’s peculiarities.

Read more on Hi-Fructose

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Art of Niharika Hukku

“For me, to create form and function out of what is essentially mud was magical,” says Sydney-based artist Niharika Hukku (@niharikahukku). With a background in painting, Niharika started out her career as a commercial illustrator, but later decided to pivot into the field of pottery making. “I always felt a pull towards ceramics,” Niharika says. “I wanted to do something that was personal and organic.” via Instagram Blog

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Lucidlines Tattoos

“The science behind the process and the idea of being able to carry art around with you and transform your appearance has always intrigued me,” says 25-year-old tattoo artist Caitlin Thomas (@lucidlines). After studying graphic design, Caitlin went on to pursue illustration and the visual arts before taking an apprenticeship at a tattoo studio in Adelaide, South Australia. Read more on Instagram Blog

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