Owsley Stanley, born 1935 was an American audio engineer and chemist. He played a key role in the hippie movement throughout the 60’s and was known for the manufacturing of LSD and for being ‘The Grateful Dead’s’ soundman, an American rock band from the 60’s.


He designed the bands iconic ‘Steal Your Face’ logo, which is now used on t-shirts and was used to stamp the bands equipment. The logo was also used as the cover for the bands ‘Steal your Face’ album in 1976.


The cover of ‘The history of the Grateful Dead, Volume One’ created by Bob Thomas shows a number of colourful bears marching. The bears are dedicated to Stanley, who wrote beneath the cover ‘The bears on the album cover are not really ‘dancing’. I don’t know why people think they are; their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march’. This is where ‘Bear’ got his nickname from.

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Geoff McFetridge

Geoff Mcfetridge is a Canadian filmmaker, graphic designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles California. The artist was educated at the Alberta College of the Art as and the California Institute of the Arts.

The artists uses a simple palate of greys, blues, white and pinks within his paintings he tends not to use lines instead, uses tone to create definition.

He places his subjects in humorous and everyday scenarios. His paintings are developed from simple geometric shapes and flat two dimensional planes of colour so that they resemble advertisements, signs, maps, and other designed elements from the urban environment.

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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton, is one of the most influential and controversial photographers of the 20th century. Newton’s photographs embfraced fashion, erotica, portrait and documentary. His work was prolific, bold and provocative, and appeared in publications such as Playboy, Marie-Claire, Elle and Vogue.

Newton was born in Berlin in 1920, he studied at the American School in Berlin until 1936 where his interest in photography shone through and he left to and started an apprenticeship with renowned fashion photographer Yva.

He fled Germany in 1938 and moved to Australia in 1940 and joined the Australian Army, serving five years. He met his wife June Brunell in Melbourne, 1948 who would later photograph Newton and work with him on his books.

Newton had his own studio on Flinders Lane in Melbourne and has his first exhibition, ‘New Visions of Photography’ with Wolfgang Sievers in May 1953.

He traveled back and fourth between Europe and Australia until he and his wife bought a house in the south of France. In 1971 Newton suffered from an almost fatal heart attack and with the encouragement from his wife he began to photograph overtly sexual images. His black and white stills generally captured, voyeurism, lesbianism and fetishism often causing controversy with female audiences.

In 1957 he staged his first one man exhibition in Paris, the following year he published his first book, White women.

Newton continued to produce work over the next twenty fie years until his death in 2004. Just before he past away he established the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, Germany.

‘It’s that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room’


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Papercut – Canberra

Paper cut is a graphic design studio based in Canberra. The studio was born in 2007 by graphic designer Claire Connolly. The studio’s policy is to offer environmentally sustainable options for their clients and uphold their own commitment to sustainable design by making green choices within their business practice.


Papercut has created a scheme where their client’s work can be certified with a ‘paercut tick’ which is a logo that endorses their products to demonstrate that a sustainable approach has been considered in the design process.


Papercut have put in place the following procedures in order to reduce their environmental footprint:


  • No metallic inks, laminates or spot UV varnishes will be used, reducing harmful toxins.
  • Standard paper sizes will be used for all designs to minimize waste.
  • Recycled or FSC (forest stewardship council) paper will be used.
  • The lifecycle of the product will be considered plus to end use of the product could potentially be extended.
  • Vegetable based inks will be used rather then petroleum-based inks.
  • Water based varnishes will be used.
  • Rainwater tanks will supply water for water treatment processes.
  • Switched computer to plate technology will be implanted to eliminate ultra developer and finisher chemicals.
  • The website will be hosted y a provider who uses natural energy sources like solar or wind power or subscribes to sustainable business practices, optimizes serves for carbon neutral certification.


Along with these practices the studio also has their own in house practices:

  • Use green energy.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.
  • All appliances, heaters and computers are turned off at night.
  • Only light rooms are in use.
  • All computers, printers and copiers enter standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity.
  • They go ‘paperless’ as often as possible. We discourage hard copy mock-ups.


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Music Graphics | Malcolm Garrett

Malcolm Garret is a British graphic designer born in Northwitch England in 1956, He’s worked for people like the Buzzcocks, Duran Duran, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel. Garrett was one of the first designers to go completely digital in 1990.

His work was mainly graphic identity, exhibition design, television graphics and literature design.

He studied typography at Reading University from 1974-75 and graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic from 1975-78.

In 1994 Garret paired up with Alasdair Scott to form AMXdigital which was later call AMXstudios an interactive media production company

First recognized with his design for Buzzcocks album ‘Orgasm Addict’ released in 1977 which featured a collage from Linder Sterling. The sleeve was originally in colour however the record company suggested that it should only use two tones so Garrett changed it to use yellow and a blue monotone.

Garrett also designed promotional material for the Buzzcocks which displayed the logo for the first time including the double z. Garret wanted to set the Buzzcocks aside from the punk look which he explained was becoming ‘cliche’ and locked in time.

Garret created his own design company, Assorted iMaGes in 1977 and worked as design director until 1994. The lettering on the front was hand drafted

He also designed record slips for Duran Duran’s first four albums Rio, Duran Duran, Seven and the ragged tiger and Arena.

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Max Miedinger



1910 – 1980 was Born in Zurich, Switzerland.

Created Helvetica, originally named Neue Haas Grotesk. Helvetica today is one of the most globally recognized typefaces.

Max was trained as a typesetter in Zurich between 1926 and 1930 after attending Kunsstgewebeschule ‘School od arts and crafts’ in Zurich.

Between 1936-46 he was a typographer for Globus department store’s advertising studio in Zurich. Then moved onto a sales position as a salesman at Haas Typefoundry in Munchenstein.

In 1954 he designed his first typeface called Pro Arte which was a condensed slab serif.

From 1956 onwards he worked as a freelance graphic designer and advertising consultant in Zurich. That year he was commissioned to design a typeface by Eduard Hoffman.

In 1957 Haas-Grotesk face was introduced, in 1960 the name was changed to Helvetica.

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Keith Haring

Are graffiti artists- social commentators, propaganda artists or vandals?

I find this question a little tricky to answer because it does depend on what you consider ‘street art’, as some people are intentionally out there to deface and ruin a public wall or building where as other artist are making these artworks to express themselves. I find that it’s just hard to distinguish a line between what is art and what is vandalism. To speak about street artists as a whole though I would have to say they are social commentators.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring, born on the 4th May 1958 was an American artist and social activist who is well known form his response to the New York City street art culture through the 80’s. Haring expressed concepts of birth, death, sexuality and war through his art. His work was often very political and became quite a popular language in the 20th century. He was known alongside a bunch of other artists who brung elements pop popular culture ‘low art’ and non-art elements into the formal known ‘high art’ museum and gallery spaces.

The artists was well known for his use of clean lines and simple images giving a new life to figuration in painting. His cartoon like images also opened up a new pathway for undergrounds cartoonists.

He commercialised his work by creating a shop called ‘Pop Shop’ where he sold his artworks. With the arrival of this project he started reflecting on social political themes such as aids awareness, anti-apartheid and the crack cocaine epidemic.

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