Rik Lee: Updates

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Melbourne-based illustrator Rik Lee wrote in to let us know he has stayed busy and updated his blog with new work. I am digging the integration of illustration and simple typography in the piece above. That is a lot of drawing.

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Justin Lee Williams

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Australian Artist Justin Lee Williams has finally built a home on the web.

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Coop: Updates

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Australian design agency Coöp have updated with some slick new projects.

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Melbourne-based studio, Three60 has relauched with a new website brimming over with beautiful graphic design.

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Hunt Studio

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Hunt Studio is a new Melbourne-based design consultancy with some strong branding work serving as the core of their considered portfolio.

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Leif Podhajsky

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Leif Podhajsky is an artist and designer, co-running AND a graphic design and art direction studio in Melbourne Australia.”

Some of his work will look familiar because I recently posted about And but there is some interesting work in Leif’s book unique unto himself. I definitely appreciate the psychedelic trip he pushes on within his work.

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And Melbourne

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And is a Melbourne, Australia-based design studio that has some really slick work in their recently-released portfolio. They were kind enough to email in their work and I was impressed. Good stuff.

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Rik Lee

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Rik Lee sent his work in this morning and there is some really nice stylistic illustration work happening in his portfolio.

Here is the word from his about section:
“Rik Lee lives and draws in Melbourne. He is a founding member of And Collective, which has released four publications. He finds deadlines inspiring. He has worked for Nylon USA, Vibe, Vice Australia, Girlfriend, The Sunday Telegraph, Mooks, Stussy, Lee Jeans, and Oyster magazine. He works with grey lead pencils, textas, watercolours and his computer. He enjoys the radar on the Bureau of Meteorology website. In the future he intends to draw more, travel more, get more tattoos, drive a ‘67 Chevy Impala and move down the coast with his girl and his dog.”

Thank you for the email Rik.

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Michael Steele

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Melbourne, Australia-based artist/illustrator Michael Steele moves seamlessly from brush to digital.

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The Fad Experiment

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Timba Smits lives and works in Melbourne, Australia where he makes and creates awesome things.

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Famous Visual Services

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Est. in 2003 under the direction of Dominic Forde, Famous Visual Services is a graphic design studio based in Melbourne, Australia. Solid work fills their book.

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XYZ Studios: Updates

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Melbourne-based XYZ Studios has updated with a new website full of really stunning work for motion. Top notch all the way.

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Nice clean and classic design work from the people at Round based in Melbourne.

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Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours

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I just have to write about the Melbourne, Australia-based band Cut Copy’s new album, In Ghost Colours. I bought it this week and I just can’t stop listening to it. I think I have listened to it about 20 times already and I just can’t get enough of it. It seems to take everything I loved about 80’s new wave and combine it with everything I love about indy rock. It makes me tap my feet and want to get up and dance. It wasn’t until I did a little homework that I also found that this band has a design twist.

Cut Copy began in 2001 as a project of front man Dan Whitford. In 2003 he joined forces with Tim Hoey (guitar/bass/backing vocals/sampler) and Mitchell Scott (drums). In 2005 they began touring internationally, opening for bands like Franz Ferdinand, Junior Senior, Bloc Party and Mylo. Last year they toured Australia opening for Daft Punk on the Neverland tour. Apparently the Sydney leg of the tour hosted an audience of 50,000 strong. Cut copy is signed to Modular Recordings who has also signed Wolfmother and the New Young Pony Club.

If you are not a fan of the 80’s, you probably won’t like this album. If you like to get up and dance, have fun and don’t mind listening to something poppy and optimistic, then this album is a winner. I absolutely love it and as I said, I just cannot get enough of it. It’s the best album I have purchased in a long time and my favorite so far this year.

You can listen to more tracks from the album at Cut Copy’s MySpace page and buy gear from their online store. You can also keep track of the band via their blog.

So after all of that, you are still asking, ‘Where is the design twist?’ Well Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford is also a graphic designer. You can read more about the design endeavours of Dan Whitford on his page at Modular here. He founded a creative studio called Altar in Australia while working on his music. You can see Altar’s work at their website.

Talk about serious talent, Cut Copy has it in spades. Good music and design. I’m sold.

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The Co-op

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Melbourne-based Co-op has an amazing cache of work at their site. It’s clean and beautiful. Every piece. They work across mediums in branding, art direction, print collateral, packaging, environmental and publication design. They have a very classic sense of contemporary design. Enjoy.

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