For the Berardi/Foran/Karlen project, the concept required a very carefully considered approach to deal with some very charged themes. The project in constructing imagery that drew a connection to the underlying theme of their debut album ‘Hope in My Pocket’ focused on ANZAC wartime correspondence through personal letters and journals. The trio created new music as response to many themes including hope, loss, seperation, fear and love.
The development of a website & album for this resulted in the use of clear and elegant imagery and classical typography which reflected the tone of the pieces throughout their works. The trio have performances at major Jazz Festivals around Australia, which required numerous print and digital promotional material for their national tour the release of their new album. The final campaign construction can be viewed online.
JH Productions is a boutique pedal board design company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Brand design, website design and photography by Sai Karlen
My Zine’s concept was to illustrate the various issues and annoyances I have encountered working as a designer, which have in turn begun to alter my world view and thinking towards objects and occurances.
The title Panic refers to a conglomeration of my concerns, such as impending deadlines, deceptive practices, and information censorship. The zine, an exploration of design interaction in the creation of underlying social contexts and critical commentary on the current conventions and stylistic practices within design.
Panic’s content plays heavily upon the unwritten codes and conventions within stylistic systems of pop culture, examining the role design plays through experimentations and parodies of existing works.
Through interactive elements such as games, puzzles, and projects the zine seeks to create a dialogue through commentary, talking back to the community on the issues and topics not covered by mainstream or current forms of social media.
A selection of my time keeping illustrations.
Short run of limited edition prints to be released soon!
SOH Sans is a self initiated project. The concept behind the typeface was to firstly allow me to use more interesting typefaces in my commercial work as clients were usually unable to afford most type licensing. From there the project grew as I found myself needing more characters and glyphs that were not supported in most typefaces, so I began creating my own. The typeface has since then grown again to support Greek and Cyrillic alphabets and support for Arabic, Japanese and Chinese is currently being created. From here I hope to expand this typeface in to more abstract forms, incorporating textural shapes and more alternative glyph sets. Through this I hope to challenge the concept on what we consider everyday typefaces and what we can begin to expect from them.
Estampa is a global folk jazz band based in Brisbane, Australia. The band consists of Rebecca Karlen on violin and voice, John Reeves on accordion and Helen Svoboda on double bass.
For this project I was commisioned to do the photography, website and logo for the band.
An interactive cross-platform magazine.
The Examiner is an interactive investigative magazine that focuses on current social and political world issues. The print magazine can be used in conjunction with the digital companion magazine allowing a more immersive experiences in both mediums, with print expanding in depth on the articles and providing physical puzzles, while the digital production would allow video and social commentary as well as networking.
For this project I designed the album, merchandise and branding for the release of the new single 'Think of me last' for the Brisbane based band The Rooftops.
Access to The Rooftops new single 'Think of me last' and bonus material is available for direct download to friends and fans here.
Check them out and follow them on Facebook.
Band merchandise designed in conjunction with the new single is now available on Spreadshirt.
Strawberry: Improvisations for Fender Rhodes was a project initialized after talking with one of my previous guitar teachers Tom Adeney, a highly accomplished classical guitarist. This album he composed improvisations on a Fender Rhodes keyboard. The strawberry artwork used for the album was created by his daughter.
This display typeface was constructed as a learning exercise in font design for my Typographic Design 2 class in 2013. The aim of the project for me was to create a typeface that would be modern yet have distinctive sharp alterations in serifs.
Current farming practices are not able to sustain the increasing global population numbers. This redirective design project from 2013 focus on creating awareness of alternatives such as vertical farming through cultural events such as pop-up stores and promotional reclamation projector graffiti on abandoned or derelict buildings. Vertical farming as a practice has been highly neglected, with the need for green centers and local food suppliers, the implementation of the concept would address large number of growing issues within CBD’s and large cities. Enabling organic produce to be delivered seasonally directly to the consumer without large overheads.
This project was created in Liveworm studio. The festival was established in conjunction with the Griffith Queensland Conservatorium, showcasing current and past student works as well as local and international performances.
Code 1 was a code font I created in conjunction with other cipher texts for my zine Panic. The typeface was a combination of styles employed within my previous projects such as my punk display typeface Sticky Tape 4.0. The typeface utilities a glyph library of 213 characters with alternatives to standard letter forms in the code with various alterations keeping the feeling of unfamiliarity and variation within the spacing, adding to the difficulty and frustration when translating it, as it is employed with a cipher within the zine.
This tribute to science fiction author Philip K. Dick is a collection of covers that capture the pulp paperback essence of 70’s sci-fi. Being an unappreciated author for his time, most of his works would be included in pulp sci-fi magazines and newspapers until the late 90’s. To capture this I used a grungy and urbanized characteristics within the illustration style used for the covers, reminiscent of airport lounge reads and op shop finds. I found this particular sci-fi thought provoking, with past references pulled into a fantastic future, creating a series of masterful works that will forever remain cult classics.
Album cover design for Cordelia's Aria by Tom Adeney
Sticky Tape was a font construction project inspired by early punk writing styles and grunge aesthetics, mixed with early digital typography. As the name suggests it was based on the style of writing in tape often used by musicians on their gear or on stages as type and markers. I chose to have three weights, as I found that each provided a different exaggeration of deliberate faults and flaws within the typeface.
Cars = My Automolove was a catalogue concept created within Liveworm studio for the November 2014 to January 2015 exhibition at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition was a celebration of life with artworks and personal stories illustrating impact and variety of roles cars play within our everyday lives.
Glitches serves as an experimental ground in which I irregularly post my favourite data mishaps and misshapen imagery which occur during my work.
Procedural works irregularlly uploaded here.
Rod’s 1956 Spare Lane wine collection branding was a self initialized project after a large bout of arguments with friends after having too much wine. The series plays upon items that were particularly significant during the evening of it’s creation.
This series of flat illustration designs was constructed for the Rooftops for their opening concert of 2014. Each of the posters focuses on various aspects of the surrounding rooftop architecture of the host venue for the gig. The aim for me was to create a graphical style that could be easily updated with new artwork of the host venue or local landmarks. In doing so creating interest in the posters due to the relevance to local icons and imagery.