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Hello World!

Welcome to the new (and somewhat improved) THERE blog. As you can see, we've made some changes. Read more.

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Hello World!
Our new blog aims to be a place for news and views, as well as sharing what inspires us, industry innovations and trends, and sharing a bit of daily life in the THERE studio.  

A few years ago, too many, THERE started a blog to accompany our dear old flash website, and after a while, it inadvertanty became our main website — it was simple and quick to post new work, and the magic of Wordpress gave our content great SEO. Whilst it was never going to win any design awards, it was very functional and got the THERE's creativity out to the masses.

Fast forward to 2013, and big things are happening. We have an entirely new website, custom engineered from the ground up. We've worked long and hard to get the CMS just the way we like it, and thanks to our good friends (and studio buddies) at Macadamia for their efforts. The backend of our site is quite sophisticated, yet is so simple to use and operate — it's kind of like a big lego set — we can add and subtract new blocks of content, move them around and reconfigure. It's a bit addictive in fact.

Our new blog won't so much be a place to showcase work - we have an entire section helpfully titled Work, to do just that. The blog content is split into 3 distinct types of content, accessible from the filter links above;

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This is fairly straightforward; it's news, updates and the latest. It might contain recent awards or publications, events or happenings or maybe new people joining the team. It's a place we can keep you up to date with what's going on.

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An exciting new initiative, we've decided to get on to this 'thought leadership' bandwagon. Now that's not to say we weren't always leading, or we haven't been thinking — but what is new, is writing them up as blog posts, and sharing them to the world. These might be articles about the latest and greatest in interiors, design and architecture, or thoughts on what's new or next for branding, or just musings and observations on life as a creative agency.

Insights
Lastly, insights allows us to share a little of the inner workings of THERE, how we go about building our clients' brands, our process and how we get things done. We'll be posting case studies of our work, both how it performs out there in the real world, as well as how it was developed. This is probably the section of the blog we're most excited about, as it will really give you a deeper understanding of how we go about things.

 

Finally, the new blog format will also allow you to get to know some of the characters and personalities of THERE - we'll be actively encouraging all the team to contribute articles and content. We're excited to be pushing our blogging to the next level, and we hope you'll enjoy reading as much as we enjoy posting.

Posted by Clinton Duncan in Web and People.
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THERE announces opening of Singapore studio

We've expanded overseas, opening a studio in Singapore to service a growing list of Asia-Pacific region clients and projects.  Read more.

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THERE announces opening of Singapore studio
Following a huge year for THERE and with a recent haul of 8 AGDA awards, THERE's co-founder Simon Hancock, has moved to Singapore to drive the growth of THERE's offer and services in the Asia-Pacific region. 

After successfully completing a number of projects for established international organisations operating in the region, such as Macquarie Group, ANZ and Boston Consulting Group, more and more opportunities are now starting to present themselves in emerging markets and with emerging market brands.

“We've enjoyed great creative success at the recent AGDA awards, and together with our existing working relationships with many leading architects and interior designers operating in the area, we're confident the Singapore presence will see positive returns for our clients and the business in no time.” explains Simon.

Singapore was chosen as our Asian home due its ideal location and  proximity to so many active Asian hubs that are experiencing real growth, and with Simon in place, we are very excited about the potential to help Asian companies build global brands.

IndesignLive have covered the announcement, and can be read online here.

 

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THERE helps drive Tractor

Simon to tutor at Tractor Design School Read more.

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THERE helps drive Tractor

Simon to tutor at Tractor Design School

Simon Hancock from THERE, has been asked to be a guest tutor with independent design school Tractor. Tractor’s primary focus is to connect the best up-and-coming designers with the most senior and successful industry creatives.

The school helps students develop their ability to create original thinking and ideas aswell as covering a range of essential skills such as brand development, typography, advertising and information design. Simon will be the guest tutor in April. For more information on the course visit www.tractordesignschool.com.au

Posted by Simon Hancock in Design, News and People.
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Festive Cheers!

Thanks for a great year let’s make next year even bigger! Read more.

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Festive Cheers!

Thanks for a great year let’s make next year even bigger!

After another big year for us at THERE, we’d like to say thanks to all our clients, collaborators, suppliers, family, friends and followers, for making it such an enjoyable and inspiring journey. 2012 is already looking massive, we can’t wait to see what amazing things we’ll create together.

Image: Art Direction by THERE, Photography by Andrew Goldie.

Posted by Simon Hancock in News, People and Photography.
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Paul Tabouré judges AADC

Paul judges at Adelaide Advertising & Design Club Read more.

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Paul Tabouré judges AADC

Paul judges at Adelaide Advertising & Design Club

THERE director and founder, Paul Tabouré was recently called upon to judge for the yearly AADC awards. Casting a discerning eye over the output from Adelaide’s design and advertising industry, Paul was impressed with the quality of work coming from our neighbours to the south–west. “Having worked in Sydney and Melbourne, I was aware of the calibre of work produced” remarked Paul “but I think some of the work coming from Adelaide is amongst the best in Australia”.

Posted by Simon Hancock in News and People.
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A Festive Studio Warming

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A Festive Studio Warming

End of Year Studio Party

We celebrated the end of a challenging year on a high note with a party for friends and supporters of THERE. It was also an opportunity for us to officially toast our new studio space. Thanks to everyone who came along it was great to see you all – there were definitely a few sore heads in the studio next day!

Posted by Paul Taboure in Play, People and News.
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THERE Founder walks the talk at SEGD

CEO Simon Hancock talks at SEGD's international Asia Pacifc Webinar.   Read more.

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THERE Founder walks the talk at SEGD

Simon Hancock, co-founder THERE, talks at SEGD's 'EGD Down Under' Asia Pacifc Webinar. During this session he will reveal insights, thoughts and process, stemming from over 10yrs of signage experience. 

For years now, Australian design firms have been prominent winners in the SEGD Global Design Awards program.

Their bold use of color and typography, elegant integration of cultural influences, and innovative applications of scaled graphics have created some amazing public spaces and attracted worldwide attention. 



What are the secrets to their success Down Under? Is it all about big budgets? More design freedom? Less regulation? You may be surprised at some of the answers next Thursday, February 21, when award-winning design firms THERE and Heine Jones share their work.

You'll see pretty pictures, for sure. But you'll also gain insights about the ideas, budgets, client relationships, and processes behind their award-winning work.

This international webinar is being held at a special time —  
Feb. 21 in North America, 5:00pm EST/2:00pm PST 
Feb. 22 in Australia, 9:00am EDT/Sydney 

For more information and to register, click here.

What is SEGD? 
Society for Environmental Graphic Design
The global community of people working
at the intersection of communication design
and the built environment.

 

Posted by Paul Tabouré in Environmental, News, Architecture, People and .
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New York Baby!

I have just returned from a very cold but amazing trip to New York after winning a competition organised by BJ Ball and Mohawk paper. Read more.

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New York Baby!

I have just returned from an amazing trip to New York. Along with my husband Ben, I entered and won (!!) a competition organised held by paper companies BJ Ball and Mohawk paper. The prize included a trip to NYC, a visit to the celebrated design studio Pentagram, as well as a tour of the Mohawk Paper mill. 

We won the prize after making a video about the importance of paper in our day to day lives - and how we would miss it if it wasn't there. You can view the video here.

After a long flight, we touched down to a bitterly cold but beautifully sunny New York. Such an amazing place - so much energy, diversity and a city of so many people. We experienced a lot of the must-dos on any visitors list - stunning views from the top of the Empire State Building, the crowds and lights of Times Square, eating giant pretzels from a street vendor, listening to some talented buskers playing on the Subway, as well as visiting MOMA, taking gentle strolls around Central Park, and walking The High Line, a disused elevated stretch of railway line repurposed to create a ‘floating’ community park space. 

 

The two highlights of the trip though, were the things that most visitors wouldn’t get the chance to do - visiting Pentagram and the Mohawk paper mill. 

At Pentagram we were lucky enough to be meet with Michael Beruit - award winning designer and partner at Pentagram. We had a tour of the busy studio whilst hearing about some of the history of the building - it’s former uses including being a bank, a dress making shop as well as a night club. Michael spoke about the unique way in which the studio was run, which includes having a number of accountable partners over several international offices, each having their own design teams. 

It was great to hear that Michael still very much has a hands on design role, as is sometimes not the case as designers progress in their careers. We also heard about the beginnings of Pentagram - part of the reason the studio was initially formed was out of necessity - starting you own studio 40 years ago was a very different thing to setting up now, where you can get away with a laptop and a good internet connection. Not such the case back then when starting a studio needed much more of a financial outlay as well as huge suite of hardware and space.

We spoke about how the industry had changed and how the public were now much more aware and informed about design. It would have been unimaginable for the kind of outspoken public opinion we see today in reaction to high profile design projects, but social media means everyone can have a say. It means we as designers have to be on top of our work - making sure our rationales behind what we do are researched and solid, so we can be confident that when our work goes public we can stand up and believe in it, as well as giving our clients the confidence to do the same. It does seem though, that although the mediums we design for may have changed, the core of what a designer does; creative problem solving, listening and understanding clients needs followed by struggling with that brief for days on end have, essentially stayed the same. 

It was great to meet such a influential designer, who was genuinely a lovley chap. One thing Michael said stuck in my mind, and that was that it is a great time to be a designer now, and that reminds me to feel lucky to work in the great creative industry that we do.

The other highlight of our visit to New York was the trip to the Mohawk Paper Mill (named after the Mohawk River I found out). We took an early train out of the city to Albany - a a beautiful journey which follows the Hudson River, gleaming with ice in the low winter sun. We were greeted by Joe O’Connor, who spoke enthuastically about working for his family company - and as we arrived at the Mill he proudly pointed out grand portraits hung on the wall of his late father and grandfather. A very knowledgable Rich Barker gave us an in depth tour of the mill, and as he showed us around it was clear to see his and the rest of the team’s passion and attention to detail showing through in what they did. I have a new respect for something which is an old craft and clearly takes time a dedication to achieve the beautiful results which the Mohawk team do.

We had lunch with Joe, as well as Jane and Pam from the marketing team. They spoke about the challenges and changes facing their industry, and how they are always innovating and working with new suppliers and companies as the needs and expectations of the client changes. We also had a sneek peek at an exciting new project the team has been working on with Michael from Pentagram and Massimo Vignelli. 

Again, Ben and myself were thrilled to meet such a friendly, down to earth team at Mohawk, all with a real passion for what they do. We also got a brief introduction to the President of Mohawk before we left - Jack Haren, who was an absolute delight to meet. A huge thank you to the team at BJ Ball and Mohawk for organising such a wonderful experience - we had a fantastic time, and will remember the trip fondly for years to come.

Posted by Cloud White in Design, Insights, People, Play and Print.
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An Italian eye on THERE

Massimo recently interned with us at THERE, impressing everyone with his energy, design eye and a distinctly Italian outlook on things. He wrote a blog post to share his experiences before jetting off back to his homeland in Italy. Read more.

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An Italian eye on THERE

As a graphic design student in Italy, I have always looked at an exchange in Australia as a great opportunity to have a first work experience and to breathe a more international design atmosphere, at least for my final semester of studies. As a result, at the end of last year, I decided to look for an internship in Sydney and I've been lucky enough to be offered a position at THERE, where I have been working part-time for about two months.

I must admit I was not fully prepared as I had expected: used to a pure academic environment (us Italian students have very few spots on the professional world during our course of studies), I found myself in an energetic, totally operative studio that I had to quickly get to know, a fast-moving mechanism where I had to find my function.

And I did, in the end. With the help of the designers team I started learning the dynamics of the studio and appreciated its design method, different from the Italian one due to its greater openness to different cultural influences and its high impact, conceptual approach. In addition, I took that step that has to be taken by every student in their career, sooner or later: I stepped from the university environment, that is by definition built around you, to another one in which you are called to build yourself, little by little, with passion and dedication.

Working at THERE has been eye-opening in this sense and I hope that the further month I am going to spend here will offer even more useful insights for my future professional life and a baggage of experiences to treasure once back in Italy.

Posted by Massimo Guizzetti in Design, Insights and People.
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