We’ve talked before about the emergence of localised design; small studios producing work exclusively for friends, businesses in close proximity and trading services for goods, but really we’d only seen a couple of examples of it. With the emergence of Smalltime Projects it strikes us that this may well be a growing, and very exciting, phenomenon.
The Melbourne-based studio have just launched their new website, showcasing a variety of beautifully realised projects for a variety of local businesses, from coffee shops and artists’ spaces to a handyman on a scooter and a small publishing platform. Though Smalltime’s portfolio is still small (ha ha), a great deal of care and attention has been lavished upon all of the projects, which leads us to believe that designers just produce better work when they’re working for business they’re really invested in. Or maybe we’re just being sentimental.
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Photographer Trent Davis Bailey documents rural American community The North Fork
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio