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DIA Victoria & Tasmania's Women in Design Opening Night

Last night saw the opening of DIA Victoria & Tasmania's Women in Design exhibition. It was a lovely evening with a great turnout, celebrating an inspiring group of Melbourne women across a variety of disciplines. 

The exhibition runs until Saturday 22 February at Forty Five Downstairs Gallery (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne).

Date: 12 February 2014

Posted by: round

Categories: Out & About

Women In Design Exhbition

Our creative director Michaela Webb has been invited to participate in the Design Institute of Australia's Women In Design exhibition, celebrating the contribution Melbourne women make to our culture and environment. It will include the work of fourteen designers across a variety of disciplines, giving an insight into process, past projects and approach.

Women In Design opens at Forty Five Downstairs (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) Tuesday 11 February and continues until Saturday 22 February.

For more info, go here http://www.dia.org.au/index.cfm?event=944&id=4

Date: 7 February 2014

Posted by: elise

Categories: Out & About

Make us an offer

We're doing some summer cleaning. Up for swap / trade / offers are some extremely pre-loved Round cushions. One off series, circa 2005. Every member of the current Round team has shared a special moment (naps, hangovers, meditation....) with these. They will be missed. Guaranteed enjoyment. Have some visible wear and tear. Make us an offer and they could be yours! 

This guy traded a paper clip for a house.....

Contact Mittens if you're interested. 

Date: 29 January 2014

Posted by: elise

Categories: For Sale

Holiday Re-Cap

Happy New Year to you all and happy 2014!

So we're back in the studio now after a much needed break. Whilst some of us stayed in Melbourne and pretended it was 'summer', others ventured interstate and overseas to see family and friends. Holiday activites varied from visiting galleries, dance parties and the city's newest restaurants to camping, bush walking and playing tourist. And despite being in agreeance that we all ate and drank too much, there was still plenty of beach-going as well.

Here's some of our highlights. Enjoy!

Date: 13 January 2014

Posted by: round

Categories: Out & About

Dan Hunter's new restaurant Brae opens

We have just finished creating the identity, menus, wine list, signage and website for chef Dan Hunter's new restaurant Brae in Birregura, Victoria. We worked alongside Six Degrees architects on realising the restaurant signage and how the identity would tie in with the interior finishes and treatments.

The identity focuses on exploring Dan's food philosophy and overall approach: his respect for nature, respect for the land that surrounds us, and respect for ingredients. The seasonality and quality of those ingredients is brought to the fore as almost elements in an artwork about to be created. Thanks to Scottie Cameron for doing another stellar job on the beautiful photography of these elements. 

braerestaurant.com

Date: 4 December 2013

Posted by: Michelle

Categories: Design by Round

Who says print is dead?

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2013 has seen a resurgence in print projects for the studio, from books and catalogues to menu and collateral systems. While we've fully embraced the digital revolution, we still love it when a big stack of books arrive from the printer. Call us old fashioned, call us weird, but we love the tactility of a beautiful uncoated paper stock, the smell of bookbinding glue, and the quiet confidence of a blind emboss. Pictured above are a few of the finished printed projects that arrived at the studio this week. The Modern Love catalogue for Bendigo Art Gallery, Tait 21, a book celebrating the last 21 years of Tait furniture and the completely rethought and redesigned Gallery Magazine for the National Gallery of Victoria.

Date: 31 October 2013

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Design by Round

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant - Bringing the bling to Adelaide

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After an 18 month hiatus and an extensive renovation, the doors at the Magill Estate Restaurant have finally reopened. Nestled in the foot hills of Adelaide, Magill Estate is what Penfolds refer to as their "spiritual home" and for good reason, given that this is where Dr. Christopher Rawson and his wife, Mary Penfold set up shop in 1844. Not to mention the fact that you can still find the first small batch of 1951 experimental Grange here.

Round was commissioned to create the identity for the restaurant. Alongside interior architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb, we created a refined an elegant visual identity that, believe or not, didn't use red and black. Instead, we created a more down-to-earth expression of luxury, pairing things like textured/mottled book cloth with bronze gilding across the collateral. Respecting the importance of seasonality, the land and native ingredients as well as historical cues from the existing architecture found throughout the Magill Estate site.

Look out for more on this one on our website soon and if you're heading down / or in Adelaide, book in advance! www.magillestate.com

Date: 21 October 2013

Posted by: Michelle

Categories: Design by Round

Semi Permanent 2013, Wellington NZ

For all of you local Kiwi's out there, head down to the Semi Permanent conference in Wellington on Friday to hear Michaela speak. Good luck Michaela (not that you need it!)

semipermanent.com/event/wellington-2013

 

 

Date: 17 October 2013

Posted by: Michelle

Categories: Out & About

Round Juice Bar is open!

Each week we get an organic fruit box delivered to our studio, but some weeks we opt for the Tim Tam jar over the fruit. So one day Anthony and Caroline decided to use up all our leftover fruit and equipped with a juice machine, that was once deemed a Christmas gift reject, Round Juice bar was born. We are all spoilt with fresh smoothies and juices that are changed over weekly, and at the same time we all now feel that little bit healthier....

Here is our favourite recipe from the head-juice makers themselves

Refreshing Watermelon Zinger
(To add a kick to your afternoon)

1 x half watermelon diced
4-5 x granny smith apples quartered
2 x large limes peeled and quartered
2 x decent chunks of ginger peeled
Large dash of rum optional
1 x bunch mint to garnish

Juice all ingredients together, serve over crushed ice and enjoy

Date: 14 October 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Miscellaneous

Schiavello website launches

Its been a big 12 months working together with the team at Schiavello Group on their new website which launched this month. What started off as a standard website brief to re-skin their existing site, turned into a complete restructure and redesign. We soon realised that we needed to showcase literally hundreds of products and projects across a variety of both services and sectors, and also integrate social media and news feeds. We also needed the back-end to be flexible and efficient for the client to manage content updates and databases in the future. A challenge - we know!

By working closely with Twenty4 we developed a more intuitive user experience at the front-end and an intelligent and easy to use back-end with advanced analytics.

We're very proud of this work and we also have ourselves a very happy client.

www.schiavello.com

Date: 14 October 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Design by Round

Remote Control Tourist

Getting right into Tourism Victoria's latest campaign to "remote control" the experiences of four Melbourne city tourists, we tweeted Lucy to come and visit us here at the studio on her way to Cumulus Inc. And all it took was offering some tea and Tim Tams and she decided to visit!

So we are now semi-famous and here's a (blurry) photo of our intern Nick to prove it. 

Date: 11 October 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Things we like

Jewish International Film Festival 2013

We're excited to be back working with the JIFF team on the 2013 festival. We're keeping it kosher and carrying over the identity from last year but have incorporated this year's film highlights. This year promises to deliver an excellent array of Jewish films from around the globe and is showing at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction 30 Oct — 17 November / Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick 6—24 November. You can check out jiff.com.au for more information or follow the pick of the program from Elise (our lead designer on the project):

1. Hannah Arendt — jiff.com.au/films/hannah-arendt/
2. Wakolda — jiff.com.au/films/wakolda/
3. Bethlehem — jiff.com.au/films/bethlehem/

Big thanks to the guys at It's Nice That for this feature too: itsnicethat.com/articles/studio-round-jewish-international-film-festival

You can also check out our work from last year's JIFF: round.com.au/projects/clients/jewish-international-film-festival/

Date: 3 September 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Design by Round

NGV Gallery magazine revamp

The previous NGV members-only Gallery magazine was in need of more than just a coat of fresh paint. So when NGV commissioned us to look at how we could spruce things up a bit, we told them they needed to completely rethink the magazine in order to make it relevant and appealing to a larger audience.

We worked closely with newly appointed editor Gabriella Coslovich (former senior Arts & News writer at The Age) to shape a new approach to the content as well as utilising the internal team of photographers and writers at NGV. Not to mention a cast of freelancers including the man who's seen it all, Mr. Monty Coles (www.montycoles.com) who graced us with the amazing cover shot of creative duo Perks & Mini (P.A.M.).

Things will only keep getting better with this one so watch this space and check out the NGV Shops in mid-November to grab the first issue.

Date: 29 August 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Design by Round

National Recognition for TMAG

Congratulations to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery on taking top honours at the Museums & Galleries National Awards held in Canberra on May 19th. TMAG’s suite of 12 new exhibitions won the Permanent Exhibitions category, and the museum rose through all individual category winners to take out the National Award for the most outstanding museum program development. 

"The new TMAG exhibitions have reached a level of integrated ‘story telling’ for Tasmanians and other visitors that is unsurpassed in the institution’s long history."  

With judges comments like that, alongside the more than 150,000 visitors that have passed through the doors since it's reopening on March 15th, saying we're very proud to have been a part of the redevelopment team, might be an understatement!

Read more about it here

Date: 5 June 2013

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Design by Round

Studio space

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In early 2012, Molecule had given our studio a make over. There were a few weeks of clanging and banging but we couldn't have asked for a better result.
It is surprising how quick a year goes by! 

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Date: 23 May 2013

Posted by: Jen

Categories: Miscellaneous

Cuppaday by Paul Garbett

Paul Garbett of Naughtyfish has been illustrating one coffee cup each day (or thereabouts) and documenting them on instagram for the past little while. He says he's going to stop when he gets bored or runs out of ideas, whichever happens first. We hope neither. On his recent visit to Melbourne, we gave him some cups we designed for Cumulus Inc. The result is above, and the rest can be found here: http://cuppaday.tumblr.com/

Date: 7 May 2013

Posted by: Elise

Categories: Things we like

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Installation

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We've been working with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for over 12 months now, refreshing their vision, strategy, identity and wayfinding. We're incredibly proud and excited to finally see it come to life. Our signage and wayfinding system is in the process of being constructed and installed, on track for their grand re-opening next week. The new space is looking incredible, we can't wait to head down there for a visit soon.

Stay tuned for more updates on our work with TMAG.

Date: 6 March 2013

Posted by: Round

Categories: Design by Round

Visuelle Edition 1

Studio Round is proud to be featured in the inaugural edition of the Visuelle Paper, a snapshot of work featured on the blog during 2012. Also included is work by A Practice for Everyday Life, Bibliothèque, GTF, Hofstede Design, SEA, NB Studio and many more. You can preview and purchase it here 

Thanks to David for including us and also for curating such a great source of inspiration.  

visuelle.co.uk

 

Date: 5 March 2013

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Miscellaneous

Mushroom Group launch

An exciting new era kicked off in epic style for Mushroom in Melbourne with an invite only crowd of 550 industry, media and artists celebrating the announcement by Michael and Matt Gudinski of a major rebranding for the Mushroom Group, with a new visual identity and a repositioning for the group’s two dozen subsidiaries.

Not only did Studio Round help them celebrate their 40th, we also conceptualised this new brand strategy and visual identity, which has been lovingly rolled out across a massive range of applications by their internal design team.

Great work guys and thanks for the great night!

Date: 7 February 2013

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Design by Round

Beat the February blues

The festive season is well and truly over, but that's no reason to stop celebrating. This month see's the opening of four fantastic restaurants we have had the pleasure to create identities for. Be sure to check out Little Hunter, Tonka and Cumulus Up in Melbourne before Autumn kicks in. And the next time you're in Singapore, why not pop into Burnt Ends, a casual barbecue restaurant by Andre Chiang.

Date: 7 February 2013

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Design by Round

Notes from a company rebrand

Gordon and Suzie Tait talk about the rebranding work which we collaborated with them on in the new issue of Design Quarterly. 

Date: 17 January 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Design by Round

Round Xmas Break

So, here we are, 2 weeks back into the swing of things and 2013 is looking pretty good, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the phones are ringing off the hook. And while our 2 week break is beginning to feel like a distant memory,  rather than let it fade to grey, we thought we'd collect some images and share some of the books we got stuck into whilst at various beaches, parks and pubs. Some of us went away, some of us stayed home and some of us got guinea pigs and wore watermelon hats, ah, good times... 

Date: 17 January 2013

Posted by: round

Categories: Miscellaneous

AGDA Awards 2012

We're excited and very proud to announce that we received 8 AGDA Awards
at the newly restructured Australian Design Biennale, including one Pinnacle Award for our wooden diagrams created for Molonglo Group

Black by Ezard — Art Direction/Imagemaking
Broadsheet App — Digital Media
Cumulus Cookbook — Book
Golden Fields — Identity
Memes: Antony Gormley (Anna Schwartz Gallery) — Book
Peter Stutchbury 'Under the Edge' — Book
Polly Woodside — 3D Design/Exhibition

A huge congratulations to all involved and all winners, which can be found here. Also a big thanks to Andrew Ashton and the AGDA Victoria team
for a great night!

Date: 10 December 2012

Posted by: Elise

Categories: Competitions

ACMI

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Round has been working closely with ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving
Image) for the last year to help them revitalise their visual identity.
The journey isn't quite over, but we thought we'd show off a few of the first
outputs, including the promotional material for the Candice Breitz exhibition
– The Character, as well as the ACMI 10th Birthday Appeal.

Date: 10 December 2012

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Design by Round

Spring Mix

Somewhat new mix I made to put some spring in your step while waiting for summer.. 

Tracklisting — 

01. Black Light Smoke — Lovework (DJ T Remix)
02. Behling & Simpson — Good Thang Ft. Jamie Fox
03. Bonar Bradberry — Lip Therapy (Maxxi Soundsystem Yeh Yeh Remix)
04. Solomun — Kackvogel
05. TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos — Something Happened (Pitto Instrumental Remix)
06. Mano Le Tough — Even Now
07. Blondish — Lonely Days (HunterGame Remix)
08. Kink — Hand Made Ft. Rachel Row
09. ODC — My Mind Is Going
10. Audiojack — Overtone
11. Gui Boratto — This Is Not The End (Ame Remix)
12. Penguin Prison — Multi Millionaire (Prince Language Instrumental Remix)
13. Oxia — Latitude
14. Gel Abril & Mr Black — Vision Is
15. Dan Drastic — Freaks Geeks
16. Technasia — Heart of Flesh
17. Saschienne — Unknown (Dixon Remix)
18. Hot Chip — Motion Sickness

Download —
http://www.mediafire.com/?obp3912b6m5j33j

Date: 16 November 2012

Posted by: Mike

Categories: Miscellaneous

Getting our schmooze on at JIFF's opening night

JIFF 2012 officially opened last night at Classic Cinema, Elsternwick. We were greeted with lots of enthusiasm, excitement, and delicious Jewish snacks. Sitting in a crowded cinema, laughing and crying through opening night film The World is Funny certainly made us proud seeing all of our hard work come to life. 

We're definitely looking forward to seeing a few more films from this year's program. With over 10,000 pre-sale tickets sold already, you better get in quick!

Congratulations to Eddie and Lindy and the entire JIFF team.

Date: 8 November 2012

Posted by: Round

Categories: Out & About

Angelica Mesiti — Citizens Band

We've been working with Anna Schwartz Gallery to create this beautiful piece of packaging for Angelica Mesiti, used to house her work – Citizens Band. 

The box was constructed by David Rutter at Pandoras Boxes, creating something tactile for a digital artwork. The prototype arrived and we were
so thrilled with it, we thought we'd share.

Date: 8 November 2012

Posted by: Jen

Categories: Design by Round

Style Tread

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We recently worked with online shoe store Style Tread on refreshing their website, identity and campaign photography. Captured all in one lucky sunny day in St Kilda, we created an energetic focus on shoes to demonstrate Style Tread's expertise. 

Big thanks to photographer Scottie Cameron and stylist Anna Santangelo and all those who lended their legs on the day.

Date: 7 November 2012

Posted by: Elise

Categories: Design by Round

Jewish International Film Festival — Coming Soon

We've been putting some spice in our fish balls while working on the Jewish International Film Festival identity for 2012, showing in Melbourne and Sydney this year. Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction 1—18 November / Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick 7—25 November. Posters and programs to be around town next week. Head over to jiff.com.au for more detail.

Date: 1 October 2012

Posted by: Elise

Categories: Design by Round

Delightfully Deco Catalogue Shines

At the 2012 event, held in Adelaide, two new pieces of work won their categories, including an address book for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Delightfully Deco catalogue produced for the City of Albury.

The Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) celebrate excellence in design and communication in the museum and collections sector in Australia. These awards are selected and submitted by our clients, demonstrating their belief in the quality of our combined efforts.

Date: 1 October 2012

Posted by: Rob

Categories: Competitions

Tait: Keeping it Local

Congratulations to Tait. who were awarded the best Best Australian Product at Saturday in Design, August 2012. It was great to see, and to be a part of, the dynamic team at Tait. launch their new identity and products at this years design focused event for design savvy audiences. 

Photography Scottie Cameron

Date: 28 September 2012

Posted by: Rob

Categories: Competitions

Shout Out for Studio 505/No End to Wintergarden

Friend, client and long-term design partner Studio 505 won the Commercial Architecture award for their outstanding work on the Wintergarden facade in Brisbane at the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards.

The facade defines a porous building that occupies a whole city block, and while its three-dimensionality and intricate design detail stands out during the day, its the light show at night that makes it a truly memorable experience.

Date: 28 September 2012

Posted by: Rob

Categories: Competitions

Polly Woodside Wins National Exhibition Award

The interpretive Polly Woodside exhibition we developed for the National Trust has won a significant national award at the Museums Australia 2012 MAGNA Awards for Best Permanent Exhibition (level 3). Developed in collaboration with architects Tandem, our response brings the tall ship’s story to life in its new dry dock on the banks of the Yarra. 

The MAGNA awards were established in 2011 to recognize excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. 

Judges comments: 
‘Judges felt this was a very well developed project that pressed far into an expert interpretation of its material and subject matter, not just relying on the obvious historical strength of the major artefact (the Polly Woodside ship). Judges were impressed at how interpretation supported living conservation project objectives, thereby strengthening values of sustainability longer term.’

Photography Peter Bennetts

Date: 27 September 2012

Posted by: Rob

Categories: Competitions

Semi Permanent — Our Creative Director and Design Director

Michaela and Mike, recently presented a one hour talk at the Semi Permanent Creative Conference here in Melbourne. In line with the event marking their 10th year, we took the opportunity to reflect on our 10th birthday. It was an honour to be amongst such a great line-up of speakers.

Date: 14 September 2012

Posted by: Michelle

Categories: Miscellaneous