A place for things that we couldn’t find another place for
Excitement filled the air on a long dark street in Hawthorn one Thursday night when, after 60 years of closure, The Lido Cinemas reopened their doors to an eagerly awaiting crowd. With a dynamic list of art-house and blockbusters, the 8-screen cinematic wonderland is a film-buffs dream with secret discoveries to be uncovered throughout this beautifully restored building. Look out for the light-projected signage, the super cool split-flap display showing film times, and the hidden scripts and secret peep holes offering glimpses into the world below. And if all that’s not making you jump on the next train to Hawthorn, there's an intimate 30-seat jazz room featuring local artists every Friday and Saturday. Oh yeah - and a rooftop cinema, and a Huxtaburger just next door.
A big congratulations to the team, it’s amazing to work with such a brave client. Check out what's on here
2015 D&AD Awards
In a few fast approaching weeks our Creative Director Michaela will be going to Landon (fish, chips, cup o’tea, cor blimey guv’nor LANDAN!). She’s been selected to be on the judging panel at the 2015 D&AD Awards. She’ll be rubbing shoulders with a long list of reputable designers whilst we clutch at straws to keep the studio running smoothly and wait with baited breath for her safe return. Long days of unwavering bureaucratic decision making will be followed by even longer nights of partying and interspersed with jolly jaunts to San Sebastian. Well I just don’t Adam and Eve it...have a great one love but don’t forget to send us a post card, know what I mean?
The Science of Everything
Cosmos is a bi-monthly publication that explores the ‘Science of Everything’, aimed at anyone who has a thirst for knowledge, and we’ve recently tackled a full redesign. Cosmos has a broad readership with the youngest subscriber being 9 years old and the oldest being 90. The content is rich, aimed at intelligent readers, at the same time the articles are informative and unassuming.
Diet start tomorrow…
Making the most of an amazing kris kringle present we tried our hand at making some sweet treats straight from one of Britain’s best bakers, Justin Gellatly and his book 'Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding'. The batch of fresh donuts (filled with a vanilla malt crème) saw a blatant disregard for our collective new years resolutions, followed shortly by a period of sugar-fueled productivity.
Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of his book or catch Justin at the Festival Artisan Bakery & Bar. You can also register for one of his workshops alongside a number of other guest chefs in action as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival from 27 Feb – 15 March.
We’re on the lookout for some senior talent. An art director / design director / senior designer type of individual. You will be as comfortable writing this ad as you are designing this ad and ideally you'll have done a better job, with this ad.
Please send your CV and PDF samples of work (under 10mb) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Application will be evaluated on the following criteria - quality of portfolio, experience, cultural fit and interest in Round.
5+5 Better Together
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).
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
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.
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!
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.
Who says print is dead?
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.
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant - Bringing the bling to Adelaide
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
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!)
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
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
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/
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Installation
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
Somewhat new mix I made to put some spring in your step while waiting for summer..
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
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.
Angelica Mesiti — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.