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Green Door Cellar

Green Door Cellar. Photo courtesy of Achterra by Douglas Mark Black

I was not always a graphic designer…or at least not always employed as one.

Prior to starting in the world of graphics, I enjoyed another field of design – that of architecture. I learned my trade as a draftsman through the Ultimo Institute of Technology in Sydney, and worked for Architect Stephenson and Turner in Sydney, Space Agency and Kerry Hill Architects in Fremantle and later for Theo Mathews Architects, Willcox Architects and Archterra in Margaret River . This insight into the world of architecture gave me what I feel is a rounded approach to design seeing beyond the world of 2d print and understanding the fabrication approach of a design as well.

Recently I caught up with Principal Architect at Archterra, Paul O’Reilly and had a chance to discuss news. Paul has recently launched his website for Archterra and is enjoying the benefits of having a beautiful website out there in the online world with renewed interest coming from further fields including the East coast and even South Africa.

Browsing through his website I found a few of the projects we had worked on together including the Hempcrete house, and the Green Door Cellar in the Ferguson Valley. I have always loved Paul’s work and it’s great to see it getting some recognition. Checkout this article on the Green Door Cellar in Contemporary here.

Check out more of Paul’s work at his website here.




Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted in the journal and for the sake of keeping somewhat up to date I feel it is about time I get back to it.

The lack of writing has not been for lack of work as we’ve been extremely busy at Brainstorm Design launching a whole bunch of new brands and getting them of to a great start.

I return with some great insights and today I wanted to share this one from you. The person is Thad Cox and he’s an old mate of mine from back in the UK when we were both young and reckless. It was great to get in touch again recently and I have to say that it is thanks to Social Media. That little gem that keeps people on opposite sides of the world connected. I know it has it’s flaws too. We all get slightly addicted to the ever constant flow of information and nothing seems to surprise us anymore, but it can also become a very valuable tool for business as well.

Well Thad is not only doing some extremely beautiful work but he has also set himself the task of waking up every morning at 5:00am and writing a blog which is rapidly becoming a fantastic source of information for designers around the world. I for one am hooked on the feed.

Recently Thad Cox Design created a great little gem named the Social Media Playbook. I know there are a lot of people out there trying to come to grips with Social Media and how to make it work for you. Well this might just be the insight you require.

Social Media Playbook

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Please check it out and I would also highly recommend following Thad Cox Design on the social media feed of your choice. Pretty sure he’s got all the main streams covered.



It’s been a busy couple of Months at Brainstorm Design and we’ve been working on all sorts of projects from new website designs to brand development and even given ourselves a little time to do some illustration. We’ve even had a little extra time to update our site with some of out latest work. Feel free to have a poke around and see if there’s anything that stands out for you here.

We’d love to hear from you so leave a comment on our Brainstorm Design facebook page here.