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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

image courtesy of thadcox.co.uk

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.


It’s been a very busy couple of months at Brainstrom Design. We’ve been happily plugging away at a whole assortment of different projects and as soon as the time is right, we will be updating our website with some of our work. But things have also been happening around Brainstorm Design. In particular, our office at Mixtape Creative has been maturing and coming into it’s own. Recently we had two very talented artists Dune Haggar and Ian Mutch come in and create some masterpieces on the walls.

You can checkout all the action here recorded by the talented Darren McCagh of Farmhouse Films (resident at Mixtape) and Kelly Harwood.

Dune Haggar Piece: https://vimeo.com/120553760

Ian Mutch Piece: https://vimeo.com/136795198

We are ever thankful for the good folk that come and spread their good vibes around our workplace. There certainly is no lack of talent in the south west!

Come drop by Mixtape and check it out sometime!

Came across this great video this morning and found out something new – this something is what they call Kinetic Typography. Another discovery was this guy Creavite (aka 17 Yr old Saar Oz). He’s got some killer skills and ideas and I’m loving his work. I hope you do too!

Sit back and enjoy the Kinetic typography!



I’ve been a long time fan of the artist Eric Abel. I love his style and story. Eric had already lived a very colourful life when one day he realised that “art direction” wasn’t for him and he decided to dedicate himself full time to his craft. You can find his inspiring story and art on his website here.

Today between jobs, I found myself day dreaming for a while and created a couple graphics. I have been drawing waves since I first caught one some twenty odd years ago. Since then my style has changed and evolved. These days I find my style aligning itself more and more with the artists that inspire me.

This one is very much in Abel’s style so I’m calling it “Eric’s Beach”.

Surf Art

Eric’s Beach

Hope you like.


Mixtape Margaret River

Brainstorm Design recently had the opportunity to join the creative cats at the new collaborative space in town – Mixtape Creative. Located at 4/47 on Station Road in Margaret River our new digs include the likes of Russel Ord Photography, Darren McCagh from Farmhouse Films, Mark Boskell from Elements Margaret River, Paris Hawken Photography, Donna McClelland from Designey and Matt Lewis who is in the midst of organising the fantastic Emergence Creative Festival.

The space is still growing and gaining character and we are happy to be part of it all.
It’s a great space to bounce ideas off each other and involve each other in projects.

Drop round sometime for a visit or check us out online at www.mixtape.com.au



It’s back to work after some good times with friends and family over the break.
Time to get the brain cells flickering and touch base on those projects that dwindles at the end of the year.

I still managed to keep myself fairly busy over the break by getting back to basics with some hands on paints, posca pens and timber.
Exploring some new ideas. Also i have created a Journal section to the website so that I can keep everyone updated with what is happening at Brainstorm Design from one place.

Come check out some of our new work: