Poster Annual Submission Spotlight: Australian Designers

BANJOInterplay, Melissa Baillache                                           De Novo,’ Melissa Baillache

Australian agency Banjo Advertising – Interplay and De Novo

Banjo’s posters for the Sydney Dance Company exemplify the power and grace of the contemporary dancers. The posters showcase the elegance of the dancers and highlight the Sydney Dance Company logo, which Banjo designed. The entries were submitted to this year’s Poster Annual 2015.

Numerous Australian designers were recognized in the Poster Annual 2014, including Mark GowingMatt MorganAlysia SawczakWing LauPaul GarbettGareth EllisChris HarrisShadia OhanessianAndrew HoyneMatt JohnsonMick Thorp and Dion Allen, among others.

First State Investments value poster,‘ Mick Thorp       ‘Global Warming,’ Paul Garbett

Mick Thorp’s ”First State Investment value poster” was a Silver award winner in the Poster Annual 2014. Paul Garbett, a consistent Graphis winner, won a Platinum award for his poster, ”Global Warming,” which was featured in the Poster Annual 2011.

Banjo Advertising commenced in September 2008 when Mark Carnegie and John Desmond Singleton each sunk $1 million into the fledgling company, according to an Australian Financial Review article. The duo nabbed Andrew Varasdi from STW Communications Group and appointed him Banjo’s managing partner. Varasdi then poached two STW employees, Ben Lyttle, to serve as his planning partner, and Georgia Arnott, who would work as his creative partner, the Australian Financial Review reported. The company is named after Banjo Paterson, a famous Australian poet and author.

To view more of Banjo advertising’s work, click here.

The CommitteeDesign Superheroes,’ Ben Lopez

Another talented graphic designer from Australia, Ben Lopez, founded Paper Monkey, an award-winning visual strategy and graphic design firm.

Lopez, along with his creative team at Paper Monkey – Lester Bunnell, Jono Willis and Toni Lopez – designed a series of self-promotional posters that are meant to “personify the experiences and principles utilised in a graphic design career.” The entries were submitted to this year’s Poster Annual 2015.

Lopez founded Paper Monkey in 1996. Previously, he worked as a graphic designer for the Australian National University in Canberra.

Paper Monkey specializes in branding institutions of higher education. The company won International REBRAND100 awards in 2010 and 2012 for the work it did for Macquarie University and the University of Canberra Student Union.

To view more work by Lopez and Paper Monkey, click here.

The Poster Competition features the most compelling and influential design of the year. Prizes consist of gold and platinum awards, with winning entries published in the Poster Annual 2015. To submit your own work to the Poster Annual 2015 competition, click here.

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