10 Ways to be Sustainable: and Look Cool Doing It

There’s always a typical stigma attached to sustainability that it’s difficult, daggy and expensive to live a more sustainable lifestyle. You need to be vegan, live in a solar powered home in Surry Hills, harvest your own veggie patch and drive a Prius. But guess what!? Being sustainable is cool now! Hipsters are walking around Newtown with their almond latte’s in …

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Green Printing

We are always keen to learn how we can make better choices for the environment especially through our work processes. One of the points we’ve been researching is how do you print with a minimal impact on the environment, without compromising the quality? Here are a few key points we discovered when researching this subject. What is Green Printing? …

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Greenify your work space. Designing plant worklife balance.

Bucking the minimalist trends, a Exeter University study suggests that this minimalist aesthetic is doing us harm, as ‘sometimes less is just less’. It recommends adding indoor plants to improve your health, happiness and productivity in the workplace. Dr Chris Knight from Exeter University and his fellow psychologists, who have been studying the issue for …

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Creativity & Anxiety: Top 5 tips from The Brand Guy, Richard Sauerman.

Last week the Bench team attended Creative Mornings Sydney to hear Richard Sauerman speak on the theme of anxiety. It was a packed audience, which is a testament to the fact that everyone at some point in their lives has experienced fear and anxiety. Talking specifically about how we overcome this as creatives, the advice …

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Moments That Defined 2017

Welcome to 2018! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday break and had an awesome new year. As we’re rolling back into things and kicking off the start of the blogging semester, we thought we’d share some fun (and quite strange) facts defining the curiousity of Australians in 2017. Thanks to the inter-web master, Google, you can …

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Bench Wrap Up 2.0

And that’s 2017.  We really enjoyed doing the ‘wrap up’ for 2016, which consisted of us individually listing our favourite things we did/consumed throughout the course of the year. To keep it moving we thought we’d continue with this little Bench tradition we have going and reveal our favourites of this fast disappearing year of 2017. …

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Representation Matters

Today I opened an article from my inbox titled “First hijab-wearing Barbie released in tribute to Olympic athlete”. Earlier this year, Apple had released an updated set of Emoji’s, which included a breastfeeding mother and a woman wearing a hijab. And just a few months ago Nike released the prototype for the Pro Hijab, a lightweight, full of high-tech …

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The Best Record Covers of 2017

It’s 2017 — you probably don’t even buy records anymore, right!? Shame on you, you Spotify loving stream whores! Thankfully, album art is still an essential part of any musical release and while mostly overlooked, forgotten and ignored for the majority of listeners, it  plays an important role in creating a wondrous collision of personal branding, …

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Design Terms Explained

Graphic design has so many terms and phrases, it can sometimes feel like a foreign language and there may be some wording you are unsure of. We’ve put together this handy list that we hope will help explain a few key phrases. The below terms are mostly focused on general phrases and printing lingo, leaving web …

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Starting With Empathy

Starting With Empathy Lessons from The Strategy Masterclass by Jim Antonopoulos Good design and strategy development both start with empathy — how else can you solve a human problem if you don’t have an understanding of the people who are impacted by it? Empathy is simply recognising emotions in others, and being able to “put …

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