Zoë Bartley

Zoë is a multifaceted thinker, who loves working for good & sustainable people and brands. Giving a voice to ideas with impact is what drives her in & out of the studio. Graduating from University of British Columbia, she’s originally from “sunny” Vancouver, Canada. She has studied across various subject matters including language, culture & global resource systems before …

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Trump in Print – Take 2

It’s that time again. No one thought he would last this long. No one imagined how far he’d go. The world is pretty upset to say the least. But as bad as he gets, the political art slamming  just keeps getting better! The magazines and newspapers in the USA have been having a great time with …

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Influential & Inspirational: 10 Must Listen to Podcasts

Here at Bench we hold communication & improvement high on the list of importance, in work & everyday life! In the last few years, the idea of sound as an influential communication medium of the future has taken hold.  The volume of podcasts being recorded each month is growing at an astronomical rate, and we don’t see it slowing down. The …

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BENCH Finds No. 3 — Sustainability Edition

A short & sweet collection of things from around the interwebz that have inspired/stoked/shocked/wowed us. This month we look at some of our favourite sustainable designs we’ve found.   Current Table London based designer Marjan van Aubel has designed this eye-wateringly beautiful table which collects solar power that is then used to power portable devices. It gathers and …

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Sustainable Web Design 101 – Tools to help your business and planet

“Going Green” seems to be an overused term these days that unfortunately reduces the important, relevant issue of sustainability into a laughable, discounted topic amongst some business people. However, we at Bench want to flip the green conversation to expose those sustainable practices for designers & teams to show they can impact their planet and businesses alike. …

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Bench Wins 2018 Good Design Award® for The Inner Circle

The winners of Australia's Good Design Awards, the highest honour for design innovation in Australia, were announced at the Sydney Opera House on the 17th May at the 60th Annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. The Acon Inner Circle Cervical Cancer Screening Campaign received a prestigious Good Design Award® Winner in the Communication Design category in [...]…

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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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