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Exhibition Review: Nigel Sense Last Thursday the Bench crew gathered together and attended local Inner West artist (and good friend) Nigel Sense’s opening to his solo show titled ‘Art is Lettuce’ at Flinders Street Gallery. Sense works in a neo pop manner, and like the pop artists of the 1960’s he has turned his influence …

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Our favourite Illustrators

At Bench, we enjoy all things creative; fine arts, poetry, illustration, hand lettering, street art, music – the list goes on. Graphic design is a very small facet of what we’re into creatively. In refinement of the previously mentioned, we’ve complied a list of our favourite Illustrators who inspire us. In no particular order whatsoever. …

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10 Cities Beautifully Rebranded by Design Students

On the scale of design projects, branding an entire city pretty much takes the cake for the largest and most intimidating in nature. But also the potential for the most creative, comprehensive and embracing type of project. Thinking of it's culture and people, its strengths and achievements, landmarks and environments, how do you even begin [...]…

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The Best Creative Doco’s You Can Watch For Free

Watching documentaries is a healthy pursuit for us creatives: it generates a tsunami of possible ideas, inspires you to pursue creative direction, and can make you feel more arty and up for it just from being in the ‘company’ of masterpiece-makers such as Sagmeister, George Harrison or Matt Groening. And thanks to the oversaturated digital …

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Bench’s Newtown Pub Guide

At the beginning of the year, the team here at Bench decided to run and design our very own internal project. Why not, right? After bringing thoughts to the table, we figured we all like a drink or two, and (most) of us were locals to Newtown and already had a pretty good handle on [...]…

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Women in Design

“I find it exhausting that women are still fighting for gender parity. I find it embarrassing to be really honest. We’re in the 21st century. This is such an old story, we should be way past this. I’m embarrassed, as a male.” – David Adjaye, renowned Ghanaian British architect.  There’s no hiding that recently there’s …

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Trump in Print

With shock well and truly worn off by now, surely the only good thing to come out of Trumps recent presidential win is the incredible range of tongue-in-cheek magazine covers from publications around the world, transforming him into a subversive work of political art. From local Aussie newspapers The Newcastle Herald, to charity outfits The [...]…

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MOZILLA – Rebranded by the internet

MOZILLA has a new logo. Gone is the flat vanilla typeface and Nintendo-esque logo mark, welcome the refreshed code inspired identity. Mozilla has grown up. The wordmark, which replaces the “ill” in “Mozilla” with the colon and twin slashes commonly found in URLs (://), was one of several design candidates the company floated last year. …

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The Beazley Designs of the Year – 2017

The nominees have been announced for the Design Museum’s ninth annual exhibition and awards programme, the Beazley Designs of the Year. Celebrating the best design from all over the world over the last 12 months, the nominees span six different categories, including architecture; digital; fashion; graphics; product and transport. The 70 shortlisted designs feature everything [...]…

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AGDA Designer Profile: Penny Ransby

To hit the ground running for 2017, Penny, Bench’s Creative Director, has been featured on the AGDA (that’s Australian Graphic Design Association, for you non-designer folk) website. An absolutely fantastic write up detailing her creative journey to what has eventuated into the now branding agency – Bench! Penny discusses how she has always thought of …

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