The Irreplaceable Accountant Branding Identity

The initial brief sounded fairly straightforward, to design and develop a branding identity for a successful business accountant, looking to start a new brand that was to take a fresh, innovative, expansive approach to business accounting. Though as we collected our creative minds and started work on the brief, we quickly experienced a rollercoaster of …

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AFL Women: Squad Goals

With the inaugural AFL Women’s (AFLW) Grand Final taking place last weekend, we thought it would be a great time to take a look at the successful branding strategy that has helped the league become a turning point for women’s sport in Australia. The strong public following and respect it has gained is no doubt …

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Movie Review: Whiteley

Last week our Art Director, Mon, attended the pre-screening of Whiteley the film at the Dendy Newtown as part of Art Month Sydney. Whiteley is a documentary based on the artist’s life using never before seen footage along with interviews with his contemporaries, photos from his early life. A few of Mon’s recounts of the documentary …

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Quality beans, forklifts and real estate websites

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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