Sydney has become an international powerhouse, attracting huge global brands who want to do business in the Asia-Pacific. Where the global brand go, so go big design agencies. After all, these brands need advertising, merchandise design and websites! These agencies, and the talented designers who work for them, are doing some very exciting creative work.
Here are seven Sydney website designers who are producing incredible work that is gaining attention and winning awards globally.
1. Alex Taylor
Alex Taylor injects a fresh and whimsical vibe into her designs, while at the same time managing to keep everything looking professional and polished. Alex worked on the iconic logo redesign for the company Penguin Books. The design includes logo design, company stationery and branding applications. Some of Alex’s other projects have included The Country Collections (a cookbook designed for the Women’s Weekly) and typographic signage for a Sydney Design Festival exhibition ‘Urban /Suburban’. Alex has also worked with Abode, an interior design and lifestyle magazine that reflects modern taste and fashionable living.
Alex started her career at Sydney web design company Magicdust shortly after attending Tractor Design School (an independent design school created by designers for designers) and TAFE NSW Sydney Institute.
2. Kristian Saliba
Kristian Saliba is a senior hands-on digital creative specialist. He is responsible for creative and production process for clients such as IKEA, Google, Parmalat, Diageo, and Lee Jeans. What Kristian loves most about his work is creative challenges, breaking new ground, and working with talented people.
In this digital world, products, experiences and utilities outweigh traditional message-based advertising. Kristian says that there are so many more creative options out there for brands, compared to in the past. He also thinks that creatives cannot simply focus on getting an idea to work in one channel, but rather the idea needs to be proven to work in multiple channels.
3. Nikki Catalano
Nikki Catalano is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Sydney. She’s making a name for herself designing apps. Among her most notable work, Nikki worked with Frankie magazine to design, produce, and launch their first magazine app. They created the app to coincide with the magazine’s ten-year anniversary issue. Nikki also designed and developed several of the first issues of Russh magazine’s app, where she was responsible for recreating the print experience in a digital environment – adding animation and interaction to the iPad and iPhone apps.
Recently, Nikki has been working on a new online beauty and fashion magazine project – The Factory. She designed the logo, the media kit and a concept eDM, and came up with an overall brand strategy to continue through the launch issue and beyond.
4. Enrico Penzo
Creative technologist and producer Enrico Penzo ‘uses the process of Play to generate the new’ in his creative process. For more than eight years, Enrico worked in Europe across design and information technology. He has expertise in graphic design, web technologies, and advertising with a specialty of integrating the different aspects of online experiences with interactive installations.
Enrico’s clients have included MTV, Diesel, Vespa, L’Oreal Paris, Land Rover, Peroni, Ferrari, Breville and Nestlè.
Enrico recently moved from Italy to Sydney to work on research and development and prototyping. He is also focused on digital activation and experiential platform.
5. Nick Strine
Nick Strine has a passion for ‘digital stuff that works with real-life stuff.’ Early in his career, Nick’s projects included designing the official artwork for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Australian tour, and art directing a national Spiderman movie campaign.
Nick was a founder of design company Meso Creative where he managed studio production, did design work, and was the resident Art Director. Within two years the company had evolved from print digital and Nick has never looked back. Nick’s past clients include Sydney Film Festival, Moccona, Eveready, and Banana Boat.
6. Hugo Vann
Hugo Vann is a digital art director for one of Sydney’s leading digital agencies. Hugo’s focus is on digital and web design, with his specialty being Art Direction, UI/UX, Responsive Design, Interaction Design, and Mobile/Tablet Apps. Working for clients such as Quay Restaurant, Mitsubishi Motors and The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Hugo has won multiple design awards. Recent awards include Adfest 2015 Mobile Lotus (Silver) and Designmodo Best Website Designs of 2014.
Hugo’s designs for Peter Gilmore’s Quay Restaurant are nothing short of beautiful and have since been featured in multiple design industry publications.
7. Sam Clarke
Although based in Adelaide, Sam Clarke deserves an honorable mention in this run-down of top web designers to keep an eye on. Sam is a digital designer who started out with a love for print. He says that he was then introduced to digital and has never looked back. Sam’s background is in advertising and graphic design, but over the last couple of years he has focused on web design, UX, and UI design. He has provided creative solutions for clients such as Stratco, Adelaide Festival Centre, Wirra Wirra, Flinders University, and Teamgage.
The best web designers in the world are located right here in Sydney and they are producing top-notch creative work that is garnering recognition across the world. We couldn’t be prouder of the web design community in Sydney. We encourage Australian business owners and brands to celebrate and promote their local talent.