Willow&Blake write copy. They write most of our copy. Not this copy. We wrote this copy. But if they wanted to, they could’ve written this copy and it would have been well written copy. Thank you to Willow&Blake for helping us with all of our words this year. Your, wait. You’re the best.
Growing up as a designer I used to tell my mates, “you know I’m actually working when I’m using that pen thing and my headphones are on”. This is still true today. In my experience, you’re either a Wacom user or you’re not. I am, and I’m not even close to being an illustrator. I’ve just found that using a tablet speeds up my work 1 billion percent. So, I was naturally stoked when Wacom agreed to provide a Intuos 4 Tablet as I prize back in 2009 and they have been doing so ever since. A big shout out to the Wacom team in Sydney for looking after us again in 2011. – Nick
Redink Solutions. We love you. You know those people who are just genuinely nice people and who actually care about their job and the work they do? This is Redink. It was actually a chance meeting that paired us together. After spending much of the summer searching Melbourne for a new print partner for 2011, we were about to put it in the “to-do later” box when the marketing team at Rogerseller suggested that we give their printers (Redink) a call. It turns out that they also were printing all of Grill’d's promotional material. (Small world ey!) So now we have Redink on board and we welcome them with open arms. Feel free to give Wayne and Paul a call or an email at any time. Thanks guys.
What an interesting partnership, a poster design competition and a kitchen and bathroom retail store. We do get asked where the link is, but we think it’s fairly clear. Both organisations share one thing in common, an understanding and appreciation of design.
In late 2010 we were contacted by Rebecca Park, marketing manger at Rogerseller simply asking to catch up to chat about what we were up to. Long story short, Rogerseller were keen to support young designers, heard about what we were doing and wanted to help. A new office was needed as well as some financial support and Rogerseller came to the table with both. We have been working out of their stunning warehouse offices in Burnley, Melbourne since January this year. We’d all like to thank everyone at Rogerseller for making us feel so welcome and helping keep Positive Posters running.
What on earth is a Motherbird? That’s a very good question. One thing is for sure, it’s not a spaceship, which is very common misconception. The true beginning of Positive Posters can be traced back to an impromptu meeting on a Friday night in April 2009. We had sent out text messages, tweets and Facebook messages inviting friends and friends of friends to come to an office to talk about a new project that we were working on and to enjoy some free beers. In one corner stood three very trendy looking guys who seemed to be taking an interest in what we were saying. I knew that one of them was Jack Mussett, 1/3 of a studio called Motherbird that had formed only a few months earlier. We had a chat to the guys after our presentation and they agreed to help us design the identity for the project as well as help us with all of our print and web design. They rest as they say is history. We have been working with Chris, Dan and Jack for 3 years now and they continue to provide us with all of our print and web design requirements and we thank them for it.
They are truly a talented bunch of guys and are doing big big things in the Australian design scene. Go and say hello and thank them for us!
At the end of the 2010 competition it became clear that our web/online needs were going to require a major upgrade if we wanted to continue to evolve Positive Posters in 2011. With that in mind we began searching for a new digital partner in December 2010 and in early 2011 we stumbled upon AndMine through a mutual connection via LinkedIn. We gave them a call and organised to have coffee the following week. I sat down with Michael, the director and told him what we were up to and more importantly why we were doing it. I explained that we wanted to grow Positive Posters globally and that this would require a strong online presence.
Sometimes you meet people who just ‘get’ what your up to and are on your wave length, Michael, Alan, Nick and the rest of the AndMine team were these kind of people. He agreed on the spot to provide us with all the web and development support we would need. After we designed the new site, the AndMine team worked crazy hard to build it and have continued to provide ongoing support and advice as the competition continues to evolve. We seriously can’t thank them enough for their help this year, we truely look forward to working with them in the future.
Everyone at Positive Posters is really happy and proud to call K.W.Doggett Fine Paper a partner. It’s really important for us to have strong and open relationships with our partners and we defiantly have found that with the team at K.W.Doggett Fine Paper.
I went to see Catherine Doggett and Matthew Alexander (who happened to be an old school buddy) late in 2010. As with all of our meetings, I explained what we were doing, why we were doing it and why we needed the support of a paper company. They listened and a few days later, agreed to get on board. K.W.Doggett Fine Paper is a family owned and run business that has a strong history in Australian and a great relationship with the design community, so we were really honored and excited when they agreed to get involved and support Positive Posters in 2011. We thank them for everything that have done so far and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.