The team consists of me, myself and I.

And that’s the way I like it. I’m all about quality graphic design solutions, offering one on one service. Many local design agencies outsource work, or are bogged down with a team of junior design staff, middle management, account managers and business owners who may know little about technical design skills or aesthetic aspects of design. Multi staff agencies are great at doing their particular piece of the job before going home for the day, but unfortunately, by the time you get to the designer, your vision has been filtered down and translated through a number of staff. The designer has little of no time left in the budget to do anything but the first solution they can pump out. This process of Chinese whispers will also happen from designer to client as well. I’ve worked in these local agencies and have seen first hand the reduced quality, wasted hours and lack of attention to detail that this process produces. To be fair, no one person is to blame, but in my opinion it is not an efficient system for getting top quality work. On the other hand you may have visited other smaller freelance designers or online freelance sites and have been attracted to the $5 offers and price only based services. Beware of these design services. You get what you pay for.  ‘Pay  peanuts – get monkeys’. Unlike other professions, the design industry is not regulated. It’s worth doing the research and seeing a folio to know what quality you’re going to get for your money. With 20 years experience and a BA in design, it’s difficult to find someone that will be more capable of making your business stand out and become more profitable through branding and digital design. As a sole trader with a broad knowledge of all things design and advertising, I collaborate closely with you to deliver the best strategy and execution for your advertising needs. Unlike other agencies I don’t outsource work to juniors or overseas agencies, so whether you choose to work side by side or remotely, I’m hands on with your print, technical, imagery, branding and online requirements.

Stuart Flynn - Background
Stuart Flynn – Raised in Adelaide, South Australia I’ve always been interested in art. I had a passion for drawing as a boy, I copied characters from movies for up to 8 hours a day, so when I left school I wanted a career in art or design. I spent 3 years studying graphic design and then 3 years majoring in illustration to turn my passion into a practical trade. The following 16 years were spent among some of the top advertising agencies and studios in Australia where I was contributed to many award winning campaigns. Some of my roles in the design industry included – Art Director (pulp, DP ink) , Studio Manager – (PPR), Senior Designer (BMF Advertising). Advert ideas has been up and running since Nov 2013 providing only top graphic design solutions. It’s still nimble with me as the core staff member, however I do have a network of experts around me if required. These include freelance designers, copywriters, IT, SEO and social media specialists.
Education and training
Formal qualifications. BA. Design – Illustration, Assoc Dip. Graphic Design, Award School, Business Studies, various advanced courses on Photoshop. Regular in house short courses at award winning agency BMF Advertising.

 

 

Subjects have included:

  • Typography – 2 years
  • Illustration – 6 years
  • Print making – 3 years
  • Graphic design – 6 years
  • Photography – 2 years
  • Art History – 2 years
  • Drawing – 6 years
  • Advance Photoshop – 2 days
  • Business Studies – 6 months
  • Accounting – 6 months
  • Office Administration – 1 year
  • Idea strategy – 6 months
  • Print production – 1 year

I continue to spend many hours a week doing online research into new technologies and design trends.

Clients I've worked with
Renault, Lion Nathan (XXXX gold, Toohey’s Extra Dry), Foxtel, Bpay, Weightwatchers, Elle Bache, OPSM, IKEA, Foxtel, Commonwealth Bank, Aldi, Lamb, Beef, Ty the knot, Providence Wealth, Rheem, Paloma, Urban Growth, Ideas Hatchery, Nurture Parenting, RISA, Aussie Home Loans, McDonald’s, Gillian Adams Day Spa, Wentworth Hotel, Novotel, Scouts Australia, Living Health, Netball Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Dairy Vale, Hyde Park Dental, The Clyde Hotel, Chunky Custard, Planet Square, stufly, Jai Sounds, Sastchi & Sastchi, Pulp, BMF, Corporate Express, Headmark, PPR.
What I do
Print and online design/communication from the ground up – bonus services include illustration, photography & music production. Design includes brand development, WordPress, strategy, finished art, finessing of typography and images using the latest Adobe Suite products, print management, MailChimp EDMs, ibooks, photography, retouching and social media strategy.
What I don't do
  • Quicky jobs – Any job done properly requires consultation, planning, execution and administration
  • Large Ecommerce sites – Shopify platform is worth considering for multiple products
  • Clients who pay late – I’m a small business and can’t afford the overheads of chasing money
I believe

Every business has something unique to offer. A mixture of personality, creativity, passion and culture. If you can define that something special into once sentence, you’re half way there to unlimited success. I’m passionate about discovering the soul of your business and matching you with the clients you deserve. I offer customised graphic design solutions with value for money.

What gives me an edge

A degree doesn’t seem to mean much in this industry anymore, but when I was applying for admission in 1989, the course had an quota of 20 people in the state. Less than 5% of applicants got in each year, including me on my first 2 attempts. In the interim I did an associate diploma in graphic design to finally achieve my dream of studying design full time. I did a further 3 years doing an illustration major and was invited into honors. In 1996 I left school with minimal computer software skills in today’s standards, but after 6 years at uni I had a very good understanding of design theory, typography, balance, composition and the principle of good design and graphic communication.

My first year was working alongside an unqualified, but practicing designer slash gifted salesman and fellow muso. Under his guidance I quickly got up to speed on the real world version of commercial design. The following 20 years have allowed me to hone my technical computer skills and my online experience to a new level each year. During that journey I’ve had roles as an art director for a print brokerage, a studio manager in a large PR firm, TV slide guy, ‘New Ideas’ magazine guy and a team member in larger advertising agencies. I was a brand manager for 8 years in the Australian Agency of the Decade and in turn was part of that advertising team that won 100s of awards including a Gold Lion at Cannes. During my time at BMF Advertising I also did a night course ‘Award School’ which taught me skills in advertising strategy and Art Direction. At the end of the Award School course I wrote a book called ‘Extreme nouns’ to help future students . The book has since sold hundreds of copies worldwide.

The team consists of me, myself and I.

And that’s the way I like it. I’m all about quality graphic communication solutions, offering one on one service. Many local design agencies outsource work, or are bogged down with a team of junior design staff, middle management, account managers and business owners who may know little about technical design skills or aesthetic aspects of design. Multi staff agencies are great at doing their particular piece of the job before going home for the day, but unfortunately, by the time you get to the designer, your vision has been filtered down and translated through a number of staff. The designer has little of no time left in the budget to do anything but the first solution they can pump out. This process of Chinese whispers will also happen from designer to client as well. I’ve worked in these local agencies and have seen first hand the reduced quality, wasted hours and lack of attention to detail that this process produces. To be fair, no one person is to blame, but in my opinion it is not an efficient system for getting top quality work. On the other hand, you may have visited online freelance designer sites that offer $50 logos and branding. Beware of these design services. You get what you pay for.  ‘Pay  peanuts – get monkeys’. Unlike other professions, the design industry is not regulated, so there is not way of knowing what qualifications or experience these ‘designers’ have.

It’s worth doing the research and at least seeing a folio to know what quality you’re going to get for your money. Also be aware that a pretty picture in a folio does not necessarily indicate a real brief was met. It may just be that…a pretty picture. With 20 years experience and a BA in Illustration, it’s difficult to find someone that will be more capable of making your business stand out and become more profitable through customised branding and digital design. As a sole trader with a broad knowledge of all things design and advertising, I collaborate closely with you to deliver the best strategy and execution for your advertising needs. Unlike other agencies I don’t outsource work to juniors or overseas agencies, so whether you choose to work side by side or remotely, I’m hands on with your print, technical, imagery, branding and online requirements. Communication is key.

The new office at Brightwater Estate – come and meet me for a coffee to discuss your needs.

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