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Folio 101:
Top Picks

Xanthe Ward, Graduate Interior Designer, Adelaide studio

Xanthe studied her Bachelor of Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia and now works in our Adelaide studio. She shares some thoughts on inspiration and developing up old projects.

  • Design related print magazines and publications are fantastic examples to look at for visual communication and graphics inspiration. One example is The Local Project. Pay attention to grids, gutters, alignment, information hierarchy, font types and spaces.
  • I like to focus each page around a ‘hero shot’ and then add secondary supporting visuals. Hero shots don’t have to be a render either. They can be beautiful hand sketches, sections, etc. I prefer to include a variety of image types on a page rather than segregating sketches, documentation or renders.

An excerpt of Xanthe’s work.

Fiona Tieu, Graduate of Architecture, Melbourne studio

Fiona came to us from her Masters of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and has recently been working in the Public team. Here are a few thoughts on hierarchy and what she values in her workflow.

  • I like to play around with graphics to see what style or fonts represents me best first.
  • An image’s quality is important, but body text is just as important. The eyes would initially be drawn to the images, the body text enable the readers to understand the design concept and intent.
  • I would take time to revisit older projects to “zhoozh” up the images and drawings that I want to use for the folio.

A title page taken from Fiona’s folio.

An excerpt from from Fiona’s folio.