My Design Philosophy

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 top graphic design solutions for the best value for your 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 a quota of 20 people in the state. This meant that less than 5% of applicants got in each year. In the interim, I did an associate diploma in graphic design to finally achieve my goal of studying Illustration full time. I did a further 3 years doing an illustration major and was invited into honours. In 1996 I left school with minimal computer software skills in today’s standards. Still, after 6 years at uni, I had an excellent 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 the practising designer and gifted salesman. Under his guidance, I quickly got up to speed on the real-world version of commercial design. The following 20 or so 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, TV slide guy, ‘New Ideas’ magazine guy and part of a larger advertising agency. I was a brand manager for 8 years in the Australian Agency of the Decade 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.

Services

Print and online design/communication from the ground up – bonus services include illustration, photography & music production.

Design work 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.

Design folio here

Prices here

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

Education and training

Formal graphic design qualifications.

BA. Design – Illustration, Assoc Dip. Graphic Design, Award School, Business Studies, advanced courses on Photoshop. Regular in house courses at award-winning agency BMF Advertising.

Design and business subjects have included:

  • Typography – 2 years
  • Illustration – 6 years
  • Printmaking – 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

Continued Design Training

I continue to spend many hours a week doing online research into new technologies and design trends including many of the products from the Adobe Creative Suite.

 

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, Saatchi & Saatchi, Pulp, BMF, Corporate Express, Headmark, PPR.

Adelaide, Sydney and now the Sunshine Coast

Born in 1970 and raised in Adelaide, South Australia I’ve always had an interest in creative. I had a passion for illustration as a boy, drawing for up to 5 hours a day, so when I left school I spent 6 years studying graphic design and then majoring in illustration to turn my passion into a practical trade. I spent the next 16 years working among some of the top agencies in Australia, contributing to many award-winning campaigns. 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.

Prices

Please find a detailed price structure here on my prices page. 

About me – Stuart Flynn

Design history – 25 years and counting

With years of diverse experience and a BA in design, it’s hard to find someone more qualified in branding, digital design, illustration and Photoshop on the Sunshine Coast.

As a sole trader with a broad knowledge of design and advertising, I collaborate closely with you to deliver the best strategy and execution for your advertising needs.

The benefit of working directly with your designer

Unlike other agencies, I don’t outsource work to juniors or overseas agencies, so I’m hands-on with your print, technical, imagery, branding, and online requirements, whether you choose to work side-by-side or remotely.

The design studio

Mountain Creek – Sunshine Coast – Queensland

Come and meet me for a coffee in Mountain Creek to discuss your next project.  Enjoy a view of the lake for a casual chat while I get to know a little about your business. I can work directly with you on-screen in our design space. Or if you are more remote we offer screen sharing, zoom and available by email or phone.

Logo and branding style guidelines

Logo and branding style guidelines

Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.

Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.

Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration

Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration

Abstract Paintings

Abstract Paintings

50 Shades of Stu

50 Shades of Stu

Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner

Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner

Jack and Knife postcard

Jack and Knife postcard

Logo design development – Security Company

Logo design development – Security Company

Logo Design folio

Logo Design folio

Buderim Pizza Company

Buderim Pizza Company

Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection

Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection

Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension

Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension

Logo and illustration work

Logo and illustration work

Book design – Mary Lyons  – A Beautiful Unfolding

Book design – Mary Lyons – A Beautiful Unfolding

Back to Earth Mulching

Back to Earth Mulching

Armchair Property Investments

Armchair Property Investments

Flower retouching

Flower retouching

Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook

Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook

Promotion DL brochure

Promotion DL brochure

Retouching staff photo

Retouching staff photo

Cancer – Book cover

Cancer – Book cover

Cartoon sketch

Cartoon sketch

Retouching for Dairy Farmers

Retouching for Dairy Farmers

Inking style illustration

Inking style illustration

Teaching kids – logo

Teaching kids – logo

Facebook banner

Facebook banner

Lamb brochure holder

Lamb brochure holder

Stufly – website

Stufly – website

Face retouching

Face retouching

XXXX Gold

XXXX Gold

Novel – Book cover

Novel – Book cover

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