Meet Andrew Fiscalini, our senior designer.Continue reading
Written by Madeleine Baud
14 February 2018
31 January 2018
Becoming an independent court within the Victorian courts hierarchy was a defining moment in the 110-year history of the Children’s Court of Victoria. The Court chose Liquorice to help redefine their brand position and design a new identity system to bring it to life.
Through a strategic planning phase, we dived deep, researching the broader sector, the Court’s unique role in the community, and the needs of their many varied user groups. We then engaged with a key stakeholder group through a brand-focused workshop, ensuring an aligned vision that represented everyone within the organisation.
The outcome of this phase was a strategic brand brief, distilling the Court’s distinct and specialist jurisdiction, profiling their core audiences and identifying key emotional benefits for each audience. We also made a series of recommendations for the brand’s tone of voice and the most appropriate kinds of brand assets and tools. This went on to inform all subsequent creative work.View project
Written by Madeleine Baud
14 December 2017
2017 was a huge year for Liquorice (and its BFF, Dokio). We have welcomed many extraordinary new people to our team.
So many, in fact, that we decided we needed a whole blog post just to introduce a few of them.Continue reading
12 December 2017
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is a trusted voice in Australia. They believe that building safe, healthy and resilient communities is the best way to overcome the challenges of alcohol and other drug misuse.
The ADF inform and advocate for drug and alcohol education in order to prevent harm. They provide support, resources and training to a range of audiences including individuals, sports clubs, local communites and organisations. Their research has also culminated in a comprehensive databases of drug information and support services.
With such a prolific output came multiple websites, each with its own brand and, soon, the ADF found themselves in need of a way to re-focus their goals and offerings.View project
Written by Madeleine Baud
7 September 2017
Liquorice operates out of a beautiful old building located at 184 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, just above a fabric store. As a company and a collective, we've grown a lot within the walls of this building and it's become part of our personality and culture.
A lot has changed since we moved in almost a decade ago, but what was it like before it was home to a bunch of macs, bikes and dogs?*wayne's world dissolve*Continue reading
Written by Scott Bonanno
30 May 2017
Hi, I’m Scott Bonanno, Managing Director of Liquorice. I also founded Dokio, a web application for marketing teams. That means I have two business cards. Pretty sweet. The article below is based on a presentation I gave to a group of third-year RMIT design students, so much of the content is geared towards people who are about to graduate or are early in their design careers.
Thanks, I hope you enjoy it — SBContinue reading
26 May 2017
Raise your glasses for our beautiful Spicers Alchemy Pack, winner of a coveted Gold Medal at last night’s National Print Awards! Thank you to the wonderful team at Spicers who entrusted us with this challenging and exciting brief, and the brilliant folk at Gunn & Taylor and The Hungry Workshop who brought it to life. Cheers!
Written by Peter Binek
11 April 2017
User personas are incredibly useful. We couldn’t design new products and services (or improve existing ones) without them. But how do they work?
By helping us to empathise with the attitudes, goals and motivations of users (the people who interact with our products and services), we can begin to understand what matters to them. Keeping these users front-of-mind throughout a project ensures that what we produce will solve a real world problem for real world people.
The best personas strike an effective balance between user needs and business goals, and Bill & Francesca are two such personas.
Creating Bill & Francesca
After we'd worked with Man With A Van on their brand strategy it was time to tackle their website. With a new and improved enquiry and booking process, the website would offer a better experience for users and reduce the time The Man would spend estimating jobs.
That meant less time on the phone and more time on the move.
We were lucky enough to have a series of customer interviews from our previous brand strategy work to help us gain insight into the types of customers who would be using the website. These insights, combined with the shared knowledge of the company founders, began to paint a picture of two distinct user-types — Bill and Francesca. Having Bill and Francesca on board meant we had clear reference points to ensure that we were always making design decisions with these users' goals in mind.Continue reading
7 March 2017
Our designers love the smell of wet ink in the morning! So we were delighted when our friends at Spicers approached us to design this specialty paper sampler. Even more so when they revealed their desire to showcase a handful of beautiful Fedrigoni and Neenah papers with embellishments such as foiling, letterpress, embossing and form-cutting.
We concocted the theme of theatrical cocktail recipes printed onto coaster sized swatches. At once magical and functional... though we have yet to sully a single coaster with a wet martini glass.
Each recipe was chosen for its own ‘embellished’ ingredient or technique. Think edible gold flakes, a garnish of crispy bacon or a plume of smoke. Like mixology, the recipients of the pack are encouraged to mix and match the stocks with specialty finishes. Encouraging transformation through print 'alchemy' to create work even more beautiful than designers wildest expectations.View project
Written by Angus Tait
9 February 2017
The web is evolving at a rapid pace. This may seem like an obvious statement, but when your job is designing for the web, it’s important to acknowledge this pace rather than resist it.
For the last decade, Adobe products have been the mainstream design tools for both print and web designers. The downside, however, to being popular with a wide range of design-related camps is that it’s much more difficult to make drastic changes to a product without upsetting several of these camps at once. Illustrator, for example, is used by web designers, packaging designers, pattern makers, artists, illustrators and more. The specific needs of one type of user do not necessarily reflect the needs of all.
Recently, a wide range of almost single-minded apps have surfaced, focusing on the needs of one type of user to the exclusion of all others. There are apps specifically for providing handover documentation (Zeplin), for prototyping (InVision, Flinto), for creating brand guidelines (Frontify) and colour palettes (Open Color Tools), just to list a few. Smaller products aimed at niche audiences have lead to greater changes and much, much better design tools for the ever-changing web.
Sketch is another of these single-minded apps, and although it has been around for nearly seven years, it’s only in the last three that it has become a significant competitor to Adobe products as a web design application. The Subtraction.com Design Tools Survey of 2015 revealed that a majority of web designers are now using Sketch as some part of their workflow. This, along with a couple of major feature updates in 2016 made the case for switching to Sketch too compelling for us at Liquorice to ignore.Continue reading
8 February 2017
A family story born in the wheatbelt of Western Australia and proudly made in Victoria, Head Heart & Tales (HH&T) launched in late 2016 with brand, website and flagship product packaging by Liquorice. The company name refers to the distillation process during which the ‘head’ and the ‘tail’ of the spirit are removed, leaving only the ‘heart’ to be bottled and labeled with care.
Each bottle of HH&T spirits comes wrapped in a newsprint inspired bag with a tall product 'tale' on it's back. This idea inspired in part by stories passed down from the company founder's grandfather and father. A custom copper coin, wooden stopper and a foil stamped and individually numbered tamper seal complete the packaging. Liquorice developed the product names and tales and supported them with commissioned illustrations from NYC based Matt Huynh.View project
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