For Hire is a new regular feature where we’ll be showcasing emerging designers who are actively looking for work. Today we’re joined by Jordan ‘JD’ Dolheguy.
JD graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Visual Communication degree at the end of 2007. His first job out of University was with Famous Visual Services in Fitzroy, and after a three year stint there he took some time off to travel. Upon returning to Melbourne JD started his own practice (Totem Visual) where he has since freelanced at various studios including Right Angle, Coöp, and Marilyn & Sons.
JD has become known for a unique ‘anti-design’ aesthetic, however he is just as comfortable working on sophisticated visual identities and publications. We spoke with JD about his work, and the process behind some of his more experimental projects.
“I feel I have an eye for the ‘weird’ idea, and that usually means tracing a path through the usual design processes and outcomes, while searching to have that little twist somewhere along the line. This could simply be something that I haven’t seen before, or something that people only notice on closer inspection. High resolution design that reveals more with magnification. Looking for the broader concept application, and then the hidden ideas and twists within that.”
We also asked JD about some of his more memorable recent projects and what he enjoyed about them.
“I’ve had two particularly exciting and dynamic jobs recently. One was the debut record cover for Melbourne band NO ZU. They’re my favorite live act and also close friends. Nic and the rest of the gang really have a free and energetic vision, so it was fantastic to work with them again. The other was the last issue of Higher Arc magazine, designed with another friend, Luke Brown. When two differing styles click and compliment like ours do, they have the ability to both tone down and lift up each-other. This was a great collaboration and I can’t wait for the next issue.”
Check out some of JD’s work below. If you’re looking to add a new member to your team, or if you have some work that requires an extra set of hands – be sure to get in touch with him today.
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