Studio snapshot: Motherbird

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Published:  September 8, 2015
Marcus Ryan

From humble beginnings at a small worn out office in South Melbourne to a modern art deco building in Flinders Lane, Motherbird studio has come a long way.

At the helm of the creative outfit is Jack Mussett – founder and creative director, and also one of the judges for this year’s Create Design Awards. Alongside close friends Dan Evans and Chris Murphy, the trio registered Motherbird studio in 2009 while studying at university.

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Since then, they have built a name for themselves in the industry and worked on a plethora of projects. The creative young guns have an edgy and unique take on print design, branding, photography, illustration and digital design. This has landed them work with clients including MTV, Qantas, Mushroom Music, Chunky Move and Nickelodeon.

Motherbird: Jack Mussett, Dan Evans, Chris Murphy

Motherbird: Jack Mussett, Dan Evans, Chris Murphy

Aside from tackling design projects left, right and centre, Jack is active member of the design community and has spoken at a number of industry events. He is the chairman of the AGDA Victorian Council and is a regular contributor to national and international design publications. In 2014, Jack spoke at Creative Mornings where he delivered a thought-provoking speech on the topic of Failure.

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“Failing is the only way to know where the boundaries lie” – Jack Mussett

Motherbird is renowned for tackling a diversity of projects. The MTV Photo Booth project was a successful piece of design commissioned to direct people to mobile photo booth stations at music festivals in Australia. It was a memorable advertising campaign viewed on large digital screens throughout the event.

MTV Photo Booth

MTV Photo Booth

Qantas 747

Qantas 747

On a larger scale, Qantas commissioned Motherbird to brand a Boeing 747 with a support message to the Australian rugby team. This project was innovative and proved a challenge for the designers. The print was the largest decal applied onto an international Qantas aircraft. It was a clever project that considered careful creative direction and graphic design.

You can check out more of Motherbird’s work here.

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