Moya says: I decided a long time ago that life is too short for a lot of things: like skim milk, bad movies, tight underwear and last but not least, working with people who don’t care as much as I do. All our humans are hand-picked for their sheer, exuberant humanness, relentless pursuit of excellence and whether they are inspiring to work with. (Life’s also too short to work with people who aren’t!)
They are all award winners for their work across the arts: in television, film, design, publishing and photography.
Meet some of them here…
Clive Jones: Doctor of Design
Moya’s nickname for Clive is ‘Clark Kent’. Yes, he’s mild mannered and while we haven’t seen him leaping any tall buildings lately, he does make some astonishing leaps in thinking. Clive keeps his head when others lose theirs and he uses that same head to create empathetic and very human design. He’s a type tragic of course (you know, font fetishist, typophile, etc.) and very arty…but would you want your designer to be any other way?
Career Notes: From beginnings in his father’s typesetting business, his slow-burning fondness for typography burgeoned into a fully-fledged love affair with all things design. His full service design studio turns out a broad range of projects for corporate identity and branding systems, annual reports and marketing brochures, book design, packaging, press ad campaigns and the web. And now, with his collaboration with Moya and our other specialists, he specialises in bespoke creative publishing projects and online design solutions for a select group of clients. Clive is the design mind behind Only Human. Moya talks about his role in creating our brands here.
Ok, I confess… I’m infatuated with John Baskerville’s wonderfully realised drafting of a lower case ‘g’ (c. 1757)*. Always have been. Exhibit ‘g’ is as you can see at right. Now, shoot me down if that’s not the most sculpturally voluptuous letterform in the English language. Get a load of those curves! What about that plump ear lobe!? And the teasing way the lower tail doesn’t quite meet up with the neck**.
And it occurred to me just the other day during, well, never mind… that I’m guessing when sexologist Beverly Whipple first coined the term ‘g-spot’ in 1982, most likely during a little self-exploration session in the ‘lab’, she was gazing up at a rather large poster of one Baskerville ‘g’ set in about 960pt.
*Note to pedant typophiles (god bless you): yes, yes, I know, this particular ‘g’ is a redrawn version (ITC New Baskerville c. 1978, in fact) of the original, but in my opinion still retains all the original glamour and, to my eye, is a tad more refined.
**Note to all skeptics and type wowsers: lest you think I’m a bit gushy with the human body analogies, these terms all form part the official typographer’s lexicon.
Dean Golja: Doctor of Photography
It’s only human to not like getting your photograph taken and yet a great portrait can be such a gift: a glimpse into the ‘me’ that others see and appreciate. Dean Golja has a great ‘bedside manner’ that enables him to capture people at their best. He makes the camera disappear and then, miraculously almost disappears himself.
Dean has been a practising commercial and fine art photographer for twenty years. He has exhibited work internationally in venues including the George Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Leica Gallery in Solm, Germany. He holds a Masters degree in Electronic Arts from ANU. His work includes projects for the National Museum, Department of Health, Australian Centre for Photography, and the Getty Library.