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Nicoleap


Allow me to introduce myself - Nicole Arnett Phillips (noun)
I love letters, layout and ink.

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Nicoleap


Allow me to introduce myself - Nicole Arnett Phillips (noun)
I love letters, layout and ink.

I have 15 years professional experience in publication design, visual communication and art direction.

I actively pursue alignment of visual and verbal language to create memorable and meaningful documents and typographic experiences. Using forward thinking design to effectively communicate ideas with clarity, creativity and expression.

 

 

 

 

 

A published author on the fields of typography and book design, I have been recognised with a number of design, publishing and art awards.

My design outcomes get results, get admired and get noticed.
I whisper, speak and shout visually and I would love to help you tell your story.

 

above photo Orion Zuyderhoff Gray

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Design Principles


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Design Principles


If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything - these are some key design principles that I identify with and inform my process.

  1. Design is problem solving on structural, functional and aesthetic levels.
  2. Experimentation leads to innovation.
  3. Curiosity is king, questioning leads to advancement.
  4. The medium is the message. I believe in a symbiotic relationship between form and function.
    The channel, layout and typographic treatment can say as much as the word.
  5. Design is not value neutral. Rarely is design truly invisible.
    Every design decision we make has weight and exerts influence (positive or negative) over the content.
  6. Mathematical thinking in design provides influence not restrain.
  7. Collaborate with industry, clients and peers.
  8. Digital media has redefined (rather than replaced) the printed page.
  9. Typography is language made visible. Type is expressive. Good typographic form is two things:
  • a way to clearly communicate information
  • and, in equal measure, to reinforce the tone and intent of what you are communicating.

 

 

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Outcomes


Typography is language made visible.

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Outcomes


Typography is language made visible.

I specialize in ideas based communication design.

I work at a range of scales, in both two and three dimensions, from single letterforms, to books, to super-sized signage, art and environmental graphics.

 

 

I use typographic form to define, explain, engage, entertain and illuminate. My expertise includes;

  • Book Design (covers and internals),
  • Typographic Marks, Logotypes and Monograms,
  • Editorial Layout and Mastheads,
  • Information Architecture,
  • Annual Reports,
  • Corporate Profiles, Capability Statements and Marketing Collateral,
  • Visual Navigation (placemaking and wayshowing),
  • Environmental Typography,
  • Design Competitions and Award Submissions,
  • Expressions of Interest, Tender and Bid Documents,
  • Development Applications, and
  • Monographs and Portfolios.
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Collaboration


I am a collaborator, my clients are active participants in the design process, not spectators.

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Collaboration


I am a collaborator, my clients are active participants in the design process, not spectators.

I have huge respect for my clients,  they effect change, their ideas and products are important, and their voice is distinctive.

As leaders, innovators, placemakers and thinkers they all recognise the value of good design, the power of collaboration and importance of connecting in meaningful ways to the people that matter most to them.

Most often I work with;

  1. Authors, Editors, Content Creators and Publishers to help them educate, entertain and delight.
  2. Design professionals, property developers and local government to communicate complex ideas with clarity and to produce innovative, compelling place responsive design outcomes.
  3. Creative Brands, Photographers, Stylists and Retail outlets to build loyalty and emotional resonance with their audience.

 

My collaborative approach has also allowed me to build trusted relationships with my industry peers. Creating a valuable resource of talent to be called upon when a project requires extra skills that compliment or contrast my own.

This connectivity allows me to deliver large scale projects while still operating with the benefits of small scale practice including; direct access to design expertise, flexibility in approach, personalised service, and providing exceptional value for a designer of my expertise.

 

 

Here's what some of my clients and collaborators have to say;

“Nicole Phillips has provided a range of design, communication and graphic presentation advice and services to our firm from the start. In commencing the collaboration I had no working knowledge of what Nicole could offer but she was highly recommended. My expectations have been exceeded at every turn. I have  been consistently ‘blown away’ by the creativity evident in her suggestions, and equally impressed with the skill and precision that are hallmarks of her professionalism. I have no hesitation in commending her service to anyone in the business of having to communicate ideas, people and products… and that is all of us.”

Chris Buckley, Meter Brisbane Australia

 


“Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover!

Dear Nicole,
I am super-excited about how my book is looking and I thought you should know. Somehow you’ve managed to turn a grab-bag of photos and a bunch of hokey sketches into a document that hangs together. Your design has perfectly captured my brief to create an approachable visual style that would allow people to dip into individual project studies or read from cover to cover. This whole process has been one of the most enjoyable parts of the journey for me. Your talent, creativity and dedication to achieving a stellar result have kept me inspired and engaged - and it’s my book! As publication date draws nearer I’m so happy to have had your help and guidance in bringing this dream to reality.”

Amalie Wright, Landscapology Brisbane Australia

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typograph.Her


I believe designers should engage with self-initiated investigations,
research and ideation (in addition to their client-focused work) to
find a point of view, philosophy or position that is authentically their own.

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typograph.Her


I believe designers should engage with self-initiated investigations,
research and ideation (in addition to their client-focused work) to
find a point of view, philosophy or position that is authentically their own.

I am passionate about design education, innovation, experimentation and continued learning. My working week is split between my design consultancy practice and self-initiated research, publishing, typographic and printmaking pursuits.

As typograph.Her I publish design thinking for designers and curiously explore my discipline.

With a deep passion for traditional printed media I write, design and produce limited edition books and a journal to educate, challenge and engage design audiences. I also use digital media to keep a blog of interesting conversations, inspirations, process and experimentation.

I also love the process of knowledge exchange, so regularly teach and facilitate workshops for other curious creatives.

You can find me on social channels @typographHer

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Contact


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Contact


I operate from a small studio in Brisbane Australia and work with clients and collaborators worldwide.

Get in touch @typographHer (twitter, instagram or pinterest)
email nicole@nicoleap.com.au
via phone + (61) 4 27071872
or good old fashioned post PO.box 466 Bulimba Brisbane, QLD 4171 Australia



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