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10 reasons why inexperience might just be your secret weapon

10 reasons why inexperience might just be your secret weapon

  For me, starting a business at 22 could have been described as a case of insanity. I was a college dropout with $300 to my name, and had absolu...

How to communicate a rebrand with grace and gusto

How to communicate a rebrand with grace and gusto

Do you ever have those thoughts of ‘Thank GOD I don’t have that haircut anymore?’ Like when I look back at photos from the early 2000s and reali...

Have You Made Your End of Financial Year Resolutions?

Have You Made Your End of Financial Year Resolutions?

Business owner, mentor, accountant and author, Sophie Andrews (CEO of The Accounts Studio) is all about building profits for creative thinkers. So ta...

Long distance client agency love

Long distance relationships… Who says they don’t work? (In fact, they happen to be our speciality!)

The single greatest thing about still being in the womb in the ‘80s was that I skipped out on having to decide between baggy “MC Hammer” pants o...

Good things take time (unfortunately).

Good things take time (unfortunately).

I have tried, and failed, god knows how many times to cook sausages for the adult portion of my life. And I know why. I rush it. Every. Single. Sizzli...

Guest author, Ainslie Murray: 8 magical tips to craft a rock-solid tagline

Guest author, Ainslie Murray: 8 magical tips to craft a rock-solid tagline

Ainslie Murray is just one of the many clever (and super busy) cookies that took the time to contribute to our Calling the shots ebook so take note...

Financial business advice

Guest Author: How to launch a new business without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Ben Nash is a Financial Adviser and the founder of Pivot Wealth, a money management company that helps young professionals make smart money choices. T...

seven years of smack bang designs

seven years of smack bang designs

It’s laughable how easy it is to set up a business nowadays. Jump online, register your ABN, secure your domain name and print yourself a cheesy lit...

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Finding your flow

It’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m sitting in my office at home. I’ve got a cup of scorching hot chai next to me, the candle is lit and I’m pret...

Interviews

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Tess takes a trip to the lodge noosa heads

Tess takes a trip to the lodge noosa heads

Being the total homebody that she is, when our Creative Director Tess travels, she usually seeks out the places that feel most like home. On her lates...

business owner and mum, Katie Kolodinski shares the story of silk laundry

business owner and mum, Katie Kolodinski shares the story of silk laundry

Katie Kolodinski is the Founder and Creative Director of chic fashion labels Silk Laundry and SJ Lingerie, and also a proud wife, and mumma to two ad...

Assembly label co-founder, Damien Horan talks about building his brand

Assembly label co-founder, Damien Horan talks about building his brand

Ever heard of the fashion label, The Astral Plane? Us neither. Believe it or not, this label was Damien Horen and Daniel Oliver’s first shaky s...

vicky from pampa enlightens us with her perspective on business, passion and adventure

vicky from pampa enlightens us with her perspective on business, passion and adventure

Known for their divine collection of handcrafted goodies, Pampa is a brand that prides themselves on transparency – from end to end, they know their...

we talk space, collabs and cultivating creativity with poppy from pop + scott

we talk space, collabs and cultivating creativity with poppy from pop + scott

Partners in both, life and business, Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson are the creative duo behind the highly coveted Australian brand, Pop & Scott. Sin...

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art direction for cultiver

Sundays are reserved for sleep-ins, good books and great coffee, and for our girl, Tess Robinson, this sunny Sunday was no different. A linen lover at...

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making art with Leaeva studio’s Léa Fernandez

Léa Fernandez explores the senses through her art. The fine lines and curved strokes are what first had us drawn towards to her work, which she creat...

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Guest author, the corner palm: 5 reasons I ditched the home office for a coworking studio

When your business is a team of one and your home is doubling as your office, things can get a little lonely, a little stale and quite frankly just a ...

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tasi travels gets real on your travel wardrobe

A love of travel and the desire to make the world a better place was the concept for sustainable travel label Tasi Travels. Founded by Jessica Abraham...

Our Studio

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what we are loving: alix, designer

what we are loving: alix, designer

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

what we are loving: kendall, designer + photographer

what we are loving: kendall, designer + photographer

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

what we are loving: tess, founder & creative director

what we are loving: tess, founder & creative director

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

a week with the smack bang team – Jamie

a week with the smack bang team – Jamie

Each one of team members play an important role in keeping this well-oiled machine, not only running but churning out brilliant ideas and projects on ...

what we are loving: katie, art director

what we are loving: katie, art director

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

What we are loving: felicity, art director

What we are loving: felicity, art director

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

What We Are Loving: Hannah, Marketing Manager

What We Are Loving: Hannah, Marketing Manager

When the Smack Bang gang aren’t head down bottoms up in pixels and emails, we love keeping abreast of what’s going on around the interwebs...

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Calling the Shots: a snapshot of the Workbook

This is an excerpt from our Calling the Shots workbook. So, you’ve got your shiny new ABN, a pocketful of dreams, and your head in the clouds. You w...

Behind the scenes Baskk Smack Bang Designs 1

behind the scenes of Baskk volume one

Baskk magazine has been a long time coming. Here at the Smack Bang studio, we are all print enthusiasts and love nothing more than opening up a crisp,...

dream client: our shoot with Palm Beach Collection

dream client: our shoot with Palm Beach Collection

If you follow us on Instagram, it's no secret how thrilled we were to work on the re-branding of iconic Sydney fragrance label, Palm Beach Collection....

Moodboard Muse – Botanical

Moodboard Muse – Botanical

Like a breath of fresh air, we're welcoming those of the botanical persuasion into our mind and our surrounding. From fresh palms to delicate florals,...

A detailed moodboard that explores pastel tones

Moodboard Muse – Pastels

Lose yourself in the pastel skies of baby pinks and blues, soft lavender, muted mints, peachy tangerines and crisp whites. One look at our sorbet smud...

perfect homewares: kate + kate let us loose on their collection

perfect homewares: kate + kate let us loose on their collection

A little while back, our gal, Tess got the call up to art direct a shoot for one of our nearest and dearest clients, Kate & Kate. Partner Tess, with o...

Ready to call the shots?

Ready to call the shots?

Starting a business is hard, but we’re here to help. We've recently launched our new ebook and workbook, Calling The Shots. It's the ultimate bible...

A creative moodboard for Dana Trijbetz

Moodboard Muse – Rust

Dark, rich with a hint of dustiness. Let the bold colours of the orange and red persuasion play with your mood - from elegant and sophisticated to ear...

A minimal clean moodboard that explores

Moodboard Muse – Muted

Subtle but not bland, muted and expressive colours have a way of mirroring elegance and showing restraint. Our muted board proves that sometimes less...

A creative structured moodboard for Captain's Call

Moodboard Muse – Masculine

Filled with craft beer, blue hues and woody undertones. This one is for the boys, or at least help us to shed our feminine exterior and slip into some...

our collaboration with sydney fashion sweethearts, bec + bridge

our collaboration with sydney fashion sweethearts, bec + bridge

Time for a little showing off! Super chuffed to be able to show you guys some lovely packaging and swing tags we whipped up for the lovely ladies at B...

Playlists

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SBD Tunes – Rainy Days

SBD Tunes – Rainy Days

Pull the sheets up high and pop on a steamy brew, there's actually nothing better than staying in bed for a little longer than you should, especially ...

SBD Tunes – Misty Magic

SBD Tunes – Misty Magic

Frank Ocean, Agnes Obel and Angus + Julia Stone all bring a little magic and we reckon a little magic can never go astray.

SBD Tunes – Weekend

SBD Tunes – Weekend

Do you always find yourself wishing for the weekend? These tunes will make you feel like it's Sunday afternoon, even if reality tells you it's 11am on...

SBD Tunes – Cloudy

SBD Tunes – Cloudy

Time to relax and let your troubles float away. Pop your cosiest pair of socks on, pour a nip of whiskey and open your most intellectual novel. Leon B...

SBD Tunes – Summer Lovin’

SBD Tunes – Summer Lovin’

Remember that one encounter on a balmy summer afternoon, there were sandy feet and icy beers. This playlist is dedicated to that day. Kurt Vile, The W...

SBD Tunes – Desert Days

SBD Tunes – Desert Days

This one is perfect for a balmy, dry night by under the stars. Switch on the festoon lights, rollout the picnic rugs and shake up a Mezcal Mule. Cat P...

SBD Tunes – Long Road

SBD Tunes – Long Road

The Doors? The Eagles? Fleetwood Mac? This playlist will take you on a ride down memory lane and we reckon it's the perfect addition to your roadtrip ...

SBD Tunes – Unwind with wine

SBD Tunes – Unwind with wine

Did someone say wine? Yes, we also said Marvin Gaye, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. Channel your inner Baby Boomer and pass the Merlo

SBD Tunes – Alleyway

SBD Tunes – Alleyway

When you're feeling like upping the grunge factor on your headphones we recommend this bad boy. Fidler, King Giz and The Goons of Doom will leave you ...

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