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The greatest balancing act of all time: work and life

The greatest balancing act of all time: work and life

To the sour woman who yelled at me this morning because I didn’t pick up after my dog (who had done a wee…), this blog is for you. Last week I tur...

20 things nobody told me about running a business

20 things nobody told me about running a business

On any given day, there are meetings to attend, HR issues to deal with, never-ending emails to reply to, taxes to pay, supplies to order, unpaid invoi...

Making Marie Kondo proud. How & why to audit your working week.

Making Marie Kondo proud. How & why to audit your working week.

If you were to come into our office around lunchtime, you’d soon realise our table talks nearly always revolve around the latest Netflix series that...

The single biggest reason why brands flop

The single biggest reason why brands flop

When I was in year 6, we were allocated Kindergarten buddies to look after. Before their school year started, we were asked to write them a letter wel...

Consistency breeds prosperity.

Consistency breeds prosperity.

Contrary to the popular song, the best things in life are not free. The best things in life come at the following costs: Bottle of red – $20 (mu...

How to make PR purposeful with Compass Studio

How to make PR purposeful with Compass Studio

So, you’ve developed an outstanding product or service or campaign, but the world still needs to know all about it? You know who your audience i...

Your commute is about to get a lot more enlightening: 7 podcasts to download right now.

Your commute is about to get a lot more enlightening: 7 podcasts to download right now.

It’s probably no coincidence that the average urban commute time AND the average podcast duration both sit around the 40 minute mark. (That’s almo...

working smarter not harder

11 Ways to ‘Work Smarter Not Harder’

There are a few idioms that have only ever made about 5-10% sense in my head since day dot of hearing them, but I’ve never really thought long or ha...

business card tags branding

Can branding ever be a once-and-done activity?

If I didn’t love writing so much this could have been a really short blog post. It would simple read, ‘Is branding a once-and-done activity?’ Fo...

Interviews

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Alex Andrews has co-founded a superfund that gives more wealth, support and power to women.

Alex Andrews has co-founded a superfund that gives more wealth, support and power to women.

To quote Ms Minnelli, whether you like it or not, "Money makes the world go around". So we can't begin to change the world without changing the distri...

The Periodical was created to turn a monthly taboo into something much more ‘Woohoo!’

The Periodical was created to turn a monthly taboo into something much more ‘Woohoo!’

We are living in a world where even though women will experience 456 periods over 38 years (that’s 6.25 years of our life) people are somehow still ...

Meet the woman who’s galvanising the next generation of designers: Frankie Ratford

Meet the woman who’s galvanising the next generation of designers: Frankie Ratford

No intro can quite do justice to Frankie Ratford's force of nature. As founder and front-woman of global creative community, The Design Kids, she serv...

Introducing Primer, the online publication creating quality content for women

Introducing Primer, the online publication creating quality content for women

As our studio is full of clever, passionate and hilarious (self-proclaimed) women, we feel it’s vital to celebrate and promote the great work of...

We spoke with wellbeing expert and founder of Krumbled, Keira, about getting real on social media.

We spoke with wellbeing expert and founder of Krumbled, Keira, about getting real on social media.

As our studio is full of clever, passionate and hilarious (self-proclaimed) women, we feel it’s vital to celebrate and promote the great work of...

The White Tree Branding

Challenging the aesthetic of your industry with James, from The White Tree

Eager to challenge the current wedding aesthetics and stereotypes, director of The White Tree, James, approached us to recreate their branding in a wa...

Mukti Organics Smack Bang Designs

How to embrace change and innovate your brand with Mukti.

20 years ago Mukti was working as a beauty therapist and – as cliché as it may sound now – found that natural options for her clientsR...

Cherie The Digital Picnic How to nail your social media blog

The Digital Picnic director, Cherie, on harnessing the power of social media

When Zuckerberg changes his platforms’ algorithms faster than Katy Perry’s boyfriend changes clothes, the social media landscape can be fo...

How to make PR purposeful with Compass Studio

How to make PR purposeful with Compass Studio

So, you’ve developed an outstanding product or service or campaign, but the world still needs to know all about it? You know who your audience i...

Our Studio

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a week with the smack bang team – sophie

a week with the smack bang team – sophie

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 ...

a week with the smack bang team – anna

a week with the smack bang team – anna

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 ...

Baskk Vol 2: The Making of a Magazine

The making of a magazine: Behind the scenes of Baskk Volume 2

Here at the Smack Bang studio, we are print enthusiasts and love nothing more than opening up a crisp, new (or dog-eared and well-loved) magazine, and...

smack bang designs office team staff meeting

Your Team Is Your Lifeline

My absolute favourite part of doing what I do is the people who I work with. This includes my team, our customers, our suppliers and those random guys...

elodie general manager smack bang designs

what we are loving: elodie, general 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...

jamie account manager smack bang designs

what we are loving: Jamie, Account 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...

partnerships manager jade smack bang designs

what we are loving: jade, partnerships 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...

account manager drou smack bang designs

what we are loving: drou, account 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...

alix graphic designer smack bang designs

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...

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 ...

Smack Bang Design Tunes - Unwind The 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

Smack Bang Design Tunes - Allwyway

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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