Terry Summers is a Brisbane based practising visual artist and sculptor. Terry wanted to create a coffee table book that would be a retrospective of his life’s work focusing on the years 1999-2009.
It was important for Terry that he worked with a team that not only understood the arts but had the skills to to create and design a quality hard cover coffee table book. POMO was engaged for this unique graphic design and print management project.
Terry says he first used waste cardboard to make sculptures in an environmental exhibition in 1994 which was about deforestation, he discovered that 80 per cent of felled timber is pulped to make paper and cardboard, therefore he used cardboard as an artistic protest against this. He also found that cardboard was so strong and versatile that he continued to use it ever since in his exhibitions. Terry’s works often have a political message broaching topics such as environmental issues, refugees and human rights.
POMO developed a strategy for the design and overall concept, some of the items considered were:
> What format would the book take - page length, overall size? How would this impact upon the budget?
> How would the book sit on a coffee table or a bookshelf among other similar books?
> What would it look like from cover through to index?
> Concept design - development of a guide for typography and layout that would fit with the artist’s work, approved by the artist then implemented by POMO
POMO worked with an extensive range of media including sketches, photographs, handwritten notes, and sculptures. There were hundreds of individual items that needed to be managed and reproduced in order to get to create the finished product.
When we set out to design our studio we approached it like any design project, we began by identifying the priorities and creating a strategic framework to guide the decision making.
The initial priority was to create something simple to build, something sustainable, creatively inspiring and something that was cost effective. Through research it became clear that achieving these things was not necessarily difficult.
Working with the landscape design team POMO were able to create a number of key design initiatives that would contribute to the locally inspired placemaking program and deliver on practical community needs.
POMO was engaged to design and construct a number of landscape elements. Each element was custom designed and born from the uniqueness of Palmwoods, they reference local history, using locally sourced materials and were being made collaboratively with local craftspeople and artisans.
Underlying this was a larger design and management process run by POMO involving construction design, design reporting, engineering certification, construction and project management and installation on-site. A true multidisciplinary and multi-skilled program with a wide range of stakeholders and projects participants.
The project won the Excellence Award at the 2018 Queensland AILA awards for Civic Design. It also won gold in the same category at the national awards.