Phoebe’s practice is strongly influenced by the Bauhaus and Constructivist movements, striving for order and balance and seeking to reduce each piece to its necessary elements. This philosophy informed the development of a geometric visual language which forms the basis of the new brand architecture.
Typographic refinement is applied in equal measure to both physical and digital applications.
Classical black and white portraiture features Phoebe’s jewellery elegantly adorning the body. A restrained coloured border is informed by each piece’s signature colour.
The website’s information architecture allows Phoebe’s work to be navigated intuitively. A simple content management system allows Phoebe to concentrate on her work while ensuring the site is regularly updated.
The work is a meditation on balance: visual, physical and philosophical, that can be seen as an optimistic statement about how we strive for a harmony of elements in our city and our lives.“
Design Canberra’s 2019 theme of ‘Utopia’ celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus. Phoebe Porter created Elements of Balance as the signature artwork for the 2019 Design Canberra Festival.
Careful consideration is given to the selection of a paper stock with a curiously tactile surface to contrast with the simplicity of the printed elements.
The print is enclosed in a hand folded, translucent sleeve and sealed with a single red disc — a signature design element from Phoebe’s work which features throughout Design Canberra Festival’s 2019 campaign.