About

I'm a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

I’m also a Publications & Promotions Officer at a regional Victorian school. In this role I manage advertising, marketing, newsletters, the website and a range of other print media. In addition to publicity, I also teach Year 12 Visual Communication Design.

I studied Graphic Design for a total of six years, achieving a BVA Graphic Design with Honours (1st Class), and a Masters (Research) degree.

After work hours I keep busy with freelance design jobs and my own illustration projects.

Skills:
• Corporate Identity Design and Branding
• Publication & Promotion work for print and online
• Web Content Management
• Package Design and Labelling
• Contemporary illustration
• Book design and page layout

Software Skills: Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CC) Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Acrobat Pro), WordPress.

Qualifications:
Masters (Graphic Design), BVA Graphic Design (with 1st Class Hons), Grad Dip Ed.

A bit more about me

The little munchikin in the photo below is me, aged about one. I always had a thing for crawling into baskets and boxes, which I think subconsciously led to me creating The Box Boy. As a grown-up, I often feel like I’m still really just a kid at heart and I find that the craft of illustration provides me with a rewarding creative outlet. When I’m working on a picture book project, you have to force your brain to think like a kid, which I think keeps me feeling young. 

After work hours I generally work on my own illustration/creative projects. Whilst I’m working full-time in a publicity and teaching position, I think its really important that creative people have their own side projects too. Doing this keeps me happy. I also love gardens and seeing things grow. I have quite a collection of bonsai plants, succulents, cacti and have a bit of a thing for terrariums too.

I’ve loved being creative from a young age, and as you’ll notice from the painting below, I was practically a child prodigy from the age of 6…

…(Just to clarify, I was kidding about the child prodigy bit.) However, I haven’t stopped being creative. 25+ years on I’m still slaving away, pencil in hand. Here’s another more recent self-portrait. My creative ability has clearly regressed…

Anyway, enough silliness. That’s a bit of info about me. Please feel free to say hi:

design@malwebster.com.au

Cheers,
Mal