Prior to joining Monash in 1998, he worked for ten years as a senior designer and illustrator for both of Melbourne’s daily newspapers, The Age and The Herald Sun. Gene’s current research, and the subject of his PhD, involves an investigation of Australian domestic interiors constructed as a prescriptive but highly charged representation of personal worth, cultural belonging and social alignment. The pivotal role graphic design has played in the dissemination of this representation is a key reference within his investigation.
Gene’s design work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and his research published in various journals and conference proceedings. In 2009 he secured a British Council Design Researcher Award to pursue his doctoral studies in London and will have a chapter of this work published in Penny Sparke’s “Autobiography and the Modern Interior” in late 2012.
Entries into the 2012 Tokyo Type Directors Awards
The letterforms are based on the bold graphic shapes used by eccentric Australian Wallpaper designer, Florence Broadhurst in her pattern entitled 'turnabouts'.
2010 AGDA poster shortlisted for exhibition at the ICOGRADA Optimism Conference, Brisbane.
Book: Catalogue Design and layout of “1926”, to accompany exhibition of posters.
One of a series of posters investigating the world’s most vacuous word.
One of a series of posters promoting the MADA Impact Conference, 2011.
Murder and Mayhem
Typography as biography. Poster series retelling the details of my grandfather’s murder in 1926.
Book design for Bernard Hoffert.
Posters exploring the expense of the Bush commitment to Iraq and Howards refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
Moral Sustainability and Cycling
Book design for Robert Nelson.
Poster design based on Sophie Tucker quote, "I've been rich and I’ve been poor — and believe me, rich is better."
Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Poster design exploring the title to Cabaret’s “Tomorrow belongs to me”.
Lightcycle design for State of Design Festival.
Poster design for 2010 exhibition "Telling Tales" at Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design.
Quick Brown Fox
Light cycle design as part of 2010 State of Design Festival.
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