Toko Talks

New Zealand

31 May - 1 June

Auckland, NZ

UTS Design Talks

1 May


Bubble & Speak,

Design Institute of Australia Bubble and Speak 2012 breakfast series

18 October


Look Hear

29 October


Insight #08
Apple store

'Back To The Future'
Apple / Infront Present 'Insight #08'
Featuring Toko

W ednesday 26th October
6.30pm @ Apple Store Sydney

2/367-373 George Street, Sydney

Shot Down

Work that has never
seen the light of day
Agda, NSW

Where do design concepts
go when they die?
The bottom drawer?
Are they repurposed for another client 3 months later? Or do they go in the back of the folio under the heading, 'They didn't actually go with this option but I still really like it so I keep it in my folio'.

Wherever they end up, we all have them. Rejected concepts.
Work that has never seen
the light of day.

Ideas that you slave over for days, months, weeks only to have it play second fiddle to the 'preferred route.' Ideas that have been shot down.

Join Toko and designers Mark Gowing (Mark Gowing Design), Paul Garbett (Naughtyfish), Ivana Martinovic (Native) as we drown our sorrows to a selection of the unseen, unheard, unrealised and the possibly under-appreciated.

Thursday August 25
6.30 pm

The Norfolk on Cleveland
(Mezzanine bar)
305 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills

We are AU.thentic

Part of Sydney Design and
Saturday Indesign, the AU.thentic exhibition will see its launch at TAIT.outdoor in Redfern.

Besides Toko, exhibitors and contributors to this very first Au.thentic event include: Deanne Cheuck, ContainerMade, Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen, Ingvar Kenne, one8one7, Nick Rennie, TAIT, Toko, John Warwicker, UniversalDesignStudioLondon, Charles Wilson

About AU.thentic
In 2011 the world is scattered with people and products of Australian heritage. In turn, Australia is now home to some of the world's most interesting and inspiring creatives.

AU.thentic explores the way that Australia is engaged with the world creatively both here and abroad. Through the changes in technology, travel and lifestyle choices, Australia has become a global force in creativity across all disciplines. We not only export our product but also our talent, and we import the same – making the melting pot that is Australia a new creative force bedded in the roots of Australian traditions. AU.thentic's online presence includes a user-generated map where Australian creatives can add their location, picture and link, showing the groundswell of Australian creative globally and giving the exhibition a life outside the gallery.

Talking shop
As the closing celebration of the veryfirst au.thentic instalment and the annual Saturday In Design event -
join us for a panel discussion, to hear first hand the experiences and stories behind some Australia's leading creatives.

4:30pm August 20

Sydney showroom

Advocacy and
the power of graphics

UTS School of Architecture
Faculty of DAB, UTS.

Toko and Anthony Burke will give a guest lecture in the Masters of Architecture subject "Architectural Practice: Media and Marketing"

Thursday 18th August 2011
10 am - 12 Noon

Talking Heads
Agda Adelaide

August 8
6.00pm for 6.30 start

Upstairs, Gilbert St Hotel
88 Gilbert St, Adelaide


Day 1
Tuesday 3 May 9:00 to 17:30
Day 2
Wednesday 4 May 10:30 to19:30
Day 3
Thursday 5 May 9:00 to 17:30

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Plenary 2,
1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf

The Award awards

Toko was one of this years design judges at the hotly contested AWARD awards, celebrating the region's most brilliant creative endeavours. The design panel consisted out of: Chris Doyle, David Ponce De Leon Michael Lugmayr, Mark Gowing, Glen Barry, Mark Moffit, David Grant, Julian Melhuish, Dean Poole and Zoe Pollitt.


We are invited by the Design Institute of Australia to share our thoughts at the 6x6 seminar, which is part of Sydney Design.

6x6 presents 6 leading design practitioners, from 6 different decades. Drawn from a mix of design disciplines they share their invaluable insights in the various creative industries through 6 slides each.

Wednesday 11 August 2010, 630pm

Coles Theatre, Powerhouse Museum

Creative Sydney
10 x 10 project

Toko is excited to be included
in Creative Sydney's 10x10 project, listing the 100 most inspirational creatives in Sydney.

The 10x10 Project harnesses the power of personal recommendation to support a network of creative talent.

Ten industry icons selected their top ten Sydney-based creative businesses or practitioners. You can view the full list on the dedicated micro-site, hosted by TheLoop.

Hotshop 2010

We are thrilled to say that we were again nominated this year as one of the 3 hottest creatives shops in Australia.

Incu Clothing

We are excited about becoming Incu's creative partner!

Toko and Incu will work on refreshing the brand and the retail experience.
Watch this space...

Australian Infront

Voyeurism at Australian Infront

A couple of studio shots and a short interview on Toko at Australian Infront. Thank you Damien!


The lettering of On Language in the New York Times Magazine

Featuring work, commisioned by the NewYork Times, by Toko and over 200 international contemporary designers, illustrators, artists and typographers.

Thursday April 22, 2010, 7–9 p.m.

The New York Times, 620 eighth Avenue, 7th floor

R.S.V.P. required to:

Grafik magazine

The Cache / Grafik Magazine
Thank you Dave for posting!

Agda young Lions

Seminar Young Lions:
Sam Pemberton

Invitation copy:
We’ve seen their work celebrated in the pages of numerous awards annuals and glossy magazines, but what are the innermost thoughts of the next wave of creative directors making their way through the scene? How do they perceive the design industry?
Where are they taking design in the future and how do they plan to get their businesses there without sacrificing the quality and creativity of their work? What are the greatest challenges they face and how do they deal with them?

Find out what keeps these designers challenged, inspired and engaged in the industry, and how they plan to reshape it over the course of the next few years.

Monday 19 April, 2010
5.45pm for 6pm start

Function Room
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Level 1, 405 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(the new Surry Hills Library building, opposite the Clock Hotel)

Anita Lyons

For Love and Money

For Love and Money:
New Illustration
Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs

Various work, interview

Some of our work is published in Laurence King's publication "For Love and Money" curated by Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs.

Mag Monday

New Code issue hits Australian shores!
Little interview and lovely review at MagMonday (Magazine Blog).

AIGA San Francisco presents InsideOut SF

AIGA San Francisco presents InsideOut SF
November 12, 2013 San Francisco

A curated exhibition and silent auction of original posters by some of the most influential San Francisco Bay Area and international creatives, revealing their personal impressions of San Francisco.

Our poster submission for InsideOut SF Gala and silent auction is a tribute to Bill Graham (born Wolodia Grajonca in Berlin). We can not think about SF without acknowledging Bill Graham's influence on (pop) culture in the Bay area. Graham made famous the Fillmore, Winterland and His Family Dog concert halls that were proving grounds for many now very famous rock bands. He invested his money in (psychedelic) poster promotion allowing many artists and designers to flourish in the 60' and 70's. Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Alton Curtis Kelley, Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso created some of the most prolific and exciting posters ever produced.

Marina Antoniou

Logo, visual identity and website for talented
jewellery designer Marina Antoniou.

Also check out her upcoming solo exhibition
coming thursday 7 November at COTA GAllery in Surry Hills.

Danish Design at the House

Danish Design at the House, a conceptual exhibition
presenting a foyer and six windows on Danish design.

We are very excited to be the design partner for this exciting exhibition and celebration of Danish design and the Sydney Opera House.
The result of a dynamic collaboration between the Danish Agency for Culture, the Opera House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Trade Council.

Danish Design at the House gives visitors an up-close and personal experience of a fusion between design, craft and architecture with some of the most exclusive art, culture, fashion, design and products hailing from Denmark.

The exhibition, coinciding with the 40 anniversary celebrations of the Opera House, will shed light on the values and logic underpinning Danish design.
A coherent and interactive display, this exclusive curated exhibition will take advantage of Jørn Utzon's deep bay windows bordering the Western Foyer of the Opera House.

Exhibiting companies include:
Bang & Olufsen, BODUM, Cane-line,ECCO, ege, Eilersen, Fritz Hansen, FLEYE, Georg Jensen, Grundfos, HAY, LEGO, Lightyears, LINDBERG, Louis Poulsen, Nordisk, Novo Nordisk, OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN, Onecollection, Kay Bojesen, Paustian, SCANPAN, Steensen Varming, Viola Sky and VisitDenmark.

Danish Design at the House
Sydney Opera House
Western foyer

Friday 25 October – Monday 11 November

Glory Glory

nah nah nah na hey hey
Toko poster submission for Glory Glory, in aid of British Blind Sport

Glory Glory is an exhibition and book of large format typographic posters based on football chants, in aid of British Blind sport.
The list of contributors is long but most of all impressive; Bibliothéque, Experimental Jetset, Family, Graphic Thought Facility, Hort, Lundgren-Lindqvist, Neubau, Studio Dumbar, Wim Crouwel and many more…

Acme & Co

New identity for architecture practise ACME & CO.
Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker are teaming up to combine
their strengths in architecture and interior.


Poster Graphics by BNN Japan and
Interview in Novum Magazine Germany

We are very pleased to be featured in the comprehensive Poster Graphics publication by BNN Japan. A whopping 14 posters made it into this exciting publication about poster design featuring prominent poster designers worldwide. Editor: Yusuke Shouno - purchase here: ISBN978-4-86100-884-9

The latest issue of Novum (World of graphic design) features an interview with Toko regarding the recent Art&About installation.

Fully Booked

Several Toko designed publications made it into the new publication by German based publishing powerhouse 'Gestalten'.

About the book:
From personal projects with the smallest print runs to premium artist books or brand publications, the selection of work presented in Fully Booked: Ink on Paper celebrates the tactile experience. Featuring innovative printing and binding techniques as well as radical editorial and design concepts, this work explores the distinctiveness of design, materials, workmanship, and production methods—
and pushes their limits.

Daniel Boddam
Identity - Website

We recently rebranded architecture practise 'Boddam Whetham Architects'. Besides the visual identity and logo the practise changed name into Daniel Boddam, simply reflecting the progression of offering a more personalised service to clients. The practise specialises in high-end residential architecture and interior design.


We welcome our recent client NIDA, for whom Toko
started to develop some exciting brand pieces.

More soon...

Crone Partners

Architecture firm Crone Partners and Toko collaborated on some new and very exciting Crone Partners print collateral. More soon…

Contemporary Australian Posters in Tokyo

We are very proud to be selected for this small but very exciting design exhibition in Japan.

As part of the Visual Communications Japan travel elective students will be mounting an exhibition, Contemporary Australian Posters, at Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo. Curated by academics Aaron Seymour and Kate Sweetapple, the exhibition showcases work by some of Australia's most awarded studios – Co-Op Design, Mark Gowing, Naughty Fish, Pip&Co, and Toko – providing a rare glimpse for Japanese audiences into the culture of Australian graphic design. The show runs from April 18–20 in Gallery 102 at Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Tokyo.

UTS Design Talks

Michael will be speaking at the Design Talk on 1 May.

Design Talks is a series of public lectures about design by designers. Its aim, beyond educating students, is to contribute something to the larger Sydney design community. Upcoming speakers include Opher Yomtov, Ken Garland and Vince Frost. Past speakers include Tom Uglow, Steve Frykolm and Mark Gowing.

Ten Days on the Island 2013

We just returned from a short trip to Tasmania to enjoy the result of 1 year worth of work for the Ten Days on the Island Festival. Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania's international arts festival, (Ten Days) is Australia's only, state-wide, international arts festival and Tasmania's premier cultural event. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has presented the work of an outstanding range of international, national and Tasmanian artists whose work celebrates global island culture. The festival has been presented to audiences in every corner of Tasmania, impacting the lives of almost one million people over the six festivals held to date.


ViewTen Days 2011 campaign

Billard Leece Partnership

Toko developed a new and very exciting website for Melbourne based award winning architecture practise BLP. The unusual navigation and interactions make this portfolio site a browsing pleasure.


Toko developed a new logo for Spreedle, a mobile technology and services company specialising in local marketing. The product suite has been created with one behaviour in mind: attracting people to visit places.

Ten Days on the Island 2013

Over the past year Toko has been developing and implementing the 2013 campaign for the Ten Days on the Island arts festival. With the festival coming closer, kicking of on 15 march, the first pieces of printed collateral are now being printed and distributed.

This years campaign is an evolution of the 2011 campaign where the black dot took centre stage ( The 10 coloured dots represent and identify the 10 Festival towns, each hosting their own international arts festival. The colourful and elastic identity celebrates the creative energy coming out of Tasmania.


View Ten Days 2011 campaign


Poster Magazine 3

Poster Magazine instalment number 3 in stores now.
Celebrating 10 years Poster Magazine.

Virginia Kerridge

New website for award winning architect Virginia Kerridge

Architect Virginia Kerridge specialises in contemporary housing and commercial design.
Toko designed a website around the complexity and diversity of Virginia Kerridge's project images, ranging from extreme horizons to extreme portraits and everything in between. The website design utilises the entire canvas (screen size) by working into the corners, allowing a dynamic presentation of projects.

Development: Madeleine Burke

Lacoste + Stevenson

Hot from the press:
'Lacoste + Stevenson = Book'

This book is a compilation of projects designed by award-winning architects Lacoste + Stevenson over the course of two decades of practice. These projects include built and unbuilt work of varying programmes, complexities and budgets, and range from furniture design to urban master planning, from art installations to large buildings.

With design by renowned creative studio Toko, the emphasis of the book is on process rather than execution or detail, the intention being to highlight the concepts that have guided the design. These concepts have been classified in families ('contrast', 'camouflage', 'formula', 'combination', 'surprise', 'strategy', 'atmosphere'), bringing to light a constant approach to design that is independent of size or type. The book is like the 'Happy Families' card game and the reader is intended to enjoy it in the spirit of a game, comparing illustrations of the different members of the family.

Transcript and publishing by URO


Finally we managed to update our website with
some of our recent (and not so recent) projects.
More updates following soon...

ABC Radio

By Design interview presented by Fenella Kernebone

By Design talks to the creative team Gerard Reinmuth, Anthony Burke and Toko about their vision and project, Formations, for the Australian Pavilion, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Milk Bar
By Cafe-ish

Our buddies across the street recently moved to redfern to start another adventure, called the Milk Bar by Cafe-ish.

Toko helped out with some interior advise and some graphic all on a micro budget. Go and have a burger.

Urban Walkabout
Identity and campaign

Toko develops new identity and campaign for Urban Walkabout:
the one-stop guide to everything (sub)urban:
fashion, design, food and lifestyle

Urban Walkabout publishes the Urban Walkabout shopping guides in Sydney & Perth- a series of convenient, free pocket guide maps of each city's popular suburbs.

To ensure the guides and displays can compete with busy (mainly retail) surroundings we created a clear and bold identity system based on directional vernacular.

Besides the logo we created a custom made typeface, guide templates, window stickers, posters and bags.


Toko poster exhibition at the HfG — Offenbach, Germany
8 Insights, Toko talk
— Apple store, Sydney
2011 Agda poster annual, exhibition
— Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

Insight #08, Apple store

'Back To The Future'
Apple / Infront Present 'Insight #08'
Featuring Toko.

The good folks at Australian Infront and Apple invited us for Insight #08.

'Insight' is a series of talks put together by the team at Infront and Apple. Set to inspire and challenge - these talks will feature leading Australian creatives across a number of fields. Open to the general public, these talks are completely free.

Our eighth speaker is Toko speaking on 'Back To The Future'.
"Toko will explore and discuss their 'Future' practice based on examples from past experiences, their move to Australia, scale and immediate impact of advances in technology on print based design."

W ednesday 26th October 2011
6.30pm @ Apple Store Sydney

2/367-373 George Street, Sydney

Venice Architecture Biennale

We are thrilled to announce that our team has emerged as the winning creatives to develop and design the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Australian Institute of Architects have announced Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, working in close collaboration with TOKO Concept Design, will head the creative team for the Australian Pavilion at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale - the world's most important upcoming architectural event.

The team will present 'Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture'- an exhibition designed to "challenge traditionally held beliefs about what architecture can be, and celebrate new opportunities for architects working in non-traditional ways".

China International Design Competition

Very excited to Head of to Beijing to judge submissions for the China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon.

Judging colleagues are: Brian Collins, Alan Chan, Jianping He, Irma Boom, Kan Tai-keung, Lü Jingren, Mehdi Saeedi and Sophie Thomas.

The ultimate Chinese cultural symbol is the dragon. And in anticipation of the auspicious year, AIGA China has partnered with PoloArts to support the first annual China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon. The competition aims to promote communication, exchange and interaction between China and the rest of the world by encouraging designers to create innovative work based around the theme of the Chinese dragon.

A panel of judges comprised of well-respected international designers and Chinese celebrities will award significant cash prizes. One hundred winning works will be exhibited at Beijing's Capital Museum in January 2012. (part of: Beijing Design Week 2011)

Sydney Design 2011

We just finished the Identity for Sydney Design 2011.

Sydney Design is an annual event produced by the Powerhouse Museum in association with more than 60 cultural institutions, organisations and individuals across Sydney. With over 100 events, the program includes inspiring exhibitions, workshops, master classes, talks, installations and tours – unpacking design, connecting people and creating meaningful dialogue around design issues.

In answer to this year's theme 'Is Old New Again', we developed a visual identity concept which celebrates paper as an icon through an icon.
The simplification and digitalisation of honest and physical paper for our digital world represents the immense changes we experience and will experience in the future. This little icon represents the connection to the 'old' world and helps us navigate through the 'new'.

Sydney Design 2011
We are living in a world where change is so rapid that our notions of 'normal' are constantly shifting. In all areas of design – such as product design, architecture, fashion and graphic design, practitioners everywhere are mining tradition and marrying cutting edge technology with an artisanal and human sensibility. You can see it in media, food, popular culture and the arts but nowhere is this more pronounced than in the world of design. Consumers want to connect with makers and growers and hear the voice of the average person. Don't be mistaken, this is not about nostalgia – it's a collision between design, tradition, innovation, heritage and experimentation. In lace, for example, practitioners are employing a radical reworking of traditional craft using cutting edge technology and materials – exploding preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Designers everywhere are reworking, recycling, and reconfiguring everything about the way we think, behave, create and consume design. At the core of this is a craving felt by designers and consumers for sincerity, honesty and fairness. Is the past offering a new starting point?

Venice Architecture Biennale

We are delighted to announce our team with Gerard Reinmuth (Terroir Architects) and Anthony Burke (UTS) is 1 of the 5 entrants shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for the coveted role of Creative Director of the Australian exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale - the world's most important architectural forum.

Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum
Exhibition catalogue

Besides the campaign concept, collateral and exhibition Graphics,
we just finished a major publication accompanying this ground-breaking exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

For a copy of the Lace Revolution manifest:
please head to the Powerhouse museum shop!


On monday August 8, Toko is heading over to Adelaide as one of the talking heads for the AGDA South Australia Speaker Serie.

August 8
6.00pm for 6.30 start

Upstairs, Gilbert St Hotel
88 Gilbert St, Adelaide

+81 Magazine, Japan

Just received our complimentary copy of +81 and would like express a big thank you to Nahoko Mori for the inspiring questions and wonderful article on us in Vol. 53.

Danish Design at the House
Exhibition design

Exhibition design, miscelaneous printed collateral, poster and book design for Danish design exhibition, part of the Opera House's 40th birthday celebrations.

Curated by architects Gerard Reinmuth (Terroir) and Karen Kjaergaard (Aarhus), Danish Design at the House is a conceptual exhibition that is part of 40th anniversary celebrations of Danish architect Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. From 25 October to 11 November, the Western Foyer of the Opera House will be transformed into an installation inspired by the sparse, elegant modernism of the Danish living room, using art, culture, fashion, design and products to shed light on the values and logic that underpin Danish design.
To be officially opened by the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark as part of their visit to Australia for the Opera House celebrations in late October, the exhibition brings together Danish artwork  with contemporary and classic designs by key companies: Bang & Olufsen, BODUM, Cane-line, ECCO, Ege, Eilersen, Fritz Hansen, FLEYE, Georg Jensen, Grundfos, HAY, LEGO, Lightyears, LINDBERG, Louis Poulsen, Nordisk, Novo Nordisk, Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, OneCollection, Kay Bojesen, Paustian, Scanpan, Steensen Varming, Viola Sky and Visit Denmark.

25 October – 11 November 2013
Western Foyer, Sydney Opera House

Icon Magazine - Aldi Rethink

100 years and (dis)counting

Every month Icon Magazine invites a selected design studio to redesign an everyday object or brand, looking at ways to improve it.

Always wondered why 'discount' looks the way it looks, Toko took on the challenge to rethink the 'discount-look'. Designing 'discount', without the troublesome aethetics and homogenous 'discount clichés'..

This year exactly 100 years old, a heavily dated logo and identity, discount-king Aldi presented us the ultimate 'design challenge'.

Embracing Aldi's discount image, Toko's redesign replaces expensive product photography by DIY flatbed scans (all images are in-house scans of real products), and fancy words are traded for honest, simple and straight forward communication.

Aldi; the ultimate alternative for todays trendy (read over-priced) words 'artisan' and 'boutique'. Because really how artisan can milk be?

Aldi could bring the world back to it's feet. Hardcore honesty can earn Aldi the status of "cool" and not just "that German" discounter around the corner. No Aldi is not a small cute hipster corner store or bakery populated by heavily tattooed and bearded guys but a place where you go to get your basic groceries. 'No' service, less product options, no fancy presentation…

it's just Aldi

Object Gallery
CUSP Exhibition

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

Our intensive collaboration as design partner with the Australian Design Centre came to erupt last week when the exciting and must see CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade exhibition was opened in the Casula Powerhouse Museum.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade presents a selection of outstanding Australian designers with ideas that could change the way we inhabit the world. Ranging from artificially intelligent wallpaper that communicates with bystanders, to a design methodology that is dramatically improving the health of disadvantaged communities, to an aural experience that alters the way we listen to our environment. Each project reveals a concern for the wellbeing and progression of humanity.

Simon McQuoid
Digital applications

Toko designed the website and touch screen applications for multi award winning director Simon McQuoid. The applications are equipped with an ingenious CMS system allowing for a Flash like appearance but without the technical restrains.
Toko developed the applications in collaboration with Aistrope.

Semi permanent Auckland
Design conference

Semi Permanent Auckland was the 4th time Toko spoke at this very exciting and über inspiring event. Once again it was an absolute pleasure to share the stage with such amazing talents from the world over.

Brain Magazine

Toko designed the new cover for the monthly Japanese magazine "BRAIN".
BRAIN is a very popular magazine among those who are interested in creative, design, people and advertising. Besides the theme 'emerald green', the pms colour of the year 2013, we had free range and opted for a very expressive graphic, representing a colour compass.

Hello Auckland!

Semi-Permanent Auckland - 31 May / 1 June 2013
Very excited to be speaking at Semi-Permanent in Auckland New Zealand.

Speakers are: Aaron Rose, Annie Sperling, Askew, Curious Films, Digital Kitchen, Dominic Hofstede, Kelly Thompson, March Studio, Niklas Roy, Random Studio, Stab, Steve Ayson and Toko's Michael Lugmayr.

About Semi-Permanent
Semi-Permanent's purpose is to unite and inspire the diverse and exciting creative world by bringing together a panel of exceptionally talented, globally renowned speakers via a premium event experience. Moving into its 11th year, Semi-Permanent is the most successful event of its kind in the world - born out of a desire to unite the world's creative communities.

Semi-Permanent combines speaker presentations, exhibitions and parties into a festival of creativity. A refreshing look at the current state of the art and design world - both educational and inspiring. A not to be missed event on your yearly creative calendar.

Object Gallery
Event style - Exhibition

Designing into the Next Decade

We are very excited about our current collaboration with the Australian Design Centre working on the next major travelling exhibition called CUSP. CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is a glimpse into this future. Featuring designers who's work within the multifaceted Australian design landscape have the potential to effect lifestyle, learning and cultural change in our lives over the next ten years. From data to health, architecture to fashion, and in many unexpected spaces in between, who is working on the 'cusp' of thinking in their field, and what is driving their work?

Brain Magazine

Toko designed the new cover for the monthly Japanese magazine "BRAIN".
BRAIN is a very popular magazine among those who are interested in creative, design, people and advertising. We had free range besides the theme "emerald green"(the pms colour of the year 2013). We opted for a very expressive graphic representing a colour compass.

Stanisic Architects
Branding - Website

New logo and website for award winning architecture firm Stanisic Architects. The minimalist website services Stanisic's needs to communicate realised projects clearly and without disturbance further helped by the collapsing units.

Venice Architecture Biennale
Event style - Exhibition


Recently the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice came to an end, exhibition dismantled and shipped back to Australia. We are still trilled to have been part of such amazing event and our Formations re-mix t-shirt sums it all up…


Branding - Strategy

Branding and strategy for start-up bike hire 'Livelo'

Operating in the velo void of performance bicycle hire (by the hour), Livelo sets out to deliver it's customer the unforgettable velo experience of hiring a high performance bicycle with the freedom to explore a city in every wind direction you please.

Toko's mark and visual language for Livelo, both cycle chain and 'compass', utilises the velo vernacular, based with the understanding of a start-up's need for immediate recognisability in a tightly knit cycle market, whilst at the same time achieving a visual language which is both playful, dynamic and versatile in the years to come.


Identity De Wientapperie (The Wine tap...)

Toko developed the visual identity and logo for the wine tasting initiative called "De Wientapperie". The initiative helps deepen appreciation for wines, national and international, and it's makers. The friendly logo resembles a smile and the art of tapping wine straight from the barrel.

Oscar Wylee
Branding - Art direction

Branding and Art direction
for eyewear brand Oscar Wylee

Branding suite, including Logo, visual identity, campaign concept and art-direction for Oscar Wylee Eyewear; a new online business for quality prescription glasses without the price tag.

Toko's concept for the logo and the subsequent introduction campaign is derived from the glasses common denominator "the bridge". Imagery is mirrored to create a "perfect balance" between brand, product and collateral.
(website design and development by Netstarter)

Made for School
Naming - Branding

Naming and brand identity for LWR Schoolwear

Toko was approached by LWR to develop the name and brand identity for their new online school wear business.

The name Toko developed "Made for School" works on many levels;
it's direct, dynamic and allows personification and activation. The name's connotation, it's alterations and subsequent identity represent the energetic and dynamic environment kids live in, made for class yes but made for sports, adventure, climbing or running are equally important. Gender and names become part of the overall identity, and are send as personalised packages:
"Made for Sophie" – "Made for Dave" – Made for You".

Turning a transaction into a pleasant surprise, and a perfect way to start school.

Art & About 2012

Art & About art installation coming soon...

Very excited about our upcoming art installation for Art & About 2012.
Our work is integral part of this years event-style beautifully designed by the City of Sydney design team.

Stay tuned, more on this soon...

Design Parramatta

New ideas to shape the city.

Multi disciplinary teams of urban designers, architects, landscape architects and artists are invited to participate in a 6 week event to design 15+ concepts for Parramatta's public spaces, streets and lanes in a creative review of the city's CBD. The projects will be combined to create a conceptual master plan and act as a catalyst for transformation of the city's public spaces.

Parramatta aims to encourage collaboration and discourse by running parallel projects and promoting multidisciplinary team work.

Our project, Church Street Mall, a short term makeover/ clean up to improve the mall's appearance, encourage visitation, civic life and city events even whilst the construction work for new buildings and Parramatta Square unfolds over the next 10 -15 years.

Project Team
Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Pty Ltd Architects, Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, JMD design, Toko, Pamela Mei-Leng See

Art & About 2012

2:3 Installation
'Gallery JCDeceaux'

Art & About festival commissioned Toko to transform Sydney's city lights into
a colourful and vibrant installation. Subsequently these works became integral part of the 2012 visual identity beautifully designed by the City of Sydney
in-house design team.

2:3 Installation:
Commenting on the omni-presence of visual noise lighting up our ever commercial cityscapes, Toko's vibrant city lights installation explore JCDeceaux's potential by re-appropriating them into a non-commercial outlet: "Gallery JCDeceaux'.

The 15 visuals, reflecting on the Festival's theme 'Colour', utilize the highly standardised JCDeceaux measurements and specifics (2:3). Generating a suite of colourful building blocks to be arranged and re-arranged in an immeasurable amount of visuals.

13th Venice Architecture Biennale
Exhibition design

2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian pavilion

Many month's of preparations and one week of insane physical labour in 40+ degrees climaxed at the Formations Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Exhibited works by Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo), Supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield), Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd (Richard Goodwin), 2112 Ai (100YR City) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson), The Architects Radio Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Philips, Rory Hyde) and Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey).

Venice Architecture Biennale

Packed and shipped.

We are very excited about our forthcoming trip to Venice, Italy. To actually build the physical exhibition. May all parts arrive.

Revolver Film
Identity and website

Re-fresh of the Revolver identity and new website.

The highly awarded film production company Revolver approached us
to re-think and re-fresh their identity.

The individuality of the directors is enhanced by making them integral part
of the identity. The directors are Revolver and Revolver are the directors.

Executed in a minimalist look featuring bold type and the occasional touch of colour.

Cafe-ish, Surry Hills

For our neighbours we created a series of posters inspired by the cafe/restaurants exciting fusion of Native Australian and Japanese dishes. At night Cafe...ish turns into a Izakaya and serves one of Sydney's largest Sake selections.
More posters will follow....

Plakataustellung, Poster exhibition

We are very excited about our upcoming Plakatausstellung (poster exhibition) at the HfG in Offenbach Germany. About 20 of our posters created over the past years will be exhibited as part of an ongoing series of exhibitions called M1:1.
Sascha Lobe, owner of L2M3 which happens to be one of our favorite design practices, invited us for the honorable task of kicking-off the series later this month.

25.10. bis 30.11.2011
M1:1#1: Toko, Sydney

Plakatausstellung Raum 301a
Ein Projekt der Typografieklasse Lobe
HfG Offenbach

Reading Room, 2011 State of Design Festival

Paul Marcus Fuog of Coöp send us some images of the Reading Room project he curated in collaboration with Perimeter books.

An interesting 'small' project for which he invited 8 designers to select 2 books from the Perimeter catalogue that either inspired or informed their practise.
Participating designers: Warren Taylor, Edwards Moore, Lucy McRae, Mark Gowing, Daniel Emma, James Cameron and Toko.

2011 Agda Poster Annual

Our poster was selected for the 2011 AGDA Poster Annual Exhibition, Inspired by Music. In its biggest year to date, the Annual attracted over 500 entries, but just 46 posters have been shortlisted by the international judging panel consisting out of:
Ken Cato, Cato Purnell Partners (Australia)
Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss, Non-Format (Norway)
Chen Zhengda, Superdesign Co. (China)
Fanette Mellier (France)
Stephan Bundi, Atelier Bundi (Switzerland)
Eike Koenig, Hort (Germany)

21-31 October
281 Clarence Street, Sydney
10am–6pm Weekdays
11am–5pm Saturdays

Gaffa Gallery

Amsterdam, Berlin and Tuscany

Just returned from another exciting trip to Europe. Cycling in Amsterdam, getting inspired in Berlin, finished off with wine and ancient history in Tuscany. Recharged and ready to go...

Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum

A Lace revolution is here!

Concept, visual Identity and exhibition graphics
for Powerhouse Museum's ground-breaking exhibition 'Love Lace'.

From a disused farm truck revived by its impressive metal lace body, a sculpture of a female uterus made from delicately knitted human hair, and a replica Ford motor engine created from thin crocheted steel. These are just some of the extraordinary works featured in the ground-breaking exhibition 'Love Lace' at the Powerhouse Museum.

The Museum's need to present a provocative challenge to conventional notions of lace in order to attract new audiences was the key motivator for us to develop a 'Revolutionary' visual identity concept for this extra-ordinary exhibition.

Preconceived opinions on Lace are challenged by a provocatively bold execution of marketing and advertising collateral.
'The Lace revolution' embodied in tag-lines like;
"Make Lace Not War", Not Just a Thread, and "Open Work For Everyone!"
comes to live in a dynamic visual identity representing revolutionary vernacular like protest signs, badges and poster walls.

Toko also developed the exhibition graphics complementing Durbach Block's exciting architectural design.