Masthead Design & Creative

Visual WOW communication solutions through digital and print media!

Brisbane, Australia

WOW – welcome to the new-look MASTHEAD Design & Creative

Harness our rich and diverse heritage of envisaging concepts, opportunities and outcomes (which others often miss) to deliver a wide range of functional, effective visual communication solutions that will have you and your customers saying ‘WOW!’

At MASTHEAD Design & Creative, we’re not about ‘drive-thru window’ work or ‘half-arsed’ measures that don’t wring every last drop of value-added creative from a brief and a budget to help you get maximum bang for your buck!

Instead, we focus on building long-term relationships in which goals and targets are regularly exceeded, based on solid foundations of shared experience, business knowledge and market understanding, working together to empower our clients with winning resources.

Look your best with our passionately big-hearted creative insights that really hit the spot!

For general enquiries, or to request a complimentary introductory consultation to discuss your branding, publication or other digital and print design needs, please “say ‘G’Day” and we’ll be in touch with you on the same or next business day.

Yes, it’s really us – remember the soothing movie?

While MASTHEAD Design & Creative has been busy delivering digital and print projects for our clients, publishing books and annual reports, and creating lusciously-engaging maps, striking vehicle wraps (and much more besides!) we’ve had to leave you with an early landing page that, by all accounts, many people found to be a relaxing visit to simply ‘take five’ out of their busy day to enjoy the virtual water.
This soothing scene is exclusive to MASTHEAD Design & Creative and integral to our own brand DNA: click the preview thumbnail to open a pop-up window and take a moment to exhale and smile – welcome home!

Services

Let’s start with these four discoveries …

As we make this debut, in the final sprint to meet pre-Christmas 2023 deadlines, at MASTHEAD Design & Creative we’re busy juggling the completion of annual reports, yearbooks and other major client commitments, so the indulgence of expanding and fully populating our own new website will necessarily take a back seat for a few weeks. Here’s ‘four cuts of the cake’ to whet your appetite for WOW!

Industries

From aeronautical and marine to transit and wayfinding, government, construction, engineering, tourism and hospitality, MASTHEAD Design & Creative has it covered.

Skills

Situational awareness, context and the ability to take a masthead’s-eye view - from the horizon down to the tiniest detail on deck below - are among our hallmarks.

Passions

Branding, maps, infografix, books, complex reports and magazines - integrated both digital and print - and maps (yum!) are MASTHEAD Design & Creative specialities.

Clients

MASTHEAD Design & Creative is experienced with corporates, peak groups and government agencies, offering scaleable packages for start-up & SME business needs too.

Featured FlippingBooks

Loyalty is a strong value here at MASTHEAD Design & Creative – to our clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers – and we have valued the steady platform of FlippingBook for a decade to showcase our clients’ best to maximum immersive, interactive and engaging effect. Click on the thumbnail images to dive into one of our featured FB publications from our online library over time.

2024 Wine Guide GBA FlippingBook
Cover page of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's 2023 Flipbook - titled RQYS Mainsheet 2023
RQYS Mainsheet 2023 FlippingBook

Musings to come …

Once our new website has a chance to pause, draw breath and expand, we’ll be introducing a ‘Musings’ (blog and news) page in the extended navigation bar. This could include a curation of thoughts, findings and observations ranging from the quirky and fun (stuff that tickles our dry sense of humour!) to more serious commentary and links to topics for thoughtful consideration.

Featured FlippingBook

Loyalty is a strong value here at MASTHEAD D&C - to our clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers - and we have valued the steady platform of FlippingBook for a decade to showcase our clients’ best to maximum immersive, interactive and engaging effect Click on the thumbnail image to dive into one of our featured FB publications from our online library over time.

Musings
to come...

Once our new website has a chance to pause, draw breath and expand, we’ll be introducing a ‘Musings’ (blog and news) page in the extended navigation bar. This could include a curation of thoughts, findings and observations ranging from the quirky and fun (stuff that tickles our dry sense of humour!) to more serious commentary and links to topics for thoughtful consideration.

Masthead Design & Creative

Could we be on the same page already?

You’re welcome to continue scrolling and reading – especially when you bookmark this new MASTHEAD Design & Creative website to return and see what’s new as we enhance its content in the coming weeks – but hopefully, we’ve given you a good sense of our integrity and a warm feel for the character of our approach and our style in just these initial modules. If you’ve already got the sense that we layer fun, insight and engagement onto a foundation of serious functionality and long-term relationship, then now might be the time to say “G’Day” to start a potentially fruitful conversation … or you can also read on before clicking!

Introducing our Values

Amidst the ‘what’ and ‘who’ aspects of the work of MASTHEAD Design & Creative, the ‘how’ and ‘why’ facets shine through in all we do for clients.

Inquisitiveness

Why? Why not? – shake it up, twist the cube; explore beyond apparent boundaries and limitations to see what might be possible.

Mindfulness

Situational Awareness – our diverse aviation / marine / event experience means we are always mindful of context and perspective.

Tenacity

Conceiving, planning, tracking, monitoring and fine-tuning corrections, with a determination to ‘stay the course’ to the best outcome.

Integrity

We stand with our work and by our brand promise, in sure conscience that our ‘above-and-beyond best’ is indeed worthy of ‘WOW!’

Our valued clients

Please stand by: we’re currently curating a representative ‘logo fruit salad’ of MASTHEAD Design & Creative clients large and small, from widely-
known to those familiar to only their niche market segments, and sorting the ingredients for fresh and tasty presentation!

Portfolio picks and selected studies

Presenting examples of a diverse range of work is crucial for
potential clients evaluating whether MASTHEAD Design & Creative would be a good fit and, equally, it’s important to also present a snapshot context of any jobs chosen for public appraisal. Our huge
experience in working with, for example, not-for-profit organisations,
sole traders and small businesses means that creative solutions may not win design industry awards (and there’s always the concern about instant subjective reactions in isolation) but they will have delivered WOW! outcomes – sometimes on ‘the smell of an oily rag’ budgets! – wringing every last drop out of the utility, quality, reach and engagement far exceeding customer expectations.  (Case studies coming soon!)

Resolutions Int.
Rebrand, product deveopment, print collateral suite, tradeshow materials & more
Portfolio
Port of Brisbane
Double-page spread map, book design, production management, copywriting.
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Our clients trust us to deliver exceptional work

Don’t just take our word(s) for it …

Delivering a wide range of functional, effective visual communication solutions that will have you and your customers saying ‘WOW!’

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

FAQs – see if we’ve covered your query here

• Integrated digital/print projects • Brand development & curation • Infografix & complex data visual communication • Maps & wayfinding • Annual Reports • Books, magazines & catalogues • Reports & technical documents • Editorial, copywriting & features • Signage, displays, vechicle decals & promo products • Website CMS & eDMs • Production co-ordination & project management … are just some of MASTHEAD D&C’s core competencies! If we are unable to handle it in-house, chances are, after 40 years in the business, we know someone who can (and we have a wide-spanning network of trusted business contacts too).

Some of the principles underpinning MASTHEAD Design & Creative work include • Complexity made clear – in visuals, words, data and presentation • Engaging and immersive audience experience • Luscious location mapping (we love maps!) • Clearly informative content & communications • Integrated and interactive project co-ordination • Collaboration and integration, vertically, laterally & geographically • Long-term relationships fostered for mutual benefit • Trusted integrity as a reliable provider with a proven track record.

With 40 years’ experience behind MASTHEAD Design & Creative, we have spanned many sectors, including • Hospitality & events • Transit & transport • Government (all levels) • Not-for-profits • Community organisations • Start-ups, Sole Traders & SMEs • Historical research • Art and Architecture • Building & construction • Engineering • Technology & ICT • Aeronautical • Marine • Wayfinding & mapping • Book publishing • International markets – to name but a few!

There’s quite a few ‘4s’ on this page so here’s 5 features of MASTHEAD Design & Creative’s USP:

1 OUT IN FRONT
At the risk of sounding like wankers* there’s been demonstrable numbers of instances over the decades where, with hindsight, it’s been shown that our concepts or our work have been developed and presented or delivered between two and eight years ahead of their time. (*It’s a calculated risk we’re prepared to run, and we’ll be covering subjects as diverse as the Falklands War, Garfield, Qantas rebranding and “Air Crash Investigations” to support this claim in forthcoming MUSINGS blog articles – stay tuned!)

2 THINK DIFFERENT
At MASTHEAD Design & Creative, we have an innate knack for extrapolating from and envisioning beyond the core elements of a brief to ask ‘What if?’ questions that challenge preconceptions and ‘limitations’ with a fresh approach – sometimes very 90-degrees ‘left field’! – which illuminates hitherto-unseen, not yet considered possibilities … we didn’t arrive at our ‘WOW!’ tagline without having heard it many, many times from clients and customers saying “Wow, I hadn’t thought of THAT!”

3 FUNCTIONAL AND FIT-FOR-PURPOSE
The foundation of almost all our design projects is in utility, functionality, practicality and longevity (supporting credibility, visibility and value-for-money) – if something doesn’t ‘work’ then it’s unlikely to register emotionally, deliver financially and risks diminishing or damaging a promise. (That’s why we always begin branding development in B&W – if a concept works in one-colour, grayscale and reverse, then it will work in full colour … but not necessarily the other way round.)

4 ENGAGE AND IMMERSE
Brands should be strong enough to be adaptable, playful and wear many outfits without dissolution of their recognition and core values; tweaks, twists and layers of meaning in logos that pass first glance unnoticed but leave a subliminal ‘hook’ prompt audience re-engagement. Similarly, at MASTHEAD Design & Creative we love maps for being luscious story-telling, immersive experiences of colour and fine detail – or instantly, compellingly and helpfully clear explanations of location, context and travel options: your customers and readers will thank you!

5 EXCEED EXPECTATIONS
In many respects, it’s sum of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above but, simply put, it’s what we always aim to do: it’s in our DNA.

Masthead Design & Creative

Say “G’Day” to us now

Thank you: if you’ve made it this far down our opening page, we trust you’ve enjoyed the read (plus maybe a chuckle or two!) and developed a sense for what makes ‘MASTHEAD Design & Creative’ one of a kind – and potentially a good fit for your business’s design, creative and visual communication marketing needs. Click to email or pick up the phone and let’s see what we might achieve together!

Matt Tesch
Visual Communication Specialist
Brisbane, Australia

Discover a limitless world of creativity through visual communication. Join us now and unlock the full potential of your imagination.

Specialties: Print production, publishing, books, theses, advertising, marketing, graphic design, illustration, editing, functions & events management, proofreading, modelmaking, project management, merchandise, displays & exhibits.

More details are coming soon to our new website!

For general enquiries, or to request a complimentary introductory consultation to discuss your branding, publication or other digital and print design needs, please “say ‘G’Day” and we’ll be in touch with you on the same or next business day.

Matt Tesch
Visual Communication Specialist
Brisbane, Australia

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