While man walked on the moon, I worked for a studio, Commercial Art Services in Sussex Street, Sydney, from 1969 until travelling by motorcycle to Perth and back in 1970.

History shows that I fast-footed my way back to Sydney, put a portfolio together, and started my new adventure on 27 July 1970. Right in the middle of a very, very cold Canberra winter.

I spent 8 productive years in the The Australian News & Information Service working on many design projects promoting Australia to the world. That was the ANIBs role and the professional group of journalists, editors, photographers, film producers and designers eventually became Promotion Australia, part of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Another 2 years were spent in government as I was seconded to the Department of the Interior to help setup the structure for the upcoming ACT Government Publications Unit.

During that time I worked at nights and weekends freelancing for local businesses until I finally took the plunge — left the ANIB — and went full-time freelancer in 1979.

1970: 01

Design 'rough' for cover of book about Australia

Cover design ‘rough’ for book about Australia

The first project I was given when starting at the Australian News and Information Bureau was to design a cover for the planned Economic book of Australia.

A 1970s colour design for a cover of a book

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