Extra / Ordinary – Australian Institute of Architecture National Conference

Andrew Ashton (Aa)

Each year the institute puts together a conference exploring architect, design and cultural themes. In 2010 Mel Dodd, an architect and academic (Currently Programme Director of Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins in London), curated a programme exploring the concept of Extra / Ordinary, As the name suggests a communication scheme exploited ordinary things in extraordinary ways across all media from identity, print, advertising, digital, to student onsite projects and interactions.

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    Andrew Ashton (Aa), Australia (2004)

    Andrew is a father, designer, writer, image-maker, creative director and occasional gardener who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Andrew has practised design since 1989. He is interested in...

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    Each year the institute puts together a conference exploring architect, design and cultural themes. In 2010 Mel Dodd, an architect and academic (Currently Programme Director of Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins in London), curated a programme exploring the concept of Extra / Ordinary, As the name suggests a communication scheme exploited ordinary things in extraordinary ways across all media from identity, print, advertising, digital, to student onsite projects and interactions.

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    Andrew is a father, designer, writer, image-maker, creative director and occasional gardener who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia.

    Andrew has practised design since 1989. He is interested in making work that has a sense of place and time, informed by the ideas, colours, forms and spirit unique to his clients, commissioners and collaborators.

    Andrew is Head of Innovation at the Edison Agency, rethinking the wall calendar, and walking whenever possible.

    Exhibitions

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    Diamonds in the Rough

    2011

    Jacky Winter, Melbourne

    Celebrating the 25 anniversary issue of Desktop Magazine, Andrew presented an interactive publication and exhibition of past and present free cultural printed matter and artifacts.

    Education

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    Session Lecturer

    • Undergraduate,  
    • Postgraduate

    2008 – today

    • Monash University – Art Design and Architecture ()

    Lecturing in graphic identity and brand creation, motion and direction creation, experience and place creation, experimental publication

    Agencies

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    • Nelmes Smith Ashton

      1994 – 1998

    • Precinct Design

      1999 – 2003

    • Studio Pip and Co.

      2003 – 2012

    • Work Art Life Studios

      2012 – 2020

    • Aa Design

      2020 – present

    • The Edison Agency

      2021 – present

    Awards

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    • 1998

    Australian Graphic Design Association Pinnacle Award
    • 2002

    Australian Graphic Design Association Pinnacle Award
    • 2005

    Victorian Premier’s Design Award – Finalist
    • 2015

    Victorian Premier’s Design Award – Finalist
    • 2002

    Australian Writers and Art Directors Award – Silver Pencil
    • 2015

    New Zealand Design Institute – Silver Pin

    Other Professional Activities

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    • Chair – Australian Design Biennale, Melbourne

      2011 – 2012

    • Creative Director – Australian Graphic Design Association Biennial Awards, Melbourne

      2001 – 2001