The Best Graphic Designers in Canberra

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DR Print

DR Print, one of Canberra’s most recommended graphic designers. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

In today’s busy world it’s a smart move for businesses to use professional graphic design services. It helps you stand out in the crowd. Professional graphic design isn’t just about “good looks”. It’s about achieving business goals. This includes attracting new customers, achieving sales, promoting products or providing services.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a professional graphic design company, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great graphic designer?

A great graphic designer will get to know your business. This way they’ll be able to reflect your business through amazing visuals. Great graphic designers work hard to present your brand in the most effective way. Choosing the right graphic designer can help fast-track your project.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a graphic designer.

  • Technical know-how. Choose a graphic designer who has design flair and technical know-how. This is important because graphic designers use information technology and software applications to do their work.
  • Creativity and innovation. You’ll want a graphic designer who is creative and innovative. You’ll want one who thinks outside the box . This will enable them to present exciting visual solutions for your needs.
  • Briefing and communications. You’ll want a graphic designer who pays attention to your brief. Make sure your graphic designer is a great communicator so, above all, nothing gets lost in translation. Graphic designers also need to be good communicators with printers and other production experts who may be involved in your project.
  • Organised and efficient. It’s essential that your graphic designer work efficiently to save you money. Above all they need to be organised so they don’t miss deadlines.
  • Experienced. Choose a graphic designer who is experienced and has a fantastic portfolio.

The best graphic designers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

DR Print

DR Print

DR Print has provided printing and design solutions across Canberra and Australia for more than 23 years. In addition to digital and offset printing services, DR Print specialises in graphic and website design.

Professional and creative graphic design services support businesses with their image, branding and marketing. DR Print’s graphic designers proactively offer advice on concept development and implementation. Designers work around the philosophy that first impressions are critical in business. They strive to make each client’s project a standout success.

DR Print also handles a wide range of printing needs. This includes business cards, posters of all sizes, flyers of all sizes, DL flyers, postcards, signage, and a range of banners, including luxury, pull-up banners, mesh, extra-wide and vinyl. In addition, DR Print binds, laminates and provides publishing services.

Focusing on quality and superior customer service, DR Print meets client requirements at the best possible price and by deadline. The team works with a wide range of industries, including real estate, retail, schools, offices, construction, and hospitality.

At DR Print, professionals advise on all types of graphic design projects, printing and publishing, always ensuring value-for-money.

On Google, Rob Phillips wrote, “The team at DR Print are always very efficient and professional. Not only does the quality of their work exceed my expectations, they’re very reasonable in pricing. Five stars.”

1/173 Flemington Road
Mitchell ACT 2911

Coordinate

Coordinate combines strategy, creative and media to make and impact and build brands. Services include creating identities, graphic design, digital design and development, and video production. Coordinate partners with clients to help drive transformation and growth. The creative team supports businesses to solve complex challenges, create new opportunities and reimagine what’s possible. Coordinate has produced graphic design work for a wide range of high-profile clients such as Zango, CBR, National Zoo and Aquarium, Australian National University and Westfield.

Swell Design Group

For more than 20 years, Swell Design Group has provided graphic design services for thousands of projects. Its close-knit group of designers and developers are expert at breathing life into brands, digital experiences and built forms. They do so with strategic thinking, collaboration and personality. In addition to brands and websites, Swell Design Group develops print products, signage and wayfinding.

On Google, Marty Bradstreet wrote, “Great team of designers that go above and beyond expectations!”

ED.

ED. is a boutique, high-end creative design agency. Its thinkers, designers and developers believe in the power of innovation. They provide high-quality, comprehensive graphic design services, including for brands and websites. ED.’s client list includes the 2018 Invictus Games, Transport Canberra and the Sydney Film Festival. With every website, ED. works to understand client needs, values and brand messages. They then design, structure and create so businesses can effectively communicate with their audiences.

David Olivares wrote on Google, “Excellent customer service. Very professional and friendly. Strongly recommended.”

GRi.D Communications

GRi.D Communications—an award-winning graphic design company—was established more than 27 years ago. The GRi.D team provides the full suite of graphic design services. GRi.D is expert in the graphic design of corporate and visual identities, publications, annual reports, brochures, books, merchandise, online products, signage and exhibition design. Digital communication services is another area of expertise.

Wendy Johnson wrote on the RiotACT, “GRi.D Communications is creative, flexible, professional and highly experienced and proactive with advice.”

If you’re looking for more information on design and production services, you might like our articles on the best printers, best web designers, best digital signage companies, best sticker and decal companies, best pull-up banner and flag companies and best A-frame signs Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with graphic designers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the graphic designers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a graphic designer?
Choose a graphic designer with an excellent portfolio, proven experience and strong communication skills. You’ll want one who wants to learn about your business. Choose a company that will meet your deadlines and work to your budget. Select a graphic designer who has a personality you can work well with.
How do I brief a graphic designer?
You can write a brief and/or talk to the graphic designer. It’s important to be clear on your needs. Graphic designers can provide advice and great ideas, but you’ll need to explain what your project is about.
How much does graphics design cost?
Many factors influence graphic design costs, for example, the type, size and complexity of your project. Ask for detailed and itemised written quotes. Do so before signing an agreement. Also ask how you’ll be billed.
Are all graphic designers brand specialists?
Not all graphic designers offer branding services. Some do specialise in brands, however. It’s best to check this out at the start. Also ask for examples of their branding work.
If I’m paying for the graphics design do I own the original files?
It’s essential to discuss this in advance with your graphic website designer. Doing so will make sure everyone is clear on ownerships. Copyright issues are often involved in graphic design work.

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Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson 8:26 am 13 Oct 20

GRi.D Communications is creative, flexible, professional, highly experienced and proactive with advice. It’s always so rewarding working with this team, on projects large and small.

PickedANickname PickedANickname 10:10 am 01 Jun 09

I used to work with Graphic Designers once as a business manager and before that a print rep.

Hands down Liz Faul for reports or publications and anything arty. Also with a lone designer you are getting a resonable rate and not having to feed a studio.

If you want a studio I would talk to Ben at Paper Monkey.

puzzlepunk puzzlepunk 9:03 pm 31 May 09

wow allot of these websites people are posting are poorly designed hehe.

Firstly I work for 2B Advertising and Design http://www.2b.com.au – were’ pretty good, we always bring chocolates to meetings and are cheap!.

Secondly in my opinion these are the other folks to seek out , Swell, Papercut, Voodoo, Co-Ordinate, Couch and did I mention 2B ? – good medium sized studio’s that have some nice stuff in their portfolio’s.

To answer the other part of your question, working on public service briefs can sometimes be like … um … I better not say anything.

emd emd 3:55 pm 31 May 09

Brilliant, small, local graphic designer: white fox communications Love his style, quite reasonably priced, and good service.

anotherbloke anotherbloke 3:06 pm 31 May 09

I’ve got to say I’ve had great dealings with the whole team at Voodoo Creative in Phillip. Easy to deal with and always get the jobs done on time and for a reasonable price… they seem to have two websites http://www.voodoocreative.com.au and website stuff at http://www.voodooweb.com.au

pmm pmm 10:39 am 31 May 09

Claire at Papercut is fantastic. Very client focussed, will go out of the way to assist and make the finished project great, also puts a focus on sustainable design. http://www.papercut.net.au .

Ivan76 Ivan76 8:24 am 31 May 09

Let me suggest Ntasha Gerebtzoff at Gr8 @mosphere, I used them to design my business logo, letterheads & cards and was extremely happy with the work she produced.

The pricing was reasonable and she really listened when I described what I wanted the logo to achieve, the design work was exactly what I was after.

http://www.gr8atmosphere.com.au/index.html

Their focus is primarily interior design work but give her a call in relation to graphic design also, she’s a genius..

Muttsybignuts Muttsybignuts 12:22 am 31 May 09

Daryl at http://www.itchybrain.com.au is excellent and a nice bloke to boot.

Thumper Thumper 9:44 pm 30 May 09

Sorry, should add that Pendragon is probably more into garden design and interior design these days.

Thumper Thumper 9:43 pm 30 May 09

Pendragon Design. But I’m not sure she has time to do anything at present. However, excellent, very excellent, for a small business.

I’m not even sure if she’s in the phonebook.

housebound housebound 9:37 pm 30 May 09

Swell will probably turn around in a few weeks and refuse all new clients because they have suddenly, and inexpilicably, become rather busy. They already don’t read RA – because they have lives – but now they never will.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:22 pm 30 May 09

It’s a subjective topic, but IMHO SWELL Design in Manuka does some excellent work. They have a website but I’m too lazy to look it up. Check Google.

tess553 tess553 5:46 pm 30 May 09

Hiya
Try Liz Faul – her website is here.

http://www.elizabethfaul.com.au

I know Liz and her talents through some great work she has done over the past few years (gratis) for a community group I am involved in (or should that be “group with which I am involved”?)

cheerily

tess

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