Moth Design’s Kate Hannaford chats at Inspired Media in Melbourne last week

Inspired Media is a fantastic Melbourne-based monthly event organised by the Portable Film Festival. It’s an event that showcases some of the most innovative designers working in Australia’s creative industries, featuring speakers from film, advertising, online and mobile industries. This casual speaker series provides a friendly, low-key environment for design discussion, collaboration and networking.

Inspired Media took place last week at Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale st, Melbourne. Love the eclectic interior of this fun and relaxed ‘digital arts bar’ and exhibition space.

Last week’s Inspired Media guest was the incredible Kate Hannaford, co-founder and director of Melbourne multidisciplinary studio Moth Design, and organiser of Penthouse Mouse, a pop-up retail, gallery and event space set up in the lead up to and during Melbourne Fashion Festival. I’m so glad Inspired Media brought this to my attention and invited me along!

Kate is an industrial designer turned project co-ordinator / event designer / retail and commercial interior designer… she’s an absolute whizz, and has amassed the most incredible body of work in only a few years since Moth Design first launched in 2001. Moth Design’s impressive and varied list of clients includes retailers such as Bonds, Holeproof and Metallicus, as well as high-profile events such as The Big Day Out, V Festival, St. Jeromes Laneway Festival, the Melbourne International Design Festival, and of course Spring Racing Carnival.

I’ve been chasing an interview with Kate for a little while now, but Moth Design has been immersed in Spring Racing madness…. they’re a very prolific team, and Ms Hannaford is a hard woman to pin down! Having said that, Kate’s also incredibly approachable, friendly and modest about her work… she’s also truly passionate about supporting and promoting local design, as is evident by her incredible efforts staging the hugely popular Penthouse Mouse event annually.

So until I have an interview secured with Kate, I thought I’d share some images of Moth Design’s work below… (clearly this will mean if I ever do publish an interview with Kate I will have no photos left to accompany it, but, you know… no time like the present.)

Moth Design’s work for the Herald Sun Marquee during Spring Racing Carnival 2008

More Spring Racing event design and installation from Moth Design

Moth Design details at Spring Racing ’08

Images from Penthouse Mouse ’08

Penthouse Mouse ’08

Penthouse Mouse ’08

Moth Design’s light-filled studio in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane


Ps) Don’t forget to bookmark the Portable Film Festival site for info on upcoming Inspired Media events. Also check back often for more info on other media and arts events at Horse Bazaar.