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How To

Building Better

Everything You Need To Know About Working With A Builder

Where do you find a good builder? How long will it take them to build my house? How much will it cost? We answer these FAQs more.

Creative People

Everything You Need To Know About Commissioning An Artwork

We chat with artist Hannah Nowlan and stylist Julia Green about how to purchase custom-made art.

How To

How To Make Wallpaper With 'Print Play'

A step-by-step guide to DIY screen-printed wallpaper, from Jess Wright and Lara Davies' brand new book!
Jessie Wright and Lara Davies.

How To

Make a Pinata with Kitiya Palaskas

Make an Evil Eye Piñata from the queen of craft's new book, 'Piñata Party'!
Kitiya Palaskas

How To

What I Learnt at Adobe MAX

Highlights from our Art Director, Annie Portelli, who attended the annual creative conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, last month.

How To

A Creative Christmas with Kikki K + The Design Files

Lucy shares wreath-making and other favourite Christmas traditions, in partnership with kikki.K.

Small Business

Website Optimisation · Cultiver

A case study on the Sydney-based linen brand, with helpful tips to make the most of your online presence.
Fiona Killackey


Get CV Savvy

We talk stand-out job applications with two super successful, creative businesswomen: Anna Ross of Kester Black and Abigail Crompton of T...
Elle Murrell

Style It Make It

An Art Wall, Three Ways

Create an eclectic home gallery with our inspiring new how-to series, in partnership with Sheridan Australia.

Small Business

Mastering Visual Content · Pony Rider

For our monthly instalment of small business advice, today we share a case study about creating a strong aesthetic and consistently engaging...
Fiona Killackey

Small Business

Email Marketing · Third Drawer Down

Our Small Business columnist talks segmenting audience, the power of personalisation and loveable GIFs.
Fiona Killackey

How To

Our Favourite Art Walls

Ideas from our archive to inspire your own in-home gallery!

How To

Make a Paper Dahlia Flower

Try your hand at crafting an ever-lasting bloom with this fun paper project.
Jannifer Tran

Printed Matter


A fun new video series, in collaboration with HP!
Lucy Feagins

Expert Advice

Going Green

Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler of Loose Leaf share their tips for greenifying indoor spaces.
Wona Bae & Charlie Lawler of Loose Leaf

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email