Revealing Australian design’s untold stories
Re:collection was established in 2009 by Dominic Hofstede as an online archive of Australian graphic design, with a focus on work created between the years 1960–1990. The project was created primarily to address the scarcity of reference material available related to this most significant period for the profession.
Re:collection has evolved from a website into a platform for exhibitions, publications and research activities with collaborative input from Warren Taylor, Paul Mylecharane, Vincent Chan and other committed individuals. Notable activities have included a 2016 exhibition of archival work at Monash University to mark the website’s redesign, and a poster campaign for the 2018 Sydney Design Festival based around the texts of iconic Australian designer Arthur Leydin.
The Re:collection typefaces
One of the primary aims of the Re:collection project is to synthesize research into tangible and relevant outcomes. Created in close collaboration with Australian type designer Vincent Chan, the Re:collection typefaces attempt to capture the spirit of a rich period when Australian design offered an original, hybrid interpretation of International Modernism. A limited edition A3 type specimen was designed to launch the Display and Text typefaces, featuring key moments and individuals from the development of the graphic design profession in Australia.