Harleigh Venables

Through and through I’m a guy obsessed with details, beautiful design and good old-fashioned collaborative problem solving (particularly with technology). I work as a Communications Manager and freelance designer / technologist specialising in things like digital and print communications, business process and systems, right through to brand management and tendering for all types of projects and clients.

As an employee and contractor I’ve spent more than a decade building my career through in-house communications and marketing roles for a range of architects, engineers and builders. In these I have had the pleasure of working on projects with varying types and scales ranging all the way from small in-house jobs, right through to multinational collaborations, work with all levels of government, NGOs, universities, NFPs, SMEs and large businesses — then also across all imaginable industries. This has given me an incredible appreciation and developed understanding of the opportunities and ideas available to share and borrow from industry to industry through clever forms of design, communication and technology.

I have had a long obsession with good design (since I was a kid when I used to draw building design ideas and tell my mum I wanted to be an architect — ha!). Over the years my little design explorations through natural life tasks has really taught me how fundamental design is to every part of our lives (even when it’s done badly funnily enough). I’ve learnt that pushing design potential, not just visually but equally as importantly through the planning and process, is good design’s best success. The emotion that design creates is probably one of my favourite forms of emotion (as dumb as it sounds). I’ve essentially developed a fixation for enjoying the good design and detail that a lot of people don’t notice in everyday life and some of these crazy appreciations often become inspiration for my work through subtle ideas or references. From one of my favourite piece of furniture (an Eames DSR chair) right through to the print document designs I meticulously obsess over constantly in my day job, or even my beautifully crafted iPhone inside and out  — I love exploring and learning the stories behind every great piece of design to really appreciate it even more (often to the confusion of a lot of my friends who seriously think I’m crazy!).

I combine all three of my favourite mediums together in my work: design x communication x technology — all what I consider equally important as one another and together benefit hugely being combined.

Proposals & Bids

Years of Experience

Projects Since 2007

Some of my everyday inspiration

My memberships