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Design isn’t just a craft, it’s a way of thinking and once you learn that amazing way of thinking, you can never see the world in the same way again.

Graphic Design Teacher
Brisbane

Adam Busby

Adam Busby is an American born, Brisbane-based illustrator, designer and mural artist. He unashamedly spans a spectrum of disciplines, allowing each unique style and skill from one medium to feed into the others. Currently keeping busy hosting a new podcast: OnProcess, illustrating the entire back catalogue of timeless ephemera designed by Dieter Rams and chasing after his 2 year old daughter.

What do you love about design?

I love having the tools that allow me to make the world a better place. Fitzgerald wrote that “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.” Are designers Geniuses? Not sure, but what I do know is that design is a fantastic tool to put ideas into effect. Design isn’t just a craft, it’s a way of thinking and once you learn that amazing way of thinking, you can never see the world in the same way again.

Why do you teach?

I feel fortunate to have acquired some tiny nuggets of knowledge and understanding over time, many of which I would have loved to know when I was studying and ultimately this drives me to share my experiences.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Starting in the design side of the retail marketing space then moving between a few different design studios in Brisbane to currently where I am full time freelance focusing on Design, Illustration and Murals.

What or who are you loving right now?

I am a big sucker for the classics. Dieter Rams is an absolute legend and his design principles are still as true today as they were 50 years ago. LandBoys for the experimental ways they are blurring the line between art and design.

If you were a typeface what would you be?

Helvetica—sometimes a bit overworked but classic, honest and timeless.

What’s your favourite blog?

Brainpickings by Maria Popova and the podcast Design Matters with Debbie Millman.

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