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2020 Diary Cover designed by Matthew Wong

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2020 Diary Cover designed by Matthew Wong

When designer, illustrator and letterer Matthew Wong created the cover artwork for the 2020 Curtin Student Guild diary he drew inspiration from the Curtin community.

"When I was brainstorming ideas for the diary, I realised that it didn't really make sense to just choose one style or look for the cover, as so many different folks would be using it. So to represent the hugely diverse Curtin community, I drew all eight numerals in a different style, from messy to fancy, classic to contemporary. I also like that it reads 2020 on the front, back, and also left to right across the two covers,” he said.

A Curtin alumni, Mathew graduated with a Graphic Design/Illustration double major. He worked at a small studio called Monk for three years before taking the leap into full-time freelance, where his projects have ranged from murals in Chinatown to tiny enamel pins, from HBF ad campaigns to local burger joints.

Matthew enjoys creating bright, fun and humourous work and he entered the 2020 diary competition because he felt it was an opportunity to participate in an open brief, play around with some new styles, and create something cool that students would carry around with them for the year.

“I guess it's a nice full circle thing— from joining the student Guild in first year back in 2011, to designing the new cover for 2020.”

Matthew said he wished he had more involvement with the Guild while he was a student: “I didn't really because I was such a nervous, anxious, grades-focused student. I wish I had though— I probably would've been a more chill person over my three year degree!

“Bringing people together through fun clubs and socials, whilst also fighting for their rights within the Uni and society on a larger scale— what's better than that?”

Matthew’s next challenge is a move to Melbourne where he will continue freelancing.

“I am supremely aware that every designer does this move at some point, but if I'm going to quarter life crisis / pursue cool work opportunities, why not in Melbourne!”

Guild President Hana Arai said that it was a big win for the Guild to have such a popular and well known designer involved in the 2020 diary.

“The standard of entries in the competition was amazing and highlighted the talent of Curtin’s artistic community,” she said.

Hana Arai
Curtin Student Guild President

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