We are Viola Design—a unique communication design studio committed to sustainability. We deliver meaning and clarity through innovative design, all the while contributing to a healthier environment.
Change for good starts with a single step. Formed in 1999 as one of the first eco-graphic design businesses, we took ours with sustainability in mind. While the designers in us see the world in CMYK, our decisions are always made through a certain shade of green – from the clients we choose to work with to the paper choices we make.
At Viola Design, we believe good design can feel as good as it does. That’s why we stick to a rigorous eco-design process. By making smart choices from inception, we can be sure that nothing leaves our studio unless it has a positive impact. From changing the conversation around women’s empowerment, to making health accessible for all, caring for our planet or kick-starting a revolution – we like to fulfil design’s prerogative in re-shaping the world we live in. So, if you’re of the same mindset, please walk with us. Design is the first step to big change.
Logo & Identity Design
Sustainability Design Practices
BA Graphic Design, Swinburne National School for Design, 1997
MA Environment, Melbourne University, 2004
In 1999, Anna established Viola Design as a conduit for purpose-driven work. As Design Director, she is the driving force behind the studio’s strong identity and warm client relationships. Her love of educating and motivating fellow designers and businesses about sustainable design has yielded a book or three – the most recent being 365 Nature (2015), a nature-inspired book that has been translated into ten languages. Design, sustainability, social change and photography have all taken her to the ends of the earth and back. Whether lecturing in Chile, photographing in Timor Leste or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – Anna seeks her passions far and wide, and is always looking forward to the next adventure.
BA Visual Communication, Monash University 2004
BA Fine Art, RMIT 2010
Anna is a designer and visual artist who has curated, directed and participated in a broad variety of exhibitions, community engagement projects and educational forums. Her hands-on approach to creativity allows for serendipitous and effective problem solving. Anna believes that a community’s quality of life expands and contracts in proportion to its creative expression – much like the breath. She is an advocate of art and design’s important role in enriching a community.
BA Graphic Design, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, 2003
PD Art History, University of Melbourne, 2009
Kasia’s inquisitive spirit has been an integral part of what makes Viola Design unique since 2008. From Melbourne to Brisbane and London, she has fine-tuned the art of designing for local context. Her rich academic background plays a significant role in informing the way she delivers her innovative communication strategies. Collaboration, curiosity, storytelling and a commitment to social justice are at the core of Kasia’s practice.
Nicholas is Viola Design’s number cruncher who helps keep the balance, somewhat literally. His attention to detail and practical outlook on life ensures each day in the studio is a constructive one. His respect for the intrinsic value of all people can be seen, and heard, in his friendly and professional approach. When he’s not keeping the books, you’ll find (or, rather, not find) Nicholas off the grid in the wilds of nature.
Visit The 60L Green Building in Carlton, Melbourne and you’ll find our resource-efficient, minimum-impact home. You bring the vision. We’ll pour the tea.
Australian Conservation Foundation
Australian Council for International Development
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Bush Heritage Australia
CERES Community Environment Park
City of Darebin
Clifton Hill Primary School
Climate & Health Alliance
Dalai Lama in Australia
Design by Nature
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Environmental Justice Australia
Equality Rights Alliance
Frankston City Council
Hardie Grant Books
Health Workforce Australia
Home at last
Impact Investing Australia
Independent Disability Services
Institute for Sustainable Futures
International Fund for Animal Welfare
IWDA International Women’s Development Agency
Leo Farrell Photography
Live & Learn Environmental Education
Marie Stopes International Australia
Melbourne Affordable Housing
Mental Health Australia
Merri Creek Management Committee
Moreland City Council
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
National Council Women Australia
National Council Women Victoria
National Mental Health Consumer Org
National Stroke Foundation
Planet Earth Cleaning
Port Phillip Housing Association
Power Housing Australia
Ross House Association
Simply Pty Ltd
South East Community Links
Southern Migrant Resource Centre
Springvale Monash Legal Service
The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
The University of Melbourne
Tibetan Buddhist Society
Union Australian Women
Victorian Eco Innovation Lab
Victorian Electoral Commission
Women’s Rights Action Network Australia
World Stroke Organisation