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Monkey Bean open in Toorak

Jedda Millington has opened her latest venture, Monkey Bean cafe in Toorak Rd, Toorak, with signage, logo and website designed and produced by Beige. See portfolio here.

Review from Weekend Notes:

Monkey Bean is an unpretentious cafe in the heart of Toorak Village which serves great coffee and offers attentive service. It’s a place where you can go and feel comfortable, even as you watch the wealth of Toorak walk and drive by.
The cafe is run by the wonderful and rather funky chef, Jedda Millington, whose friendly personality, and strong attention to customer service, ensures a good experience.

Grub Food Van opens in Fitzroy

Long time Beige clients and friends Tim Mann (Print Music Works)  and Mark Murphy have recently opened their Grub Food Van in Fitzroy to rave reviews.

Logo and stationery (menus, stickers, stamps) designed and produced by Beige!

From Broadsheet Melbourne:

Grub Food Van, which opened last week, was not the first bright idea that owners Tim Mann and Mark Murphy had on what to do with the piece of land they own and live above on Moor Street in Fitzroy. “We wanted to grow produce to sell to cafes, but we couldn’t get a permit to allow that,” says Mann. “You can’t have a farm in Fitzroy.”

Instead, the couple decided to open Grub Food Van, a 1965 Airstream van bought on eBay (originally from Iowa), with a menu that uses some of the produce grown in the green house underneath their home. “I’ve always wanted an Airstream,” he laughs. “I put it down to my love of Lucille Ball.” Continue Reading →

ALGA to archive Beige club and community work

Copies of (almost) every job from Beige’s large body of work for the gay/lesbian/queer community and businesses were delivered to the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives on 20 December 2011. The collection comprised of dozens of posters, heaps (and heaps) of flyers and cards, and miscellaneous objects ranging from water bottles to never worn t-shirts. Clients include The Market Hotel, ALSO Foundation dance parties, Midsumma, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Rawhide Entertainment, Razor Promotions, Girl Bar and many more. The earliest item was our Chicks With Dicks flyer; the latest is the MQFF’s Movies Under the Stars 2012.

The collection represents 16 years of social history of Melbourne’s gay and lesbian clubs, bars and festivals. Evident are changes in how we represent ourselves and promoters’ language and levels of risqueness, as well as changes in printing, design and computer technology.

Nick at ALGA was thrilled with the collection, and said hopefully one day it can all be compiled into an exhibition! But for now it’s great to know it’s going to be properly recorded and looked after by the lovely professional people at ALGA.

Mr Spry – The Hairdresser opens in South Yarra

Long time Beige friends Nicholas Howard and Richard McNaughton have recently opened their new salon, Mr Spry, in South Yarra.

Logo and website designed and produced by Beige. See portfolio here.

Gratuitous Garland: A Botanical Metaphor

Gavin Brown and William Eicholtz are unique artists who have resolutely followed their own aesthetics, quite outside the tides of fashionable movements. Their long careers have consistently defied categorisation, challenged accepted tastes and standards, and delighted dedicated collectors. Firm friends since they first met in the early days of Melbourne’s ‘gender-bending’ nightclubs – when creativity manifested itself in many different guises – the artists have remained close throughout their ensuing art careers.

And yet, despite a friendship of almost 30 years, many individual exhibitions, and countless promises that they ‘really should have an exhibition together one day’, Gratuitous Garland is the first time their works have sat side by side.

Photographic manipulation and flyer by Beige. See it in our Portfolio here.

Exhibition details at

The Market’s Final Party

Beige client, the Market, has hosted its final party and closed its doors after more than a decade of successful trading. See our Final Party artwork in the Portfolio here.

Beige has been The Market’s main graphic designer since the club’s beginning, designing the logo back in 1999, and creating unique artwork for regular nights and special events ever since.

The website at, designed by Beige, will continue for a while to display photos and videos from the closing weekend, as well as a thorough archive of our design work in the Events Gallery.


Iconic Sun Theatre inspiration in Beige ‘West Hollywood’ artwork

Yarraville’s Sun Theatre, the venue for the inaugural Melbourne Queer Film Festival ‘West Hollywood’ season of films, was photographed by Chris a few weeks ago, and is featured in our artwork for the event.

All films will show at the Sun Theatre, running from 3 – 5 June 2011.

See our West Hollywood items in our Portfolio here.

MQFF 2011 Program Guide launched

The 21st Melbourne Queer Film Festival Program Guide, designed and produced by Beige, was launched last night by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

View flickr slideshow

The Program is available around Melbourne, and also as an online e-mag. See it in our Portfolio listing here.

Miss Louise bag featured on ABC Collectors

Beige creation, the Miss Louise shopping bag, was featured on ABC TV’s The Collectors (21/11/2008) as one of the favourite items in the collection of a designer bag fan.