Juliette Dudley is an illustrator & graphic designer based in Canberra. She is known for her fantastic watercolour illustrations. I met Juliette when she was a co-editor at Us Folk magazine. At the moment, Juliette is pursuing her career in graphic design, and contributing to Canberra’s art & design scene by creating Good Design Club, a website that promotes local artists and designers. Find out more about her in our interview below.

Juliette Dudley Illustrator Canberra | DESIGN IS YAY!

Hi Juliette, Tell us more about you and what you’re doing.
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator based in Canberra, Australia. I completed an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at Canberra Institute of Technology in 2008 and then a Bachelor of Graphic Design from University of Canberra in 2013. I’ve been working as a professional graphic designer for five years now, in a range of different workplaces including a printer, real estate agency and The Canberra Times. I currently work as an in-house designer for Engineers Australia, and work on freelance projects after work and on weekends. I’ve also been interested in art ever since I can remember, so drawing and painting are a big part of my personal work and illustration.
How do you find a balance between working full time in the office and doing your own projects?
I find it fairly easy to motivate myself to work on freelance projects after work because I enjoy it so much. The hard part is making time for other things in life – going out, eating well, exercising. I’ve recently started treating my freelance projects more like I would treat my projects at the office, so now I’m a bit more organised with my process. I also use an online booking software which has project management features and time tracking, so this helps me to manage my freelance work just like I would in my day job.
Juliette Dudley Illustrator Canberra | DESIGN IS YAY!
Where do you go or what do you do to get inspiration flowing?
Design blogs and magazines are a great source of inspiration. Some of my favourites are Design Is Yay (of course), The Design Files, Desktop, The Design Kids, Habitus, Juxtapoz and Inky Goodness. When I can make the time for it I also love to get outside – I just love fresh air, sunshine and nature, things which you don’t get to see much of when you sit at a desk most of the day. Another thing I don’t do enough of is go to art exhibitions. I find they can be a really relaxing experience, and a great way to go back to thinking about core design principles. I also run a design blog in what remains of my spare time, called Good Design Club. I really enjoy interviewing fellow designers because it helps to remind me that we all go through the same kind of struggles from time to time – it’s inspirational to read about other people’s successes. I also love to travel when I can – going to Japan for two weeks in October. I know it’s kind of predictable but I’m really into Japanese and Korean culture at the moment.
Juliette Dudley Illustrator Canberra | DESIGN IS YAY!
What has been the best experience of your career so far, and why?
I can’t really think of one thing, but working at The Canberra Times was pretty cool. The people I worked with were really nice and I learnt a hell of a lot.
In my spare time, I…..
… draw, watch anime and sci-fi shows, eat sushi and Korean BBQ.
Juliette Dudley Illustrator Canberra | DESIGN IS YAY!
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The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

On September 6th, I opened a stall at The Makers’ Day by Canberra Creatives (who will soon reveal their new name. Stay tune!). The Makers’ Day is a fun day out for crafters and makers alike, or anyone who would like to get their craft on. I was a stall holder so I didn’t get to see all the workshops, but these are the ones that caught my attention:

There were also live art by Mr Manok & Dranoel, and many competitions that you can take part during the day, such as Foodie & Instagram challenge. It was really fun!

Here are a couple of photos of my stall. I had a Silhouette Art Workshop and had my cards for sale.

The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

To find out more about Canberra Creatives and their events, follow them on Facebook.

All images above are by Anthea & Lyndon.

Puffin in Bloom by Anna Rifle Bond | DESIGN IS YAY!

As a huge, HUGE fan of Anna “Rifle” Bond’s illustrations, I was very excited to see her illustrations on the cover of 4 Puffin in Bloom books. Little Women is one of my favourite classic stories (even though I have to admit it is very depressing), and I remember loving the story of Heidi when I was little, although I have forgotten what it’s about. I remember there was a lamb….

I should get all four books, as not only will I be able to rehash my memory about these classic stories, but they will also look pretty in my workspace, don’t you think?

Puffin in Bloom by Anna Rifle Bond | DESIGN IS YAY!

Puffin in Bloom by Anna Rifle Bond | DESIGN IS YAY!

For under $12 a book, they make great additions to your bookshelf. Get your copies here:

Little Women | Anne of Green Gables | Little Women | A Little Princess


Photos from { Rifle Paper Co }


Wanderlist Stockholm, Sweden | DESIGN IS YAY!

Below we’ll hear from Thania, owner of The Spot Bali, about her honeymoon adventure in Stockholm, Sweden. 

1.    Are you a local or a traveller?
I’m a tourist. The moment I landed at the airport and boarded the train to the city, I bought the Stokcholm City Card (Stockholmkortet) that would allow me to board to any public transportation facilities and free entries to several places of interest for three days. 

2.    When were you in Stockholm, and on what purpose?
People said that I should have visited Stockholm in the summer to witness their midnight sun that can’t be seen at anywhere else in the world other than Scandinavian countries. But I never regret the decision that I made to visit the country in the December winter. The wind might be a little too strong but the occasional snow shower is lovely. With all the Christmas decorations, lighting and the natural pine trees, it’s like a winter wonderland dream come true. A girl who lives in a tropical country surely will not want to miss this moment, especially for her honeymoon. 

Wanderlist Stockholm, Sweden | DESIGN IS YAY!

3.    What do you like about Stockholm?

The People. Swedish are friendly, knowledgeable and they have a very root on being a Swedish.
Stockholm is beautiful. With islands interconnected by sea waters and bridges to create a city, people often rely on ferries to get to other parts of the island, which is interestingly different. The city is planned like a town, with each island has its own “downtown”. The roads are small and there are a lot of small alleys that bring you to a bridge where once you cross over, you will be at another island.
The Swedish truly take pride in their bilingual education system (English and Swedish) and thanks to that there were barely any language barrier.

Wanderlist Stockholm, Sweden | DESIGN IS YAY!

4.    One best experience/moment you had.

The moment I had in Photography Museum. My husband was asking for recommendations on which places to visit, and one of which he suggested us to go to Photography Museum. I thought “ah, this might be boring”. I’m not into photography, but my husband kept on insisting going there.
If you’re not into photography, like me you can skip the exhibitions and proceed to the cafetaria (of course I didn’t skip. We were on our honeymoon and we were practicing our “for better for worse” while he enjoyed the pictures of African Wildlife). The Cafetaria has a big window overlooking at the one of the many waters that connect the islands which make up the city of Stockholm. We were very lucky to get the seats by the window. We bought a cup of coffee and cakes in the afternoon and watched the sun set at 3pm in the winter afternoon. It was a “zen” moment to sit and watch all the movements across the island laid before your eyes through the big glass window.
Wanderlist Stockholm, Sweden | DESIGN IS YAY!

5.    Five places/activities/eats recommended by you.

Have a “Fika”
A Swedish term that basically implies having a cup of coffee accompanied by sweet pastries. The Swedish love the idea of chit-chatting in the afternoon or post-office hours over a cup of cafes and cinnamon buns, so why not be a Swedish and enjoy their yummies pastries and cakes? Café Art at Västerlånggatan 60 (Gamla Stan) serves the best rhubarb and blueberry pies. Their location under the basement can be easily missed. Urban Coffee (also at Gamla Stan) has some good tea lattes and home-made cookies. 

Museum Hopping
Stockholm is a city that hosts more than a hundred museums in its city, by far it is the city with the most number of museums in the world. The birthplace of Nobel Prize, Nobel Museum is then a must to visit. Otherwise, a walk around Djurgården island will bring you to a lot of fascinating museums from ABBA Museum (Thank you for the music!) , The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Muséet) and Vasa Warship Museum which showcase a very impressive warship that was shamefully sunken before dedicating its service. A lot of the museums are free with the Stockholm City Card. 

 Shop some Swedish Design 
Sweden is known for its notable designs, it may be fashion, home or furniture. Independent artists open up their shops and galleries in busy shopping streets of Stockholm like the Östermalm area. Ikea might be something you want to skip, though I’m sure a visit to one of the biggest furniture chain won’t hurt to sate the curiosity of how an Ikea looks like in its hometown.
A college town located north of Stockholm will give you a glimpse of Swedish college life. If you ever read a book “The Girl with Dragon Tattoo” (and its sequels) by Stieg Larsson, the name may sound familiar. Traveling to Uppsala requires less than an hour train ride and a walk around the town is too lovely to be passed.
Christmas Market
We were indeed lucky to be there during the holiday season and we did not pass the chance to visit one of the many Christmas Markets in the city. The Christmas Market at Gamla Stan sold home-made traditional lingonberry juice, Christmas home garlands, and chocolate fondues while a group of teen schoolers sing the Swedish Christmas folk songs and Christmas popular songs. Oh, what a lovely moment!
Wanderlist Stockholm, Sweden | DESIGN IS YAY!


All images are taken by Thania.
Thanks Thania for the beautiful story about your journey! Love travelling? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at submissions@designisyay.com with a little story about the best trip you’ve had in your life.

Now that I’m confident enough to call myself a Blogger, I have decided that I should have a blog business card. I have thought about it since last year, but being a paper and printing nerd, I thought a lot about where/how I should get them printed. I really wanted letterpress business cards with thick cotton paper. However, I can totally imagine myself not wanting to share my business cards with anyone because they are too nice (and expensive!). I might go letterpress in the future, but now is not the time yet.

So I heard that Moo, an online printing company based in the UK, now offers luxe business cards. The luxe business card uses 600 GSM Mohawk Superfine paper stock with a coloured layer seam of your choice. I was intrigued. This won’t cost me an arm and a leg like letterpress does, but my business cards will certainly have a distinctive quality.

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Moo Luxe Business Cards come in this luxe packaging. The packaging is absolutely beautiful. It was textured and white, around it wrapped a purple ribbon and a seal that says “Designed by Moo and You”. I had to take off the ribbon really carefully so that it won’t tear. I know I wouldn’t want to do that every time I need to take out the cards, but I need to keep the ribbon and seal in one piece so that I could admire the packaging again and again.

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Bravo Moo, for paying such detailed attention on the packaging. It’s such a designer thing to say, but I judge a product (stationery, books, movies, snacks) by its cover (or packaging). If there are two items with similar quality and price, one with better packaging that the other, I will definitely pick the one with better packaging. I always think that packaging your things nicely is an online shop equivalent to providing a great customer service. Customers will not always be able to see or hear how nice or polite you are to them. But by giving them something to be excited about when receiving your products in the mail, is a great online customer service.

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Featured Product: Moo Luxe Business Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Unfortunately, the only negative thing with Moo’s Luxe Business Cards that I ordered is even though they put a card that says “Your freshly printed luxe business cards were lovingly hand checked by a member of the Moo crew in London”, but some cards are dirty (from the ink), fading and printed in the wrong position. Also, 4 cards are missing. So, a message for card checker dude/chick, you should be more attentive :)

Added on September3rd 3.30 p.m : I have emailed the Moo team and addressed the issue. I thought they should know about these flaws as it might not be good for their business. They’ve since replied and said that they are going to re-process and send me the order free of charge. Even though I wasn’t expecting them to go to that length for a few dirty/wrong printed cards, but that is highly appreciated. Well done, Moo!

Otherwise, this is probably the most beautiful digitally printed cards I have ever seen. I will definitely still go letterpress with 100% cotton paper if and when I can afford it, but till then, I’m with moo.


This post in not sponsored by Moo. I purchased the luxe business cards myself, and I like it (despite of some flaws), so I decided to write about it. All opinions and words are my own. All images are taken by Wita Puspita for Design is Yay!




This month’s wallpaper features one of the design I’m using on Design is yay merchandise. Yes, you heard that right, you can now purchase goodies featuring my beloved character, the Design is Yay guy (name pending).

The Up, Up and Away design is one of my favourite because it’s so cute and colourful, and represents what I love the most: travelling and having adventures.

SEPTEMBER 2014 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar | DESIGN IS YAY!

WITH CALENDAR: 1920 x 1080 | 1856 x 1161

WITHOUT CALENDAR: 1920×1080 | 1856 x 1161 | iPhone


You can get Design is Yay stickers and greeting cards on my Etsy shop. We also have temporary tattoos coming soon! YAY!

Design is Yay! Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY! Painting My Cat Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY! Hot Air Balloon Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY! Hooray Greeting Card | DESIGN IS YAY! Bride and Groom Greeting Card | DESIGN IS YAY! Bon Voyage Greeting Card | DESIGN IS YAY! Best of Luck Maneki Greeting Card | DESIGN IS YAY!
Top to bottom: Mix Stickers pack | Paint my Cat Stickers pack | Hot Air Balloon Stickers Pack | Hooray Card | Bride and Groom Cat Card | Bon Voyage Card | Best of Luck Card