Laser Cuts

Toot Toot Design was approached to create templates for two series of laser cut screens.

The motifs were loosely based on inspired patterns sourced by the client. Both sets of screens were to be used in outdoor settings. One to mask an unremarkable and boring wall, the other as a backdrop for a patio adjoining native bushland.

The were created in Illustrator, quality checked for continuous line (all linked to ensure it doesn’t fall apart) and sent for laser-cutting via the client.

Cowgirl Security

This was a truly unique request… to design a one-of-a-kind industrial strength security door.

The brief called for a retro Rockabilly Western style cowgirl wielding a whip. The door had to have an ‘enter if you dare’ attitude to reflect it’s purpose.

Aside from the usual design process, which required hand drawn development sketches and a final scale working drawing.

The job also had to fulfill security specs, had a site measure and consultation with a welding engineer to take the door to production.

Like a Sailor Jerry tattoo…

System Harmonisation

Miriam Alexander from Toot Toot Design, who brought inspiration and a different and creative perspective and provided the leadership in developing the look and feel to the book that we hope reflects some of the flow, complexity, non-linearity and need to take a different approach to irrigation that lies at the heart of System Harmonisation.

Creative direction, and all elements of design, layout and printing were undertaken by Toot Toot Design on this project. Including the hand-drawn ink cover artwork image. It was a highly collaborative exercise with the writers and clients being involved and accommodated for in all key creative decisions.

The design called for a visual motif that expressed “Water and land are connected and interconnected; they are separate but one.” The theme had to flow like a river and umbrella many different ideas, people and opinions under the unified concept of ‘System Harmonisation.’ Additionally and more importantly the book had to be practical. Both divisible and readable by topic and/or region, accessible to a variety of audiences and an easy-to-use reference tool.

Writers, Keith L. Bristow and Tim Stubbs contributed many hours and ideas. Both were critical in helping to conceive and fulfill such a comprehensive and creative and project.

As an experiment System Harmonisation was particularly successful in demonstrating that key stakeholders need to, and can, come together to tackle difficult and complex problems that they cannot tackle on their own. By harnessing the energy, commitment and leadership of the group it is possible to deliver meaningful local, regional and catchment scale change.

This book documents the System Harmonisation story, and most importantly the learning that has come from the experience. It is based on stories that have come directly from the people involved; they are real, honest and sometimes confronting.

For further information on this book or to obtain a hardcopy please contact Toot Toot Design.

Creative Arts

Retrospective of selected artwork, on a variety subjects, in a mixture of mediums.

Good at Design

Over the years there have been a few self imposed design projects. In between, requests from friends and loved ones come may way, to design them a little something, something.

Conversations usually start with…

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]You know how you’re really good at designing stuff…[/quote]

This is a collection of highlights…



Invitations are very personal design experience. The pieces have to capture and express many facets, from theme, character, setting, occasion, formality, ritual and exceedingly personality.

This is a selection of invites and other related items created for weddings, parties, anything.