Thursday, April 26, 2007

Deanne Cheuk

I decided to post on Deanne Cheuk today for a number of reasons. She’s a protégé of David Carson’s, she’s an Australian export, she’s female - and I feel a personal connection to watching her career. It was almost a decade ago that I picked up a copy of MU magazine from my local newsagency and was curious as to who was creating this unusual publication.

Since then, she’s risen to stardom, being named one of the top 50 creative minds in the world by Face magazine, as well as many other accolades such as the ‘most influential designer’ by Yen.

She started out in the late 90’s in Perth, Australia, where she art directed Mu magazine from her bedroom. She then headed overseas – to New York, working with David Carson, before art directing for Tokion Magazine. She's compiled Neomu, a self published ‘zine’ showcasing creative work from designers and artists - donating profits to charity. Also an illustrator, she contributes to magazines such as Nippon, Vogue, Flaunt, and Dazed and Confused. These days she’s involved in a clothing label called Liness with Rilla Alexander from Rinzen and Yasmin Majidi, a New York fashion designer.

Her style has always been experimental, becoming more collage based and illustrative as time goes on. Above are some images of her early design work from MU, and a collage based work from the Liness website. Images of her creative use of typography at Tokion can be seen at Design Sponge.

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