Bio

 

Biography

 

I'm a freelance designer and illustrator, and Art Director of the Grapple Annual.

After graduating from Newcastle University, I worked at a branding and strategy agency in Newcastle before taking the leap into freelance practise.

I was awarded the Katie Reinikka Memorial Prize in 2014 and was part of a team who received distinction at the AGDA Student Awards in 2015. The Grapple Annual #1 won SPN’s Most Underrated Book and Express Media’s Most Innovative New Project.

My illustration and comics have been published in Voiceworks, Seizure and the Grapple Annual. I’ve spoken at the National Young Writers Festival and Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

I believe building close relationships is vital to design. Whether it’s creating a brand identity alongside a client, co-authoring a comic or working with an editor to design a publication, collaboration is vital. Working closely with people and collaborating is key to my process. I want to be creating work that I care about with people who I care about.

I’m currently based in Newcastle, NSW. Growing up I wanted to be an entomologist and still take a keen interest in all the insects in my life.

Contact

 

Email: finbah.neill@gmail.com

Twitter: @finbahneill

Instagram: @finbahneill

Recognition

 

AGDA Student Awards 2015: Distinction

Australian Graphic Design Association
2015
Awarded for the design of The University of Newcastle Bachelor of Visual Communication Design 2014 Grad Show Catalogue

Most Innovative New Project or Work by a young person or young persons in 2014

Express Media
2014
Awarded to Duncan Felton and Finbah Neill for The Grapple Annual No. 1

The Most Underrated Book Award

The Small Press Network
2014
An annual award that aims to shine a light on some of the outstanding titles produced by small and independent Australian publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues when first released.
Awarded to The Grapple Annual No. 1

Katie Reinikka Memorial Prize

University of Newcastle
2014
Awarded for highest GPA across the 3-years of the Visual Communication Design Degree

Published work

 

Greenhouse

2016, comic
Voiceworks #106 ‘Motive’

Ants

2014, comic
The Grapple Annual No.1

NYWF Daily Comics

2014, comic
National Young Writers’ Festival Press Room
Daily diary comics of the 2014 National Young Writer's Festival

One Two

2014, comic
Voiceworks #97 ‘Habit’

Flashers

2014, illustration
Seizure
Illustrations accompanying the weekly Flashers fiction pieces

Attacus Atlas

2012, illustration
Voiceworks #91 ‘Equals’

Untitled

2010, illustration
Voiceworks #81 ‘Birthmark’

Penguin Express

2009, illustration
Voiceworks #75 ‘Beat’
Accompanying ‘1000 Tiny Penguins’ by Alexandra Neill