Despina Macris

ANZAC Memorial at Buchanan Park (by Dotdash)
Saluting ANZAC Day at Buchanan Park War Memorial

Australians and New Zealanders celebrated ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day this week—the anniversary of the landing of military troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. Dotdash (Brisbane) had extra cause for celebration this year: the newly opened ANZAC Memorial at Buchanan Park in Burpengary, Queensland.

Transport for NSW Wayfinding (Dotdash)
Multi-Modal Wayfinding in New South Wales

Transport for New South Wales is undertaking an ambitious overhaul of its transportation wayfinding infrastructure across all modes of travel, including train, bus, light rail and ferry. Dotdash (Brisbane) developed an integrated signage system applied across 60 unique sites. Each sign type has a place within sequential zones of user experience from approach to arrival, to waiting and then boarding. See how it’s done in NSW.

Jury Announced for 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards

Stephen Minning of BrandCulture (Sydney) leads a team of eight acclaimed multidisciplinary designers.

Stephen Minning, Chair of the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards
Stephen Minning Leads 2016 Design Awards Jury

Stephen Minning, founder and managing director of one of Australia’s leading design and brand studios, will serve as Chair of the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards jury.

Dotdash hero image of Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
Dotdash

Dotdash was established in Brisbane, Australia in 1987 by designers Despina Macris and Mark Ross. Over the last 25 years we have completed over 4,000 projects for a diverse range of clients.

Despina and Mark now lead an interdisciplinary design team providing design services to assist people to find their way around public places - wayfinding design.

This work helps to establish the identity and legibility of places providing both social and commercial benefits to the community.

Photo of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane Australia
Living Tree Creates a New Kind of Patient Experience at Brisbane Hospital

The new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane was designed as a "living tree" that promotes patient health and wellbeing. Dotdash delivered a clear wayfinding system that helps reduce stress and an environmental graphics program that adds a sense of joy and vibrancy to the hospital environment.

Despina Macris - Championing the Value of Design
Despina Macris - Championing the Value of Design

SEGD is an amazing community of designers, fabricators and manufacturers who create experiences that connect people to place. One of the many membership benefits of SEGD is a library of talks from SEGD's 4-6 events a year. Starting from 2014, these videos are available for viewing for members for free. If you are a member please log in (hint: top right below search) if not please join SEGD and experience its amazing resources.

Photograph of Despina Macris, Dot Dash
Despina Macris

Brisbane Co-Chapter Chair

Despina Macris and Mark Ross established Dot Dash in 1987 as a design firm that best expressed their combined talents and skills.

With a career spanning several decades, Despina Macris' eclectic range of experience leads through the creative channels of graphic design and costume design. Her passion for typography, colour theory, and linguistics inform the visual language of Dotdash. This broad scope of design knowledge allows for a contribution to the specialised field of wayfinding that is both versed and imaginative.

Dotdash Work Featured in CommArts

Work for the Cardwell Foreshore includes wayfinding signage and environmental graphics, part of redevelopment after Cyclone Yasi's devastation.

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