People

We are Studio Binocular.
Nice to meet you.

Approachable problem solvers
Our clients approach us with brand and communication problems, and together we work towards the best possible solution. Our approach is simple – we’re open minded, we work collaboratively and we’re genuinely willing to see things from someone else’s perspective. We believe the best answers come from asking the best questions, and we never presume to know more about you than you know about yourself.

Laura Cornhill
Creative Director

Laura partners with clients to articulate their business challenges – be they communication, perception or positioning – bringing clarity to the most complex of briefs. She has the vision and expertise to bring a fresh perspective and to develop design strategies which advance the creative direction of brands. She steers the team develop intelligent solutions which resonate with audiences and deliver tangible results.

Laura is committed to educating the next generation of designers, and gives back to the industry through speaking at industry events and participating on advisory panels. Her work has won numerous local and international awards, and she was nominated by Monash University’s ‘Affemation’ project as one of the 25 most influential women in Australian graphic design.

Susan Carew
Business Development & Strategy

Susan joined Studio Binocular in 2011, bringing a design background plus experience gained in Melbourne and London, across account planning, production and project management and business leadership.

In her role in Business Development and Strategy, Susan works on strategic planning for clients – ensuring the studio’s creative solutions are bang on their business objectives. Her experience enables her to balance empathy, practicality and optimism – and she is driven by the potential of design to bring about real world change. Her insights are focussed around our knowledge economy – working with universities, governments and industry leaders as they strive to innovate.

Richard Seyb
Design Director

As Design Director, Richard is responsible for strategic problem solving, design leadership and contributing his considerable insights to all briefs. Richard is comfortable working on a wide range of media – from traditional brand mediums, to complex executions in the digital realm, and he has helped to lead some of the studio’s major brand and digital projects.

Richard has a genuine passion and vision for creating stand out, market-leading brands – and his ambitious design approach balances sophistication with purpose, ensuring the best possible project outcomes. He also leads the design team in honing their technical skills, developing efficient ways of working across all channels.

Martine Smithies
Account Director

Martine is responsible for managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to final implementation, whilst ensuring that client briefs, timelines and budgets are met. She has managed creative and production teams to deliver integrated campaigns and major national rebrands, and brings a love of systems and processes to her role at Studio Binocular. Having worked across both agency and client marketing teams, Martine offers a holistic approach to her projects and clients, with a solid understanding on how to balance creative and production processes with client and stakeholder expectations.

Martine’s experience includes: Australian Super, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Respect Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, IBAC, Little Group, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the City of Melbourne.

Laura Cornhill
Creative Director

Laura partners with clients to articulate their business challenges – be they communication, perception or positioning – bringing clarity to the most complex of briefs. She has the vision and expertise to bring a fresh perspective and to develop design strategies which advance the creative direction of brands. She steers the team develop intelligent and inclusive solutions which resonate with audiences and deliver tangible results.

Laura is committed to educating the next generation of designers, and gives back to the industry through speaking at industry events and participating on advisory panels. Her work has won numerous local and international awards, and she was nominated by Monash University’s ‘Affemation’ project as one of the 25 most influential women in Australian graphic design.

Susan Carew
Business Development & Strategy

Susan joined Studio Binocular in 2011, bringing a design background plus experience gained in Melbourne and London, across account planning, production and project management and business leadership.

In her role in Business Development and Strategy, Susan works on strategic planning for clients – ensuring the studio’s creative solutions are bang on their business objectives. Her experience enables her to balance empathy, practicality and optimism – and she is driven by the potential of design to bring about real world change. Her insights are focussed around our knowledge economy – working with universities, governments and industry leaders as they strive to innovate.

Susan Carew
Business Development & Strategy

Susan joined Studio Binocular in 2011, bringing a design background plus experience gained in Melbourne and London, across account planning, production and project management and business leadership.

In her role in Business Development and Strategy, Susan works on strategic planning for clients – ensuring the studio’s creative solutions are bang on their business objectives. Her experience enables her to balance empathy, practicality and optimism – and she is driven by the potential of design to bring about real world change. Her insights are focussed around our knowledge economy – working with universities, governments and industry leaders as they strive to innovate.

Richard Seyb
Design Director

As Design Director, Richard is responsible for strategic problem solving, design leadership and contributing his considerable insights to all briefs. Richard is comfortable working on a wide range of media – from traditional brand mediums, to complex executions in the digital realm, and he has helped to lead some of the studio’s major brand and digital projects.

Richard has a genuine passion and vision for creating stand out, market-leading brands – and his ambitious design approach balances sophistication with purpose, ensuring the best possible project outcomes. He also leads the design team in honing their technical skills, developing efficient ways of working across all channels.

Martine Smithies
Account Director

Martine is responsible for managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to final implementation, whilst ensuring that client briefs, timelines and budgets are met. She has managed creative and production teams to deliver integrated campaigns and major national rebrands, and brings a love of systems and processes to her role at Studio Binocular. Having worked across both agency and client marketing teams, Martine offers a holistic approach to her projects and clients, with a solid understanding on how to balance creative and production processes with client and stakeholder expectations.

Martine’s experience includes: Australian Super, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Respect Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, IBAC, Little Group, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the City of Melbourne.

Martine Smithies
Account Director

Martine is responsible for managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to final implementation, whilst ensuring that client briefs, timelines and budgets are met. She has managed creative and production teams to deliver integrated campaigns and major national rebrands, and brings a love of systems and processes to her role at Studio Binocular. Having worked across both agency and client marketing teams, Martine offers a holistic approach to her projects and clients, with a solid understanding on how to balance creative and production processes with client and stakeholder expectations.

Martine’s experience includes: Australian Super, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Respect Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, IBAC, Little Group, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the City of Melbourne.

Sarah Costanzo
Account Manager

Sarah’s friendly interpersonal style and excellent organisational skills enable her to manage projects of all sizes effectively and efficiently. Sarah’s industry experience includes the studio management of fast-paced agencies through to working customer service-side in international travel. Her ability to multi-task and oversee studio workflow is one of the many valuable attributes she brings to her role.

Sarah brings a keen interest in design, and is most comfortable liaising between clients, suppliers and designers. Her solution-focussed approach ensures projects of all sizes are scoped, quoted and briefed accurately and project timings achieved – supporting our clients with a truly responsive project management service.

Genevieve Lawlor
Account Manager

In her role as Account and Project Manager, Gen is responsible for building collaborative relationships with clients, managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to production and implementation and ensuring that client and stakeholder timelines, budgets and briefs are met.

Gen brings expertise in strategic planning, data analysis, campaign management, implementation and reporting which provides a strong foundation on which to deliver results for our clients which achieve their goals – whether they be targeted campaigns, B2B communications or high profile publication suites.

Comfortable working across both brand and design strategy, Gen’s project management background enables her to calmly guide complex projects through to successful completion.

Sam Curcio
Designer

Sam’s design skills bring great value to Studio Binocular’s projects – from digital and print campaigns, to city-wide wayfinding signage programs to innovative B2B projects. Since joining in 2013, she has played a key role in the branding and collateral for events, festivals and launches, including Melbourne Music Week, Simply Brilliant and the Small Business Festival Victoria; as well as major benchmark projects for the Cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Sam has a positive, can-do attitude, and also has a penchant for illustration, and her work has been shown at Gallery1988 in LA.

Sally Piskuric
Designer

Sally is an accomplished senior designer with over 14 years of industry experience, which extends across brand strategy and naming, art direction, identity design, publication, print collateral, signage and project management.

She has worked in several of Melbourne’s most respected design agencies, gaining experience across sectors including retail, architecture, business and hospitality, for clients such as ACMI, Made Establishment and NAB.

Sally is passionate about problem solving and works closely with clients and collaborators to create holistic, considered and idea-driven solutions.

Sarah Costanzo
Account Manager

Sarah’s friendly interpersonal style and excellent organisational skills enable her to manage projects of all sizes effectively and efficiently. Sarah’s industry experience includes the studio management of fast-paced agencies through to working customer service-side in international travel. Her ability to multi-task and oversee studio workflow is one of the many valuable attributes she brings to her role.

Sarah brings a keen interest in design, and is most comfortable liaising between clients, suppliers and designers. Her solution-focussed approach ensures projects of all sizes are scoped, quoted and briefed accurately and project timings achieved – supporting our clients with a truly responsive project management service.

Genevieve Lawlor
Account Manager

In her role as Account and Project Manager, Gen is responsible for building collaborative relationships with clients, managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to production and implementation and ensuring that client and stakeholder timelines, budgets and briefs are met.

Gen brings expertise in strategic planning, data analysis, campaign management, implementation and reporting which provides a strong foundation on which to deliver results for our clients which achieve their goals – whether they be targeted campaigns, B2B communications or high profile publication suites.

Comfortable working across both brand and design strategy, Gen’s project management background enables her to calmly guide complex projects through to successful completion.

Genevieve Lawlor
Account Manager

In her role as Account and Project Manager, Gen is responsible for building collaborative relationships with clients, managing and overseeing projects from creative brief to production and implementation and ensuring that client and stakeholder timelines, budgets and briefs are met.

Gen brings expertise in strategic planning, data analysis, campaign management, implementation and reporting which provides a strong foundation on which to deliver results for our clients which achieve their goals – whether they be targeted campaigns, B2B communications or high profile publication suites.

Comfortable working across both brand and design strategy, Gen’s project management background enables her to calmly guide complex projects through to successful completion.

Sam Curcio
Designer

Sam’s design skills bring great value to Studio Binocular’s projects – from digital and print campaigns, to city-wide wayfinding signage programs to innovative B2B projects. Since joining in 2013, she has played a key role in the branding and collateral for events, festivals and launches, including Melbourne Music Week, Simply Brilliant and the Small Business Festival Victoria; as well as major benchmark projects for the Cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Sam has a positive, can-do attitude, and also has a penchant for illustration, and her work has been shown at Gallery1988 in LA.

Sally Piskuric
Designer

Sally is an accomplished senior designer with over 14 years of industry experience, which extends across brand strategy and naming, art direction, identity design, publication, print collateral, signage and project management.

She has worked in several of Melbourne’s most respected design agencies, gaining experience across sectors including retail, architecture, business and hospitality, for clients such as ACMI, Made Establishment and NAB.

Sally is passionate about problem solving and works closely with clients and collaborators to create holistic, considered and idea-driven solutions.

Sally Piskuric
Designer

Sally is an accomplished senior designer with over 14 years of industry experience, which extends across brand strategy and naming, art direction, identity design, publication, print collateral, signage and project management.

She has worked in several of Melbourne’s most respected design agencies, gaining experience across sectors including retail, architecture, business and hospitality, for clients such as ACMI, Made Establishment and NAB.

Sally is passionate about problem solving and works closely with clients and collaborators to create holistic, considered and idea-driven solutions.

Blake Fullwood
Designer

With a background in design for the community services sector, Blake joined us in 2018, and has since worked on projects for education, government, technology and innovation spaces.

Blake has helped design major infrastructure strategies, websites for research centres and brands for organisations addressing youth unemployment. He brings a fresh perspective to projects, and has developed an enviable ability to solve unique communication challenges in a thoughtful and nuanced manner. As a true digital native, Blake has a comprehensive understanding of the latest digital best practice, and contributes this expertise to all projects.

Hannah Bacon
Designer

Hannah originally joined us as a stand out graduate from Swinburne’s honours program – having gained insights from industry based learning programs with the likes of IBM, Orora Packaging, Telstra and the Australian Government. She has given back to the design community through teaching in the Bachelor of Design, and brings a refreshingly positive attitude to everything she touches. Working alongside Studio Binocular’s senior members, Hannah’s expertise includes illustration, publication design, animation and digital campaigns.

Monica Shaw
Designer

Monica brings to the team 10 years of industry experience and is far and away the studio’s most expert skateboarder. She is a creative all-rounder who works on building memorable, human-centered brand experiences in both digital and print spaces, and everything in between.

Monica works closely with clients and collaborators to create design for change. Her achievements include contributing to reduced single use plastic through environmentally conscious design for Frank Green, and championing Indigenous women’s art at Agency Projects.

Eliane Hockey
Designer

Eliane is the newest addition to the Studio Binocular team. She is a highly motivated designer with over 5 years of industry experience, which extends across brand, digital design, publication, print collateral and animation.

She is passionate about working closely with brands, problem solving and executing campaigns, and has applied these skills across a wide range of sectors including education, retail and business. Eliane has a particular interest in user experience design and applies these principles to all her work, creating user-centred designs that are inclusive and accessible for all.

Blake Fullwood
Designer

With a background in design for the community services sector, Blake joined us in 2018, and has since worked on projects for education, government, technology and innovation spaces.

Blake has helped design major infrastructure strategies, websites for research centres and brands for organisations addressing youth unemployment. He brings a fresh perspective to projects, and has developed an enviable ability to solve unique communication challenges in a thoughtful and nuanced manner. As a true digital native, Blake has a comprehensive understanding of the latest digital best practice, and contributes this expertise to all projects.

Hannah Bacon
Designer

Hannah originally joined us as a stand out graduate from Swinburne’s honours program – having gained insights from industry based learning programs with the likes of IBM, Orora Packaging, Telstra and the Australian Government. She has given back to the design community through teaching in the Bachelor of Design, and brings a refreshingly positive attitude to everything she touches. Working alongside Studio Binocular’s senior members, Hannah’s expertise includes illustration, publication design, animation and digital campaigns.

Hannah Bacon
Designer

Hannah originally joined us as a stand out graduate from Swinburne’s honours program – having gained insights from industry based learning programs with the likes of IBM, Orora Packaging, Telstra and the Australian Government. She has given back to the design community through teaching in the Bachelor of Design, and brings a refreshingly positive attitude to everything she touches. Working alongside Studio Binocular’s senior members, Hannah’s expertise includes illustration, publication design, animation and digital campaigns.

Monica Shaw
Designer

Monica brings to the team 10 years of industry experience and is far and away the studio’s most expert skateboarder. She is a creative all-rounder who works on building memorable, human-centered brand experiences in both digital and print spaces, and everything in between.

Monica works closely with clients and collaborators to create design for change. Her achievements include contributing to reduced single use plastic through environmentally conscious design for Frank Green, and championing Indigenous women’s art at Agency Projects.

Eliane Hockey
Designer

Eliane is the newest addition to the Studio Binocular team. She is a highly motivated designer with over 5 years of industry experience, which extends across brand, digital design, publication, print collateral and animation.

She is passionate about working closely with brands, problem solving and executing campaigns, and has applied these skills across a wide range of sectors including education, retail and business. Eliane has a particular interest in user experience design and applies these principles to all her work, creating user-centred designs that are inclusive and accessible for all.

Eliane Hockey
Designer

Eliane is the newest addition to the Studio Binocular team. She is a highly motivated designer with over 5 years of industry experience, which extends across brand, digital design, publication, print collateral and animation.

She is passionate about working closely with brands, problem solving and executing campaigns, and has applied these skills across a wide range of sectors including education, retail and business. Eliane has a particular interest in user experience design and applies these principles to all her work, creating user-centred designs that are inclusive and accessible for all.