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A COMMUNITY-FOCUSED CREATIVE STUDIO

Founded by Marcus Taylor somewhere around 2010 in inner north Melbourne, Studio Papa first caught its break doing gig posters, signwriting and the odd parmi & pint flyer for small businesses in the local community. Since then, the company has relocated back to Perth, where it happily resides today.

Though we have a strong background in graphic design, packaging and branding, after over a decade of trade, the studio has collectively developed services in a wide variety of areas. This range of services helps provide good brand management to our client’s as their businesses mature and their marketing and communication needs grow along with them. Despite this full-er service, we’ve always tried to avoid the agency vibe. Instead, we try to embody the spirit of ‘expertise without the ego’ by working closely with our clients to help foster an open mind, collaborative spirit and an honest process.

We believe that what we do in our 9 to 5 matters, and we’re sticklers for trying to spend our hours helping the right people move forward. We’ve been lucky enough to work with clients locally and abroad, from Kununurra to Stockholm, and in industries ranging from music, film, the arts, and hospitality. Each one of them has a net positive effect in making their community or planet a better place, and we’re grateful to be along for the journey.

Over the years, the Papa family has steadily grown in size. In 2020, Marcus eventually decided to give up the corner office and return to the one-man-band that Papa is today. Staying small was a conscious decision and has allowed him to focus on client retention over client acquisition, giving him more time to be with family instead of being after fame.

For that reason, Studio Papa is not taking on new clients currently, unless it’s a mate we can’t say no to or a very special project we want to support. If you have a project that relates to one of the above two cases, please feel free to reach out

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PAPPY’S PROVERBS

Community values: Every day is bring your soul to work day

Every day is bring
your soul to work day.

If we spend a third of our lives at work then let’s ditch the alter ego and work a job we can live with on the weekends.

Community values: Never sell someone something they don’t need

Never sell someone
something they don’t need.

We’d be a much smarter business if we did but this would contravene Proverb #1 and frankly, it’s not who we are.

Community values: Everyone makes the coffee. No one asks for coffee to be made for them

Everyone makes the coffee. No one asks
for the coffee to be made for them.

Before every job title is an unspoken prefix that reads ‘human being’.

Community values: Always take the work seriously, never yourself

Always take the work seriously,
never yourself.

We’re passionate about what we do, and we’re getting pretty good at it too, but it’s important to keep our collective ego lobes on a leash.

Community values: Every person can be someone who blocks or someone who flows. Be someone who flows

Every person can be someone who
blocks or someone who flows.
Be someone who flows.

Full credit to our friends Lynda & Brendan for passing on this one.

Community values: Be open to new answers. Ask questions with a beginner’s mind

Be open to new answers.
Ask questions with a beginner’s mind.

Put everything on the table, ask all the dumb questions and see if anything shakes loose when we give it an honest critique.

Community values: Be open to your mistakes. Own them, learn from them and then move on

Be open to your mistakes.
Own them, learn from them
and then move on.

Sometimes it’s because you’re trying something new, sometimes it’s because you didn’t plan great and sometimes it’s just plain bad luck.

Community values: Remember which colour lion you are

Remember which colour lion you are.

When we respect other’s roles and perform our role well, we can come together to form something greater than the sum of our parts.

Community values: Always back the play

Back the play.

We may not always like the final decision, but we have to support and respect the decision maker’s choice.

Community values: Work hard, stay lucky

Work hard, stay lucky.

This life is what you make it and if you’re willing to work hard for something you care about you’ll enjoy the luck you make every day.