Our Story

We are Viola Design—a unique communication design studio committed to sustainability. We deliver meaning and clarity through innovative design, all the while contributing to a healthier environment.

Change for good starts with a single step. Formed in 1999 as one of the first eco-graphic design businesses, we took ours with sustainability in mind. While the designers in us see the world in CMYK, our decisions are always made through a certain shade of green – from the clients we choose to work with to the paper choices we make.

At Viola Design, we believe good design can feel as good as it does. That’s why we stick to a rigorous eco-design process. By making smart choices from inception, we can be sure that nothing leaves our studio unless it has a positive impact. From changing the conversation around women’s empowerment, to making health accessible for all, caring for our planet or kick-starting a revolution – we like to fulfil design’s prerogative in re-shaping the world we live in. So, if you’re of the same mindset, please walk with us. Design is the first step to big change.

Our Services

  • Art Direction
  • Brand Strategy
  • Brand Guidelines
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Digital Design
  • Logo & Identity Design
  • Naming
  • Photography
  • Publication Design
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability Design Practices
  • Web Design

Our People

Anna Carlile
Creative Director

BA Graphic Design
Swinburne National School for Design, 1997

MA Environment
Melbourne University, 2004

In 1999, Anna established Viola Design as a conduit for purpose-driven work. As Design Director, she is the driving force behind the studio’s strong identity and warm client relationships. Her love of educating and motivating fellow designers and businesses about sustainable design has yielded a book or three – the most recent being 365 Nature (2015), a nature-inspired book that has been translated into ten languages. Design, sustainability, social change and photography have all taken her to the ends of the earth and back. Whether lecturing in Chile, photographing in Timor Leste or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – Anna seeks her passions far and wide, and is always looking forward to the next adventure.

Anna Topalidou
Communication Designer

BA Visual Communication
Monash University, 2004

BA Fine Art
RMIT, 2010

Anna is a designer and visual artist who has curated, directed and participated in a broad variety of exhibitions, community engagement projects and educational forums. Her hands-on approach to creativity allows for serendipitous and effective problem solving. Anna is an advocate of art and design’s important role in enriching a community.

Kasia Pawlikowski
Communication Designer

BA Graphic Design, Queensland College of Art
Griffith University, 2003

PD Art History
University of Melbourne, 2009

Kasia’s inquisitive spirit has been an integral part of what makes Viola Design unique since 2008. From Melbourne to Brisbane and London, she has fine-tuned the art of designing for local context. Her rich academic background plays a significant role in informing the way she delivers her innovative communication strategies. Collaboration, curiosity, storytelling and a commitment to social justice are at the core of Kasia’s practice.

Nicholas Geoffrey
Account Manager

Nicholas is Viola Design’s number cruncher who helps keep the balance, somewhat literally. His attention to detail and practical outlook on life ensures each day in the studio is a constructive one. His respect for the intrinsic value of all people can be seen, and heard, in his friendly and professional approach. When he’s not keeping the books, you’ll find (or, rather, not find) Nicholas off the grid in the wilds of nature.

Our Studio

Visit The 60L Green Building in Carlton, Melbourne and you’ll find our resource-efficient, minimum-impact home. You bring the vision. We’ll pour the tea.

Our Clients

  • Amnesty International
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Australian Council for International Development
  • Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
  • Bamiyarra
  • Bicycle Victoria
  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • CERES Community Environment Park
  • City Mission
  • City of Darebin
  • Clifton Hill Primary School
  • Climate & Health Alliance
  • Dalai Lama in Australia
  • DeeDeeRah
  • Design by Nature
  • Design Victoria
  • Earthwatch
  • Eco Buy
  • Ecotech
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Environment Victoria
  • Environmental Justice Australia
  • EPA Victoria
  • Equality Rights Alliance
  • Flat Out
  • Frankston City Council
  • Green Planet
  • Greenpeace
  • Hardie Grant Books
  • Hazeldene
  • Health Workforce Australia
  • HearSoft
  • Home at last
  • Impact Investing Australia
  • Independent Disability Services
  • Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • inTouch
  • IWDA International Women’s Development Agency
  • JMA Architects
  • Justice Connect
  • Landcare
  • Leo Farrell Photography
  • Live & Learn Environmental Education
  • Marie Stopes International Australia
  • Mastership
  • Melbourne Affordable Housing
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Melbourne Water
  • Mental Health Australia
  • Merri Creek Management Committee
  • Miss Gertrude
  • Mission Australia
  • Mobium
  • Momot Mentoring
  • Moreland City Council
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
  • National Council Women Australia
  • National Council Women Victoria
  • National Mental Health Consumer Org
  • National Stroke Foundation
  • Outdoors Victoria
  • Parks Victoria
  • Pigeonhole Magazine
  • Planet Earth Cleaning
  • Port Phillip Housing Association
  • Power Housing Australia
  • Rainforest Rescue
  • Reconciliation Victoria
  • Reichstein Foundation
  • Ross House Association
  • Ross Trust
  • Rusher Rogers
  • Simply Pty Ltd
  • South East Community Links
  • Southern Migrant Resource Centre
  • Springvale Monash Legal Service
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Thought Post
  • Tibetan Buddhist Society
  • Tourism Victoria
  • Tree Project
  • Turtle Green
  • Twiggd
  • Union Australian Women
  • United Housing
  • United Voice
  • Urban Camp
  • Victorian Eco Innovation Lab
  • Victorian Electoral Commission
  • Waterwatch
  • Whitehorse Council
  • Women Speak
  • Women’s Rights Action Network Australia
  • Womens Housing
  • World Stroke Organisation
  • Yoga Dojo
  • YWCA Adelaide
  • YWCA Australia
  • YWCA Housing
  • YWCA Victoria