Our Work is Done - Aus INfront 99-19

Our Work is Done - Aus INfront 99-19

12.02.19

INfront

Our work is done here! We’ll be shutting down the site on the 8th of March 2019. Please be sure to back up everything you may need before the site is taken offline.

There’s no doubt that myself, Damien and Zann still have a ton of love for the Australian INfront (we most likely always will!). Traditionally we’ve always launched site redesigns, in fact we’re more than half way through the new site design now, but life has gotten in the way for all three of us, and we’ve had to re-assess the launch of the new Australian INfront.

Since INfront’s conception in 1999 I’ve had more time than most to put energy into the site, but I can’t say that I’ve done much at all over the past 10 years.

Rebelling against my professor of Design by presenting the Australian INfront manifesto at Sydney Design 99 Conference (instead of spending the time on the stage praising my old design school) was a bold move. Big moves like this have been made time and time again by Damien and Zann with INfront Apple Talks at the Apple flagship store Sydney, Field Trip Conferences at ACMI Federal Square Melbourne and The Seymour Sydney to name just a few.

One quick glance over both Damien and Zann’s personal Facebook profiles suggests that between work and family the guys are extremely time poor. Recently we got a 3-way chat together to discuss INfront’s future; Are we going to relaunch this new re-design? Because INfront needs HEAPS more love to get it anywhere near where we had it once upon a time, and it needs even more love and energy for us to take it to where Damien and Zann can.

INfront is a passion project. Something which the three of us forget at times. We still love the creative community and some part of us will always want to be part of it, just so we can help out, but INfront has had so many amazing moments that we’ve come to realise that as time goes on we can’t live forever in those past moments, and now we have our families to put our love and energy into too.

20 years… it’s been a GREAT run and we are proud of staying true the entire way through. To the founding members (you know who you are!) massive respect and thanks for the groundwork. To everyone else; we have nothing but GRATITUDE for all those who have ever stepped up and joined us on this epic mission to get Australian Design the respect it deserves, to place our local talent on the International Map. We started with the Australian INfront Manifesto. We’ll wrap it up with it too.

AUSTRALIAN INFRONT MANIFESTO

INfront is a collaborative project space and launch pad to Australia’s best online designers, artists, design companies and other related web sites.

INfront is also a growing community of like minded people who inspire and motivate each other. Lean on each other at times. Bend the rules. Help when there’s a need for a freelancer, a brainstorm, an opinion or some constructive criticism.

GET AHEAD GET INFRONT

INfront intends to expose talented Australian designers and artists and change the international perspective of Australian Design and Art to a more accurate level, one that reflects the sophistication, individuality, and passion of designers and artists in Australia.

Australia, design & art are fundamental to our being and as a group we intend to explore what this means to ourselves and the international community.

Our work is Australian and of international standard.

We seek GLOBAL RESPECT

20 years. Lots of work. We're sad to let INfront go, but it's for the best, to leave on a legacy of love and respect.

Please note; we will be shutting down the site on the 8th of March so be sure to back up everything you may need before the site is taken offline.

Much love and respect; Justin, Damien and Zann.

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  • aistrope 12th February 2019 @ 12.33 PM

    Just wanted to jump in here and say thank you to all that have ever taken part in Aus Infront's journey. You are what kept me personally motivated to post news, seek out new talent, put on events, organize competitions and most importantly, promote Australian creativity.

    As a young designer looking to get a leg up in the industry, I put my hand up in 2003 to get involved. I was the overly eager kid that posted too much. I apologise for all the shitty puns and spelling mistakes I put folks through, but that's all. Aus Infront helped me get my name out there, build life long friendships and embrace my community spirit.

    Very proud to have been INvolved.

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  • pscysm 12th February 2019 @ 3.04 PM

    Thanks for all your work guys. I've been a member since 2003, things have changed a lot - in the industry and online communities - in that time. I remember when I'd visit and contribute every day. I've become lazy and my focus has changed, so I fee somewhat responsible for this - for that I'm sorry, but I guess that's life.

    InFront was a valuable resource for me over the years, thanks for the time and effort you guys have put into it. I've appreciated it, appreciation doesn't pay the bills though.

    PS: I still think of Zann as a new member.

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  • Luke 12th February 2019 @ 5.18 PM

    Devastated. Thanks to all three of you for all that you've put into it over the years, I spent most of high school and University here. I made some lifelong friends and built my career off the back of your work.

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  • Dan 12th February 2019 @ 5.59 PM

    Congrats and thanks for all your work. Passions and life does change so it's understandable.

    Best wishes for the future!

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  • scotty 12th February 2019 @ 8.08 PM

    That's really sad but inevitable news.

    I just want to thank you guys for all that you're done over the years and wish you all the very best with whatever else you do.

    This has been one of my daily haunts almost from the beginning and the forum especially has seen me through some rough times and helped me to keep going in design.

    The community on here has been second to none and I've had the opportunity to rub shoulders (albeit from a distance) with some of the most talented people out there and although I'm from the UK, I've always felt accepted.

    Later guys.

    Scotty - The Token Pom. :D

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  • dave 13th February 2019 @ 3.01 PM

    End of a long & winding road... everyone involved can be proud of what they've achieved, and that would include everyone that contributed to the forums, the design competition, the events...

    Thanks to all the INfront members - founding and otherwise - you've kept an old(er) man informed, amused & entertained (and occassionally in beer). I owe you a beer or two next we cross paths...

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  • jamesb 14th February 2019 @ 12.02 PM

    Thanks to everyone involved over the years, I've loved visiting the site on a regular basis and for those I've met in person or had chats to online – no doubt we'll cross paths at some point.

    INfront has been epic for the design community in Australia and whilst it's sad to see it go, it's probably a chance you all involved take some time out and not have to worry about keeping this up to date!

    Thanks again, you're all epic and I've definitely had some informative, funny, shocking reads from the forums that I'll miss.

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