Following the unprecedented success of the Windows 95 launch, Frontline's Art Director wanted to display the freedom the new operating system had given its users. A striking image for the cover of the Microsoft catalogue was envisioned, including a model holding high a representation of the Windows logo. The key areas of Business, Education, and Home hinted at in the glass reflections. All accessed through the key new Start feature with users racing forward. After shooting the catalogue photography it was decided that the primary models face, and hand position were unsuitable for the image in mind. Franklin pieced together the composition using the head and hand of a different model. Then placing them in the final layout with the various other elements of the sky, field, window frame with reflections, and foreground tree. The outcome was a balanced, well-crafted image which although hyperreal, provided the necessary impact conceived by the Art Director.

Art Direction: The Frontline Agency
Retouching: Stephen Franklin
Triumphant man standing in an open field holding a window frame above his head.
The final composition, an emotive image with a user extoling the benefits of Windows 95.

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Microsoft Communiqué Cover Image
Front cover image for the Microsoft Communiqué magazine featuring the new Microsoft Front Page application. Utilising Alias Sketch 3D software to set the lighting and texturing of the composition of the image, and Photoshop for the final shading and colour balance.
SoundNet Newsletter and Masthead
Editorial design and masthead design of SoundNet, the official newsletter of The Oceania Project a non-profit research organisation dedicated to raising awareness about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises and the ocean environment.
College Portfolio
Portfolio submitted as a requirement for graduating from the KvB College of Visual communication, Sydney Australia. Stephen received a diploma in Graphic Design on the 7th of December 1987.
Thick & Thirsty Point of Sale Hero Image Retouching
Retouching of hero image for Thick & Thirsty point of sale promotion.
Donegal Catch Packaging Artwork
While working as the Creative Artworker at Mesh Design, Stephen was tasked with building the finished artwork for the Donegal Catch range from Green Isle foods.
Merrilake Promotional Calendar Illustration
Stephen's contribution to the Merrilake agency’s promotional calendar. He was requested to respond to the brief "Merrilake Illustrators are not just bums on seats!" in the style of his favourite artist. Salvador Dali's "Sleep" was Franklin's inspiration.
ABOL User Interface Icons
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Concept visualisations created for Landini Associates client projects. Each image was based on supplied architectural elevations, along with a creative brief for the materials to be used for the interior design.
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Designed both print and digital components for the Wyeth Bio Pharma - Work/Life Harmony Week. This included various printed pamphlets and messaging pieces along with the UX/UI for the program’s website.
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