Hello, my name is Muz, and I’ve been involved in various forms of artistic expression for over 30 years. From traditional forms of illustration, drawing, and painting, to computer-based information architecture and design, I’ve explored many avenues of creativity throughout my career.
In 2010, I made the switch to becoming a web designer and developer, creating human-centered multimedia experiences. This website is designed to showcase some of the different projects and artistic outlets that I’ve been a part of recently. I invite you to take a look around and explore what I have to offer.
Let me give you a little bit of background about myself. I’ve always been passionate about art and design, and I’m always on the lookout for fresh textures, creative typography, and well-proportioned layouts. I strive for clean, simple, and clear designs that are also accessible to all.
The name “muzKore” is an ambiguous description of my true identity. “Muz” is a nickname, and “Kore” is a slight twist on “core,” meaning “the center of.” It’s a fitting description for someone who’s been at the center of many different forms of artistic expression over the years.
My love for art started in the mid-1980s, and it’s been a way for me to express myself ever since. Whether it’s recognizable or abstract, art has always been a means to finding answers to what’s happening around me. In the early 1990s, I was heavily involved in Melbourne’s graffiti scene. My interests in illustration were already materializing, so graffiti and aerosol art became a natural extension of that. However, my interest in solo expression moved me more towards painting with paint brushes. At the time, mixing aerosol with paint brushes was seen as not cool in the scene, so I decided to move away from people and influences which I perceived to be restrictive.
By the late 1990s, my love for drawing was in full swing, and I was filling sketchbooks and giving away canvases as I was running out of room. Unfortunately, a fire at a friend’s place destroyed most of my early work, which forced me to search for a fresh vision.
In 1997, I was introduced to Bulletin Boards (pre-mainstream World Wide Web), and by 1997, I had my first email account and was experimenting with HTML and digital image manipulation. The idea of creating art with code and pixels fascinated me. Each line was a brush stroke, and what was even more amazing was the ability to share my work with people right across the globe. I was hooked.
In 2000, I decided to turn my attention to Information Technology (IT) and enrolled in a Cert IV of IT at Epping TAFE. It was one of the best moves I could ever make. Not only was this the start of my IT education, but also a start to networking and friends that I still have to this day. Within two years, I had completed my IT Diploma and started working freelance and contract jobs in web design and development.
In 2004, I began a course in small business management, and in 2007, I started teaching multimedia at RMIT TAFE. This was a learning experience, and it was great getting to know staff members who were specialists in Graphic Design, Printing, Photography, and more. I was in awe of how deep the knowledge was in each of these people. I listened intently to their lessons when possible and also sought their guidance. During my time there, my interests broadened, and my appreciation for print and paper craft started.
By 2012, my desire to return to the workforce took hold, and I returned to a
solo job in freelance web design, website consultancy, User Experience (UX), and User Interface (UI) planning. In 2014, I decided to start a small business called FutureStorm with my amazing wife Andrea, and together, we worked with businesses mostly in Australia and sometimes internationally in creating great desktop and screen-based experiences for our clients.
In 2018-19, I decided to close my small business and sub-roles in other associated businesses and continued freelancing remotely. Running a small business helped me gain a better appreciation of what it takes to keep yourself current and competitive in the art world. My deepest respects go to those people striving to create art no matter what the cost.
With the pandemic lockdowns turning 2020-21 into very unstable times, I continued to work remotely and used the time to reflect and contemplate what comes next. Now, I’m working for a few companies building websites and consulting in all things web. Each day holds new opportunities that I’m glad to be a part of.
Lastly, I almost forgot to mention my love of square-format photography. I’ve been posting some of my work on my Vero feed on the homepage or on Vero, so make sure to check it out!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey, and I hope you find inspiration in my work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want to connect.
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