Category: Animation

CUSP: Designing into the next decade

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade presents a selection of outstanding Australian designers with ideas that could change the way we inhabit the world.

It is an opportunity to challenge our own beliefs about how cultural content is presented and experienced. For this reason in particular, the team decided that rather than printing an exhibition catalogue, they would rather visitors invest their time perusing the website. I recently teamed up with Pat from The Narrative People again to create the graphics for the CUSP: Designing Into The Next Decade video series. Branding and Identity by Toko Design.

Check out the website here:

Intro video here:


RUSSH Exclusive: Dis / Sect Premiere

On Monday, leading Australian fashion magazine RUSSH launched the exclusive premiere of my fashion film Dis/Sect which was shot for my good friend Minette Shuen’s graduate collection. I had a blast shooting this and working with Minette on the day. It’s always great to collaborate with other designers who are able to give you creative freedom and trust that the end result will be great. Massive praise also to Katy, our incredible model who was excellent at taking art direction from us on the day. Definitely a model to watch!

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In case you missed it, you can still watch the film here:

or here:

Minette Shuen: Dis / Sect AW2013 Fashion Film from Gabriel Virata on Vimeo.

NOW ON AIR: Glee / Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

So the last 3 weeks have been pretty insane (but exciting) as I’ve been busy designing the looks for two shows – Glee and Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals over at TEN. As embarrassed as I am to admit that I’m probably the only person in the world that still religiously watches Glee, I was pretty excited to design the look for Season 4. Knowing that half the cast were going to be based in New York, I tried to refresh the look with a more mature and sexier feel – think Glee meets Gossip Girl and MTV’s The City.

Take a look at the final 60 second + 30 second Launch promos which are now being played all over your TV screens.

Channel Ten – Glee Season4 60 Second Launch Spot from Gabriel Virata on Vimeo.

Channel Ten – Glee Season4 30 Second Launch Spot (30 Second Promo) from Gabriel Virata on Vimeo.

For Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals I wanted to reference the “dude food” dining culture that’s really popular at the moment so I designed the promo graphics to look similar to one you would probably find on a menu in a trendy little cafe in Surry Hills.

Check out the promo here:

Channel Ten – Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals Launch Spot from Gabriel Virata on Vimeo.


So I’ve been working at Channel Ten for a little over 4 months now and thought it was time to do a post showing some of the promos I’ve been working on. I’ve been pretty lucky to have worked on some great shows in the short time I’ve been here – Masterchef, Masterchef All Stars, Puberty Blues, Being Lara Bingle and The Project to name a few. These were just a few of the promos I was able to find already uploaded on Youtube .. hopefully I’ll do a follow up post with some more of my recent work soon.

Puberty Blues 

Masterchef 2012


One Movie Marathon

Last Man Standing

City Life, Vivid Sydney 2012

I thought I’d end my Vivid Sydney posts for the year with snaps of my favourite artwork from the festival – the ‘City Life’ projection on Customs House created by The Electric Canvas.

A ‘city within a city’ was projected onto the sandstone exterior of Customs House, illustrating different aspects of City Life – the morning rush, the public transport, the weather, the streets and buildings.
Personally, I thought the large scale projection was a definite standout in this year’s Vivid Festival, the theme of the animations resonating so fittingly against the backdrop of the city behind it. Definitely looking forward to what will be on show next year.

W Hotel, Hong Kong

I thought I’d end my series of Hong Kong posts with images of the hotel that I stayed at – the W Hotel, Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of those cities I can revisit over and over again and still manage to have an incredible experience every time.

This time around I stayed at the W Hotel which I was really excited about, having read rave reviews on numerous design magazines. The hotel definitely lived up to it’s hype – boasting room views overlooking Hong Kong harbour, one of the best buffet breakfast’s I’ve ever visited, a well fitted out health centre and a rooftop pool overlooking the city.

As with all other W Hotels, what I particularly loved was the design detail throughout the hotel. Here are a few photos of the hotel (which you should definitely stay at if you’re ever in Honkers!)

The Studio

By now, you would have probably heard of Koskela’s incredible design showroom that’s opened up at Rosebery. You would have also heard the hype surrounding  ‘it’ restaurant Kitchen By Mike … but did you know the wondrous showroom also has an attached studio space available for hire?

Now you do!

Once again, I collaborated with Koskela’s creative director, Pat to create a short video that took users through the space adjacent to the showroom. Rather than send out boring PDF documents outlining facts and figures to clients, the video was created as a fun piece that actually showed the space off.

To check out the video, pop over to their website:

Saveus A/W 12 Product Shoot – Behind The Scenes

A Behind The Scenes video i put together while the Saveus team worked away at their product shoot last week. Exciting things are coming for this Australian label who launch the “Everything, nothing” collection nationally in March 2012.

I had a glimpse of the collection and let me tell you … there is absolutely nothing like this on the Australian Fashion scene at the moment. Some of the pieces in the collection literally blew me out of the water,  the tailoring reminds me a lot of the cuts you’d expect to find in Europe in shops like COS etc: