John Westwood Design Associates began in the early 1980s with John establishing a studio at his home in Great Western Drive in Vermont South. I first met John in 1984 when he was my rendering lecturer at RMIT. I was fortunate to be John's first employee as his business expanded in the mid 1980s.
Telecom Commander telephone designed in Australia by John Westwood Design Associates. 1988
Mario Matkovich, Jack Magree and Ross Williams were critical members of the team on this project and I remember well the techniques and skills of the time which was well before CAD techniques. I purchased two handsets this week for my collection and the prominent keypad had particular memories for me as I did the artwork all those years ago. The artwork for each keypad layout was done as a paste up on illustration board with a blue pencil and typeset galleys which had to cut out with a scalpel and positioned manually. No Adobe illustrator with layers then.
Telecom telephone designed by industrial designers John Westwood, Mario Matkovich, Jack Magree and Ross Williams.
Australian designed telecom commander telephone. 1988
The keypad was very innovative and low cost with silicon cast lenses designed to bring the surface mounted LED's glow to the button surface. This approach had never been used before this project.
Details of volume control, speaker and radius profile.
A house at 47 Great Western Drive in Vermont South was the original studio of Victorian industrial design consultancy John Westood Design Associates.
Industrial design consultancy John Westwood Design Associates advertisement in the Design World Directory of Design Services. Design World magazine 1987.