Heath Killen (ie. me) is a designer, writer, and thing maker who lives in the mountains among wild psychotropic apple trees, prehistoric birds, mystics, and old drunks.
I am always seeking new partnerships with people who desire unique ways to communicate with the world. Not just gimicky digital stuff that people only care about for five minutes either, but imaginative, culture changing things. The real dirt.
My most recent project is In Wild Air 2016—17, a weekly newsletter where a guest editor shares six things that interest them. It’s nice. Enlightening. Better than spam. Previous guest editors include Kate Jinx, Laurence Pike, Penny Modra, Benjamin Law, and Julia DeVille.
I also run The Territories 2016—17, a small publishing house looking for stories in antipodean landscapes. At the end of last year I made On Land , a series of five zines which largely focus on DIY utopias in strange and remote environments. Next up is a collection of psychogeographic maps exploring the coast of New Zealand.
After moving to Leura two years ago, I worked with a small team to name, design, and roll out (a newspaper, website, short film, and series of events) Mtns Made 2016—17 — the cultural identity for the creative industries of the Blue Mountains. This has had a profoundly positive and measurable impact on the community, and has changed the way the region percieved around the country and beyond.
For the past three years, I have worked with Golden Age Cinema & Bar 2013—17 on all of their visual communications. In addition to designing their seasonal programming, I provide design services for a range of campaigns and new products. I also provide consultation on the overall creative direction of the venue, which has gone on to win numerous design & event awards, and established itself in the increasingly difficult space that is Sydney nightlife.
Prior to this I was the managing editor of Desktop Magazine 2009—11. Although it recently published its final issue, Desktop was around for 30 years and was a powerful voice in the Australian creative culture. I produced 12 issues on a range of themes such as activism, the future, identity, and urbanisation.
Along the way I was creative director for New Weird Australia 2010—15, a record label focused on new leftfield and outsider music from (as the name suggests) Australia. I made dozens of record covers, posters, and helped develop special new projects.
There has been other stuff too, but these are the latest and greatest. What’s next? Who knows. Let’s do something.