Studio Starr is a brand strategy and design agency based in Brisbane, Queensland. We deliver conceptually-driven solutions for business and culture.


– Project Development
– Brand Strategy
– Brand Design
– Collateral
– Press Campaign
– Publishing
– Exhibition and Display
– Signage and Wayfinding
– Digital and Social Campaign
– Web


Creative Director / Owner

Chris Starr brings over 17 years of knowledge and experience to his role as Creative Director. He has worked in the design departments of both private and public companies, including the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art. Chris was lead designer at the Gallery from 2001 to 2008 before becoming co-owner and design director of a Melbourne design practice.

In 2013, Chris established Studio Starr (formerly Makework) — a studio that is motivated by the impact of meaningful design.

Considered, smart, and accessible, Chris’ work ranges from branding and promotional materials to publication design and more. With numerous awards under his belt, he is a proven problem solver with a multidisciplinary skillset. Chris is inspired by the stories that animate each project, and how they allow him to continue his own creative journey.



Studio Starr’s impressive multidisciplinary toolkit was critically important to the success of HiveMind. This was a complex project requiring expertise in branding, exhibition design & wayfinding signage, collateral development, photography as well as a sophisticated digital and social campaign. The team worked seamlessly with me across each of these elements to craft a highly successful event and exhibition that benchmarks museum best practice. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Nanette Louchart-Fletcher
Creative Producer –
Museum Engagement


Museum of Brisbane has worked with Studio Starr on many branding, exhibition and design projects for over 10 years. Creative Director Chris brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and exceptional design to his projects. We know when we work with Chris, we will have a great outcome.

Alix Perry
Acting Head of Exhibitions


For two years I worked with Studio Starr directly on a number of design projects for the Moreton Bay Regional Council Museums, from small scale hands-on children’s exhibits, through to the branding and design of large scale touring exhibitions. In particular, I reached out to Chris to help us design the touring exhibition Play: the old fashioned way opening at Redcliffe Museum. Chris understood the brief perfectly, communicating clearly his ideas and concepts, meeting our every deadline and design requirement. Studio Starr is a uniquely creative studio, reliable and incredibly flexible throughout all collaboration processes, and I couldn’t recommend a design studio more highly. 

Holly Riding
Exhibitions Officer



MAPDA / 2019 – Exhibition Brand Package (Level B) – Highly Commended

MAPDA / 2019 – Exhibition Brand Package (Level B) – Highly Commended

MAGNA / 2018 – Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout (Level 4) – Winner

Basic Plumbing Services Skills
ABDA / 2017 – Best Designed Educational Tertiary Book – Winner

The River: A history of Brisbane
MAGNA / 2014 – Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout (Level 1) – Winner


Artlines (08–10)
MAPDA / 2010 – Magazine & Newsletter – Winner

Katharina Grosse: Picture Park
DIA Qld / 2008 – Literature Design – Gold
DIA Qld / 2008 – Award of Excellence (Category Winner)

Brought to Light II: Contemporary Australian Art 1966–2006
BAD / 2007 – Graphic Design, Books – Bronze

Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong
DIA Qld / 2006 – Literature Design – Commendation
MAPDA / 2006 – Catalogue – Highly Commended
BAD / 2006 – Graphic Design, Books – Gold
APDA / 2006 – Best Designed Book – Commendation

Sparse Shadows Flying Pearls: A Japanese Screen Revealed
DIA Qld / 2006 – Literature Design – Gold
MAPDA / 2006 – Catalogue – Winner
APDA / 2006 – Best Designed Book – Commendation

Artlines: Art & People (05–08)
MAPDA / 2005 – Magazine & Newsletter – Winner
Max Gimblett: The Language of Drawing
DIA Qld / 2005 – Literature Design – Finalist
AAMPDA / 2005 – Magazine – Honourable Mention

Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest
AAMPDA / 2005 – Catalogue – Honourable Mention

Darkness & Light: The Art of William Robinson
MAPDA / 2001 – Catalogue – Highly Commended
AAMPDA / 2001 – Catalogue – Honourable Mention

AAMPDA — American Association
of Museum Publication Design Awards

ABDA — Australian Book Design Association

APDA — Australian Publishing Design Awards

BAD — Brisbane Art Directors Club

DIA — Design Institute of Australia

MAGNA — Museums and Galleries National Awards / Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) 

MAPDA — Multimedia & Publication Design Awards / Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA)