This year marks our 30th anniversary in business. It’s a big deal for us, so we would like to take you for a quick trip down memory lane.

It was 1992 and a young Emanuel Mazzucco decided to follow his passion and start a graphic design business. This business was called Mela Graphic Design. It grew from humble beginnings in a shared office on Wharf 20 in Pyrmont (before it was redeveloped into Jones Bay Wharf). There was no Internet, no mobile phones, or emails – just a Macintosh Quadra that was so big it needed its own desk!

The business grew and Emanuel moved to the cosmopolitan Norton Street in Leichhardt. This move opened new doors and the local coffee culture was embraced. Clients enjoyed vising the studio and popping out for a coffee or long Italian lunch. It was here that we began a very successful long-term relationship with ITW Proline, a major supplier in the hardware industry, known at the time as Siddons Proline.

In 1996, Mela evolved from a sole trader business to a partnership named RJA Mela. Emanuel and his then partner, David, began working from a new studio in Camperdown soon after. Almost 10 years later, we rebranded as Mela Creative, the family-owned company it is today.


Since the beginning, creative thinking and a passion for design have been at our core. Our ethos that creativity grows organically from an idea, or seed, inspired our brand name. Our name, Mela, is Italian for apple and our logo represents the seeds at its core.

Mela thrived from our Sparkes Street studio for over 20 years. During this time, we helped over a dozen young designers develop into confident, experienced graphic designers. Emanuel and Rosanna Mazzucco created a warm, friendly environment for the team which were considered the Mela family. We had lots of fun making great memories together.

In 2018, we created a fresh new look for our brand. This new look coincided with a move to our current studio in Alexandria where we continue to create branding and packaging designs that stand out from the competition. We have designed identities for businesses across many different industries including hardware, food and beverage, health and beauty, hospitality, automotive, medical and professional services. Some of these clients have been with us for many years and we know and love their brands as if they were our own.

We are thankful and privileged to have enjoyed this journey with so many valued clients and associates along the way.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating 30 years in business! Cheers to us all!

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