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Dominic Barbuto

Dominic Barbuto

Visible Ink Design and Marketing
Art Director

Melbourne, Australia

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About Dominic

I've been running an award winning design company 'Visible Ink Design and Marketing' for 33 years. We're now located in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. We work mainly designing for the entertainment industry, having packaged over 60 theatre productions etc.

Dominic Barbuto is an Art Director and a graduate in Film and Television with over 40 years experience in the Entertainment, Advertising, Educational Media and Media related industries. Prior to establishing 'Visible Ink Design' I freelanced extensively producing graphics, advertising and general merchandising as well as designing the sets for a number of successful theatre productions. In 1980 I co-founded and published the Melbourne based entertainment magazine 'Goodtime' the forerunner to Melbourne’s current swag of street publications


I established Visible Ink Design and Marketing, in 1986, a unique, award winning design studio based in Melbourne, Australia. We specialise in high impact, dynamic design for live music and theatre productions, special events, tours, television, radio, publications, exhibitions and corporate arenas.

“...We have an enviable reputation for design excellence, a pragmatic approach to problem solving and a keen understanding of our clients needs and how to service them”...Dom Barbuto

The studio is highly regarded for its originality and quick response. From initial discussion through concept and design development, the studio prides itself on its close liaison with its clients at every stage of the process. Visible Ink’s creative designs ensure an end product that goes beyond our client’s expectations.

Visible Ink specialises mainly in entertainment graphics, having packaged over 60 stage productions over the past nine years (mainly musical theatre).




TALES OF THE SILK ROAD - The Lanzhou Song & Dance Theatre, • OH! WHAT A NIGHT - Starring Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge • MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM • Glenn Elston’s production of Kenneth Grahame’s WIND IN THE WILLOWS • THREE MUSKETEERS - 2003 Shakespeare in the Park • SPIRIT OF THE DANCE - The Irish Dance Spectacular • GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS!!! - starring Debra Byrne & Wendy Stapleton • ALWAYS PATSY CLINE - starring Deborah Conway • IT'S A DAD THING! - starring Michael Veitch & Brian Nankervis • JOLSON - THE MUSICAL - starring Rob Guest and Leonie Page • HALE AND PACE (Australia and New Zealand Tours) • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF- starring Topol • SWEET CHARITY - starring Kelly Abbey • COUNTDOWN -The Musical Comedy • I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU - The Dusty Springfield Story • Michael Jackson’s musical theatre production - SISTERELLA • David Marriner’s production of PIANO MEN • THE MAGIC OF DAVID COPPERFIELD ( 6 countries ) • BAD BOY JOHNNY AND THE PROPHETS OF DOOM • AMADEUS starring Barry Otto • THE BOLSHOI BALLET • WEARY -The Weary Dunlop Story written by Alan Hopgood • THE STIFFY AND MO REVIEW (includes set design) • Frank McCourt’s -THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY • MACBETH • TWELFTH NIGHT • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING • ROMEO & JULIET for The Australian Shakespeare Company • Glenn Elston’s production of CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer • PUMPING IRONY • THROUGH THE ROOF for Glynn Nichols productions • A SONG FOR YOU - starring Lisa Edwards • MEASURE FOR MEASURE for The Stage Theatre Company • OH WHAT A NIGHT! - A Musical Tribute Fankie Valli & The Four Seasons, direct from Las Vegas Etc.

CONCERT TOURS packaged include:
UB40, Billy Ocean, Stevie Nicks, Motley Crue, Lenny Kravitz, Def Leppard, Heart, Jamiroquai, Pet Shop Boys, Culture Club, The Cranberries, Dave Stewart, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Doug Parkinson in Concert, Swanee, Joe Cocker, The Magic of David Copperfield, Aussies Walk The Line, Telstra Road to Tamworth, Tom Jones, Alice Cooper, Bobby Rydell, Liza Minelli, Hale and Pace, Jimmy Barnes, Tommy Emmanuel, Lisa Edwards, Brian Cadd, George Smilovici, Jim Lauderdale, Jo Dee Messina, Terri Clark, John Paul Young & The All Stars, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Bailey, Pam Ayres, Dizzy Gillespie, Tammy Wynette, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Capercaillie, Four Men & A Dog, Joan Armatrading, Guinness Festival of Irish Music, Sonia Dada, Little River Band, Transvision Vamp, Courtney Pine, Uncanny Xmen 20 years on! Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Ol Sky Daddies, Masters Apprentices 20th Anniversary Tour, Yardina Arazi, etc.

SPECIAL EVENTS packaged include:
The Lord Mayor's Command Performance, 'Concert for Max' - The benefit concert for Max Merritt, 'Ball Power' -Tribute to Lobby Loyde, Telstra Road to Tamworth, Billy Thorpe & Lobby Loyde - 'One last Blast', Australian Live Music Awards, Melbourne Music Festival, Australian Music Day, Australian International Music Show, Victorian Tourism Awards, AFTA Awards, Licensed Clubs Association Awards, Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Music Education Week, Australian Music Retailers Association Convention & Exhibition, Musictech, The Small Business Awards, American Independence Day Ball, Country Music Association's 'Australia Sold On Country, International Guitar Month, World Federation of Therapeutic Communities 21st World Conference, American Women's Auxiliary to the Royal Children's Hospital - Fundraising Events, 20 Futures Gala, AUSMUSIC, Moama Festival, etc.

Corporate image and logo design is one of the areas for which this award winning company is highly regarded. Visible Ink has been responsible for the logo design for a number of nationally televised game shows for The Grundy Organization and hundreds of Logo designs for companies, individuals, organisations and businesses too numerous to list.

Logo design for Blind Date, Family Feud, Price is Right and Superquiz for Grundy television, Channel 10 News, Inventions from the Shed, Rodeo Road, Taylor Made, That’s Australia, That’s the Kimberley, Sisters Pearls and Mission Girls, Jabby & Friends, Ricky - The Movie, The Hurtin' Kind, In der Nachtluft (in the night air), etc.

Visible Ink has worked extensively in radio, designing logos, packaging radio networks and Sales promotion campaigns for Hoyt’s Media Sales, (who then represented 50 radio stations nationally, including the Triple M Radio Network.) Sales campaigns for Fox.FM Sales, and the marketing of syndicated radio programs for Austerio, Hear and There International and The Country Music Association including Rock 40 Australia, Back to the Future, Party Hard, Dr. Feelgood etc.

PUBLICATIONS/MAGAZINE design credits include:
'Arts in the City' - Entertainment Magazine AITC.
'Movies' - Media Entertainment Group.
'The Australian Fashion Industry Directory' - The Fashion Sales and Marketing Association.
'Goodtime Magazine' -Nightlife/Entertainment Magazine - publishers: Colleen Johnston/Dominic Barbuto
'Good Health' - Media Entertainment Group.
Various Pomotional Night Club monthly Magazines

In the past few years our work has been published in the portfolio editions of 'Design Graphics' both here and in the USA, 'The Wizards of Oz' Annual, '2002 Oz Graphics Annual' and in the recently published American publication 'Logo Lounge' by Rockport Publishing of Boston. Our work is also represented in the '2003/2004/2005/2006/2009 Oz Graphics Annuals' and '2003/2004/2005/2006 Design Graphics' portfolio edition publications and the Graphis 2006 International Poster Annual (New York)

• 2 Silver Awards for Design - 6th Annual Australian Catalogue Awards
• Photograhic and printing Award - Australian Catalogue Awards
• 2006 Graphis Poster Design Award (New York)

Visible Ink is small enough to respond quickly to a client’s needs, but also large enough with the in-house facilities to manage the most comprehensive projects....above all we have a lot of fun!

Contact: Dominic Barbuto
Tel: +61 3 9827 3034
E-mail: visibleink@
Web: http://www. .au

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