Microcosm design


Direct yet conceptual. Provocative and engaging. Design & illustration for brands, publications, and people.

 Live from the stage/my workspace

A small studio with a world of creative expertise

Microcosm’s components are of a much larger whole. We are a small, nimble and active studio of highly experienced design professionals, with no intention to develop into a large agency. We draw on a network of creative suppliers, bringing together a seamless world of creative expertise. This enables us to work efficiently bringing your projects to life and maximising your design ROI.

We are degree-level trained (because it counts), and we are continually researching the industry so we use the latest techniques and technologies. Thus ensuring your design projects are up to date and relevant.

We don't send our work overseas, but when necessary, we collaborate with local and trusted industry professionals to bring your project to life.

We understand the importance of ‘seeing’ the entire project and keeping track of the details that ensure the success of that large vision. Understanding and managing a project requires experience with all the elements; vision, planning, materials and budget. We know how to manage and work with our subcontractors and suppliers for the success of your project.

We pride ourselves on sweating the small stuff, getting it just right, whether a small, simple project or large, time intensive, complex one.



Cam Colson

BA Graph. Des. (Monash University)

Graduating from Monash University (BA Graphic Design) in the early 90's, Cam cut his teeth as in-house designer for Melbourne Theatre Company before travelling the world and working in the burgeoning digital media design industry in London. On his return to Australia he became a founding member of Fluid Interactive, one of the pioneering digital agencies in Melbourne. Cam struck out on his own in 2003, freelancing and building his own client base, founding Colson Design (now trading as Microcosm) in 2007.

Cam brings to the table extensive experience working with an array of clients, big and small, from industry sectors such as utilities (EnergyAustralia/TRUenergy), resources (BHP Billiton, Schlumberger), beverages (Willow Creek Vineyard and Stonier Wines), financial (ANZ, VISA), and health and fitness (Fernwood). 


Suzie Chadwick

BA Graph. Des. (Monash University)

Suzie has extensive experience working as an Art Director and Designer since graduating from Monash University in 1992. She has played a part in developing many retail brands with leading advertising agencies in both London and Australia.

Suzie has worked with clients such as Myer, Officeworks, Coles, Billy Gyatts, Tupperware, Amcal and Catanach's, including honing her retail expertise as part of a small team of in-house designers for Harrods in the UK.

She has worked on both large and small projects from concept through to production. Ensuring each job is delivered seamlessly on budget and on time. 

She offers a friendly, professional and personalised approach to all her projects, specialising in catalogue and retail collateral art direction and design.