JTB Studios Opens New Office in Footscray, Melbourne’s Emerging Web Design Hub

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As Melbourne’s north continues it’s gentrification, Footscray has emerged as the accessible blank canvas for top designers, artists and creatives.

Footscray really is the last untouched gem left in Melbourne, it’s creative, diverse and only 5 minutes to the city.

Considered a working class suburb plagued with crime, drug problems and the obvious Romper Stomper references - the Footscray (http://footscraylife.com.au/) we all know has changed.

Clever Melbournites have been busy keeping Footscray a secret.

JTB Studios (http://jtbstudios.com.au) director Jeremy Bogdanowicz is embracing the changes.

He describes Footscray as a booming creative centre, having recently moved the agency to a new office on Buckley Street. (http://blog.realestateview.com.au/2015/01/lets-move-footscray/)

“It’s very exciting to be the first digital agency in the area. We’ve been looking for a larger space for a while, but I kept coming back to Footscray – you can feel the change taking place here, that feeling no longer exists in Fitzroy.”

JTB Studios employees are also singing Footscray’s praises, as Digital Strategist John points out:

“Whenever I told anyone that work was moving to Footscray I got some weird looks. But I love it, we have this huge industrial studio space, cool places for a drink and the very best part – 8 bit burgers.”

Art enthusiasts are well covered. Take a stroll down Barkley Street and visit Post Industrial Design and Ruffian Gallery, or pass artist studios Faux Pho Studios, Trocadero Art Studios and Five Walls Projects. Get yourself off the beaten track to check out street art by some of the world’s greatest.

A must visit is the indigenous rock art installation at the intersection of Nicholson and Paisley Street. Come on a warm day and the rocks will omit mist when the temperature reaches 25 degrees.

Adding to the local creative and music scene, the highly regarded Big West Festival and Saint Jarome’s Laneway Festival take place in the area each year.

Foodie heaven can be found throughout the suburb. Top picks include the steak at Station Hotel, noodles at Pho Hung Vuong Saigon or curry at Aangan. But it’s not a true visit to without a stop at Olympic Doughnuts for an 80 cent hot jam doughnut.

Investment in architecture and design has resulted in the redevelopment of the Footscray and West Footscray train stations and the refurbished Community Arts Centre. A partnership between council and Victoria University has been established to create Footscray University Town over the next 10 years. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footscray,_Victoria)

And residential development is booming. Prestigious architects have designed buildings The Buckley, Banbury Village, Riverina Apartments and Victoria Corner. It is predicted the number of dwellings in the area will increase by an average of 438 per year with property prices set to follow that of Fitzroy and Brunswick.

Maribyrnong City Council recently released the Footscray Masterplan. The ambitious plan will improve public spaces, encourage business and housing opportunities, improve accessibility and public transport whilst protecting Footscray’s heritage and cultural diversity.

“Footscray really is the last untouched gem left in Melbourne, it’s creative, diverse and only 5 minutes to the city.”

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