Making his mark

Alan Deare

Alan Deare has made his mark on the cultural sector and publishing, picking up a swag of awards along the way. A decade on from establishing Area Design, Alan shares his thoughts on contemporary culture, music and the brand identity of some of those neat places he’s had a hand in creating.



From rags to riches, Frankton has long been touted as the Cinderella of Hamilton. With a rollercoaster history in its rearview, this railway suburb is under ongoing transformation, guided towards a rather trendy future. With plenty of beautiful old buildings, business investment and a younger population calling it home, Frankton is quickly rising as a destination.