We create innovative, disruptive brands and packaging in food and drink.

We ask the right questions, develop concise strategy, and deliver fully realised brand identities, packaging design, print and spaces.

Talk to us about:

Innovation Strategy & Workshops
Ideation Sessions
Category Audits
New Product Development
Brand Strategy
Brand Identity
Brand & Product Naming
Logo Development
Brand Revolutions & Evolutions
Packaging Design
Store & Drive Thru Design


Customer Experience
Menu Design
Print Design
Brand Campaigns
Custom Type Design
Branded Comms
We love a challenge.
Our small, agile team of brand and innovation specialists is made up of strategic thinkers, designers and writers.
We’re good humans, with good brains not big heads – although our photos might suggest otherwise. Meet some of the team below.

Tony Ibbotson

Founder and Creative Director

The Creative Method is led by Founder and Creative Director, Tony – first and foremost a designer, but also author of several books on unleashing creativity, a sought after speaker on the design circuit, and all round legend at pub chat and All Blacks trivia.

Banished from his family’s wine estate until he developed a true appreciation for Marlborough grapes and soil, Tony embarked on a trip around the globe working with some of the world’s biggest brands and best creatives.

Armed with this wealth of knowledge and experience, he returned to Sydney to launch The Creative Method in 2005.

Tony’s genuine love of food, drink and design, and obsession with cracking the most challenging of briefs – large or small – has led to him becoming one of the most trusted creative partners in the Australian food and beverage industry today.

Craig Ham

Creative Strategist
Craig has over 20 years of experience specialising in consumer-led strategy building and idea creation.
A former agency executive (WPP group) leading consumer and cultural insight programs for FMCG clients across 20 different countries, Craig joined global drinks maker Diageo to lead Ideation and Innovation Planning across Asia/Australia. He has also worked with a spectrum of growth-finders in food and beverage – from start-ups to scale-ups to established global brands.
Craig now sits as Strategy Lead with The Creative Method. Unapologetically consumer-curious, and with a unique slant on how category ‘cultures’ work, Craig brings pointed and practical perspectives on brand creation and marketing to help future-shapers deliver intelligent disruption for growth.

Lee Nicol

Creative and Copywriter

After years of torment for the size of his ears and being laughed at for looking like the boy on the front of Mad magazine, Lee’s dreams of a modelling career were short lived. He took solace in drawing, which led to his first true love – design.

Originally from Scotland, Lee cut his teeth in London’s bustling design scene, before his second true love – his wife – led him to settle in Australia.

As a creative, Lee has always loved both written and visual communication. Words and wordplay tend to drive everything he creates, which includes national campaigns and branding projects for some of Sydney’s most renowned studios and brands. Lee loves working on branding projects from early conception, hearing their stories of origin, discovering what makes organisations tick, and then helping them tell their story to the world in their own voice.

And for what it’s worth, he’s finally grown into those ears.

Lucy Ryan

Account Director

Lucy used to like it when things just looked nice. Now she loves to get under the skin of brands, working closely with clients to unleash all that they can become.

With a career starting in London 10 years ago, Lucy’s experience spans branding, packaging and marketing communications across local and global markets, with heavy involvement in strategic and innovation projects. 

Lucy has worked with global corporations such as Unilever, Mars, Coca-Cola and CooperVision, down to the smaller guys such as Guzman y Gomez, Black Hawk and Taylors Wines, working across B2B and B2C to deliver high impact brands and campaigns.

We’ve won prestigious design awards from AGDA to the global packaging Pentawards, and in 2018 were named agency of the year in the World Brand Design Awards.

Industry accolades are nice to get, but collaborating with like-minded clients and rising to their challenges is the reward we chase daily.

Every project starts with a conversation.
Whether you’re a brand manager looking to reinvigorate a brand or an entrepreneur with the beginnings of a dream, we’d love to hear your story.

Call +61 2 8231 9977 or email us@thecreativemethod.com

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