Founded in 1983 by Ros Moriarty and Yanyuwa man, John Moriarty, Balarinji’s contribution to graphic design by communicating Australia’s Indigenous narrative has been profound. From the Balarinji-Qantas Flying Art Aircraft collection spanning three decades to cultural design principles work transforming major infrastructure projects nationally, Balarinji has trailblazed the Indigenous design category.
Balarinji and its founders were inducted into the AGDA Hall of Fame for their contribution to enriching Australian graphic design, communication, and cultural activism.
As AGDA Hall of Fame Committee member, Graham Rendoth said, “Through four decades John Moriarty
and Ros Moriarty have built a ground-breaking practice that uniquely reflects their partnership, and which has enriched the experience of Australian graphic design and communication.”
Balarinji Chair and Co-Founder, John Moriarty, said “We are greatly honoured. We could never have imagined when we started out nearly 40 years ago, that our desire to celebrate our children’s belonging to my Yanyuwa people as well as to mainstream contemporary Australia, would grow to resonate so strongly as a contribution to our nation’s design identity.“