Barbed Design is the only graphic design studio in Australia operating inside a prison. The studio at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre employs a team of creative and enthusiastic prisoners to deliver low cost, high quality graphic design, desktop publishing and video production services to clients on the outside.
Qualified and experienced graphic design professionals manage the team at Barbed Design and provide training and supervision to the 15 prisoners working at the studio. As another initiative of workRestart, Barbed Design is putting prisoners on a pathway to secure employment upon release, as obtaining a stable job on the outside impacts positively on their families and communities.
The business is based on a similar studio set up in the UK during the early 2000’s. The Coldingley Prison graphic design business ran successfully for over four years and achieved exceptional results with several of their design team gaining jobs within the design industry upon their release.