Sue and Michael Allnutt purchased the old pub and stable in Erskine Street, North Melbourne in 1981. On seeing the floor of the stable strewn with walnut shells, fate had determined that this would be Nuttshell’s home.

Sue has always believed that interesting and simple ideas – on brief, well-crafted, and created with the audience in mind – would endure over time and work hard for her clients. That hasn’t changed. We love the creative challenge of designing something new, not knowing quite where we might end up. And we’re good at the nuts and bolts of technical delivery – whether the work is print, environmental or digital.

In the end, we listen carefully to our clients, whoever they are, and respond with the best team and solution we can. Smart and spirited design – sometimes with a bit of humour.
And that’s it, in a Nuttshell.


Sue Allnutt

Beginning her career in London’s Design Research Unit and the British Museum Design Studio, Sue has always worked across a range of design media, so it makes sense that Nuttshell remains that way today. She has guided the company to be equally comfortable working in corporate, government or private sectors, whether creating publications, wayfinding or interpretive devices, or websites and digital publications.

Zoë Allnutt

Graduating from Monash University in 2003, Zoë gained valuable experience in corporate design in several well-known Melbourne studios before joining Nuttshell in 2007. Aside from her sharp design and management skills, Zoë’s passions include her dog Sox and her fashion/food blog Wardrobe v Pantry.

Dino Senno

Dino joined the Nuttshell team in 2000, after graduating from RMIT in 1996. He worked as a graphic designer and art director with other Melbourne design studios before bringing his talents in print and environmental graphics to the stable. The quietest Nuttshell member, Dino creates rich visual imagery and striking 3D environments.

Gemma Field

On graduating from RMIT in 2006 with first class honours, Gemma joined Nuttshell the following year. She had spent a semester on exchange in Edinburgh, and brought to Nuttshell a fresh approach to design across print, environmental and digital projects. Gemma puts her nimble hands to work on a neat sewing project as well.

Felix Balfour

Felix graduated in illustration at Cambridge College in 1997 before leaving Scotland and settling in Australia in 2001. Joining Nuttshell in 2010, he works across a broad range of creative mediums as well as being a bit of a technical wiz.

Emily Creamer

Emily graduated from Monash University in Visual Communication in 2003. Since graduating Emily has worked in several studios, gaining experience in packaging, identity and publication design. After 12 months in Paris, Emily joined Nuttshell in March 2010 and has kept the studio constantly hydrated with cups of tea ever since.