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The ‘Paperless’ Office

November 2, 2018

Design House, proudly a ‘PAPERLESS’ Office since 2009

‘Go paperless to benefit your cash flow and the environment!’

In 2009 at Design House, my graphic and website design business, I decided to reduce paper usage and associated project costs and make environmentally sustainable changes to the business. It was decided that the quickest, easiest and most cost effective way to do this was to link all work and management practices plus convert documents to computer-based business systems, a process known as digitisation.

The current clutter free, minimalist  office is advantageous to greater productivity, creativity and clarity.

Process / Benefits:

• Reduce business costs associated with paper, printers, copiers, fax machines, ink and toner cartridges.

• Reduce / down-size office space and eliminate filing cabinets and excess furniture. This reduced lighting requirements and lowered the energy costs associated with lighting, cooling / heating and annual expenditure on leasing premises.

• Design House is now able to conduct business in a mobile environment resulting in faster responses to customers. With the use of a laptop and smart phone, Design House can operate online effectively, efficiently and promptly from almost anywhere in the world!

• With online paperless business systems, I have 24/7 access to banking, accounting, ATO tax and business portals, tech support, printers, email campaigns, etc.

• Documents and data can be automatically saved daily and filed in cloud-based technology (offsite backups – backing data up online to a virtual location) ready to be accessed remotely anytime via the internet. I also keep a external hard drive stored offsite at a different location. Your data is safe on the external hard drive should your computer crash.

• Documents and data on the desktop are also backed up daily to a laptop and external hard drives (onsite backups), keeping all content current and in sync. It’s important to have more than one type of backup in case your storage media fails at some point.

• Client and business emails, faxes, invoices, proofs, quotes and other correspondence are not printed out and filed as a paper copy but are received and filed electronically in the appropriate client and project files. This strategy reduces the paper required and also enables efficient management of project files and reduces the need for searching and tracking procedures.

• All invoicing is generated online and emailed direct to clients who, in turn, pay electronically with notification emailed to Design House. This strategy alone has reduced paper, time, postage and stationery costs, trips to the Post Office and bank.

• These relatively small and inexpensive changes to work procedures have the added advantage of speeding up the entire design, development and production process. Jobs can be completed and approved faster, allowing time for more projects to be undertaken. This effectively provides the opportunity for business growth and more revenue with no increase in staff or capital expenditure.

• Design House was recognized as the first commercial graphic and website design studio to be an ecoBiz accredited Partner with the Queensland Government in 2009 and the first ecoBiz Partner from the Hervey Bay region.

• Design House advertises its energy efficient and sustainable practices to its clients, suppliers and on its website. I choose to work with printers and production houses that are also committed to energy efficient and sustainable practices.

• All work is completed virtually with correspondence by email and phone only, face to face appointments are rare. Our in house systems, processes, quotes and documentation are thorough, yet easy and simple to comprehend; making for a prompt, stress free, streamlined and pleasant client experience.
On our website we advise visitors the following: We use EMAIL as our preferred method of communication. For FAST RESPONSE to enquiries, quotes, proofs or artwork alterations please email:


Photography Win News Weather with Hannah

March 31, 2016

Photography Win News Weather with Hannah – Photography by Design House

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit

June 29, 2015

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit
I’ve finally bought a good beginners camera to further my interest in photography being a – Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit, with wifi and gps.

I recently did some camera practice on one of my 10km community hikes on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!

Some of my snaps HERE!

+ here is some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend!


April 16, 2009

ecoBiz News

ecoBiz, Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast, Queensland Government, sustainability

Design House, Graphic Design, Print, Printer, Printing, Artwork, Websites, Website Design, Website Development, Hosting, Business Cards, Logos, Billboards, Flyers, Brochures, Vehicle Signage, Signage, Social Media, Facebook, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland, Brisbane, Sunshine CoastCongratulations to new ecoBiz Partners!
ecoBiz would like to introduce Design House, our newest ecoBiz Partner. Design House have submitted their first re-assessment and achieved financial rewards through improving their eco-efficiency.

Savings of ecoBiz partners to date stands at GHG savings of 21,600 tonnes and 294 megalitres of water annually!

Design House
Design House are a graphic and web design company. Their eco-efficiency actions have included improved thermostat settings, the use of protective film on windows and environmentally aware behaviour in the office. This has led to an annual GHG reduction of 1.1 tonnes (CO2-e). A reduction in paper use has decreased office waste by 11 cubic metres per year.

Design House values Sustainability

March 26, 2009

Design House values Sustainability ecobizThis week Design House (Fraser Coast) has been approved as an ecoBiz Queensland partner and is one of only 23 businesses in the Wide Bay area. ecoBiz  assists businesses to identify efficiencies in waste, water and energy for financial and environmental benefits.

“ecoBiz has allowed us to record and register our improved environmental practise in the office. Design House can now continue to grow in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner”.
Jeanette Maynes General Manager | Design House

Design House have committed to continual improvement as part of their commitment to the ecoBiz  program. Current initiatives include:

  • Improved thermostat settings 250C
  • Design House values Sustainability ecobizThe use of protective film and blinds on windows
  • Windows are opened during cooler weather to take advantage of natural ventilation.
  • The airconditioning is turned off after hours
  • Outsourced server function to a host server in another location, no longer require a second airconditioner dedicated to cooling the server 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Setting computer defaults to black and white printing
  • Providing paper recycling bins at all printers and desks
  • Utilizing old sheets of paper for writing notes instead of purchasing writing pads
  • Reduction in printing of emails, by saving straight to the clients file
  • Proofs, proposals and invoices are delivered electronically saving on paper, ink cartridges, postage and envelopes
  • New campaigns and important news are communicated via email (eg. monthly enewsletter) over printed material wherever feasible
  • Mbox fax system, faxes are received via email and saved straight to the clients file
  • Clients are encouraged to pay online via credit card or direct deposit, once again to save on paper
  •  Request all incoming invoices (Telstra, printers etc) are electronically emailed or uploaded rather than printed and posted via Australia Post
  • Environmentally aware behaviour in the office has led to reduced energy usage and a reduction in paper use
  • Carbon offsets are purchased on all airline flights & travel tickets


Design House also utilizes printing companies that believe in being environmentally responsible by:

  • Using soy based inks
  • Producing plates through the Agfa Azura chemical free plate processor
  • Offering a range of specials printed on 100% RECYCLED STOCK