Oath & Stone who?


a bit about us

Oath & Stone is a bespoke graphic design studio, based in Canberra Australia. We love working with small and medium sized businesses, fun projects that invigorate the community, and people who are excited to create something seriously great.

We like to change minds, challenge perceptions, and put a spin on traditions.

Working with Oath & Stone isn’t a project one night stand. We want to be friends. Like, forever.

We're energised when your eyes light up when you talk about your business, and our heart skips a beat when you say "you've nailed it". We become an extension of your team, and know your brand like it was our own - celebrating your highs and lows, and knuckling down when it counts. We’re your designers on your speed dial, and we know how to fill in the blanks.


We've taken our name from the Scottish wedding tradition of the Oathing Stone, considered to be the most solemn of vows. Before rings were the convention, Celtic couples would hold a stone while they said their vows to cast the promise into it, hence the saying "set in stone". It was then sent on its own journey, usually tossed into a river or lake. 

We take inspiration from our Scottish roots, and try to do and think differently. The name also spoke to us with our uncompromising connection to our values.


Trish JOhnstone

Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Border Collie Mum and classic 90’s Sandra Bullock tragic.

After fifteen years, Trish has some pretty ridiculous party tricks involving font and Pantone swatch identification. Artistic and analytical at heart, she gets to know you and your business in a way that allows her to make informed decisions that directly contribute to your success.

Since graduating from the University of Canberra in 2007 (B. Graphic Design), she’s worked across a number of industries in both full service and in-house design team environments.

“Trish at Oath & Stone is truely amazing.”

I find working with Trish very easy. She is always professional, prompt with communication and always understands my layman terms (a bit of sparkle, juj it up here), and some how creates it into a unique yet beautiful design, with a personalised touch for my day spa.

Lauren Scifleet, H2O Spa

What we stand for

So why should you choose us over the sixteen thousand other graphic designers in town? Because we don’t compromise on the values we’re founded on. Ever. And what we offer you in product and services means more because of it.

Our #1 rule:

We don’t design and dash

Our thorough briefing process makes sure we understand the heart of your brand before we start designing. Not only do we want to keep you looking good, but we think about how your design will work in the real world. It’s also not the last you’ll see of us; we follow up to make sure you’re kicking the goals we aimed for. The end result – a finished product that we’re all proud of, that works. 

A close #2:

We create with both head, and heart

We like to think like the Russians who took a pencil to space, rather than a pen that writes upside-down. We design with intelligence, purpose, common sense and humour, but also think about how emotion and personal experiences contribute to how the message is received at the other end.

We also don’t like to contribute to more of what’s already out there, so we think about the unique spin we can put on your project to help your message cut through. We do this through great quality visuals, clever copy and thoughtful consideration for your audience.

A solid #3:

We’re on your side

If you win, we win. Whether it’s making a killer first impression when you hand over your business card,
or reporting the success of the year to your members, we want to see your best foot forward. We value open and honest communication, and mutual appreciation of each other’s skills, and love seeing the direct result of a solid working relationship on your goals. 


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