© Susan Hardjono 2020

Susan Hardjono is a Melbourne-based graphic designer with experience across publishing, e-commerce, advertising, branding and dabbles in social media content creation and a spot of writing too.

More recently, she has been working on styling and photography projects for her eco-friendly side-hustle Toko! and also enjoys cooking, eating and creating while keeping herself amused with Food Baby.

Open to select freelance projects – especially of the food or sustainability kind. Get in touch and say hi!


Clients: Aesop, Adore Beauty, Birch Psychology, Cancer Council Victoria, Crumpler, Grinders, Lavazza, Madame Flavour, Melbourne University Press, Moreland City Council, Myer, Pho Nom, Smith Street Books, Smudge Eats, Smudge Publishing, St ALi, Thames & Hudson, Toko!, Trampoline Gelato.



“Susan is both commercially astute and dynamic. She approaches every task with much consideration and intelligence. In addition, she is extremely hard working and reliable. When asked to prepare a cover design, she goes far beyond what is expected, offering a multitude of concepts. All meticulously researched, carefully considered and all unique. If alterations are required, Susan listens and makes the necessary amendments without being precious. I eagerly anticipate receiving work from Susan as she always surprises and delights.”
— Paulina  de Laveaux, Associate Publisher, Thames & Hudson Australia

“The Smudge Eats Sydney book was a dream job! Susan provided great art direction while also letting me explore my own creative ideas and visual style. The finished book was the result of a truly collaborative experience and I’m super happy with how it turned out.”

Jess Cruickshank, Illustrator

“The process of putting together Flavours of New South Wales with Susan and Elle has been one of the most collaborative and joyous experiences I’ve had with a client. Their feedback was not only in tune with their strong creative vision but also helped my own work immensely. They could see things that needed fixing in seconds which I had been frustrated over for days! It’s rare to have a creative collaboration of the size of Flavours of New South Wales be so fun and rewarding.”

Sophie Beer, Illustrator

“Susan was an awesome art director to work with throughout the Flavours of Sydney project. She was very clear and efficient with her communication, which, working remotely overseas, was a refreshing quality to bring to the table. The briefing process was specific but also left a lot of room for me to contribute my own creative input — making the whole project a truly collaborative endeavour. I appreciate her eye for detail and overall enthusiastic attitude and I look forward to working with her in the future!”

Irene Feleo, Illustrator 

“Working with Susan on the Flavours of South Australia project was a real pleasure. I found her direction of the project both clear and encouraging. I also really appreciated how on-the-ball she was — Susan made sure that the project stayed on track and we met our deadline. The book turned out beautifully — I’m so glad to have been a part of it!” 

Daniel Gray-Barnett, Illustrator

“Susan is a very talented communicator and designer with very good ideas! She respects my own style and skills, and I always feel proud of the work we create together. Susan dreams up super fun briefs with wiggle for creative freedom and gives me room to explore my own ideas in the process. I always look forward to working with Susan, as I know the process will be smooth and rewarding!”

Carla McRae, Illustrator

“Working with Susan on the Specialty Coffee Melbourne book lifted my game. She has clear artistic vision and is the perfect mix of friendly and professional.”

Joel Pringle, Illustrator & Designer 


2016 Australian Book Design Awards 

Shortlisted for Best Series: Smudge Eats City Guides

2016 Best Book Awards

WINNER: International Cookbook: Flavours of Urban Melbourne Ed 2

WINNER: Regional Cookbook: Flavours of South Australia

WINNER: Health- Diet & Exercise:  The Wellness Book Victoria​

WINNER: Travel Guides & Essays: Flavours of Bali

2015 International Book Awards

WINNER: International Cookbook: Flavours of Sydney