Ruby Healey

I’m a multidisciplinary designer and photographer based in Naarm/Melbourne, working out of Idle Time, a studio space that I also run. My practice sits at the intersection of communication design and image making with a focus on documenting, interpreting and making sense of our world. I’m interested in collective practice, co-design and independent publishing.

I acknowledge the Custodians of the land in which I live and work, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin nation. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

MAG DRAG Magazine

Publication Design + Artist and Cover Photography, 2023

MAG DRAG is a collaborative project with Eilish Hazell and Em Finucane. We interviewed 12 Naarm-based tattoo artists about their practice and pathway to tattooing. MAG DRAG aims to demystify the artist and bridge connections between artists and clients outside of the limitations of the Instagram algorithim.

Local Derby

Single Artwork, 2023

Local Derby is an indie-pop due based in Naarm.

Listen to Bad Side here

  • Photo by Elsie Lange

Going Down Swinging #43: Hell & High Water

Publication Design and Typesetting, 2023

Going Down Swinging’s #43 edition featuring fiction, comics, non fiction and poetry from new and established voices of the Australian literary scene.

Includes work by Declan Fry, Elena Gomez, David Ishaya Osu, Jack Vening, Hasib Hourani, Ouyang Yu and more.

  • Edited by Hollen Singleton

  • Cover illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole

  • Illustrations by Leon Truong

  • Environmental consulting by Sarah McConnell.

108pp printed on FSC Certified 100% recycled paper.

Pick up a copy via the GDS website

Assorted Events

Posters 2021–23

Posters for various events:

  • Minus Four Degrees
  • 41:EXTRA! Going Down Swinging
  • Life Drawing at Idle Time x 2
  • Strange Matrix launch at GUDSKUL
  • Grafis Huru Hara tetra pak printmaking workshop
  • Mundane Mondays


Single Artwork, 2023

RONA. is the music project of Kaytetye artist, Rona Glynn-McDonald.

Listen to Aperleye here

Going Down Swinging

Brand Identity 2023

Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital, print and audio anthologies since 1979.

Think Forward

Brand Identity 2023

Think Forward is a non-for-profit working towards centreing issues of intergenerational fairness in Australian politics.

vox populi

Publication Design 2022

vox populi is a non-fiction anthology of Melbourne voices, edited by RMIT Masters of Writing and Publishing students and featuring the work of 20 contributors.

108pp, published by Bowen St Press.

Idle Time

Brand Identity 2021

Idle Time is a shared studio space located in Brunswick. Em Finucane and I co-founded the space in 2021 and we also developed this brand together. Em and I developed different letterforms and merged them to create the logo.