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Cafe Propeller

coffee cupOK, so we don't actually have a cafe in our office but we do have a great coffee machine, freshly ground beans and we can make you a lovely capuccino or espresso (or just a good old fashioned cuppa), to sip while we discuss your next fabulous project.

Meet the Team

The Propeller lead team consists of Damien & Renée who together share over 40 years’ sales & marketing expertise in a range of industries from shop floor to board level.

Propeller offer a range of print-based design services, from a simple business card or press advertisement to full corporate branding packages, brochures, magazines & banners. We can even take care of the printing for you.

Propeller have established themselves as one of Australia’s most respected web design & development studio’s designing websites big and small from single pages to full corporate and e-commerce sites. In addition to using the open-source Textpattern CMS and the Shopify e-Commerce Platform, Propeller specialise in building websites using the Enterprise Class ExpressionEngine 2 Content Management System.

In addition to winning the 2008 McFarlane Prize for excellence in Australian Web Design, Propeller’s websites have also been recognised as finalists in 2007 & 2009. Propeller also made the finals of the 2008, 2009 & 2010 Australian Web Awards. and in 2011 Propeller were finalists with two websites over three categories at regional and national levels.

In addition to graphic and web design services, Propeller specialise in professional html email marketing, having helped a wide range of businesses to deliver their message in the most targeted and cost effective manner currently available.

Where we really come into our own is our ability to combine these services, offering you a one-stop-shop, saving you time, money and headaches.

We believe it’s the combination of our business experience and focus, alongside our creative and technical abilities that helps us deliver outstanding results for our clients. Oh, and the fact that we both just love designing and building stuff.


Damien BuckleyWith extensive experience in sales, marketing and commercial engineering, Damien has long understood the importance of working to established industry standards whilst providing first-class service and value.

Combining time-served business acumen with a background in computer engineering; Damien keeps Propeller at the forefront of design techniques and technologies and works hard to keep things simple and effective for our clients.

Damien also doubles as Propellers’ in-house Barista.


Renee BuckleyHaving spent 5 years working in the vibrant UK public relations and advertising industry, Renée returned to Australia with a renewed passion for design and marketing. Whilst working as a marketing consultant for a number of companies in Melbourne, she set about establishing Propeller to follow her ambition of running her own graphic design studio.

With a flair for the creative, Renée has turned her hand (or mouse) to logo designs, brochures, packaging, advertising and produces several magazines in addition to providing the vibe behind Propeller’s web design and email marketing.

Some kind words from our clients and colleagues…

Vickie Thomsen, Marketing Manager, Brown Brothers Engineers

Brown Brothers Engineers Australia is extremely happy with our new website. Propeller have done an excellent job right from the beginning with initial brief consultation and discussing which platforms would possibly suit our requirements; to Renee’s design concepts captured my requirements and presented them in a fresh, new way. And Damiens expertise really made this site possible. He has allowed our site to be feature rich but also extremely simple for me to update in the CMS, Expression Engine. I have found Expression Engine very easy to use, and Damien has been able to customise it making things very intuitive when loading content. We have multiple types of content on each article from text, images, videos, pdfs and weblink, all very straightforward to load. Thank you Propeller for a great site.

Nick Granville, CEO Bisley & Company

Working with Propeller on Bisley’s website project has been a pleasure throughout. From day 1 Damien and his team were at pains to understand precisely what we wanted to achieve. They successfully translated our brief into a website which is fresh, inviting, and easily navigable. In short: a great ambassador for the Bisley brand. Propeller’s technical expertise is first rate, ensuring the “back room” editing functions and integrated google analytics are logical and user friendly too.

All in all it’s been a great journey with the Propeller team.

Fiona See, Marketing & Events Manager. Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel | Spa Resort

We have worked with the guys at Propeller for many years now they are always more than happy to help us with any queries or website maintenance we may require. When we decided that we needed to fill the demand for the ever increasing use of mobile devices & tablets in making our website more mobile friendly we had no idea of the work involved. Though never saying no to a challenge Damien at Propeller was eager to give it a go. We gave him direction on the design we were wanting as well as wanting the website to match our current colour scheme. As Damien showed us ‘sneak peeks’ of the new mobile friendly version we were getting keen to have it up & running. The end result is a fantastic mobile friendly version of our website which has increased traffic flow to our site, duration of time spent on our website as well as pages viewed. We are so impressed with the results we are getting!

Donna Shannon, Stradbroke Island Events

It is my pleasure to share my experience as a client of yours in regards to my website journey with Propeller.

I believe that in todays world of consumerism and marketing that the website representing your business is the single most important marketing tool second only to great customer service and great products.

I chose Propeller for a few reasons. I noticed lots of other well established businesses using “Propeller” in my local area which to me represented others faith in their product. I developed a great rapport with Renee and Damien from our first meeting.

Their location was easy enough for me to access and I liked their work that I’d seen on other websites.

On completion of the website my expectations were exceeded. I love what they have done for me and my business but besides that I now have a real understanding of the correct way to build a website. I now know why I come across so many websites on the net that leave me frustrated and clicking off their sites quickly.

You really do get what you pay for. I could have chosen a cheaper option and I know I would have been disappointed. Not only did they build an awesome site for me but they educated me along the way. Thanks for taking great care explaining the process and always being available to answer my questions and supporting me through techno difficulties.

Renee and Damien have a product that I would not hesitate recommending to others. People interested in building a website need to know there is a vast difference between service providers.

I know that I have made a great decision and my website proves it.

I just can’t say it in 25 words or less. I am stoked in the service you have provided.
Thanks heaps,

Sarah Egan, Boat Style

I worked with Damien & Renee from Propeller Global to build and launch the Boat Style site from scratch. I had very specific ideas about the site’s appearance and how it would operate. The simplest looking sites are often the most complex behind the scenes, and the Propeller team delivered in all respects. Customers and industry leaders have commented that the site is easy to find, beautiful in appearance and simple to navigate.

I also have the ability to keep my ongoing web management costs to a minimum by managing my own backroom using the Shopify platform. All communication with Propeller was done online or by telephone and to date I have not met the Propeller team in person, that says so much about their ability to communicate and build trust & rapport with their clients, without the need to meet face to face.

Boat Style is Australia’s first online showroom and shopping cart for luxury marine furnishings and has achieved considerable success, since its launch in May 2010. This in no small part because of the fine work of Propeller.

Michael Walker, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Union

“Propeller are awesome. They have the best turn-around time of any supplier I deal with. Their email system is exceptionally easy to use and comes with all sorts of nifty reporting features that allow you to track how your campaigns are faring.” June 4, 2009

John Allsopp, Web Directions

“Propeller won the 2008 McFarlane Prize for Excellence in Australian Web Design. As the organizer of the awards, I’ve seen the quality of Propeller’s work over several years, and their commitment to standards, accessibility and best practice in their work. Hopefully, one day all design agencies will work to the same standard as Propeller.” May 28, 2009

Julianne Manwaring, Redlands Tourism

“Redlands Tourism has always found Damien to be approachable, able to explain things on a level that a lay person could comprehend and very prompt in replying and addressing requests, often on short notice. We would have no hesitation in recommending Damien for any IT/Website design work required.” May 27, 2009

Cr Karen Williams, Redland Spring Festival

“I just want to pass on to you some of the feedback we are getting from our website. There has been many general comments from members of the community about how great the website is.

An IT friend of one of the committee members commented that this website is one of the best he has seen and spoke very highly of its elements.

My hubby did some research on about 25 other events (comparing gate prices) and came back to me saying that out of all of the sites he visited… RedFest was by far the best. It has been a winner for us this year. Thanks so much.” August 20, 2009

Vickie Thomsen, Pro Plaster

“Pro Plaster Products have worked with Propeller for over 3 years starting with their fantastic graphic design services. Due to the great service, and attention to details given by Propeller, we recently engaged them for web design services and email marketing services also.

Propeller created an award winning, easy to use website for us that does what we want and our customers love. From the beginning they listened to what we wanted and they came back with a range of options for us to choose from. Propeller provided us with prompt and reliable service through the entire process and was patient even when we changed our minds. Their knowledge and passion for their jobs is evident in their work and their after sales service is excellent. Damien and Renee are easy to work with and made a complex sometimes overwhelming project, easy to manage and fun to complete.” June 29, 2009

Mike Cuthbert, Colour Crew

I have to say that the website that Damien and Renee have put together for our business is fantastic and we could not be happier with the end result.

We had previously been bitten to the tune of many thousands of dollars by web designers who promised a lot and delivered nothing except a bill. We even did some courses on web design so we would know if we were being led up the garden path and realised that we were being duped.

Damien’s attention to detail and technical ability is from our perspective first class he has delivered everything he promised. Well almost everything, the only things he couldn’t deliver on were OTT requests for features that were well nigh impossible – funny that!

Renee’s design fitted the brief nicely, and has been commented upon by several of our site road testers as fitting our company image perfectly.

Now all that remains is to generate a return on the investment, and hopefully the site will prove to be a good marketing tool.

I can recommend Propeller without hesitation….

Lynne Rice, Finesse Marketing

“Damien has achieved an outstanding result, not only following the brief, but initiating and recommending other concepts to enhance the website for my client. I am extremely pleased with the result and ongoing service, and hope to work with Damien again in the future.” June 24, 2009

Mariya Cindric, Solution Central

“Damien definitely knows his stuff and saves my business money through his expertise in this area. We constantly receive positive feedback and comments about our website that Damien created, which was a finalist in the McFarlane Prize. Damien’s attention to detail is fantastic and his passion for his work clearly comes through in the end result.” June 21, 2009

Gabrielle Ship, No Wallflower, Hole & Corner, Mrs Molly Coddle

“I initially approached Propeller to get a business image underway and was so impressed with the results, I have now used their services for several business ventures. Propeller are professional, creative individuals who have managed to surpass my expectations on each occassion. Highly recommended!” May 27, 2009

Lorraine Carpenter, Cats Eyes, Power Dive

“Propeller Graphic Design assisted me with the design of a broad range of brochures and advertisements during the establishment of my two businesses from January 2005. All art produced is still being used to this day. The attention I was given during this process was very personalised and usually involved quite tight time-lines. I would recommend Propeller Graphic Design particularly for this personal approach to their clientele.” May 27, 2009

Alison Blomkamp, Business Grow

“Damien’s eye for detail, website expertise and real marketing comprehension has led Propellor Graphics business to grow wonderfully. I’ve also observed the growth that other businesses have experienced after engaging Damien and Propellor Graphics as their web developer and graphic designer. A recent business award win, within their industry was the tip of things to come . . . .” May 27, 2009

Paul Smith, Choozit

“I used Damien and Renee to provide the graphics work for the choozit.com.au website. Renee provided the graphic designs, Damien provided the page mockups and I worked them together into the technical product. Damien is a very professional web designer with a solid knowlege of how to put together well designed and maintainable web sites.” September 13, 2008

Dale Ristovski, Medilaw

“Using Propeller Graphic design and Marketing has always been a positive experience for me. Damien certainly knows his product as does Renee. I highly recommend Propeller for graphic and web design, email marketing, advertising. You will always have a positive when dealing with Propeller.” September 9, 2008

Bruce Smith, RSVP Event Hire

“The world is changing. The majority of our enquiries are coming through the website, we made a conscious decision concerning our advertising dollars about 2 years ago. We visited many sites looking for ease of navigation, layout, and obviously we needed that ‘Wow’ factor. We also needed to be self administered, the rest as they say is history. Damien and Renee have delivered beyond expectation. Cheers.” September 9, 2008

Juliet Lally, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel | Spa Resort

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team at Propeller Graphics Design & Marketing for the outstanding website they have created for Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel | Spa Resort. We are absolutely delighted with Propeller’s design and greatly appreciate their ongoing support and advice in relation to the site’s continual development. In the six plus months it has been live we have been repeatedly applauded for having such a superb site. A big thank you to the Propeller Team for making the process thoroughly enjoyable and for achieving such a fabulous result! May 15, 2008

Janine Crawford, KIJA Communications

“I have worked with Damien and Renee from Propeller Graphic Design for two years. Their service is always prompt, reliable and effective, and I have no hesitation in recommending them for graphic design and web design projects.” October 22, 2007

Jennifer Curtis, Group Managing Editor, Elite Publishing

“Damien is an excellent lateral thinker who can always come up with creative and novel solutions to problems. He has a wide understanding of many industries and is quick and eager to learn about others. Damien is open, friendly and easy to work with.He has good people skills, a likeable personality and a razor sharp mind.” October 17, 2007

Ingrid Neilson, Australian Marine Conservation Society

“The Australian Marine Conservation Society is Australia’s only charity dedicated to protecting our coast and ocean wildlife. For over 40 years we have worked to create marine national parks, save our ocean wildlife and make our fisheries sustainable. As a not-for-profit charity, we rely on the support from like-minded businesses and individuals across the country. Indeed, we could not do the work that we do without this support. Propeller Graphic Design & Marketing have been outstanding supporters of our work over the last few years by offering their pro-bono support for our graphic art work and marketing. Their in-kind contribution has included the production of high quality art work for presentation folders, stickers and brochures. They have a flair for innovative, high-quality work which they deliver with little need for direction and a keen sense for what suits the job at hand. We remain in deep gratitude for their professional, first-rate contribution to our important work protecting our ocean wildlife.” May 18, 2007

Philippe Causse, Maître Philippe

“I just wanted to thank you for your fantastic job for me. I was not even able to imaginate me having such a nice webpage. I like the colors you choose to fit the spirit of my shop and I have very good feed back from my customers and they order now easily through the shop. Thank you too for the newsletter template. Now I am completely professional. Best regards from Berlin, Germany” May 14, 2007

David Borthwick, Productive Gardens

“My experience in having Damien provide graphic / web design services to our company has been nothing short of outstanding. Excellent ideas from initial concept, knowledgeable advice and the ability to implement leading edge technology to keep us at the forefront in business.” September 30, 2007

Recent Projects

  • The 'New' Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel Website

    Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel

    We dont often share single website launches but in this instance there is a degree of history behind it which speaks to a return on investment not normally associated with websites.

  • Brown Brothers Engineers New Zealand

    Brown Brothers Engineers New Zealand

    December 2013 saw the launch of a new Brown Brothers Engineers Australia website. October 2014 sees the turn of New Zealand parent company Brown Brothers Engineers.

  • RedFest 2014


    Read about Propeller’s 2014 responsive reboot of the RedFest website.

  • Into Harmony Health Services

    Into Harmony Health Services

    Into Harmony Health Services are located in Bayside, Brisbane. Melanie Young has been passionate about health and wellness for over 30 years. Following a substantial period of rehabilitation following a car accident and surviving cancer in her late twenties, Melanie has dedicated years of personal development and training to assisting other people with their health challenges.

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