Steve Santer – Digital Art Direction and Motion Design

Steve Santer – Digital Art Director, 3D Artist and Motion Designer

Steven comes from a traditional fine arts background with a major in photography (1995). He has been in the visual design industry for over 12 years.  Steven has experience across various design disciplines and within a number of studios and agencies giving him an amassed design and technical knowledge base. His previous roles have included; design director, senior digital art director, lead designer, motion designer, photo retoucher, and 3D modeller and animator.

With many years working as a senior creative within agencies from global: G2 / Grey Group, to national; Deepend Sydney, to boutique: Nomad Agency, Orchard Marketing.

Steven has the ability to;

  • work effectively in many team make-ups with strong familiarity with Agile & Lean processes,
  • manage design teams and design studio work flow,
  • to extrapolate and interpret briefs and marketing strategies and desires for client, brand and services,
  • to be a responsible caretaker of established brands’ communications and their guidelines.

Steven has worked on projects for: Nintendo Australia, Pioneer, Sunbeam, Breville, GSK, Pfizer, Zoetis, Subaru, Unilever, AMP, ING Investment, Meriton, Fraser Property, Random House Australia, Electrolux Home Products (Westinghouse, Simpson, Electrolux), Fairfax and many more.

Education: July 2015 – (June 2017 expected)

RMIT Masters of Design Futures

I’m currently undertaking further study (part-time) with a Masters of Design Futures from RMIT. This course is about the evolving design practice and methodologies and its influences beyond the normal contexts of design, and how it plays out in society. It’s about future practices of design and how it can be applied across many facets of; learning, systems, politics, environment, communities, technology, and any other networked part of society. We examine ethnographic approaches to research, to unveil weaknesses and strengths in the world and how design approaches can be leveraged to increase value to these systems. I will be writing up essays and blog notes for the course over on Medium if you want to have a peak.

August 2012 – Present

Blur Design Studio & Freelance Digital Art Director, 3D Artist and Motion Designer

I’m running my own design practice, Blur Design, with a great mix of direct clients, including partnering with other agencies to offer a creative consultancy. I also from time-to-time take on contracts and project from agencies.Projects covering a range of specialities including; digital art director, motion designer (3D and After Effects), ui design and ux solutions for mobile, tablet and desktop, illustration and set design for children’s TV series, 3D illustration and animation, and dabbling in iOS development. These projects are direct clients or via agencies.

Contract: September 2012 – October 2012

Design Director & Flash Dev - Nomad Agency

Contract role at Nomad covering Design Director and Flash Development roles working with Nomad’s awesome team on some great clients!

Clients Ikea Klipbok, Monkey Mayhem – Taronga Zoo Sydney, WilderQuest

May 2011 - August 2012

Design Director – Deepend

Both a management and a hands-on role at Deepend Sydney. I manage an awesome team of designers and art directors. One of my mandates is to ensure the high quality of craft of the work that goes out of Deepend; from motion graphics, illustration to full website design.

I work closely with Deepend’s creative director, collaborating on both creative and design direction.

Currently working across a range of clients that include FMCG, the arts, mining, tourism, brown goods (small appliance), and industrial / architecture.

October 2010 - May 2011

Creative Technologist / Digital Art Director
- &some (New Zealand)

Working with a fantastic collaboration of artists and designers on commercial projects that have art principles at their core.

One of the standout projects for me at &Some was a Processing app that used Twitter to control RGB LED lighting installation in the HP and Microsoft pop-up shop in Auckland. This type of work is incredibly rewarding.

February 2008 – October 2010

Snr Art Director – G2 Australia

Art Directing digital projects (websites, online campaigns etc) going through G2 Sydney for such clients as GSK (Ribena), Electrolux (Westinghouse, Simpson, Chef), Fernwood Fitness, BAT (Dunhill, Holiday, Kent), Sara Lee …

November 2006 – February 2008

Senior Interactive Designer / Flash Developer – Clear Blue Day

Designing interfaces, creating animations and video, and developing Flash solutions.

Clients Subaru Australia, Moonlight Cinema, Sunbeam, Pioneer, AMP, Mission Australia and Vodafone.

2003 – 2006

Designer – Antart / Wideopen Media

Print design (magazine, book covers and internal designs, brochures, DM, and annual reports) and interactive design; CD-Roms (remember them!), websites, flash games, eDMs.

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