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  • Derek Lau Design
    Freelance Motion Graphics Designer
    2014 - Present

    After Effects motion designer

  • zpace
    Graphic Designer/Motion Graphics Designer
    2016 - 2017

    Working on various projects for the Disney Channel including a brand refresh for their Hanging With series. Involved in the creation of graphics and motion design for multiple title sequences and in-show segments.

  • The Electric Canvas
    Character Designer/Rigger/Animator
    2016 - 2016

    Worked on an outdoor animation projected onto Geelong Town Hall as part of their 2016 Christmas Display. Designed, rigged and animated a quirky family of four celebrating christmas in After Effects, using RubberHose.

    Directed by Tilmann Schneider
    Backgrounds by Bec George

  • Paper Moose Film and Design Collective
    Motion Director
    2016 - 2016

    Worked on an online campaign that involved creating three original videos of the Sydney Opera House as part of their Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

    Created a style that was consistent with the FODI brand but eclectic enough to involve collaging archival photography and frame by frame animation.

    Produced by Jazz Twemlow
    Written by Seaton Kay-Smith

  • Engine Productions
    Motion Graphics Designer
    2016 - 2016

    Worked on various projects as a motion designer with clients such as NBN, Blackmores, Destination Queenstown and Wilkahn

  • Resolution Design
    Motion Graphics Designer/2D Animator
    2016 - 2016

    Worked on several TVCs based on the new Optus "Yes" campaign, with the guidance of Senior Designer Dylan McIntyre.

    A fun project involving various forms of editing, comping, motion design and frame-by-frame animation

  • TakePart
    Motion Graphics Designer
    2015 - 2016

    Created a number of videos for TakePart for their Paris Climate Conference articles and the Shrink Your Waste campaign. Worked with producer/director Leighton Woodhouse

  • Paper Moose Film and Design Collective
    Freelance Motion Graphics Designer
    2015 - 2015

    Click to edit position descriptionWorking on animating UI assets for 4 interactive games for CBA's Innovation Lab, involving wide screen glass projections and touch displays, with installation locations including Sydney, London and Hong Kong.

    Also worked on various compositing jobs and creating a brief motion title design sequence for a short film series called Pandemic for UNSW.

  • Mighty Nice
    Director's Assistant
    2015 - 2015

    Click to edit position descriptionWorking on Telstra Datashare and Prepaid TVCs as assistant to director Robertino Zambrano. Responsibilities included storyboard and animatic editing, managing assets and renders, pitch documents and web duties.

  • KAPWA Studioworks
    Freelance Motion Graphics Designer
    2015 - 2015

    Working under director Robertino Zambrano for various projects and clients including Beats Music, Telstra, Rexona, TED-Ed, R/GA. Special projects include developing motion titles and on-screen graphics for television pilot Parental Guidance.

  • The Explainers
    Freelance Motion Graphics Designer
    2015 - 2015

    Working on various animatics and explainer videos for clients such as BT Super and Nearmap

  • Walt Disney Company
    Broadcast Design Intern
    2013 - 2013

    Assisting with producing motion graphics for Disney Channel and Disney Junior, including green-screen keying and screen walkers. Also involved in miscellaneous graphic design projects.

  • UTS, DAB Faculty
    Student Demonstrator
    2012 - 2013

    Teaching students the use of After Effects for Motion Graphics and Illustrator for Graphic Design

  • Hunome
    Intern / Animator
    2012 - 2013

    Animating explainers for the social data company Hunome

  • Sixty40
    2012 - 2012

    Kickin-ass at making presentations, animating and dog petting.

  • Meld Studios
    2012 - 2012

    20-Day internship at Meld Studios, an interactive and service design studio based in Sydney.


  • University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (1st Class Hon.)
    2010 - 2013

Awards and Achievements

  • Food by Design: Sustaining the Future Exhibition at MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) 2017

    Video works of mine were selected to be part of the Food by Design: Sustaining the Future Exhibition at MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) in early 2017

  • AEAF Awards Finalist

    Finalist for two works featured in the AEAF Awards 2016.

  • THE DESIGN 100 Sydney Gold Award 2016

    Awarded Gold at THE DESIGN 100 Sydney Award for my work on the CBA Innovation Lab with Paper Moose.

  • New Harvest Interview

    An interview conducted by New Harvest about my work, thoughts and processes.

  • Selected Animation for Amnesty International Refugee Week

    Amnesty International sponsored LoopDeLoop (a bi-monthly animation competition) to create works based on the theme "Empathy" as part of an effort to raise greater awareness for Refugee Week (June 16-22). My loop was selected to be shown on social media during Refugee Week by Amnesty International Australia.

  • AEAF Awards Finalist

    Finalist in the AEAF (Australian Effects and Animation Festival) Awards in Education & Infographics for Meat/Culture - Simple Process, Simple Product

  • Qantas SOYA Animation Finalist

    Shortlisted as one of 13 finalists for the Animation category of the Qantas SOYA (Spirit of Youth Awards). Competed against some of the more established Australian animators aged between 18-30.

    The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards 365 (SOYA 365) has been the leading grants program for emerging creative talent for over nine years.

    SOYA365 is a creative melting pot spanning 11 key creative disciplines including interactive gaming, music, writing, film making, architecture and more.

  • Game Jam 2013 - Best Art

    Best Art for the Sydney Game Jam 2013

    -As part of the Global Game Jam where participants from all over the world got together to create games in 48 hours based on particular themes

    2 Feb 2013
  • Game Jam 2013 - People's Choice

    People's Choice for the Sydney Game Jam 2013

    -As part of the Global Game Jam where participants from all over the world got together to create games in 48 hours based on particular themes

    2 Feb 2013

📖 Past Clients

  • Vivid Ideas
    Motion Graphics Design

    Motion designer

  • Sydney Opera House

    Director and Animator

  • Hunome

    Worked with the Hunome team to produce the Hunome Explainer animation

  • Oxfam Australia

    Co-created a frame-by-frame chalk style animation to promote Oxfam's 3things Initiative, which encourages young people to commit to 3 lifestyle changes they can do to help save the planet.

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Derek Lau
Education University of Technology, Sydney
Employer Derek Lau Design
Location Sydney Australia




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