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2D Animation, Advertising, After Effects, Animation, Art Direction, Character Animation, Compositing, Directing, Editing, Film, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Infographics, Motion Design


  • Derek Lau Design
    Freelance Motion Graphics Designer
    2014 - Present

    After Effects motion designer

  • 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

    Kicking ass at Animating and slideshow presentations

  • Meld Studios
    2012 - 2012

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

  • MDC Architects
    2011 - 2012

    Redesigned and updated the porfolio for MDC Architects


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

Awards and Achievements

  • 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

  • Jenny LeClue Fan Art Contest Winner

    Won award for Fan Art based on a new costume design for the character Jenny LeClue in an upcoming game. My costume design will be included as an unlockable skin as well as in the official art book.

  • 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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