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Advertising, Advertising Design, After Effects, Animation, App Design, Brand Design, Brand Identity, Branding, Character Developer , Corporate Identity, Design, Digital Design, Game Art Design, Illustration, InDesign


  • Freelance
    Digital Designer & Animator
    2016 - Present

  • Mammal Advertising
    Animator & Designer
    2016 - 2016

    - Branding
    - Developing pitch collateral & documents
    - Campaign development
    - Animation/Motion Graphics for TVC, online & internal
    - Storyboarding
    - Illustration
    - Compositing, motion tracking and rotoscoping
    - Print design & layout

    Clients include: LEGO, IMAX, The A2 Milk Company, Petbarn, Masters Home Improvement, APP, New Horizons.

  • Paragon Design Group
    Animator & Digital Designer
    2013 - 2016

    - Storyboarding and conceptual art
    - Designing and developing characters in Photoshop & Illustrator
    - Animation & design for retail POS in After Effects
    - Motion graphics
    - Explainer videos in After Effects
    - Adapting campaign collateral for delivery across platforms
    - Showreel development and editing;
    - Editing and sound design of conference videos in Final Cut
    - Logo & identity development and design
    - Designing internal documents
    - Developing pitch collateral
    - Sourcing images and material
    - Creating concepts for campaigns
    - EDM design
    - Web banner design and animation
    - Landing page design
    - UI & UX design & development
    - Design & layout for social media
    - Client management and communication

    Clients include: Telstra, Hotel Schools Sydney, RaboDirect, RaboBank, Diabetes NSW, Bupa, Huawei, Presto, NBN Co.

  • Purple Learning
    Freelance Animator & Digital Designer
    2011 - 2013

    - UI & UX design for e-learning platforms
    - Design and animation in Flash
    - Basic coding in AS 2.0
    - Character design in Flash, Illustrator & Photoshop
    - Technical illustrations
    - Infographics
    - Storyboarding and concept art
    - Educational animations in After Effects
    - Sound design

    Clients include: Telstra, AusPost, PWC

  • Lightning Box Games
    Technical Graphic Artist
    2011 - 2013

    - Technical design/animation – animations & layout for games
    - Developing AE particles for looping animations
    - UI & UX design and development
    - Re-design & packaging games for online casino deliveries
    - Designing promotion layouts for e-publication and print
    - Translation of elements into multiple languages
    - Recording, editing and sound design of demo videos
    - Website content management & updates
    - Design & layout for social media

  • Freelance
    Animator, Illustrator & Designer
    2009 - 2013

    Freelancing for companies and individuals undertaking a range of projects including animation, illustration and graphic design.

    Partial Client List: Westpac, Hahn, Telstra, PWC, City of Sydney, Unions NSW, Charles Sturt University.

  • Paper Moose Film and Design Collective
    Freelance Animator
    2010 - 2012

    - Storyboarding and conceptual art
    - Developing animations in After Effects
    - Motion Graphics for TVC & short films

    Clients include: City of Sydney, TAFE NSW, 48 Green Hours Film Festival, Footprints Film Festival

  • How to Impact
    Freelance Illustrator
    2012 - 2012

    - Storyboarding
    - Illustration and layout
    - Live drawing

    Clients include: Hahn

  • Manic Studios
    Freelance Graphic Designer
    2012 - 2012

    - Design, layout and pre-press for print
    - Pre-press for for outdoor media
    - Retouching
    - Art direction

    Clients include: Unions NSW

  • Rockstar Memoirs
    Graphic Designer & Editor
    2010 - 2010

    - Design, layout and pre-press for print
    - Data merging elements
    - Collating supplied material
    - Directing, producing and editing short videos
    - Client management and communication
    - Supervision & instruction of work experience students

  • Envato
    2010 - 2010

    - Developing and designing characters in Photoshop
    - Conceptual layout for e-Learning platform

  • XYZ Studio
    2009 - 2009

    - Assisted in developing animations in After Effects
    - Storyboarding and conceptual art for TVCs
    - Technical illustrations in Illustrator
    - General administration tasks

    Clients include: AGIDEAS, Melbourne International Film Festival, Herron.


  • Tractor Design School
    Industry Digital Design
    2016 - 2016
  • Charles Sturt University
    BA Graphic Design
    2006 - 2009
  • Charles Sturt University
    BA Multimedia
    2006 - 2009

Awards and Achievements

  • Industry Choice Award, Tractor Industry Digital Design

  • Footprints Film Festival

    Winner (Paper Moose Productions)

  • Young Cherry Festival Photography Competition

    Highly Commended

  • 48 Green Hours Film Festival

    Finalist (Paper Moose Productions)

  • Kinokuniya Digital Arts and Illustration Prize

    Entry shortlisted.

  • Melbourne International Animation Festival


  • A Night of Horrors International Film Festival


  • Dungog Film Festival


  • Symposia09 Student Forum

    Student Speaker at 2-day creative conference.

  • Symposia09

    Student Forum Speaker

  • _ism, CSU Graphic Design Graduate Showcase


  • GoFish Magazine

    Work published in Issue #1 of design magazine.

  • Synchronicity, CSU Multimedia Graduate Showcase



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Dane Kirkland
Education Tractor Design School
Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University
Employer Freelance
Location Sydney Australia




About Dane

I am a digital creative that loves design that moves and makes noise.

With over 6 years experience designing, illustrating and animating content for some of Australia’s largest brands. I love to work on projects that get people excited or make them passionate for something.

Side note, I also spend a lot of time in the surf, laid back in a cinema and refining my zombie apocalypse survival plan (hint - it involves a tree house).




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