• Sydney New South Wales
Merlin Morrison

Merlin Morrison

Creative Director

Summary

I am a highly dedicated, dynamic and established Designer and Communications professional, with valuable work experienced gained to date within leading design agencies and businesses in the Auckland and Sydney area. I am capable of demonstrating a positive and productive attitude combined with a logical and extremely creative approach to all working tasks. Furthermore, I am quick to familiarise myself with the latest technologies and industry developments and to grasp new ideas and concepts while consistently developing innovative solutions to suit client needs. I possess exceptional interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities and can demonstrate a high level of motivation required to meet tight deadlines and budgets. I enjoy working independently in addition to working as part of a successful and productive team and thrive in highly pressurised and challenging working environments.

Work History

Work History

Creative Director

Jan 2016 - Present
BlackCitrus
  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI)
  • Creative direction
  • Senior Designer and Advisory services
  • Client Management/Relationship services
  • New business development and pitching
  • Scoping and preparation of materials – LOE / SOW
  • Business development
  • Stakeholder management
  • Client relations
  • Project management

Digital Designer

Apr 2015 - Dec 2015
PwC New Zealand| Williams Lea Australia
  • Create, design, and manage a wide variety of digital output including video, onscreen animated presentations and web.
  • Networking with the global design team to bring innovation and insights to the client.
  • Direct interface with client in taking briefs and presenting design solutions.

Senior Graphic Designer

Jul 2012 - Apr 2015
Sovereign Insurance
  • Responsible for creating new ideas and concepts for brand development and create a consistent marketing and brand identity, providing guidance around best-practice and implementation of brand guidelines.
  • Interpreting and translating client requirements and ideas into concepts and effective communication mediums, planning and organising work including all production methods to ensure completion in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Providing professional recommendations and effectively presenting ideas both verbally and visually for design, art direction and production, consistently monitoring all products for quality control.
  • Utilising computer design techniques and traditional techniques for a variety of graphic design activities, including desktop publishing and layout, production, illustration, photography and typography.
  • Regularly updating with clients and ensuring specific requirements are met and agreed deliverables successfully achieved.

Graphic Designer

2009 - Jul 2012
Freelance 
  • Responsible for many graphic design, web design, illustration and photography projects for leading business within New Zealand to include Sovereign Insurance, Ocean’s Apparrel and IAG Insurance.
  • Conceiving ideas, concepts and campaigns, designing work in collaboration with businesses to create multifaceted communication materials in print, online and other mediums for a variety of instructional and promotional purposes.
  • Interpreting and translating client requirements and ideas into concepts and effective communication mediums, planning and organising work including all production methods to ensure completion in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Providing professional recommendations and effectively presenting ideas both verbally and visually for design, art direction and production, consistently monitoring all products for quality control.
  • Utilising computer design techniques and traditional techniques for a variety of graphic design activities, including desktop publishing and layout, production, illustration, photography and typography.
  • Regularly updating with clients and ensuring specific requirements are met and agreed deliverables successfully achieved.

Retail Assistant and Lab Operator (part-time/weekends only)

2008 - Mar 2012
Kodak Express
  • Performing sales duties and photographic lab equipment operation, providing customers with a range of technical services and support.
  • Ensuring photographic negatives are developed and processed correctly, developing digital films into hard copy materials and enlarging, refocusing, and retouching photographs to make specific images clearer or more stylized.
  • Maintaining computers, equipment and software in order to best serve customer requirements efficiently.
  • Prioritising orders, assisting customers with product choice and responding to all enquiries quickly, always maintaining customer confidentiality.

Production Designer (internship)

2008 - 2008
Ditto
  • Assisting with the creation of a TV Commercial, which aired across Cinemas for two weeks during The Olympic Games.
  • Responsible for all video editing and television advertisement production tasks to include project management, graphic design and chief illustrations.

Production Designer (internship)

2007 - 2007
ETC TV
  • Responsible for all video editing and cinematography for a project screened on Triangle TV.

Education

Education

BA Visual Arts

2009 - 2011
University of Auckland

(on break as working full time)

Graphic Communications

2007 - 2009
Auckland University of Technology

Graphic Design

Acting License 153/1292

2002 - 2002
Arian Cinematic School

Certifications

Certifications

Certified Infiniti 8.4 Specialist

2013 - 2013
Intelledox

Acting License 153/1292

2002 - 2002
Arian Cinematic School

Skills

Skills

Creative Direction

Art Direction

Art Direction

User Interface (UI) & User Experience (UX)

Project Management

Corporate Identity

Brand Development

Languages

English (fluent), Farsi (fluent)