About me.

I have been a graphic designer and web developer since 1995.

My first major role was as Head Designer in one of New Zealand’s top web design companies, working with clients like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tourism New Zealand as well for two Prime Ministers of New Zealand.

In 2000 I co-founded a design agency named Styrofirm, working for clients like Maybelline NY, Pizza Hut, Johnson & Johnsons, Vodafone and McCann Worldgroup.

The following year, after seeing a great future in email marketing, our team designed and developed our own SaaS / email design agency, BornKicking. This was before MailChimp and CampaignMonitor even got popular.

In 2006 I moved to Taipei, Taiwan where I have primarily been a freelance graphic designer and web developer. I founded GigGuide.tw, co-founded BLNKK/Doers, and have worked with companies like Magrette Timepieces/Belmoto, CampingTaiwan, British Cham­ber of Com­merce in Taipei, ChinesePod, Kiwi Gourmet Burgers, NIICO 北二區教學資源中心, Megaport Fest 大港開唱, and Coliseum Sports Media.

Bookmarked.

Here are a select few portfolios, websites and articles of things I found interesting and/or inspiring.

Design by Wang Zhi-Hong.

Design by Wang Zhi-Hong.

Amazing portfolio of work by Taiwanese graphic designer, Wang Zhi-Hong. Playful, bold, and experimental use of type and printing materials and methods.
Steinlager Tokyo Dry branding by Inhouse.

Steinlager Tokyo Dry branding by Inhouse.

Solid work by the Inhouse team for one of New Zealand’s oldest beer companies.
Portfolio: Min Liu.

Portfolio: Min Liu.

I’m crazy about these animations from NYC-based Taiwanese motion graphics designer, Min Liu.
小日子 ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’.

小日子 ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’.

A mini Q&A I did with Taiwanese design/music/lifestyle magazine 小日子. (Chinese)
Taipei Times ‘After 8,700 gigs, GigGuide calls it quits’.

Taipei Times ‘After 8,700 gigs, GigGuide calls it quits’.

An article about GigGuide.tw, a side-project I founded and ran for over six years.
My music photography.

My music photography.

During my stay in Taiwan I’ve taken 10’s of thousands of photos of bands, concertgoers and lots of weird stuff, many of which I’ve uploaded to Flickr.
Sorry Youth (拍謝少年) album artwork.

Sorry Youth (拍謝少年) album artwork.

Taiwanese designer/illustrator, 廖俊裕 (aka godkidlla) shares his beautiful album artwork for indie band Sorry Youth.
Muddy Basin Ramblers album artwork.

Muddy Basin Ramblers album artwork.

Onion Design were nominated for a Grammy for this beautiful packaging design.
The Tic Tac album sleeve.

The Tic Tac album sleeve.

Very cool illustrations, and how yummy is that tangerine vinyl? They asked me to handwrite their bandname and I had no idea what it was going to be used for. What a cool surprise to see it on their music video and album art!
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Fonts.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Fonts.

A well-researched read for anyone interested in Chinese characters, type, fonts, calligraphy, logos and poster design. Be sure to check out the contemporary examples near the end of the article.
Taipei’s Coolest Co-working Space - Rolling In Life.

Taipei’s Coolest Co-working Space - Rolling In Life.

This is where I work, and I really couldn’t wish for more. It’s a wonderfully quirky space with great facilities and truly lovely people. Come join us!
CafeNomad - The best cafés to work, read, and drink coffee in Taiwan.

CafeNomad - The best cafés to work, read, and drink coffee in Taiwan.

Taiwan really is an awesome country for digital-nomads with loads of great late night laptop-friendly cafes to choose from. This handy website lists and ranks all the best cafés in Taiwan.

Photo by 男子的日常生活