Nathan Drabsch

Director / Designer / Founding Partner of Kin Things (Kin)

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  • LocationGreenfield Park, Australia

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About me

 

I am a highly awarded Creative Director, Designer and Director who partners with brands, studios and marketers to develop and execute high end creative solutions. I am a founding partner of the Sydney based creative studio, Kin Things (Kin). Over the course of my career I have designed, directed, animated, branded and communicated for a variety of international brands & broadcasters across a mix of media. Prior to Kin, I helped establish two of Australia's leading design and motion graphic studios - most recently as Creative Director for The DMCI (www.thedmci.com.au). In it's 3 years since opening, the studio picked up over 25 International Awards including the 2012 CREATE Award for Motion Design. I embrace problem solving and strongly believe in open creative partnerships. Telling tales is my passion and connecting with people through storytelling is a huge driving force behind what I do. I also happen to enjoy leading teams of creatives, looking to inspire and draw out their inherent creativity. My work has been recognised, screened & awarded throughout the world. This includes over 60 PromaxBDA Awards including multiple World, Asia and AusNZ Golds. I have also had the honor of presenting on design, branding & motion graphics at conferences in New York, Singapore, Johannesburg, Sydney & Melbourne. In 2010 I had the honour of speaking at the agIdeas International Design Conference. Over the years I have provided creative consultation to the Television, Media, Entertainment, Music, Fashion, Retail & Digital markets working with brands such as: CBS, Coca-Cola, FORD, Foxtel, Discovery Channels, Turner, Westfield, National Geographic Channels, FOX, ABC, SBS, Network 10, Channel 9, Nickelodeon, Disney, BBC, MTV, TEDx, Harvey Norman, Domayne, IGA, R.M. Williams, Val Morgan, Commonwealth Bank, Mitsubishi Electric, Roadshow, Warner Music, EMI, Sony and Video Ezy.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • TV
  • Art Direction
  • Digital Content
  • Multi-platform Content
  • Music Videos
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Title Sequence
  • Animation
  • Directing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creative Direction
  • Motion Design
  • Creative Thinking

Work history

Currently

Director, Designer and Founding Partner

KIN Things

May 2013

2014

Creative Director, Designer and Live Action Director

The DMC Initiative

Sep 2014 - Sep 2014
  • My role for The DMCI was to establish and develop the company from start-up, providing clear vision, strategy, client base, marketing directives, team building and overall creative direction for a fledgling studio. In a short period of time The DMCI gained a global reputation, consistently working with a variety of international brands and broadcasters. Awards & Recognition: 2013 AUS Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) - GOLD Short Film Category for AEON WINNER 2012 Qantm CREATE Design Award - Motion WINNERS OF 2013 PROMAX BDA GLOBAL AWARDS - Gold, Silver & Bronze for CBS Eyecon. RECENT WINNERS OF 7 GOLD + 2 SILVER 2012 PROMAX BDA A/NZ AWARDS including: Best On-Air Branding Design Most Outstanding Promo of the Year Best Television Image Campaign Best Television Image Promo Best CG Animation WINNERS OF 2012 PROMAX BDA GLOBAL AWARDS World Gold: General Branding – Image World Silver: Design World Silver: Kid’s Programming Spot - Nick Jr 'Play' ID WorldBronze: General Branding – Image Campaign WINNER 2012 ASTRA AWARD Most Outstanding Channel Image Spot - Fox Classics IDs CREATIVE MAG 2012 HOTSHOP FINALIST Inclusion in Motionographer, Stash, Desktop, iDN, Computer Arts, CREATIVE, Daily Brief.

2010

Design Director

Tactic Creative Services

Nov 2004 - Feb 2010
  • I held the position of Design Director of Tactic for close to 7 years. Over the course of my employment the company grew considerably and cemented itself as a globally recognised brand and design agency. Key projects included: - Global Rebrand of National Geographic Channel - Brand Launch, Strategy and Design of GE Channel REAL in India - Consistent Brand & Design work for Discovery Channels Asia, Fox International Channels Asia and Turner Channels Asia - Brand Launch, Strategy and Design of ABC3 Children's Channel - Rebranding ABC 1 & 2 - Consistent Brand Development and Brand Updates/Design for The Movie Network Channels - Brand Development, Strategy and Design for over 15 Channels over the course of my employment.

2004

Senior Designer

Foxtel

Aug 2001 - Nov 2004
  • As a designer at Foxtel I worked across the full Foxtel platform of channels gaining an extensive knowledge of channel branding, identity, promos, opening titles, print marketing, image spots, show packages and series graphics.

Education

1999

Bachelor of Design, (visual Communication

University of Technology, Sydney

Sep 1996 - Sep 1999

    Awards

    2014

    2013/14 - Australian LOGIE Nomination Children's Programming (Nick Jr - Play Along With Sam)

    LOGIE

    2014

    Awarded over 60 Promax/BDA Awards in multiple regions & global awards.

    Promax

    2013

    AUS Effects & Animation Festival - GOLD Short Film Category (AEON)

    2013

    WORLD PROMAX BDA

    Promax

    • 3 GOLD AWARDS

    2012

    QANTM CREATE DESIGN AWARD - MOTION

    • WINNER

    2012

    PROMAX BDA ANZ -

    Promax

    • 7 GOLD & 2 SILVER AWARDS

    2012

    WORLD PROMAX BDA

    Promax

    • 1 GOLD, 2 SILVER & 1 BRONZE

    2011

    ASTRA AWARD - Most Outstanding Channel Image Spot for Forever Classics - Fox Classics IDs

    2011

    Speaker - Promax/BDA Aus/NZ Conference

    Promax

    2011

    Australian CREATIVE Hotshop Awards

    • Finalist

    2010

    Speaker - Promax/BDA Aus/NZ Conference

    Promax

    2010

    Guest Speaker - agideas international design conferenc

    2009

    Guest Speaker - Promax/BDA Asia Conference

    Promax

    2008

    Guest Speaker - Promax/BDA World Conference

    Promax

    2007

    Speaker - Promax/BDA Aus/NZ Conference

    Promax

    2007

    Guest Speaker - Promax/BDA Africa Conference

    Promax

    2006

    Speaker - Promax/BDA Aus/NZ Conference

    Promax