I began my career at a ripe young age of 19. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I showed up at University Technology Sydney awkwardly wearing my older brother’s oversized suit, a looney tunes tie, and a briefcase (no joke). I was ready to become a developer.
In case you were wondering, you read correctly—a developer. I started coding front end websites for the Universities’ internal and external websites. I quickly realized I was a much better designer than I was a dev. Suffice it to say that I gravitated to my right hemisphere.
By 2009, I became a strong digital designer, and I had a solid understanding of the internet. It was around this time that I decided to pivot and focus all my attention on moving images. I would spend the next 3-5 years immersed in this subject, and at no surprise, I started seeing everything as a narrative. Storytelling became my mantra.
Today, I love being able to combine the different mediums I have picked up along the way. I utilise all these methods to find a solution to a problem or to be able to tell a more meaningful and concise story. I believe this is one of my most significant skillset – the ability to integrate visual design, motion graphics, video, and 3D.
Knowledge and learning are a pillar for lasting success. This is one of my recurring pieces of advice to the raw creatives coming into the industry. “The day you stop learning is the day you should start thinking about getting a new job.” In so many cases, what may seem like the most arbitrary information you store in your memory will be the key factor that turns your next project from good to great.
Thank you for stopping by taking a moment to read my story. I’m grateful you took the time to read this. My name is Kim Janson, but you can call me “KJ.”
|Jan 2019 – now||Helix Design||Creative director & founder|
|Sep 2018 – Jan 2018||Audible Japan, Audible Australia||Creative director|
|Oct 2016 – Nov 2018||Qantas Airways||Product design director|
|Jun 2015 – Oct 2016||M&C Saatchi||Design director|
|Feb 2014 – Jun 2015||Fox Sports||Head of visual and experience Design|
|May-2012 – Feb 2014||The Works Sydney||Design and animation director|
|Oct 2007 – Apr 2012||TBWA||Senior designer and animator|
|Sep 2006 – Oct 2007||Isobar / One Digital||Senior art director|
|Jan 2006 – Sep 2006||Made in Katana||Digital designer and animator|
|Jun 2005 – Jan 2006||Chook Digital||Digital designer|
|Jan 2004 – Jun 2005||Impart Multimedia||Junior Designer|
|Jan 2003 – Oct 2003||University of Technology, Sydney||Developer intern|
|2016||APG Awards – Best use of data – Gold||IAG Safer Homes|
|APG Awards – Business Planning – Gold||IAG Safer Homes|
|AMI National Award for Innovation||IAG Safer Homes|
|2014||Foundy Hack-a-thon – Peoples choice||Gauge video commenting|
|2013||ADMA Silver||Canberra Toursim – The Human Brochure|
|IAB Finalist||Canberra Toursim – The Human Brochure|
|APMA Silver||Canberra Toursim – The Human Brochure|
|Gold Australian Tourism Awards||Canberra Toursim – The Human Brochure|
|2011||D&AD||Pedigree digital campaign|
|ADMA||Pedigree digital campaign|
|One Show||Pedigree digital campaign|
|AIMIA||Pedigree digital campaign|
|Spike||Pedigree digital campaign|
|AWARD Awards – Bronze Pencil||Coopers Brewery website|
|2010||Advertising & Design Club||Coopers Brewery website|
|Creative Showcase||Coopers Brewery website|
|2009||ADMA||Nissan 370z Take the Wheel|
|One Show Interactive – Branding||Nissan 370z Take the Wheel|
|2008||One Show Interactive – Silver Pencil||Be Kind Rewind|