“Nathan’s creativity and hard work always ensure high quality solutions.”– Gareth Parry, Director, PwC
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Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, I studied Visual Communication and Design course at Christchurch Polytechnic’s School of Design, where I grew to know and love the challenges and stimulation of advertising and design. During this last year of my design studies, I worked part-time for New Zealand Cricket, designing the first edition of their magazine “Line and Length”, alongside match programmes and other promotional materials.
After completing my tertiary education, I began my professional life working for Fresco Advertising, an advertising and design agency in Wellington with a specialised niche in issues and public affairs campaigns. In the seven years spent working for Fresco (and its internal design arm called Match Communications), I regularly took briefs through concept to final artwork stages and print. My design skills were expanded by a wide and varied array of media requirements including; layup and editorial, branding, advertising, presentation and conference graphics, website design, signage, even bus liveries! I was responsible for handling large campaigns, including the 1999 Labour Party electoral campaign, a nationwide advertising campaign for the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology, H2OXtream Aquatic Centre rebranding and launch, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and numerous campaigns for Stagecoach Buses.
Following seven years at Fresco, and feeling an urge to pursue a passion, I moved to the role of in-house designer for a large inner city church in Wellington called The Street City Church. Here I developed the concepts, promotion and branding work for numerous events, conferences and ministries. It was a position which also involved overseeing and directing volunteer designers and teams who sometimes assisted with the workload. I also worked as a ministry leader of several teams within the church, overseeing and developing the ministries, and training and instruction/coaching of team members. In this time I also began and completed a Bachelor of Applied Theology from Carey College. I have since started and am working (part-time) on a Masters in Theology through Laidlaw College.
About 10 years ago, I began my part-time small business, first called NCD (Nathan Clark Design) which eventually developed into N8 Creative. Over the years, this business built up a solid SME client base, giving the opportunity to work on a wide variety of jobs and projects.
In 2009, my wife and I followed a dream to move to Marseille, in the South of France, to discover more of life in Europe. This was a satisfying experience of travel, making new friends and savouring the French lifestyle, and working for a time teaching English. Following our return to New Zealand to start a family, I worked in a contract freelancing role before taking a full-time position at Below the Line (BTL). At BTL I worked for 4 years as a Senior Designer and later also as Office Manager/Traffic manager. This involved overseeing the design output and quality, and also coaching, training and overseeing the junior designers in the team, as well as managing workflow, resourcing and studio issues.
At present I am operating as a Freelance Designer, working across Auckland in a number of creative agencies and studios. It is very rewarding to be able to work for and with other creative people on some very good projects and clients.
I savour the opportunities that the future brings.