I love laughing 😆, biking 🚲, concerts 💃 – and everything about design.
Bringing concepts, experiences and brands to life and put them into the world is the most exciting part of what I do. Whether that be a logo and brand identity, a marketing campaign or a new website. I’ve worked on a range of digital products and services – from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 500 multinationals.
After discovering a love for design I studied a Bachelor of Design in my hometown of Brisbane, Australia. After a couple of years working in the design industry, I took a leap and moved to Vancouver Canada. Here I have continued to hone my craft and love for digital design.
I combine my skills to deliver effective, targeted and meaningful work. A passionate and hard-working creative who pushes limits and is committed to exceeding expectations.
I am actively involved in the design community and an avid blog contributor. My articles have been published by the InVision design blog and I’ve presented at Style & Class (a Vancouver meetup for those who design, develop, and create content for the web). I write about topics of accessibility, web design, UX and UI, marketing, feedback and process.
From the early age of 16 in my very first job (at a multinational pizza chain) I was selected for a leadership traineeship program. From that fundamental training, I have continued to develop my leadership skills, and apply them to my professional career.
I have led a strong team of designers (including four direct reports) as well as extensive experience coordinating and onboarding contractors to creative projects. I’ve worked directly with a wide range of leaders from CEOs of small-to-medium businesses to brand managers at Fortune 500 companies.
The fundamentals of my leadership are communication and trust. I would describe my leadership style as harnessing a strategic coach-mentor style of leadership. I lead by example and my team knows they can always rely on me. I enable designers and creatives to do their best work and love to see them grow.
My experience ranges from working with startups (Aveo Vision and Jukebox Print) and local non-profit associations (Vancouver Food Bank, Pacific Community Resources Society) to international brands (Neutrogena, Listerine and Clean & Clear). Despite their vast differences in requirements and audience, I apply the same level of dedication to elevate their brands and creating impactful experiences.
I have extensive experience including digital strategy, UX/UI design, branding, email marketing, social media and advertising for campaigns and digital products.
I’ve worked closely with CEOs and Marketing Managers to deliver strong results for over 10 years. Six of these years have been in digital agencies elevating creative strategy and communication. From in-house marketing to launching new products and campaigns.
I played a key role in internal marketing through ideating and writing design-focused blog posts, designing marketing materials including website imagery and content, and managing the social media strategy.
My early design career was focused on print and branding work. In my first design job, I was the only designer under two internationally renowned creative directors. This solidified the fundamentals from my Bachelor of Design studies into real-life applications.
Since these formative years, I’ve been a core part of the teams for international branding projects and lead the entire rebrand for several small-to-medium businesses.
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Brands I’ve worked with
What people say
Testimonials from Colleagues & Collaborators
“Damian’s raw talent for visual communication and design combined with his commitment to user experience made him a delight to collaborate with throughout our time working as a team at Forge and Smith.Tess GoodUser Experience Strategist
He has a very professional and solutions-focused approach when working with clients and collaborating internally, always bringing creative and thoughtful ideas to the table. Behind the scenes you would find Damian taking care of the details that made our agency an amazing place to work by fostering a fun and supportive team culture.
Damian’s attention to detail, personal accountability for the goals and vision of each client, and ownership of the final outcome of each project set the bar for our creative team and was inspiring to learn from.”
Tess and I collaborated closely on all client projects at Forge and Smith and shared insights and learnings. Tess led the UX process, and I led the UI design. I very much value the time I got to learn from her strategic mind and work alongside her thoughtful design approach.
“As a developer, I’ve very much enjoyed working alongside Damian. It’s evident that he’s passionate about design and knowledgeable about designing for the web. He stays current on trends and seems to always be expanding his horizons. He’s a joy to work with, dedicated, and obviously takes pride in his work. I’ve seen him put in long hours to keep clients happy and meet tight deadlines, and he’s always patient and responsive when clarifications or adjustments are needed.”Megan HeinzlDeveloperMegan was a developer at BSTRO during the time I was Associate Creative Director. She is a highly skilled developer who built many of the projects we worked on together. She was excellent to collaborate with and was always forthcoming with a thoughtful answer to my many dev-related questions.
“Damian is an exceptional member of the Forge and Smith team. His consistently compelling designs are representative of his high attention to detail and careful consideration of client needs. The amount of dedication he brings to his work is inspiring and his willingness to lend a hand wherever necessary is a true asset. He supports and enhances the team, and uses his voice to add an honest and thoughtful evaluation to any discussion. Even for our most challenging projects he creates innovative, compelling work that exceeds client expectations and strikes just the right visual tone. Working with Damian is a true pleasure.”Andrina FawcettContent Strategy Lead
Andrina is an incredibly talented content strategist that I was lucky enough to collaborate with and learn from at Forge and Smith. She was critical to my early introduction to digital audits, content strategy and information architecture.
“I’ve been working with Damian for almost five years now, at two different agencies as well as through freelance work. There’s a reason for that – I will take any opportunity to collaborate with him! Damian has the ability to lead a creative team in a way that makes everyone feel equally valued. He helps clients reach creative decisions with his patience and friendly communication. What I appreciate most, though, is how he always surprises me with these brilliant creative design, strategy, and content ideas. I seriously admire the way Damian’s mind works. Anyone would be lucky to have him at the helm.”Pam BergDigital Strategy ManagerI have worked with Pam for over five years (at both Forge and Smith and BSTRO). We’ve worked on countless client projects as well as internal marketing — and not to forget our infamous shared-blogs (or “shlogs” as we like to call them). Her dedication to digital strategy and continuous learning is incredibly admirable. I am pleased to have Pam as a valued colleague as well as a good friend.
Testimonials from Leadership & Direct Reports
“Damian is a highly talented creative director who has a rare ability to see how design and function impact the overall business objectives. We worked together in a high-pressure agency on a range of digital and retail products in the US and Canada—from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 multinationals. He is a delight to work with, replaces typical design ego with big-picture expertise, and is constantly working to improve his clients’ sales and brand experience. I would hire Damian in a heartbeat.”Paul NixeySenior Communications and PR Leader, Nixey CommunicationsPaul and I collaborated closely on several projects (through BSTRO) including Mary’s in Davie and Aveo Vision. Paul has played a pivotal role in mentoring me and helping me carve out my career path in recent years.
“Damian is extremely talented and conscientious which makes him a huge asset to the Forge and Smith team. His design skill set and attentive client relation skills result in projects that surpass client expectations.Maxine GiannelliMarketing Manager
Damian’s experience and personality to drive success, ensures he is always cool under pressure, adapts well to any challenge and gets the project done on time without cutting corners. Damian is a professional communicator with exceptional organizational skills, which is instrumental in day-to-day operations to reach project timelines. His willingness to share knowledge and experience is inspiring for the whole team. Damian’s creativity and design style is innovative and fresh.
He is a passionate designer and always has great awareness of new creative strategies and technology, which makes him a great asset to any company. Damian is one of the most talented visual designers I have had the privilege to work with over the years. He has strong personal skills that enable him to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals at many different levels. I strongly recommend him as an exceptionally talented designer.”
I worked under Maxine at Forge and Smith, collaborating on client website solutions — as well as internal marketing. Her advice and feedback were pivotal in my growth in digital design. Maxine also inspired me to write my first blog for the company and reignited my passion for writing, and sharing insights and learning experiences.
“Damian is a talented creative who brings passion and dedication to what he does. During the time that I worked with Damian, he regularly brought to the table creative ideas that were innovative and fresh. He has the ability to turn complex concepts into simple and elegant visuals. He’s both able to think strategically and willing to get in the weeds, to deliver thoughtful and well-executed work. Damian was an absolute joy to work with.”Cecile ThaiCEO, Aveo Vision
Aveo was a key account I worked on for over two years. I presented digital strategy and creative directly to Cecile in weekly meetings. Cecile proves that business can be fun, while also being meaningful and results-driven.
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