Student animations from 1990

Back in the day, the Amiga 2000 was used to create broadcast graphics at TVNZ. As a graduate design student in 1990, I created an odd collection of animations, some of which were broadcast! Two of my special favorites are below.


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Simon Owen

Is director of Envisage Design NZ, freelance website and graphic designer .est 1994. Go go Yes!

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Tourism and events

Exciting design solicits an excited response. Event and tourism promotion requires both.
I use bright and colourful designs to sell the ‘feel good’ factor. I love creating graphics for events and destinations!

Pictured left: Various conference pack design themes for government departments and academic societies.

Marketing collateral

I have been designing marketing collateral for New Zealand businesses since 1993.
All businesses need to connect with people and job as a designer is to convey brand values and present messages in an understandable manner.

Pictured left: ‘Pride and Passion’, a 24 page marketing document celebrating Aecom’s proud history in New Zealand. Aecom is one of America’s largest companies with over 45,000 employees located in 100 countries.

New Life in the Lister Building

Back in 1998, I purchased a suite of offices in the central Auckland business district. My design business (incorporated 1994) was, by then, well-established in the professional services sector and I wanted a permanent custom studio in order to continue working from. The suite is located in the Lister Building. This historic building is located…

Freelance Freedom

My ‘designer tee’s’ clip

Back in the day when I was a humble design student, I did a animation design and offline editing for TVNZ and a few advertising agencies. These were fantastic opportunites and my first real taste of a freelance lifestyle. Offline editing is when you splice your video using ‘tape to tape’ editing suites. Many long…

Tapa Table up for grabs

I’m gifting my boardroom table to the Auckland Samoan community over Xmas. My design studio operated out of a Ponsonby office during the 1990’s servicing mainly local and Pacific Island based clients including the Samoan Visitors Bureau and the Cook Islands Tourism Authority. The focal point of the busy studio was a large ‘Tapa Table’.…

My students finish their first project

  I’m 14 weeks into teaching a talented class ‘Intoduction to Digital Studio Techniques’.   The class are responding well to having a bona fide full-time freelancer imparting pearls of hard-earnt industry wisdom. The lessons are moving along at a fair clip and I’m building up a nice portfolio of self researched and designed course…

Wine design

Designing a new wine label is challenging! Below are 2 solutions I came up with for an Australian Wholesaler. Which one do you like?

Helping to prepare young creatives for industry

I am now a contract tutor at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology has campuses in Nelson and Blenheim, each offering programmes that complement the business and industry demands of the area. I’m teaching ‘Intoduction to Digital Media Process’ every Tuesday, between 9am-3pm from now until the end of…