Back in the late 90s, Ian spent three years at London’s prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying set design and... puppetry.
After graduating (and coming to his senses) he got a job as copywriter at AMV/BBBDO. Since then, he’s worked in agencies in London, Paris and now Auckland. He’s worked on some pretty inspiring brands and attended over 2,000 meetings. Although he sounds like a BBC news presenter, he’s actually French. Which explains why he shrugs so much and can cook such a mean crepe.
He’s also worked as a television writer in the UK for BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4. He still has a soft spot for puppets.
But not like that.
Also of French descent, Dom grew up in South Africa. He was expelled from more schools in Durban than you’d think was possible.
Instead of studying he filled his time skateboarding, recording albums with his band (7 in total) and designing flyers for his other band. This creative outlet and thinking-on-our-feet attitude ultimately lead to a career in advertising.
But after playing sell-out tours of South Africa Dom eventually quit the band and decided to move to Auckland in the hope of one day meeting a half-French copywriter who could make a decent crepe.
He’s worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, 99 and True. In that time, he’s won his fair share of awards, pitches and been hotboxed by Snoop Dogg.
Here's a list of the industry awards we've won.
If you're into that kinda thing...
Air New Zealand
A Better Way To Fly - Mumbrella Ad Campaign of the year
A Better Way To Fly - Best TV on Best ads
Great Mates – Grand Prix. NZDM Awards
Great Mates – Industry Gold. NZDM Awards
Great Mates – Channel Gold. NZDM Awards
Great Mates – Silver. Direct Response. NZDM Awards
Safety in Hollywood – Best Web Film on Best ads
Crazy About Rugby Campaign – Silver. Sports Clio Awards
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – Silver. Entertainment Film at AWARD
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – Silver. Promo Activation. Axis Awards
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – Best Web Film on Best ads
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – Most watched ad on YouTube NZ 2015
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – No.3 Top 10 YouTube Trending Videos of 2015
Men in Black - Safety Defenders – Gold. Animation. Axis Awards
75th Anniversary – Best Print on Best ads
75th Anniversary – NAB ad of the month
Best Effect – Purple and Gold Pins at The Best Awards NZ
Grabaseat, Turning 10 – Bronze Effie
Grabaseat, The Evolution – Bronze Effie
Hobbit Safety Video – Wood Pencil. Branded and Tactical Film Content. D&AD
Hobbit Safety Video – No.6 on Australia / NZ most viral video of all time 2015
Hobbit Safety Video – Best Web Film on Best ads
Who Murdered Rico? – Merit Award. One Show Entertainment
Who Murdered Rico? – Best Interactive on best ads
Who Murdered Rico? – Gold. RSVP / Nexus Awards
Who Murdered Rico? – Gold. NZ Marketing AWARDS
Who Murdered Rico? – Silver. Effie Awards
Snap Stars – Silver. Social Media & Viral. NZDM Awards
Snap Stars – Bronze. Direct Response. NZDM Awards
Snap Stars – Silver. Caanz Beacon Awards
Snap Stars – Bronze. Mobile Axis Awards
Snap Stars – Bronze. Social Media Axis Awards
Snap Stars – Most Creative Use of Social Platform – SMAKL Social Awards
Snap Stars – Best use of Digital Technology – Vodafone Group Global Awards
Snap Stars – Bronze. Most Effective Social campaign. Effie Awards
Experiment – In book. Direct. D&AD
Experiment – Silver. Titanium & Integrated. Cannes Lions
Experiment – Bronze. Media. Cannes Lions
Experiment – Silver. Media. Cannes Lions
Experiment – Bronze. Integrated. Eurobest
Experiment – Bronze. Interactive. Epica
Experiment – Merit Award. One Show
Damaged Envelope – Silver. Financial. Campaign BIG Awards
Damaged Envelope – Silver. Business direct mail high volume. UK DM Awards
Damaged Envelope – Bronze. Financial services. UK DM Awards
Blank Letter– Silver. Best use of B2C direct mail. UK DM Awards
Blank Letter – Silver. Financial. Campaign Big Awards
Connect launch – Gold. Best use of direct response TV & Radio. UK DM Awards
Pirate Party – Online / Digital. IAB Award of the month July
Business Cards – Bronze. Automotive. UK DM Awards
Gold. Best B2B Campaign. UK DM Awards
Bronze. Best Launch Campaign. UK DM Awards
Different Business – Merit. Best strategic thinking for a campaign. UK Best Awards
NAB ad of the month
After Dark Short Film
Spark Team Choice. Spark & Facebook Vertical Film Awards