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Biographic Profile

In 2009 I migrated with my family from South Africa to New Zealand. In 1993 I graduated from Technikon Natal (Durban University of Technology) and received several awards, including the Agfa Award for highest achieving Design student.

For 14 years I worked in the Design and Advertising industry for multinational communication networks; FCB, Leo Burnett and Euro RSCG. My research, concepting and execution of design and communication campaigns won awards in major international competitions; Communication Arts (USA), New York Festivals (USA), London Internationals (UK), CASE Awards (USA), AME Awards (USA) and the Loerie Awards (RSA). I have produced creative work for prestigious international brands including Mercedes-Benz, Reebok, Coca-Cola, Honda Cars, Nivea, and Continental Tyres.

In 2007 I left a senior industry role of Creative Group Head at FCB, South Africa’s largest and oldest communication company to venture into an academic career. I first lectured in Visual Communications at Vega School South Africa, a national university with campuses in four major cities. In 2009 I joined Massey University, New Zealand’s top-ranked School of Design, as a lecturer. My research involved cross-cultural and community engagement through communication design.

Since mid-2012 I have been on a new vocational adventure. I've had a fascination with the medical field for a very long time and am currently completing a degree in Dental Surgery at University of Otago.

Since the 1980s I have created studio pottery. My work has been published, exhibited and sold internationally. During 2010 I acted as Joint-President of Wellington Potters’ Association (est. 1952 by Dame Doreen Blumhardt ONZ, DCNZM, CBE).

I also create fine art photography, most recently concentrating on landscapes.

This website catalogs my professional history in the design field and academia. To view my Linkedin profile click here.

Thanks for reading.

Steven W Smith MDes(Massey) NDipGD(DUT)

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