In 2017 the Clandestine Design Group team had some changes in line up with those new to design and those who have already earned their stripes! This time last year we had our home based office and Rohan McEvoy and Angelina Kwan in both Junior Designer roles. Midway through the year they both headed off overseas to experience their next chapters. Ange moved to Pittsburgh in the USA to live with her husband gain work experience in the North American market. Rohan to complete his final elective Uni subjects via an exchange at DEFLT University of Technology in the Netherlands. A special shout out to Roh for being our first CDG employee for nearly two years. We were both sad and excited to see them both move on but appreciate all of the hard work they did as an essential part of the team.
In February, news on the design grape vine was that a very talented designer may be looking for a change of location back to Brisbane after working the previous five years on incredible projects for one of Australia’s leading consultancies in Melbourne. Sara Pontoppidan and her partner where looking to return the smart State and lucky for us we were also looking for a new team member at the same time. Sara came on board as a Senior Designer. We knew Sara would be a perfect fit for the team as Neil had the honour of mentoring her as a graduate intern many years earlier when they both worked together at CMD. Sara is an uncompromising talent that works across all aspects of industrial design and engineering as well as graphic, user experience and packaging. As a proud Norwegian she often keeps us on our toes questioning the origins of our apparently perplexing Australian expressions!
Last September we had the good fortunate of recruiting an ‘older’ newer member who worked with Design Director Neil Davidson over several years at their previous consultancy employer. Senior Designer Jason Smith is one of the most experienced and unparalleled talents in Australia, and we’re lucky to have him out here as an English expat. He powers through projects without compromising quality.
The other two latest recruits to the CDG team in July last year were the amazing package deal Alexandra French and Angus Shaw who job share the Junior Designer roles. They each manage their own projects and bring different mix of talents to the team. Outside of work Alex likes to spend time doing an amount of exercise that would exhaust most decathletes. Angus likes to pursue his passions of golf and producing mind-blowing photo-realistic artworks. Welcome to the team officially Alex and Angus - times already flown by since you arrived.
The constant team members are of course Design Director Neil Davidson and Felicity Davidson Business and PR Manager who looks after the promotion of the business and makes sure everything else runs smoothly – including superannuation, insurance, legal liaison and the finances.
This new CDG team is again race ready for 2018!