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Ian
BA Design Communication and Animation
1990

I left Wrexham Glyndwr University in 1990, (known as North East Wales Institute (NEWI) at the time). I studied design communications and animation. I got my first break into the industry on the production of The Thief and the Cobbler and then headed to Australia and worked on Disney TV’s Goof Troop before working on TV adverts at Catflap Animation.

I have worked for production studio Cutting Edge, based in Australia, for 14 years. I helped design the top koala-ty mascot and bring his character to life. As animation director I’m responsible in leading the team of talented Cutting Edge artists from the beginning to the end of a production.

I lead a team of artists to create Gold Coast Commonwealth Games’ 2018 mascot – Borobi, a blue koala who is making national news in Australia. The original concept of Borobi was picked from a competition. We were awarded the contract to bring the mascot competition winner’s design to life. Working with Brisbane agency, Sapient Nitro, we adapted the design to incorporate Borobi's backstory and indigenous design elements.

It’s rare I get to animate these days, but I enjoy it when I do. The Commonwealth Games was one of these projects, such an enjoyable project from beginning to completion.

It was such an honour to work on a project of such national significance with a very talented team.

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