David Byrne
Freelance Art Director

No matter the place, people, or project, David easily navigates his way to creative and project success. In two decades as a designer and art director, he’s exhibited an uncanny ability to develop creative solutions to strategic challenges. 

David’s versatile vision stretches beyond design. Of course, he’s a seasoned creative with a deft skill in delivering creative direction and visualization for digital campaigns and solutions. But he’s also shown a sharp mind for business. He’s experienced in juggling finances, resources and time limitations, while also project managing third party service providers and subcontractors. 

He’s been there. He’s done that. And now he’s doing something new – with wit, knowledge, and talent.


Freelance Designer / Creative / Art Director
January 2008 - Present

Innovative thinking and versatility are the driving forces behind AfterByrne, the freelance entity of David Byrne, which adeptly delivers creative thinking and design solutions.

• Catalyst (ABC TV)
• ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
• Louvre
• Vital Strength & Fitness
• SRK (Shah Rukh Khan)
• Australian Federal Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Digital Marketing Manager
February 2015 - March 2016

Canberra Convention Bureau is the peak body responsible for attracting conferences and meetings to the Canberra region.

• Completion of an organizational rebrand.
• Management of all online and print communication.
• Website and social media redesign.
• Event promotion for the annual function called “Top Secret”.
• Concept development and creative direction for a large publication – “Meeting Planners Guide”.

Communications Manager
September 2014 - January 2015 

A joint initiative of the leading universities and research centres of Australia, the recently launched Canberra Innovation Network works to accelerate innovation and diversify the economy in the Australian Capital Territory region.

• Office fit-out design
• Event coordination
• Website design
• Social media planning and execution
• Press releases
• Collaboration with the incubator (Entry 29) and investors (Griffin Accelerators)
• Procurement with vendors

Art Director
September 2012 - October 2013

A part of a global network of advertising agencies, Grey is a multi-award winning full-service agency that provides everything from traditional advertising to cutting edge digital solutions.

• Winner of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Pitch Perfect 2013.
• Redesigned the Grey Australia website and the Grey Canberra credential portfolio.
• Played a leadership role in concept development and art direction.

• ActewAGL 
• Kingston Foreshore 
• Geocon 
• LDA (Land Development Agency) 
• Sportsmans Warehouse 
• Googong
• Palliative Care
• Glucojel

Art Director
September 2011 - October 2012

A local agency with global reach, McMillan is a successful Ottawa agency that has a strong international reputation for its B2B work, along with a creative flair for regional clients.

• Winner of an Applied Arts Online Award for “Two Years of Movember”.
• Played a leadership role in concept and art direction.

• Canada Post
• OMA (Ontario Medical Association)
• Seimens

Senior Designer
February 2010 - June 2011 
MAD Inc. is a digital marketing agency that’s creates reactions through interactions—however and whenever possible. MAD is digitally driven but agile when the big idea demands it. From website design to digital content development and social media engagement, MAD INC will bring new meaning to your message. 

• Collaborated in a conceptual team to create online and interactive campaigns.
• Oversaw and quality-controlled productions created by the online team.
• Liaised with the development team to ensure design integrity and all deliverables were met.
• Managed resources, quotes and resource time allocation.

• Conair 
• Zip.ca 
• Momentous 
• Namescout 
• Carlingwood Mall

Art Director
June 2006 - January 2007 
Starting from the ground up, this boutique agency began with three employees that initiated big projects with large clients.

• Conceptualized and managed all web productions within Spice & Co. Design.
• Worked individually or as a part of a team to produce online, print, broadcast and environmental solutions for clients.
• Oversaw and quality controlled all productions created by the online team.
• Liaised with clients to communicate ideas and conceptualize projects.
• Managed resources, quotes and time allocations for all web projects.

• ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
• AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association)
• Dataflex
• ACT Government
• Air Services Australia
• Australian Government (Dept of Health and Aging)
• Australian Government (Dept of Environment, Heritage and the Arts)
• INO Furniture
• Blue Property Marketing
• Old Parliament House

Senior Designer
August 2007 - December 2007 
The largest independent digital agency in British Columbia, FCV is committed to delighting customers and growing businesses, all through strategy and transformation, experiences and content, and platforms and integration.

• Created visual direction for internal and external projects.
• Collaborated with the principal and senior staff for the conceptualisation of projects.
• Liaised with clients to gather project description and visual theme while gathering specific requirements.
• Provided direction and support for the programming and design team.

• Microsoft
• Expedia
• Canada Tourism Commission
• Trip Harbour
• Dreambank
• Spirit of Vancouver
• Jamaica.com

Art Director
May 2007 - August 2007 
A primarily tech/software solutions company, Equinox provided advertising services and campaigns to complement and promote the products they delivered to their clients.

• Collaborated with international marketing teams and provided concepts for on-line campaigns.
• Created concepts for cross media and online advertising and promotions.
• Created graphic and programming direction for web development.
• Revised on-line solutions to comply with industry standards and international branding.

• Cathay Pacific
• Air North
• BC Hydro
• Alaska Airlines
• Dragon Air

Brand Manager
January 2007 - May 2007
With a focus on the travel industry, Kalhaven Holdings employed technology to promote holiday travel in Australia.

• Attracted 1 million page views.
• Developed and restructured market position of Kalhaven Holdings companies in consultation with senior management.
• Redesigned the site and made an incredibly detailed interactive flash map to help visitors find destinations and calculate distances.
• Helped with the newly launched Discover Australia after the success of Discover West.

• Discover West Holidays 
• Discover Australia Holidays 
• Kalhaven Group

JAM 360
Art Director
June 2006 - January 2007
Specialized in guerrilla and online tactics, JAM360 offered creative and advertising solutions which also included television, radio, print, digital, multimedia, events, and corporate identities.

• Conceptualised and created all designs.
• Project managed all contracted graphic, web, and multimedia designs.
• Developed all visual and website designs within JAM360.
• Liaised with third party service providers on behalf of clients.
• Brainstormed in a team of creative directors to conceptualise solutions for current and future clients.
• Offered expertise and consulting in fields such as print, digital, TV, and 3D design.

• Western Australian Institute of Sport
• Drake Resources
• Healthy Life Fitness Centre’s
• Insite Commercial Interiors
• Wolfstar
• Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club
• Werrett Property Group
• Hartley Estate Winery

Head Designer
August 2005 - June 2006
IBC Digital offer custom website development, online solutions and provide internet services.

• Headed up a team of three who tasked with designing all company websites.
• Met with clients to discuss creative solutions for creative web design direction and on-line programming.
• Conceptualised and created all graphic mock-ups for client’s approval. 
• Created and oversaw all contracted graphic / web / multimedia designs 
• Developed all graphics and Flash designs within IBC.
• Worked as a part of a development team to create and test CSS / XHTML / and miscellaneous programming.
• Brainstormed in a team of creative directors to conceptualise solutions for current and future clients.

• Rotary Australia 
• Western Power 
• Spotless Group 
• Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre 
• Disabilities Services Commission 
• Nurses Board of WA
• Australian Institute of Management
• Hobson’s Publishing Jobguide 
• Australian Federal Government - Department of Education & Training
• Activ Industries
• City of Nedlands, Perth – Western Australian Government
• City of Vincent, Perth – Western Australian Government
• Termimesh 
• Zinc – Federation Square

Art Direction
2011 London, United Kingdom

2011 London, United Kingdom

English (Native)
Portuguese (Advanced)

Online Award: Two Years of Movember

AMI - Pitch Perfect Winner

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