THIS IS WHAT
MAKES US GRIN
What we love to do
We are a design studio. An ad agency. Magazine publishers. Strategy authors. Creative thinkers. We imagine and reimagine brands. Our aim is to help our clients surprise, delight and inspire their audiences through clever and clear communications. We love what we do. And so do our clients.
How we do it
Whether you’re looking for us to create, evolve or maintain your brand,
we deliver. We deliver because we pay close attention to our clients’ needs
and business objectives. By listening and asking the right questions we’re
able to create effective, strategically led design that works.
It’s that simple.
Who’s doing it
Creativity (and happiness) is at the core of what we do,
and that can’t be achieved without a great bunch of hard-working
people. We are brand strategists, artists, comedians,
designers, copywriters, musicians, marketers and project
managers who work collaboratively to guide the
design and development of your brand.
Justin’s a hands-on kind of guy. He likes to work closely with clients, figuring out exactly what they need, and overseeing his team to make sure they get it. He’s passionate about top-notch work with personalised service, and founded the agency with that vision in mind, way back in 1997.
He believes that an enjoyable work place is an effective one – especially when it comes to creative thinking – and he’s worked to bring fun and positivity into every aspect of the business. Even the agency’s name.
ERICA MARKUSGeneral Manager
With her broad experience, passion and bona-fide enthusiasm, it’s no wonder Erica fits right in. Experience-wise, she’s worked on all sorts of accounts across all sectors, with a particular interest in the corporate field.
Like most exceptional General Managers, she’s a problem solver at heart and finds amusement in the most mundane of activities – organising, gathering data and compiling results.
Other things that excite her include travel, yoga and her obsession with dogs, particularly the office mascot, Hurley.
LUKE FRASERCreative Director
Luke’s done most of what you’d expect from a top Creative Director. He studied at the Swinburne National School of Design. He’s had more than 10 years’ experience in the industry. And he’s spoken at the world-renowned Semi Permanent design conference.
But unlike other people in his role, Luke’s co-published a t-shirt magazine and received three ARIA nominations for best artwork.
If all that wasn’t shocking enough, his interests include Halloween, Christmas and collecting things like Masonic memorabilia and antique taxidermy.
IVAN VALACHOVICProduction Manager
Feared by printers for his attention to detail, Ivan provides dependability at the last stage of the design process to ensure the best end-product.
‘Ivan the Terrible’ is also particular about personal tastes. When he's not scaring print houses, he’s testing waiters with his order of Lady Grey Tea (served at precisely 60 degrees, black with one sugar and in a glass, thanks) and freshly baked bread (that means still hot).
He also speaks fluent Slovak, conversational Czech and a smattering of French.
KARL MAUTNERFinished Artist
When it comes to design meeting production, Karl is our merger man. He’s reliable, persistent and painstakingly zealous.
Not content with being just a great designer, he has other talents and hobbies at which he excels. These include writing the greatest follow-up album of all time, adding to his collection of sci-fi art books, growing pumpkins and teaching his five-year-old daughter to do as he says and not as he does.
OLLY RAGGATTAdvertising Manager
Olly has spent more than 5 years in ad sales across numerous publications, from travel and music to broader lifestyle titles. Though an SA native, work has taken Olly to New South Wales’ sunny climes, and now he finds himself in Victoria.
Outside of work he digs good music, good beer, good food, hanging with his dog Morty and watching Tony Modra highlights on YouTube (Go Crows).
SAMANTHA KODILAAssistant Editor
Sam started as an intern at get lost, and so impressive was her enthusiasm and understanding of what the mag is all about, we decided to keep her!
She’s written features, come to grips with our social media and penned copy for some of Grin Creative’s most important clients.
HANK JAMIESONOffice Mascot
Client liaison is Hank’s forte and whilst he has an unfortunate resting B face it is no indication of his eagerness to please. He also has a shoe fetish.
“Grin Creative was appointed as our design agency and with limited time and very strict guidelines was able to produce several designs that complemented the different type of stores Myer had. On presentation to Myer they made no changes and were extremely excited about the new cutting-edge design, and we were able to complete the rollout within the given time frame. During the design process I found the team at Grin not only extremely easy to work with but more importantly they treated the project as if it was their own and really went out of their way to ensure we had the correct design. The commitment shown during this process was no doubt the best I have seen from any external supplier we have ever dealt with.”
GENERAL MANAGER, VIRGIN ENTERTAINMENT