THIS IS WHAT
MAKES US GRIN
What we love to do
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.
ALICE SHAWSenior Graphic Designer
After five years of living in Norway, Alice came to Grin with an international freelance background. She spent her time abroad working on magazines, advertising and illustration, and even ran her own screen-printing business.
When she is not in the studio, Alice fills her time creating things – making crocheted cacti, doing pottery, sewing and building furniture. That’s when she’s not out on the netball court, working in the veggie garden or in the park with her kelpies, Red and Ollie.
DARREN RICHMONDSenior Graphic Designer
With more than 12 years’ experience within large and small design agencies, including some time running his own, Darren likes to mix a wealth of creative knowledge with a ton of technical know-how to make the tastiest design cakes. He is also quite the whiz at digital and web work.
When he’s not pushing pixels, you may find him annoying people on his skateboard, drawing tattoos or cooking a feast fit for a queen.
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.
AUDREY CHANAccount Manager
There is no denying Audrey’s enthusiasm and passion for her clients, delivering quality service and building relationships. Her infectious energy, coupled with a conscientious nature, ensures she gets the most out of the Grin studio for each client.
Like other millennials, Audrey has an unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter, T-Swizz, 90s nostalgia and taking photos of her food.
KRISTA SHOGRENAccount Manager
She travelled halfway around the world just so she could spend some time in the Grin office, making life easier for our clients. Krista began her career at a small advertising agency in San Francisco, but, after three years, decided she was ready for a new adventure and washed up on our shores.
The Aussie sunshine agrees with our office exercise junkie – check out under her desk and you might just find a yoga mat – as do the brews. She’s got a taste for craft beer, especially the ones out of Deschutes Brewery in her hometown of Bend in Oregon, but we’re trying to bring her around to Melbourne’s array of micro beverages. It shouldn’t take long.
Carrie has worked in the media all her adultlife, both in Australia and overseas, for titles including Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Wallpaper* and Vogue.
Alongside tales of adventure, she writes about food, design and celebrity folk. She’s been a member of the get lost team since 2013.
NIKOLA SARBINOWSKIDeputy Editor
Nikola joined the get lost team in 2012 in the hopes of spending her days reading and writing about the world, and putting her media and comms degree to good use. The plan worked. These days she writes for and assists in editing the magazine, oversees its social media channels and website and works with Grin Creative to create copy for a range of clients.
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