Denny Kurien

Digital Art Director

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Award-winning Art Director, with 14 years of experience in both traditional and digital advertising, design, animation, and interactive media. Very passionate about the Big Idea.

Strong understanding of user-experience design, motion-graphics design, social media, interactive media (Flash & HTML 5), web-banners, mobile app design, and 3D / 2D animation (for web & tv). Worked on high-profile brands, and have supervised teams of designers and developers to provide high-impact creative (from concept to execution) across the print, web, television, and mobile space.

Work Experience

Rayvn Design

Creative Director & Co-founder

This is a company that I started with two other partners. Rayvn is a multi-disciplinary design studio specializing in branding, web design, user experience design, digital strategy, animation and architectural pre-visualization for our clients.
January 2018 - Present Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cleansheet Communications

Digital Creative & Social Media Director

Working on new business for Cleansheet & Bestlight media. Providing digital & social media creative strategy to all of our existing clients : Janes Food, Ontario Place, TVO, Canadian Tire, Jumpstart, Marriot, Eastlink,
and George Brown College.
September 2016 - Present Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spin Master

Digital Creative & Strategic Director

I provided “big-vision” thinking to all the 52 toy brands in the
Spin Master portfolio. In particular: led the digital & social media
strategy in connecting Paw Patrol to parents of pre-schoolers,
and increasing email subscription. Revamped the digital userexperience
(UX) for the Spin Master D2C site to lessen shopping
cart abandonment. Digital & Social media launch for Hatchimals,
Bunchems, and Kinetic Sand Webisodes.
February 2016 - September 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cleansheet Communications

Digital Art Director

Clients: Canadian Tire, Canadian Olympic Commission, Creemore Springs Brewery, Government of Canada, ole Music Publishing, Go-RVing, George Brown College, CAA, Canadian Pacific, Upper Canada College, Wind Mobile, Janes Food,Sentry Investments, and CMC Markets.
May 2010 - February 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Denny Kurien Studios

Freelance Designer & Animator

Clients: Smokes Poutinerie, Maroli, Chartwells (Compass Group USA), urbanMetrics, Collabra, MOBGEN, Pocket Zebrea, Universal Financing Services, Spike TV.urbanMetrics, Collabra, MOBGEN, Pocket Zebra, Universal Financing Services, Spike TV.
July 2008 - May 2010 Ontario, Canada

Soho Post Production

Art Director + VFX Artist / Animator

Clients: Motorola, Panasonic, AXE, Robax, Ralmolive, Government of Canada.
October 2004 - July 2008 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mr. X Inc

VFX Artist + 3D Animator

VFX Artist & 3D Animator for the following movies: Movies: Resident Evil,
Dawn of the Dead, Cube Zero, What the Bleep do we know, and Spymate
July 2003 - July 2004 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Commercial Bank Of Kuwait

Marketing Officer + Designer

Marketing officer and liaison between Ad Agencies, vendors, and CBK. Projects include design & development of marketing collaterals for Visa Infinite Cards, Kids Account, Privilege Account, Starnet, and CBK Online Banking
November 1999 - April 2002 Kuwait, Kuwait

Education

Academy Of Art University (AAU)

Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Advertising

MFA Degree in Advertising with emphasis on Art Direction. 3 year course taken online.
January 2005 - March 2008 San Francisco, California, United States

Vancouver Film School

Certificate in 3D Character Animation

Certificate in 3D Character Animation. Softwares used: Softimage & Maya
April 2002 - May 2003 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

University Of Denver

Bachlor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Graphics Design

BFA Degree in Graphics Design. Graduated with Honors - Cum Laude - GPA 3.75
September 1996 - June 1999 Denver, Colorado, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Awards

Canadian Marketing Association

CMA Awards: Advertising - Canadian Tire

2014

Canadian Marketing Association

CMA Awards: Community Engagement - Canadian Tire

2014

Advertising & Design Club Of Canada

ADCC Awards: Advertising Integrated Campaign - Canadian Tire

2014

Tastings World Beer Packaging Award

4 medals for Mad & Noisy packaging

2013

3D Awards

Best 3D Student Animation for BROC LEE

2003

Skills

3D Animation, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash CS5, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier PRO, Branding And Identity, Concept Development, Creative Strategy , Microsoft Power Point, Motion Graphics, Presentation Skills, User Interface Design, Website Design, Adobe After Effects CS5, Adobe Encore, Adobe Flash Catalyst, Adobe Sound Booth, Apps, Brand Building, Campaign Development, Client Presentation, Creative Leadership, Social Media Integration,

Noteworthy

Co-Organizer of the Creative Advertising Meetup Group of Toronto
Designed postage stamps for Kuwait
Professionally trained voice-actor. Records voice-over gigs on fiverr.com
Completed a 6 week improv class at Second City.
Has a wife, son, and a dog named “Mr. Pickles”