Derek Ventling

You’ll find me somewhere in the creative process of research / teaching / design / craft almost daily. I enjoy collaborating with specialists and students in all related areas. I have high expectations of myself and those that work around me.

I know how to develop a syllabus, write a lesson plan, keep students engaged, and assess their work. I particularly enjoy a robust exchange throughout a creative project.

I know my way around design and advertising agencies; I have been a Mac jockey, strategist, copywriter, art director and creative director.

I am knowledgeable about Mac OS and relevant Adobe software. Photography has been a passion since I was 14; I know everything from old school darkroom techniques to digital realms.

I am foremost a craftsman and love working with my hands experimentally. I still harbour a passion for typography and form. I understand printmaking, e.g. letterpress, screenprint, lithography, to etching.

I am proficient in German, Swiss German, English, and speak a bit of French.

Some reference dates:
1985 Master of Science, Universität Zürich
1986 Eidg Vorkurs, Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich
1990 Eidg Fähigkeitszeugnis, Grafik, Zürich
1993 Design Director, Dashwood Design Auckland
1995 Creative Director, WCJ Zürich
1998 Founding Partner, Vivid Ltd Auckland
1999 Founding Partner & Creative Director, Gang Design Auckland
2012 Diploma in Secondary Teaching, University of Auckland
2013 Senior College Teacher, Pinehurst School, Albany
2014 Master of Philosophy Art & Design (first class honours), AUT University Auckland
2017 Doctor of Philosophy Art & Design, AUT University Auckland

Full CV upon request.