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Kieran Startup is a London based Graphic Designer working in the fields of Art Direction, Exhibition Design, Print, Video and Web Development. Graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2013 with a BA(Hons) Communication Design, he currently works as an Art Director at Hellicar&Lewis.

Available for freelance work on a project-by-project basis.

To get in touch please email or call me on +44 (0)759 431 4125

#mizxflux | Adidas | 2014

The mi ZX Flux installation was first installed at the Adidas Originals flagship store in Berlin as a means to demonstrate Adidas' shoe customisation app. The installation allowed users to tweet or instagram their own images in, with the resulting outcome projection-mapped onto the mi ZX Flux shoe.

Art direction of the graphical elements of the installation as well as the visual output to promote the event during the flagship store launch. This included the window vinyl wrap, teaser and call-to-action imagery along with video content.

With Hellicar&Lewis.

opti-ME* | Auto Italia South East | 2014

Signage for Auto Italia South East's exhibition opti-ME*, which ran from the 27th April — 25th May at their space in King's Cross. The identity developed was also used as stickers, which were used to secure boxes together forming seating for participants to use during events.

The opti-ME* exhibition and event series brought together a selection of creative workers to interrogate the role of the artist, both as model for radical change and as self-promotional strategist.

opti-ME* is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with: Justin Jaeckle, Pablo Jones-Soler, Annika Kuhlmann, Ingo Niermann, Paloma Proudfoot, Britta Thie, Sophie Wyatt, Julia Zange.

opti-ME*, Auto Italia, 2014. Images © Theo Cook.

Nike Feel TV | Nike | 2013

‘Feel TV’ was an interactive live broadcast which was part of Nike’s ‘Festival of Feel’ in Shoreditch, London, developed in collaboration with INT Works. The live broadcast enabled viewers to tweet in shout-outs and visual effects that effected the broadcast in real time.

Art Direction of the visual effects layered over the live broadcast and design / layout of teaser video's graphical elements.

With Hellicar&Lewis.

Porth y Swnt Aberdaron Visitor Centre | National Trust | 2013

Simplified tidal current map for the immediate area surrounding Aberdaron and Bardsey Island. To be included in the National Trust Henfaes Centre Porth y Swnt visitor centre, Wales.

With Hellicar&Lewis.

Civil Unrest in the Post-2008 Socio-Economic Climate | 2012

This essay looks at civil unrest as a generational struggle for recognition in the post-2008 socio-economic climate. Specifically it focuses on the timeframe between the Student Protests in late 2010, and the August Riots of 2011. By looking at such short timeframe the aim was to show that the Student Protests in some way informed what was to happen at the Riots.

Blue Magic | 2012

Inspired by the heroin bags from the 2007 film American Gangster, these postcards were made in a manner analogous to how the main character Frank Lucas conducts his business; where he cut out the suppliers and imported straight from Vietnam, we cut out the printers and handled everything from buying paper to distribution.

With Gareth Lindsay.

White Label Mixtape | 2013

Mixtape consisting of all white label vinyl records owned by myself and Gareth Lindsay. The tracklist is ordered chronologically by date of purchase. The A-Side features all the white label A-Sides whilst the B-Side features all the white label B-Sides. Red sticker denotes A-Side.

With Gareth Lindsay.

Deconstructed Hockney | 2013

An attempt to remove the splash from David Hockney's 'A Bigger Splash' painting using Adobe Photoshop's Content-Aware Tool.

Communication Design Website | The Glasgow School of Art | 2013

Website for The Glasgow School of Art's 2013 graduating Communication Design course. The layout reflected the form of the graduating years catalogue, with each of the three specialism's images being split across a different axis.

RGB Mono | 2014

In the first iteration of this installation at Good Press Gallery in Monorail Music, we hosted a table tennis tournament as a homage to the gallery's former purpose. The installation featured a camera suspended above the table, streaming live video to a laptop, which in turn live-streamed the video to the other two laptops via uStream. With each laptop running a Processing sketch, the live video was split into either it's red, green or blue channel and projected back into the space overlaid on itself, thus producing a full RGB image.

While this was largely a digital project, the event-based context did facilitate the opportunity to create a promotional poster that reflected the roots of the project and the medium of print. Using a four-colour blend we mixed process magenta, yellow, cyan and magenta in order to make red, green and blue.

With Gareth Lindsay and Ben Lerchin.

Subject Matter | 2012

A collection of work created with the sole intention of being displayed within the context of an exhibition/ event set to the soundtrack of a systematic playlist of vinyl played in ascending bpm order.

Exhibiting items included; Blue Magic polemic postcards; An overprinted risograph architectural drawing in collaboration with Jordan Stocks; Ten fold architectural plans; Self-assembled catalog; Plaster cast of Graphic KR magazine grid; Pastiche jeans prints; Free mixtape.

With Gareth Lindsay.

2-4-1 Recession Buster Business Card | 2013

2-4-1 perforated business card merging segments of myself and Gareth Lindsay's business cards.

With Gareth Lindsay.

Immaterial Labour Isn't Working #13 | Auto Italia South East | 2013

Commissioned by Huw Lemmey in partnership with Auto Italia South East for Immaterial Isn't Working, "a series of talks, texts and online contributions from artists, activists, technologists and writers examining how digital technology is changing our political and productive selves."

Freesheet featuring texts written by Tom Athanasiou on the subject of automation in the workplace.

Pixel Sorted Gradients | 2012

Experiments undertaken in order to rearrange the order of pixels in a gradient. The brightness, hue and saturation values were randomized and the images were sorted within these constraints.