PROFILE

Stephen Van Elst is an internationally award-winning Immersive Experience Director with extensive industry experience, including London-based appointments with Fitch Worldwide and the Imagination Group where he led teams in London, New York and Detroit.

He returned to Australia in 2003 and worked as Creative Director for SEE agency and Spinifex Sydney across a variety of projects including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Stephen joined Iloura (now Method Studios) in 2008 and was instrumental in reshaping the creative offering, as well as building Boffswana, the award-winning experiential technology division.

Having moved to Los Angeles in 2013 as ECD of Spinifex North America and later promoted to Chief Creative Officer in 2017. 

Stephen rejoined Imagination in 2019 as Global Creative Innovation Director and  leads his team with new and exciting opportunities in the exciting frontier of Experiential digital media.

EDUCATION
University of Ballarat 

Graduated – 1998
Major – Graphic Design & Multimedia
Minor – Drawing

Bachelor of Visual Arts
EXPERIENCE
Imagination (Global)- 2019

Global Creative Innovation DIrector

Spinifex Group (Global)- 2017

CCO – Chief Creative Officer

Spinifex Group (Global)- 2012

Executive Creative Director

Iloura/Method Studios (AUS) – 2008

Creative Director

Spinifex Group (AUS)- 2007

Creative Director

SEE Agency (AUS)- 2003

Creative Director

Imagination (UK)- 2000

Senior Art Director

Fitch Worldwide (UK)- 1999

Senior Art Director

 
SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
Graphic design, 3D animation, 3d visualization, Space design, motion design, interaction design, experience design, brand strategy, brand communication, user experience,
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Merged/MIxed Reality, Gesture based systems.

 

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