Hi, my name is Justin Flowers, I live in Melbourne, Australia and have worked in the Design/Advertising Industry for nearly two decades.
I started my career as an apprentice compositor/typesetter at the Ballarat Courier. After successfully completing my apprenticeship (Victorian Apprentice of the Year) I moved to Melbourne and accepted a position at Gasworks, which at the time was a part of the Young & Rubican advertising group.
Following stints are Show Ads and DDB Needham I was offered a senior digital artist/systems manager position at George Patterson Bates (part of the Bates Doreland Group at the time). At Bates I was given the opportunity to maintain a studio of 12 staff, also four designers/finished artist at AdTown (The retail arm of the agency), handling all the IT infrastructure with the creative services department. During my time at Bates I was also part of a team that put in place a full pre-press department to manage the output of clients such as Ansett Airlines, National Australia Bank and Pampas Pastry for Goodman Fielder.
After two years at Bates in I left the agency in 1999 to travel and have operated as a freelance digital artist/Adobe software trainer since. Whilst freelancing I have also managed numerous studios, including M&C Saatchi & BoilerRoom, both of which were a great success.
FMCG packaging has also been a significant part of my workload over the past 10 years, having spent extended periods of time at Blue Marlin, Passport/Jet (Coles re-branding) and recently red-building the production department at Cowan Melbourne.
In 2011 I created a start-up business selling fresh market produce (everything from bread, seafood, deli goods to craft beer and coffee) to the public of inner city Melbourne. Mercatus Produce was the most challenging role I have ever undertaken, building a brand from the ground up, as a result I learnt more in three years running my own business that the previous 17.
The future, who knows... in the meantime follow me on Spotify, if got great taste in music!