Is Austin Creative?
Hello, my name is Austin Robey.
I am passionate about moving people and ideas together to bring creative projects to life.
I am interested in multidisciplinary and multimedia approaches to problem solving.
I am inspired by the intersection of the digital & physical, design & technology.
Here Are Some Things I’ve Done:
User Interface Design & Branding
As part of a larger project of creating branding assets (logo, name, copy), I designed the user interface for a seed-stage music platform. I created this video presentation and also wrote and recorded the songs featured in the video. Yes, that’s me shredding. \m/ \m/
I have worked with graphic designer, illustrator, and art director, Timothy Goodman on a variety of projects translating two dimensional artwork and illustrations into tangible, 3d printed objects for photographing. Clients included Fast Company and Esquire Magazine.
Event and Experiential Design
I’ve worked on a variety of projects designing physical brand activations and events. I’ve worked in a freelance capacity for agencies like MKG and Mirrorball and have also taken on some projects as a sole proprietor. Clients included Delta Air Lines, MAC Cosmetics, Dos Equis, and more.
I can be pretty enterprising. In 2012, I created Make Mode with a friend and launched in my bedroom. One angry landlord, several years, and many partnerships later, we bootstrapped our way to a busy thriving studio with a pretty impressive book of business and $150,000+ worth of state of the art fabrication equipment. I may not have walked away from Make Mode with a large fortune, but I was able to take away a wealth of experience and all the soft and hard skills I learned along the way.
I’ve taught several design classes and participated in round tables, panels, lunch & learns, workshops and everything in between. Sometimes these have been at schools like FIT, Parsons, Pratt, or Columbia – while others have been corporate workshops on 3d printing at offices including AOL and Pentagram. I have also created a website called Pixel Practice where I host and promote my own classes.
Client: Fisher Price
The #MOMMYs are six toy-like trophies that honor moms for milestones that babies go through in their development. Each award was 3D printed and photographed for social media, where people nominated moms by tagging them to the posts. I managed the design and production of these pieces and ensured the creative vision of the client was properly reflected in the final products. The result was the best performing social campaign for Fisher Price.
Sweet Me Time
I managed production of three accessories for Skinny Cow ice cream for a photoshoot, with 50 additional made as giveaways. I worked with designer, Fleet Hower, to translate a deck into a series functional pieces used for Skinny Cow’s Sweet Me Time campaign. Nestle executives liked these quite a bit and requested more for their corporate retreat. Timeline: 2 weeks
Make Mode teamed up with designer Fleet Hower to design and produce a set of 3d printed hula dolls for AutoTrader’s all digital campaign. Each hula doll was customized to be a likeness of an influencer and shared via social channels. Over a dozen custom figurines were created in 3 weeks.
While at Pamela Love, I used a range of digital design tools including Rhinoceros, Maya, and Zbrush to create a wide range of jewlery pieces including necklaces, cuffs, rings, breastplates, and bangles. All designs were 3d printed in wax and then cast in metal. Stockists include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks 5th Avenue, and Barneys.
Dita’s Gown is the world’s first fully articulated 3d printed dress, exhibited in the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. I prepared the digital file for 3d printing in parts and created instructions for assembly. The Everything Forever Belt is designed in Maya and 3D printed in steel. Through prototyping and iterating, I engineered the belt hardware for production-ready functionality.
I have a Bachelors of Architecture from Pratt Institute – and although I chose not follow a traditional career path in architecture, I greatly value my experience in architecture. In many ways, studying architectural design boils down to learning how to solve problems with constraints – with the tools and pedagogy directly applying to several parallel creative fields.
I created an original product line of 24 custom designed and printed emoji. These highly customizable products were produced on demand and frequently were branded for event giveaways. These were made just for fun, but ended up generation nearly $100,000 in revenue with no paid marketing. Based on their success, I considered marketing these products more aggressively, but decided not to. I’d rather continue to make things rather than being in the unauthorized emoji manufacturing business.
Biggie Bank. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Notorious P.I.G. A friend and I came up with this idea and I decided to make it.
I designed a set of 24 NYC neighborhood iPhone cases. This is the “Chelsea” case.
Custom wall-mounted keyholder: Modeled in Maya and 3D printed in black PLA plastic.
I designed and fabricated this bowtie for CFDA award winning studio, Public School NYC. Carmelo Anthony wore this at the Met Gala. Nas got a white one.
3D Printed and fabricated custom typography for a Montefiore commercial. Printed in black ABS plastic with acrylic supports.
Cover design for Woman’s Day Magazine 80th birthday issue made from custom made 3d printed cookie cutters. Working with the baking team in the Hearst corporate kitchen was fun.
3D data visualization map. This particular map is representing precipitation levels in the continental US.
What People Are Saying About Me
“Austin is making a ruckus.” – Seth Godin, best selling author
“When Austin says he is going to do something, you know he’s actually going to do it.” – Kristi, Austin’s roommate
More About Me
- I studied architecture, but I don’t think architecture is very different from fashion design, or marketing. We are all in the business of telling stories.
- I believe that the best creative outputs result from thoughtful, collaborative, and iterative processes.
- I don’t say “that’s impossible.”
- I believe that obstacles can present unexpected and exciting new opportunities.
- I am confident about making decisions, but value humility. I solicit criticism and think there is something to learn from everyone.
- My favorite celebrity is Gordon Ramsay.
Clients I’ve Done Work For
Google, Public School NYC, Rag & Bone, Refinery 29, YouTube, Amazon, MAC Cosmetics, CBS, MTV, Fusion, AOL, GoDaddy, American Express, Urban Outfitters, Macys, GILT, PayPal, MoMa, Milk Studios, Bloomberg, Delta Air Lines, Woman’s Day Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Fast Company
Agencies & Creatives
360i, MKG, Mirrorball, Havas Worldwide, Big Spaceship, Good Sense and Co, Droga5, Critical Mass, Huge, Publicis.Sapient, Magnetic, Kantar, Invisible North, Partners + Napier, Interbrand, The 88, Studio Bitonti, Sagmeister & Walsh, Timothy Goodman
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