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Brand conscious creativity.

There is no such thing as creativity in isolation.

Brand conscious creativity recognises that everything is connected for the brand and those who engage with it. We’re always conscious of the business problems that need solving and always conscious of the brand’s role in its market and its impact.

News

Futago lures Mark Ringer as Chief Creative and Partner from Singapore. 2021 brings in exciting changes with Mark joining our leadership team. His appointment adds breadth and depth to our existing team, with his experiences including leading a design network out of London, and multinational advertising agencies in Hong Kong and Singapore. 

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Read about Parks and Wildlife Tasmania

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania

Web, Government

Read about Spring Bay Mill

Spring Bay Mill

Brand, Business

Read about Fat Pig Farm

Fat Pig Farm

Web, Business

Clients

The brands we work with come from Tasmania, the nation, and Asia.
Lark Distillery
Fat Pig Farm
The Bowmont
Hop Products Australia
Spring Bay Mill
Handmark
Pudding Lane
Bruny Island Beer
Designful
Pagan Cider
Clemens Hill
Bear With Me
Quiet Mutiny
Launceston Distillery
Gandy & Roberts Engineers
Essential Oils of Tasmania
Parks and Wildlife Tasmania
Department of State Growth
Clarence City Council
Department of Education
Service Tasmania
ACT Government
City of Yarra
Hobart City Council
Launceston City Council
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
Royal Hobart Hospital
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of Health and Human Services
Terrapin
Advocacy Tasmania
Peregrine School
Launceston Church Grammar
Open House Hobart
Australian Institute of Architects (Tas)
Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival
Teachers Registration Board
Wine Tasmania
Business Events Tasmania
Tasmanian Polar Network
Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Island Magazine
Aurora
Dark Sky

Process

We have developed a process that carefully and methodically works through design problems. It’s inherently collaborative and relies on input, feedback and comment from our client to ensure our proposed solution is relevant, appropriate and successful.

As much about the project, context and client as possible. We look for insights and review previous projects to help define the best approach.

Our approach to the design brief, the tone and direction for the project, and what a successful outcome will look like.

Turning ideas into reality. We test, visualize and iterate many options to establish the most successful. Feedback from our customers helps us refine our designs for the next stage.

This is where we make it happen. Final decisions are made, production is underway and we ensure everything is finished down to the last detail.

In collaboration with our client, we evaluate the project outcome and measure how successful it’s been. And iterate and improve on future work.

People

Futagoites hail from near and far —some of us have migrated from interstate or overseas, while others are from closer to home. We’re a talented bunch with expertise in amazingly diverse creative industries.

Leadership

  • Daniel Zika
  • Kate Owen
  • Mark Ringer

Daniel Zika

Managing Director

daniel.zika@futago.com.au
0419 325 412

A Brunswick boy, with Czech and Ukrainian heritage, Daniel’s creative career began in his early teens when he started a film society and school newspaper at Melbourne’s Uni High.

Always multi-talented, he spent time doing photography, making films and acting, and then worked professionally in theatre as a lighting designer. By 2001 he was one of Australia’s youngest arts festival Production Managers, with Ten Days on the Island.

His diverse background brings a unique combination of creative direction, appreciation of design and strategic business thinking.

Daniel’s our primary client contact and leads initial strategic and design thinking on projects. He works closely with our designers and developer to ensure our projects are always on target.

With a particular interest in business improvement he cites the privilege of completing the Leadership 21 course through Melbourne Business School, at Mt Eliza Executive Education as a recent career highlight.

His strength is realising creative ideas and leading clients through strategic thinking to truly understand their business vision.

Kate Owen

Design Director

kate.owen@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Growing up on a farm, on the spectacular north-west coast, Kate had plenty of opportunity to develop a creative imagination.

As Design Director and original co-founder, Kate leads our creative direction and drives innovation in design and graphic approach in responding to our client briefs. She has an appreciation for all areas of design, established from her dual degree in architecture and environmental design, as well as her interest in the arts.

Kate is passionate about the creative industries and nurturing young Tasmanian designers, as well as demonstrating how design can help grow Tasmania’s newly celebrated assets of food, boutique beverages and tourism.

She has had a long-standing involvement with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), having held the roles of board member, Vice-President and President (Tasmania). She is also a member of Interpretation Australia and the global organisation Society of Experiential Graphic Design.

Mark Ringer

Chief Creative

mark.ringer@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Born in Adelaide, Mark has held Executive Creative Director positions in both design and advertising multi-nationals in Singapore, London and Hong Kong.

He has worked on some of the world’s most famous brands from Mastercard to Volkswagen, Canon to Levi’s, Shangri-La to Nestle.

His work has been recognized at major industry shows including Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show and the Effies, including a coveted Grand Effie.

He has sat on industry juries in London, Cannes, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

In 2017 his first book, The Leap was published. In punchy, pocketbook format it divulges high-value philosophies of creative companies.

To better understand business problems and gain more tools to solve them, Mark recently became certified as a Certified Chair by the Advisory Board Centre.

He holds a Level 2 Award (Distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust – the disingenuous suggest a tactical undertaking to justify innumerable hangovers.

Mark has a fondness for Tasmania that defies objectivity.

Digital, design & support team

Niall Williams

Digital Projects Manager

niall.williams@futago.com.au

03 6223 7678

Yinmin Pan

Developer

yinmin.pan@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Khoi Nguyen

Developer

khoi.nguyen@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Aaron Cuneo

Senior Designer

aaron.cuneo@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Julie Turnbull

Designer

julie.turnbull@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678

Chelsea Smith

Studio Co-ordinator

chelsea.smith@futago.com.au

03 6223 7678

Kate Grieve

Studio Bookkeeper

admin@futago.com.au
03 6223 7678