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Bio.

An entrepreneurial spirited creative and visual problem solver, a student of all things digital, that loves to reside and explore outside set parameters in order to expand on visual, technical and behavioral comprehension. A true fan of procedural and programmatic design & animation, whereas guiding and letting the machines create, as well as the orthodox human I/O execution.

Christian is the creative director and founder at Blacksmith Co. a cg, design and animation studio located on the Westside, LA. Dedicated to building Blacksmith, piece by piece, into an international platform for creativity between radically different crafts, disciplines and lifestyles. Formerly he served as director of motion design at Deutsch LA where he helped build and manage a 12 people team of motion designers and engineers. Prior to coming to LA Christian loved hustling together with people he hold at highest regard, personally and professionally, while at various production shops and design boutiques in New York City, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden.

He helped judge The Webby Awards 2018 and continues to serve as a standing member of IADAS, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  Previously a member of the Art Directors Club as well as a sustaining member of AIGA. Christian, and teammate Jeremiah Dapkey, found themselves 1 out of 3 finalists in Cut&Paste — Characterized (old coverage by Wired), a 3D design battle that took place in 2013 at Anaheim Convention Center & Arena during Siggraph. Christian speak and help guide students at various design schools around the world and most recently he visited his alma matter Hyper Island, in Karlskrona, for a candid conversation with the motion design students.

Christian studied film, cinematography, character design and animation as well as digital sculpting at Gnonom School of Visual Effects and previously graduated from Hyper Island where he majored in design and technology.

 

"Christian is one of the best design directors I've worked with in my career. His eye for greatness and perfection shows in his work that spans from design, motion to film.

He is passionate and most importantly a great human being."

 

Xavier TEO
Global CREATIVE DIRECTOR, Anomoly
 

 
 Christian and John Fiorelli, founder of Cut&Paste @ Anaheim Convention Center.

Christian and John Fiorelli, founder of Cut&Paste @ Anaheim Convention Center.

 Cut&Paste

Cut&Paste

Industry awards

Cannes Lions
Cyber

One Show
Interactive Services

One Show
Branded Content Interactive

One Show
Other Digital Solutions

One Show
Product Specific Subsites Interactive

Webby Awards
Best use of Motion Graphics

Webby Awards
Consumer Package Goods

Webby Awards
Experimental & Innovation

Webby Awards
Mobile Services & Utilities

Webby Awards
Best User Interface

Effie Awards
Media Innovation Existing Channel

Cannes Lion Design
Digital, Websites

One Show
Interactive Utility

AICP
Next Awards Mobile

UX Awards

Think LA

Interactive IDEA Awards

Favorite Website Award
Website of the Day

Favorite Website Award
Mobile of the Day

Eyeblaster Awards
Summit Awards

Communicator Awards
Other

HOW Magazine’s Interactive
Annual Consumer Websites

Art Directors Club 84th
Annual Award

41st Creativity
Consumer Websites

40th Creativity
Website Consumer

40th Creativity
Annual Awards

39th Creativity
Design Annual Awards

16th Annual Communicator Awards

Pixel Awards
Magazines

Pixel Awards
Best in Show

Pixel Awards
Animation

Pixel Awards
Green

Pixel Awards
Automotive

w3 Awards
Computer / IT Hardware

Design Charts
Weekly Top 40

The Davey Awards

London International Awards

FITC Awards
Game Design


..And Counting

 

CLIENTS:

Keurig
Apple
Nike
LucasFilm
Puma
Nintendo
New York Times
Budweiser
Gatorade
Estee Lauder
Terry Richardson
Farmers Insurance
—more

Past:

2001-2002 — Digital Future, Karlskrona
2002-2004 — Hyper Island, Karlskrona
2002-2007 — Big Spaceship, Brooklyn
2005-2005 — Perfect Fools,  Stockholm
2007-2008 — Perfect Fools, New York
2008-2011 — Your Majesty Co., New York
2011 - 2012 — Milk, Gothenburg
2012-2015 — Deutsch, Los Angeles
2013-2018 — Gnomon School of VFX, Los Angeles, CA
2015-Present — Blacksmith Co.  Los Angeles, CA

 

Education:

2002-2004
Design & Technology
Hyper Island, Karlskrona

2013
Character Animation 1
Gnomon School of VFX, Hollywood, CA

2015
Digital Sculpting
Gnomon School of VFX, Hollywood, CA

2018
Character Animation 2
Gnomon School of VFX, Hollywood, CA