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Designworks on a recruiting roll

Designworks' latest recruitment drive sees its ranks swell by four, with the appointment of two new design specialists at each of the Auckland and Wellington offices.

Mark Bensemen has joined the company’s Auckland branch as a Design Leader while Bridget Taylor has been appointed Spatial Designer.

In the firm’s Wellington office, Anais Ardid is Designworks’ new Design Strategist and Frank MacFarlane a senior Digital Producer – Interactive.

“Designworks has pushed hard this year to grow its expert skill base across the full range of design disciplines,” says chief executive Sven Baker.

“This reflects our commitment to offering an innovative and strategically focused full-service package that encompasses brand strategy and design right through to interactive and retail environments.”

Bensemen has more than 20 years’ experience in branding and design throughout Australasia, including working on major projects such as development of a wide range of export brands through NZ Trade & Enterprise’s Better By Design programme.

Taylor brings extensive experience in retail and design projects ranging from large retail roll-outs to small boutique stores.

With a degree from Central Saint Martins in London, Ardid has taught master classes in Design Research at the Institute of European Design along with working at major design agencies. Her most recent role at Fiche Consulting involved exploring the future of tax and technology for the IRD.

MacFarlane, comes to Designworks fresh from five years at VFX Weta Digital where he managed complex international projects such as feature films Planet of the Apes and soon to be released Tintin.

Frank MacFarlane, Bridget Taylor, Anais Ardid and Mark Bensemen