In Conversation with James Duru Awards Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners, and future judges, to talk about their journeys, inspirations and lessons learned in their professional careers. And beyond. 

In this show George Hedon, Founder of Pause Fest and Awards got to speak with James Duru, Creative Director at DesignStudio Sydney.

Over his career, he has worked for global clients across diverse industries. Past clients include The Premier League, Drivy, Treatwell, Airbnb, Sony Playstation, Nokia and Microsoft.

Alongside his work for DesignStudio, he plays an active role in the Australian creative and education spheres. Currently, he sits as Vice Chairman for AGDA and regularly lectures for UTS, Shillington and Billy Blue College.

James likes to give back to the creative industry a lot.

“It’s got nothing to do with what I do but who I am. It’s my dad. He was a teacher and all of his career he worked in special needs and secondary education and I saw him give all of himself to helping others. I think that really left an imprint on me.”

He likes the people that have a range of skills and experiences.

“The kind of work we do, branding and strategy requires a lot of flexibility. It means you need to be able to work through strategic proposition one day, head up, lead or participate in the workshop the other day and art directing illustrators or photographers the next.”

James noticed that Pause Awards are different from the traditional award categories.

“It feels very different. And it feels very different to everything else that is out there, whether that is category traditional or history of awards there is something interesting in recognising businesses that are really pushing themselves. Individuals that are really pushing their skills and business that change the way that we think what’s possible.”

James is inspired by Friction, tension and the rub between beliefs, opinions and actions. Where disagreement lives, opportunity exists.



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