The Pack

Five dogs, one stop kennel!

The team of creative individuals is the integral link in the Small Dog Design chain.  A successful design studio must have creative and professional designers and developers at its helm in order to bring to life a client’s requirements. Small Dog Design is proud of its team as they are able to do just that.

Designers and developers at the Kennel have University training with individuals holding graphic design and IT / web development qualifications. Our team have not only the qualifications and creativity, but the outlook and maturity to provide Small Dog’s service philosophy. In addition, and as a manifestation of the Small Dog vision, personnel (directors and employees alike) share the desire to make design and web accessible and approachable through positive client relationships.

Small Dog Design believes that commitment comes from recognition and reward, but that the best rewards are those that are intrinsic to the work. Challenging and varied projects help keep staff interested and stimulate creativity. With a wide variety of clients and over 100 different projects “on the go” on any given day, designers at Small Dog find every day different and rewarding. A sense of satisfaction is always present when projects are completed and the finished product presented.

Darren Collinson

Studio Manager / Graphic Designer

Darren moved to Ballarat in 1989 and completed a Diploma of Visual Arts, majoring in Graphic Design, at Ballarat University (Ballarat College of Advanced Education back then!).

From 1992 to 1998 he worked in advertising and design, first as a graphic designer and, later, as Studio Manager of a  local design studio. He worked on a myriad of press/print projects for local, national and international clients. He also became a sessional lecturer at Ballarat TAFE.

In 1998 he moved to Mildura to set up his own studio, Area 25 Design. While managing all aspects of the design and print processes, he gained valuable business experience. As well as running his own studio, employing two staff members, he undertook a lecturing position at LaTrobe University in Mildura.

Returning to Ballarat in May 2000, Darren became a partner in Small Dog Design, embracing all of the challenges of managing a studio. He continues to enjoy the rewards of working with a great pack, and the pride of seeing such quality projects produced at the Kennel.

Brendan Calleja

IT Solutions / Business Development

While continuing to run Viatek ICT (formally B&D Technology) after 16 years, Brendan brings a successful approach to business management and a wealth of knowledge in IT and Communications to the Small Dog team.

With a team of over 50 in the ICT business (across multiple sites in Victoria), Brendan has a strong understanding of all aspects of the business, allowing the delivery of everything from System maintenance, Network security, Unified communications, Networking infrastructure, Servers, email, Remote monitoring and management, Consulting and Cloud hosting.  All supported by a team of on-site technicians.

Viatek ICT, operates a state of the art Help Desk, located within the same building as Small Dog, ensuring any issues that arise are resolved in a timely manner, to the highest standards.

Michelle Ryrie

Senior Graphic Designer

Born and bred in Ballarat, Michelle completed a degree in Visual Arts majoring in Graphic Design, at the University of Ballarat. Upon graduation she took up a position as part of the in-house design team at Sovereign Hill, Australia’s award-winning tourist attraction.

After 7 years at Sovereign Hill, Michelle chose to diversify her portfolio by relocating to a large local design studio. Here she managed all aspects of design and production for a broad client base, working on diverse projects at local, national and international levels.

In early 2007, Michelle joined the pack at Small Dog, bringing valuable experience in managing projects ‘from concept to completion’, and effecting creative yet practical design solutions. Michelle’s methodical approach and perfectionist nature ensures projects are completed to the highest quality.

Michelle has a great talent for understanding clients’ needs and developing designs that really connect with both clients and with the wider public. Michelle has received international acclaim, having her logos for Ear Nose Throat Ballarat, UFS Baby Club, Meridian Alliance and Tree House Domaine selected for publication in various volumes of the international design publication, LogoLounge.

Brandon Aranyosi

Designer/Developer

Bounding in from Geelong, Brandon completed a degree in Communication Design with First Class Honors at Swinburne University. On graduation, he worked as a part of an in-house design team, specialising in packaging and production, where he managed projects from beginning to end for some of Australia’s biggest retail outlets.  

A keen interest in motorsport has also seen his experience grow in the areas of signage, photography and design of vehicle graphics. This quickly progressed into also developing commercially viable websites for motorsport teams, used to distribute timely information to shareholders and fans alike. 

In 2013, after 5 years of industry experience, Brandon joined the pack at Small Dog. He brings with him a wealth of experience in corporate branding, packaging design and project management. Brandon prides himself on developing creative solutions based on a clear understanding of clients’ needs and their point of difference, in order to connect with their target demographic. 

Leigh Ericksen

Designer/Developer

After completing his Advanced Diploma in Graphic Arts (Graphic Design) at the University of Ballarat in 2007, Leigh began his career in Graphic Design at a Ballarat based boutique studio that specialised primarily in branding and advertising.

In 2010, Leigh moved into the publishing world, working on an array of projects including a number of international magazine titles, web developments, digital media and advertising for some of the world’s largest consumer electronics manufacturers. Also having experience in garment design and production, Leigh has a broad understanding of different media and production techniques.

Leigh was welcomed into the Small Dog kennel in 2013, bringing with him his extensive knowledge in layout, time-management and the desire to always go above and beyond clients’ expectations.