The Pack

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.

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. Darren is now the sole Director and runs the business day to day, including job and staff management, art direction, quality control, accounts, client liaison, as well as graphic design work.

Brandon Aranyosi

Designer/Developer

Heading up the Geelong Kennel, 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.

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, Tree House Domaine and Grampians Podiatry Clinic selected for publication in various volumes of the international design publication, LogoLounge.

Mick Warke

Designer

Mick is a Ballarat local and graduated design studies in 2009, but his love of design started long before. He has a background in web and print design and vast experience designing for customer-facing retail which has strengthened his understanding of brand touch-points from digital to print. Mick’s inquisitive nature pushes him to go the extra mile to deliver smart solutions for clients, and his desire to know how things work means his skills are ever-growing.

After 10 years designing in-house for some major global retail brands, Mick joined the pack in 2019 with a desire to help others build their business and connect to their customers through clever branding.

Four dogs, one stop kennel!

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.