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Let’s Talk About …. Animation – Lunch and Learn with UCOL

May 15 @ 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM


Join us for the second of our “Let’s Talk About…..” lunch and learn events, brought to you by Business Whanganui Key Regional Partners, UCOL.

Session overview: AI, visual communication and animated personality for business, education and pleasure…

  • A look at the history –  icon and animated AI interaction
  • Easy AR (Augmented Reality) with Eyejack
  • Overview of Adobe creative cloud and the benefits it provides through AI
  • Building illustrated concept art with AI
  • Creating your animated character video for free… and all in eight minutes
  • Question time

About our Presenter: Phillip Andrews – Lecturer in Design UCOL

BIO: Qualifications – Masters degree in Visual Communication (Massey)

Background – After design school (Wellington Polytechnic) Phillip launched into advertising as an Art Director in Wellington, then later moving to London where he specialized in DM (Direct Marketing). This role required the development of campaign concepts for national and international corporate based clients.

Next move was back to New Zealand freelancing as a graphic designer, illustrator and part-time tutor at the Wellington Design school. Projects undertaken during this time were stamp design, cover and poster art plus illustrated character development such as KIWISPORT (Hillary commission). Moving to UCOL in 1998 to take up a full time teaching position he developed an interest in interactive design while teaching there completed a Masters degree investigating interactive spokes characters for web, his first introduction into AI. This led to a position at Toyota marketing. The purpose to help set up an interactive component within the team at Toyota NZ. The focus on lean business strategy (The Toyota Way) was to reduce costs via digital means.

In 2012 Phillip once again moved back into teaching (UCOL), however during this time he also worked on projects through the Blur Group (now Maistro) and an online course through Daisie (online design presentation), both companies being London based.

Latest projects produced being High-light, a projection mapping theatre show at the Globe theatre in 2023 and more recently a fine art installation at the new Te Awahou gallery in Foxton. His current project involves developing a light-based projection installation for a collective showing at Te Manawa in 2025.

High-light projection mapping theatre: https://high-light.co.nz

Te Awahou-Collective: https://teawahou-collective.co.nz

Cracter and AR (Augmented Reality): https://chipandchuck.co.nz/eyejackQR.html

Seasons projection mapping installation: https://metaverse.co.nz/seasons.html


The first session booked out early. Get your registration done today to ensure you don’t miss out.

This, and all future “Let’s Talk About….” sessions are provided to attendees free of charge PLUS a limited number of lunches are available for attendees that register prior.

Attend on your own or get your colleagues on board and join us.

Tickets: We offer two ticket options – with lunch bag (limited number) and attendance only (no lunch bag).

Note re Lunch Bags:

Every attempt will be made to accommodate pre-advised dietary requirements. To ensure your individual dietary needs are met, you are welcome to bypass the lunch bag offer by choosing the attendance only ticket option, and bring your own lunch.


May 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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UCOL Whanganui
Taupo Quay
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