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Big Block Opens New Design Division

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Curtis Doss and Shaun Collings.
Curtis Doss and Shaun Collings.
Digital production and design studio Big Block announced the opening of Big Block Design Group (BBDG) – a new division that will produce design-oriented creative for commercials, interactive, branded content and broadcast design.

Spearheading BBDG are creative directors Shaun Collings, who was formerly at Elastic and Blind, and Curtis Doss, formerly at BIGSTAR. Under their leadership, BBDG will infuse a design sensibility into all steps of Big Block’s production process. Collings and Doss bring years of experience in the integration of design and motion graphics into a broader strategic vision for commercial, broadcast design and interactive projects. Collings and Doss were recently co-creative directors on Big Block’s interactive design and animation demo for Ford Credit via agency Team Detroit.

“We have been actively searching for the right design team to add to our roster of talent for quite some time and are excited to have found the perfect fit,” said Scott Benson, Big Block president. “This will allow Big Block to further broaden the services we can provide our clients while maintaining the signature boutique feel we have created.”

Collings has been at Big Block over the past year, serving as co-director and lead designer on Ford “Custom Cars,” a whimsical motion graphics-intensive commercial narrated by Tina Fey for agency TBWA\Toronto. He was also creative director and live-action director of the brand launch campaign for True Car via agency DW+H, Santa Monica, and Nissan‘s attention-grabbing live watershow “Cat and Mouse,” featuring a holographic Nissan Altima, via agency TBWA\Toronto, as well as the designer of an animated heart logo for Audi via BBH London.

Prior to that, Collings served as creative director and art director at production and design companies Prologue, Elastic, Blind and Shilo, where he led a variety of projects including commercials, main titles and graphics for brands like HP, Honda, Sony, Nike, HBO, Pepsi and Lexus. Getting a taste of live action at Elastic he went on to assist directors and began learning the craft of directing.

In addition to his stint as creative director at BIGSTAR, Doss was also art director at production company Shilo on commercials for Nike, EA, Sony and Lexus and broadcast design projects for A&E, Bio, HBO, TNT and the Travel Channel. He began his career as an art director at DC Shoes, where he focused on branding DC’s Surf and Snowboard divisions and helped build the company’s video department, DC Films. Doss was Big Block’s creative director on a series of technical online and retailer vignettes for Sealy Posturepedic, a package that serves as an adjunct to a new commercial campaign for Sealy. For that spot, directed by Annabel Jankel for Arcana Academy, Big Block provided a full complement of services, including pre-viz, VFX supervision, CG, design, DI color grading and Flame finish.

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