Meet The Team
Our team of dedicated designers have amassed many years of experience across a variety of industry sectors and all take pride in Villain Designs’ reputation for quality design and seamless account management.
Ben has been a journalist and creative communications professional for more than 20 years.
He started is career as a journalist with Quest Community Newspapers in Brisbane in 1996 after completing is Journalism degree at the University of Queensland. After completing a cadetship and rising to become senior journalist on the Westside News he achieved an early career goal of becoing a business journalist, reporting on a range of Queensland companies for Australian Associated Press (AAP), eventually becoming the national media writer covering News Corpration, Fairfax and APN News & media.
In 2001 Ben moved to London for a working holiday, where he worked for Dow Jones Newswires covering a range of European media companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
In 2003 he joined small Brisbane publicity company Crook Publicity as a consultant. He became a Director of the company in 2007 and helped build it into one of Queensland’s most highly regarded and successful public relations agencies. While working with Crook he established the companies in-house graphic design business Villain Designs (www.villaindesigns.com) and niche publishing site MBA News Australia (www.mbanews.com.au).
Together with fellow Crook Director Brenton Gibbs, he established RG Communications (RGC) in 2014 and launched short order content portal Content On Demand (www.contenondemand.com.au) in 2016.
He holds a BA (Journalism), M Bus (Communications), Diploma of Investor Relations (AIRA) and an MBA.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
> Project Management
> Investor Relations
> Media Relations
> Digital Marketing
> Crisis Communication
> Content Marketing & SEO
> Social Media
Raina is a talented, optimistic designer with more than seven years professional experience. She studied Visual Media and Digital Design at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University and joined Villain Designs in early 2018 after working at range of creative and marketing agencies around Brisbane.
She has experience across a variety of industries and worked with small family businesses to large national brands. She is knowledgeable and skilled across a range of design functions including graphic and digital design as well as WordPress and digital marketing.
To escape all things digital in her spare time she works on paintings and handmade accessories to expand her creative soul.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
> Creative Direction
> Art Direction
> Corporate Identity
> Brand Development
> Campaign Management