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Mr Jeffrey Julian

Director of Creative Innovation

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Jeff Julian - Bringing The Future Closer

Jeff Julian 

As innovation drives significant advancements in the way we live, creativity and the creative industries have moved from being just a part of the process to taking a leadership role. Award winning and world-renowned designer and futurist, Jeff Julian, has joined the University of Newcastle as Director of Creative Innovation to spearhead a collaborative culture, both within the University and the Hunter region.

Jeff's years of experience with companies including Apple, Oakley, Samsung, BMW Audi, Dreamworks SKG, Sony, Universal Studios, Warner Bros and Disney have provided him with a unique insight into the world's leading innovators. Unlike other futurists who study trends and research clues to anticipate how we may live in the future, Jeff has spent his vast career working with leading organisations to make innovations happen.

"Universities have an amazing depth of knowledge but, as large institutions, they tend to function as silos, being detached and not exploiting all of the collaborative opportunities that exist. This leads to missed opportunities and increases the divide between industry and academia. Traditional institutions often stifle creativity because creativity, by its very nature, is collaborative."

"By encouraging different disciplines to work together on real world problems, truly lateral thinking comes into play and can spark amazing solutions and results. That's how great organisations can change the world," said Jeff.

Part of that master plan includes hosting the Disruptive Innovation Works (DIW) series of talks. The DIW talks bring some of the world's best innovation leaders to Newcastle to inspire, generate new ideas and create fresh opportunities in the wider community.

"It's really important that we're always seeking to create meaning as the end goal with innovation. Whether it's making University programs relevant to a changing world, connecting with corporate partners or driving our research hubs with cross-disciplinary collaboration, we always have that bigger picture in mind," said Jeff.

"As we have entered the new age of collaboration, our approach to education is evolving. It is not about disrupting the norm for the sake of change, but about adding a cross-disciplinary culture that drives and improves our existing strengths while embracing the future."

"Ultimately this is about taking the talent that exists in our backyard and developing that into world-leading creative industries, positioning Newcastle as a city of the future. By bringing together students, industry and research in a multi-disciplinary platform, we're actually designing a better future right now."

Jeff Julian - Bringing The Future Closer

As innovation drives significant advancements in the way we live, creativity and the creative industries have moved from being just a part of the process to taking a leadership role. Award winning and world-renowned designer and futurist, Jeff Julian,…

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Biography

Jeffrey Julian is the Director of Creative Innovation at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Jeff is a renowned designer and creative-futurist who works with a global team of researchers, innovators and educational institutions to nurture creativity. He is highly regarded in the design, film and advertising industries and has received multiple awards, including six Gold CLIO'S and a V.E.S. (Visual Effects Society) Award for Best Art Direction. Jeff has registered numerous patents for products as diverse as prosthetic limbs to eyewear.

His career began working with various high profile companies including BMW / Designworks, Gucci, Rover, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. A highly successful appointment at Oakley resulted in several notable patents.

This visionary work quickly attracted the attention of Hollywood, notably Steven Spielberg who invited Jeff to be a part of a team of futurists for the film Minority Report. This provided a springboard for the next ten years to work as a concept designer and art director with Hollywood’s 'A-List', including Ridley Scott, the Wachowski brothers, David Fincher, Brian Singer, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks SKG, Digital Domain, Paramount Studios, Universal, Sony and George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic.

In addition to his film work, Jeff is equally recognised for developing content and intellectual property for numerous clients including Apple, American Express, Adidas, Nike, BMW, Rolls Royce, Audi, Ford, and Ogilvy & Mather.

In recent years, Jeff has provided consulting services and travelled the world as a keynote speaker and panelist for organisations as diverse as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, British Aerospace, Samsung, Hyundai and Disney on topics ranging from Research and Innovation, the Environment, Medicine, Technology, Defense and Strategy. He is a co-founder of several innovative and disruptive start-ups in Australia.

Jeff won a full scholarship from Samsung and Toyota to attend the prestigious Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena California where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Industrial Design in 1999.As Director of Creative Innovation at UON, Jeff works on numerous projects spanning the various Faculties and Divisions of the University. Jeff also regularly presents guest lectures to classes at the University. Some of Jeff’s recent projects include:

China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP)

Jeff led the University of Newcastle’s ThinkTank at the CAMP Summit that was held in Sydney in June 2015.

The China Australia Millennial Project, CAMP, is a world-first project uniting top young leaders (aged 18-35) from China with their Australian peers for a bilateral business incubator across a broad range of industries, peaking in a 5-day summit during the Vivid Ideas festival in Sydney.

Disruptive Innovation Works

Disruptive Innovation Works is a lecture series presented by unconventional thinkers making a practical difference in their chosen fields. Presented by Jeff Julian, Director of Creative Innovation, the DIW lectures are a practical way to learn from, and be inspired by, world-class pioneers of our day. Past presenters have included:

  • Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning director of the Disney phenomenon – Frozen. Chris delivered two inspirational talks on behalf of the University of Newcastle. As a UON Visiting Fellow, Chris shared the experiences of his stellar 40-year career as an animator, screenwriter and director where he has worked on many animated classics including Tarzan, Surf's Up, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Cate McQuillen, the creator of the multi award-winning TV children's program dirtgirlworld is mobilising the next generation to get outside and get grubby. Cate's lecture 'Little Big Noise: Disruption from the middle of nowhere' was delivered in March 2014.
  • Greg Downing, the Hollywood special effects guru. Greg showcased the latest in creative imaging and visual effects techniques at the first Disruptive Innovation Works lecture in February 2014. Greg is the Founder of xRez Studio in California. He is a pioneer of extreme resolution gigapixel photography and innovator of new technologies such as 3D photogrammetry, laser scanning, terrain modelling and multi-spectral imaging.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (TRANSPORTATION)

Audi, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Rover, Ford, Lincoln, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Deutsche Bahn, Gulf Stream.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (PRODUCT)

Apple, Oakley, Microsoft, Gucci, Siemens, Samsung, Nokia, Chrome Hearts, Designwork, Hauser.

DEVELOPMENT (FILM)

Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Joel Silver, Jerry Brucheimer, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, Sony, Paramount Studios, Walt Disney, Fox, Dreamworks SKG, Digital Domain, ILM, Rythym & Hues, Mars Media, HSI Productions, Believe Media, Tractor Films, Asylum, Method, Ogilvy & Mather, Nike.

AWARDS

1st VES Visual Effects Society Award for Best Art Direction (Adidas "Mechanical Legs")

6 Gold CLIO's for Best Art Direction

MEMBERSHIPS

Art Directors Guild, Local, 800 IATSE

FILM PORTFOLIO

ROBOCOP  Dir Jose Padilha, Prod Martin Whist, Columbia Pictures

WE MORTALS ARE aka ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Dir Doug Liman, Prod Oliver Scholl, Warner Bros Studios

JUPITER ASCENDING Dir Lana & Andy Wachowski, Prod Hugh Bateup, Warner Bros Studios

CLOUD ATLAS Dir Lana & Andy Wachowski, Prod Hugh Bateup, Warner Bros Studios VEHICLE DESIGNER

WWZ Dir Marc Foster, Prod Nigel Phelps, Paramount Studios CHARACTER DESIGNER

RIPD Dir Robert Schwentkle, Prod Grant Majors, Universal Studios CHARACTER DESIGNER

AKIRA Dir Albert Hughes, Prod Martin Whist, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL VEHICLE DESIGNER

47 RONIN Dir Carl Eric Rinsch, Universal Studios CHARACTER DESIGNER

PARADISE LOST Dir Alex Proyas, Prod Owen Paterson, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

ALVH Dir Timur Bekmambetov, Prod François Audouy, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

GREEN LANTERN Dir Marten Lang, Prod Grant Majors, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

BATTLESHIP Dir Peter Berg, Prod Neil Spisak, Universal Studios, CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

GREEN HORNET Dir Michele Gondry, Prod Owen Paterson, Sony Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER AND VEHICLE ART DIRECTOR

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE Dir Jon Turteltaub, Prod Naomi Shohan, Walt Disney Asylum VISUAL EFFECTS ART DIRECTOR

2012 Dir Roland Emmerich, Prod Barry Chusid, Sony Studios Digital Domain VISUAL EFFECTS ART DIRECTOR

STAR TREK Dir JJ Abrams, Prod Scott Chambliss, Paramount Studios Digital Domain VISUAL EFFECTS ART DIRECTOR

SPEED RACER Dir Larry & Andy Wachowski, Prod Owen Paterson, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER, SUPERVISING VISUAL EFFECTS ART DIRECTOR

I AM LEGEND Dir Francis Lawrence, Prod Naomi Shohan, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER, STORY DEVELOPMENT

X-MEN 3 Dir Brett Ratner, Prod Ed Verreaux, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

SUPERMAN RETURNS Dir Brian Singer, Prod Guy Dyas, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

LOGAN'S RUN Dir Brian Singer, Prod Guy Dyas, Warner Bros Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

I,ROBOT Dir Alex Proyas, Prod Patrick Tatopolis, Fox Studios CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER AND VEHICLE ART DIRECTOR

THE MINORITY REPORT Dir Steven Spielberg, Prod Alex McDowell, Fox/Dreamworks FUTURIST FOR LESS THAN LETHAL TECHNOLOGY. DESIGNING OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS AND THEORETICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Art Centre College of Design - Pasadena - USA

Keywords

  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • art direction
  • conceptual design
  • engineering
  • manufacturing
  • matte painting
  • model making
  • prototyping
  • rendering
  • sculpting
  • story boarding
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News

CAMP Summit in Sydney takes on Innovation in Education Challenge

June 4, 2015

How could higher education support the successful transition from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy?

Frozen creator to visit UON

March 17, 2015

Frozen creator Chris Buck makes an epic journey to UON to share the secrets of innovative creativity.

Ambitious thinkers share innovation insights at Hunter Innovation Forum

May 5, 2014

University of Newcastle visionaries will showcase their most ambitious thinking at the Hunter Innovation Forum 2014, to be held in Newcastle from May 15-17.

Disruptive Innovation Works

Disruption delivers innovation: Lessons from Hollywood

February 14, 2014

Hollywood special effects gurus Greg Downing and the University of Newcastle's Director of Creative Innovation, Jeff Julian will showcase the latest in creative imaging and visual effects techniques at a special public lecture.

Mr Jeffrey Julian

Position

Director of Creative Innovation
Office D.V.C. (Research)
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email jeffrey.julian@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 49854102
Mobile 0427 183 429

Office

Room IDC 34
Building Industry Development Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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