Kim Dulaney: Onwards and upwards

Kim Dulaney

After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005, Kim completed stints at leading motion graphics studios Stardust and Psyop. She is now a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and art director with many awards to her name.

Kim Dulaney’s skill set is as diverse as her collection of awards. This year, alone, she picked up a Golden Lion at Cannes for Best Design for her OFFF titles, was named in Lrzer’s Archive magazine’s ‘Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide’ and chosen as an ADC Young Gun to boot. Currently based in Brooklyn – her workspace lined with Archigram posters as inspiration – she’s using her vast experience and expertise to branch out as a successful freelancer.

“Collaborations with motion graphics firms account for most of my work,” she begins. “When I work individually with clients, I tend to be commissioned to do illustration or print design. My favourite types of project are the ones that bring new concepts to the table, which in turn expand my visual vocabulary.”

Dulaney’s love for graphic design began in 1999, after being introduced to the field by her uncle while experimenting with illustration styles in high school. “I believed print was an industry I could be challenged with creatively, yet in which I could still maintain my illustrative style.”

Her first big break came in 2008, updating a professional online folio of work for award-winning creative production company Stardust Studios. “I had a lot of creative freedom,” she says, “and helped to create branding for the company as well.” Her projects included a commercial commissioned by Finnish agency Sek & Grey Oy for coffee brand Paulig Presidentti, and a billboard for Hugo Boss, on which she was the lead designer. Already, Dulaney’s original ocular style was being noticed. “Working at Stardust after studying print design really expanded my ability to see design in a dimensional space. Stardust taught me the vital skill of time management while tackling a great deal of work,” she says. “ I was lucky to collaborate with many talented people on dense artistic landscapes for commercial projects.”

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