"I am inspired by the collaborative nature of design and the
journey it often entails: the enquiry that takes place to identify
the essence or spirit of a project, and the satisfaction of
crafting a solution that surprises and delights all parties."

Kevin Helas is a London based Designer, Illustrator and Artist born in Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Kevin worked for several years as a graphic artist and illustrator at the New Zealand Herald soon after leaving school.
He completed a Graphic Design Degree before heading to London to embark on an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins with the support of a Creative NZ professional development grant.

After a diverse range of roles working in leading creative agencies in London and Zurich including UX Designer/Information Architect at Digit; UI/UX designer for Swissair in Zurich and in-house designer at the V&A, Kevin set up and ran his own design consultancy for the best part of 12 years; working to develop authentic and engaging expressions of Brand and Identity with a variety of entrepreneurial self-starters. He currently works as a Senior Designer at leading London digital agency Delete utillising his skills and experience working on strategic, CX focussed digital design solutions.

 
Another string to his bow is food. He has trained extensively in wholefood cooking, completing a year long 'Mastery of Cooking' certificate, and managed a series of seasonal cooking classes at a London-based culinary school. He runs wholefoodkitchen.co.uk which is a paean to the delights of engagement with food and cooking.

 

Education

MA Communication Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
(London, UK) 1998 – 1999

BA Graphic Design
Auckland University of Technology
(Auckland, NZ) 1991 – 1993

 

Exhibitions

‘Ko Te Korero te Kai a te Rangatira’
Words are the Food of Chiefs
The Modern Pantry,
10/2012 – 1/2013

A solo exhibition of artworks inspired by Whakatauki (Maori proverbs),
combining Maori text with English translations ina series of prints and drawings,
showcasing the beauty and resonance of Maori language, and the
wisdom of these ancient sayings.

 

Publications

Jimothy
Written by Yvonne Milroy
Illustrations by Kevin Helas
Copy Press, 2012

Illustrations for a Children's Book, published in NZ.

The Witches Olympics
Written by Sam Vinson
Illustrations by Kevin Helas
Self Published, 2016

Illustrations for a Children's Book, published in UK.

 

Awards

HABITAT
habitat.co.uk

BAFTA 2002
Winner interface design

D&AD 2002
Silver nomination,
interactive & digital media

BIMA 2002
Winner design & creativity
Winner Grand Prix

81st ANNUAL
ART DIRECTORS CLUB 2002
Distinctive merit

CLIO 2002
Gold, Internet advertising/brand building
Bronze, Internet advertising/consumer-targeted site

ZACHARY PULMAN ARCHITECT
zacharypulman.com

BEST AWARDS 2010
Silver, interactive category
Designers Institute of New Zealand

WORK FOR/WITH

Delete (London)
Albion (London)
Digit (London)
Mind Design (London)
R.O.S.A (Zurich)
V&A Museum

SELECTED CLIENTS

Apostrophe
Archer Humphryes Architects
European Design Centre

Le Pain Quotidien
Vietnamese Kitchen
Swissair

CREATIVE FOCUS

Branding
Identity Design
Web Design
UI/UX Design
3D Design
Packaging
Print & Editorial
Illustration
Animation



contact me
kevin[at]kevinhelas.com

BAFTA 2002
Winner interface design
D&AD 2002
Silver nomination,
interactive & digital media
BIMA 2002
Winner design & creativity
Winner Grand Prix
81st ANNUAL
ART DIRECTORS CLUB 2002
Distinctive merit
CLIO 2002
Gold, Internet advertising/brand building
Bronze, Internet advertising/
consumer-targeted site