Jian-Xin Tay

( jan·sin )


I’m Jian-Xin, an art director and illustrator.
I’m also passionate about video games, travel, and Malaysian food.

Currently in NZ.

+64 (22) 120-7107


Jian-Xin Tay

Jian-Xin Tay

+64 (022) 120-7107

Download my current CV here.

︎Work Experience

Kobe City Board of Education
Foreign AmbassadorAug 2016 —  Sep 2021
Led an international team of 10 instructors as Ward Leader, guiding students into top schools in Kobe.
Designed 150+ pages of English language resources, which are currently used by Japanese teachers in Kobe.
Devised and recorded a set of digital learning materials for 200+ students during Covid-19 shutdowns.

DDB Aotearoa
Art Director |  Dec  2013 —  Jul 2016
Art director at a full-service creative advertising agency based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Clients included McDonald’s, BMW, STIHLshop, SKY TV, AA Insurance, Westpac, Paw Justice, Auckland City Council and Lotto NZ.
Received Spikes Asia Gold Award x2, Cannes Lion Silver Award, Effies Bronze Award and Ad Stars Bronze Award.


Media Design School Auckland
Advertising Student |  Jan  2013 —  Nov 2013
Completed Graduate Diploma of Creative Advertising.  Internship at Saatchi&Saatchi NZ and DDB Aotearoa.
Received Young Guns Bronze Award, Crowbar Student Award Finalist (Interactive), and News Works Awards Finalist.

Uppsala University of Sweden
Exchange Student |  Nov 2008  —  Jul 2009
Independently navigated life and study in a completely foreign country, immersing myself in Swedish culture.

Victoria University of Wellington
Student |  Feb 2007  — Mar 2010
Completed my Bachelor of Arts double major in Political Science and International Relations.

︎Special Projects

Kobe Tarumi JHS
Broadcasting Club Consultant | 2017 —  2020
Co-produced four audio dramas, which were performed in front of a live audience of 500+ people.

Creative Communications Council
Axis Awards Creative |  2016
Crafted a design framework for the 2016 Axis Awards. Directed a team of designers creating promotional materials for this event.

Toronto International Film Festival
TIFF Volunteer |  2011 —  2012
Collaborated with official TIFF staff to provide support for Q&A sessions and facilitating after-screening discussions.

Social Media Experience Leader |  2010
Created a successful social media campaign that led to an experience program in Fiji and a scholarship in the UK.

︎Awards & Recognition

Spikes Asia – Gold x2  
Cannes Lions – Silver, Bronze 
Effies – Bronze 
Ad Stars – Bronze
Young Guns – Bronze
News Works Awards – Finalist
Crowbar Student Awards – Finalist