Zoe Crocker is an award winning motion designer and illustrator, currently working as a senior motion designer for esteemed animation studio Never Sit Still.
Zoe has been strongly involved in the motion and design community, most recently featuring as a keynote speaker at both The Design Conference 2022 and Node 2022. She has also been featured on Adobe APAC live, spoken at AGDA events, lectured and taught at UTS, and was a finalist for the AGDA Emerging Designer of the Year 2019. Zoe's expertise led her to being invited to judge the Motion and Emerging Designer categories of the 2020 AGDA Awards.
Career & Background
What inspired you to do what you are doing now?
A sense of fulfilment that I get from teaching, the desire to be a part of changing all things bad about our industry to make things better for myself and everyone going through similar challenges. I also feel I’ve been very privileged and lucky with my career and it’s nice to (hopefully) pay that forward.
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and where you are headed in your career right now?
Before finishing my degree in Design and Visual Communication, I was working as an orchestra manager for the Australian Opera Orchestra. After graduating, I became a junior motion designer at Never Sit Still and I’ve been growing my career there now for 5 years. I think that my experience in management prior to my design career has set me up with good leadership and organisational skills – I’m hoping to see my career progress to Art Director or similar in the near future.
What drives and inspires you
What are your core values?
- Making a difference
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Family – my grandpa and my mum, both for different reasons. My grandpa was probably one of the most resilient people to live – he survived genocide, war, racism, and an accident that left him blind and still was so strong and kind and driven every day of his life. He is the inspiration for my perseverance.
My mum was the first woman to be a principle percussionist in a world class symphony orchestra and has been smashing gender barriers in her field for decades – she inspires my drive to do the same in my industry.
You as a Mentor
Why have you decided to become a mentor?
I love teaching. I feel I’ve been lucky in my career so far and it’s nice to pay that forward to someone who may not have been as lucky otherwise. I also want to get to branch out my connections to other areas of the design industry, and continue being involved in the community in general. I want to improve things for myself and for others.
What are the top skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?
- Willing to be vulnerable
Your favourite food for thought
- The Diva Rules by Michelle Visage