Grant Alexander is a stalwart of the New Zealand design industry, having established and built one of New Zealand’s largest and most awarded design agencies, designworks.
Having graduated from Wellington Polytechnic in 1969 with a diploma in graphic design Grant initially worked with Designscape magazine and the architectural firm Price Adams Dodd, before a move to London in 1972. On his return in 1976 he took a position as art director at the The New Zealand Listener, and later joined Ray Labone and Trevor Plaisted to establish Nova Pacifica, a company that went on to receive international critical acclaim.
In 1982 Grant and Ray Labone co-founded designworks, soon becoming a strategic force in the design fabric of New Zealand over the next 20 years. In 2000 Grant formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander, a move that enabled Grant to have more hands-on involvement with client business strategies and creative design. Studio Alexander continues today as a design and marketing business that commands respect for its creative intelligence and clever digital publishing.
Grant's successes include winning numerous BeST design awards both individually and as part of a team; being published in the D@AD, Graphis and AGDA publications; Fellowship of the Designers Institute of New Zealand; and being a member of the Equip Design Integration consulting group.