Disruptive Media is a design studio that specialises in cost-effective, strategic, integrated communications for community-focused organisations. We’ve been working with social enterprises, not-for-profits, community services and non-government organisations for over 25 years.We approach communications differently. By working collaboratively and seeing the bigger picture, we build a strong communications base to help organisations reach their long-term goals.
We work collaboratively with community-focused organisations to understand their unique objectives and needs.
We then approach communications in different ways to help organisations find new opportunities to make an impact. By thinking differently and working in partnership, we help organisations plan the right communications strategies to connect with people and meet their organisational goals.
Strategic and integrated communications
We develop the tools to help community-focused organisations implement their communications strategies and bring about change. Integrated communications can include branding, print and digital media, cause-related marketing campaigns, publications, annual reports, education resources, website and content development, social media strategies, video story production, photography and app design.
The communications we create help organisations inform communities, engage people and influence positive social change.
In short, they support community-focused organisations so they can get on and do what they do best.
‘I never quite toed the line. I was a bit disruptive. All my early school reports from the age of 5 were “Daniel must learn not to distract others”. And now, that’s what I do for a living.’Dan Stevens, actor
‘I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.’John Cage
‘If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.’Katharine Hepburn
Disruptive Media operates as a cooperative-based studio and production house that brings together the right skill sets to match each project: graphic designers, writers, web designers, video producers, animators/motion graphic artists, IT specialists, app developers, social media specialists, researchers, printers, innovators…
Lyn JenkinManaging Director
Lyn is a graphic designer and community worker who has been developing strategic ‘people-focused’ communications for the community services sector since the early 90s. Of particular interest is the impacts of social (cause-related) marketing and how it can influence change for the benefit of individuals, organisations and society. Lyn’s experience in managing creative projects and working with creative people over many years has led to the establishment of Disruptive Media in 2013.
25+ years’ experience
Skills: Communications specialist, strategic planning, social (cause-related) marketing, graphic design, branding, photography, print, digital and video production, project and account management, social justice projects in Australia and with culturally diverse communities in Timor Leste.
Sector experience: Community, healthcare, child and family, disability, environment, education and social enterprise sectors.
Tanya HeatonDirector strategy and content
Rumour has it that Tanya was a gun netballer back in the day. Unlike Tolkien, Tanya believes in communicating the message using as few words as possible and is often found with her red pen poised when proofreading. Tanya develops clear and compelling communications for a wide variety of target audiences, particularly across the not-for-profit, community, healthcare and education sectors.
10+ years’ experience
Skills: Copywriting, editing and proofreading, producing annual reports, advertisements, print collateral, journal articles, communications strategies, media releases, digital media and direct-mail campaigns.
Sector experience: Not-for-profit, community, disability, pharmaceutical, Government, healthcare and education sectors.
Andrew Mahar, AMAssociate Director
Andrew is a community organiser in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He has created several social enterprises and acted as a specialist advisor to numerous community-focused organisations, government at all levels and the private sector. Andrew’s notable list of achievements includes the Stockholm Challenge Award, the Bulletin Smart 100 Award, and an Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the community and social justice in Australia and Timor Leste.
25+ years’ experience
Skills: Business advisor, leadership and networking, creator and practitioner of social enterprises and social justice initiatives.
Sector experience: Community and welfare, technology, housing support, environment, education and social enterprise sectors in both Australia and Timor Leste.
Karen McDonaldWeb Designer/Developer
Karen is Disruptive Media’s go-to web specialist. Following her wide professional experience delivering both print and online projects, Karen founded Kargan Media in 2001, which enabled her to work on more challenging and worthwhile projects. And more recently, Karen has found the perfect partnership with Disruptive Media.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Karen has been based in London since 1993.
20+ years’ experience
Skills: Web developer, graphic design.
Sector experience: Corporate, community, disability, education, environment, arts and media.
Monique CosgroveBusiness manager – social impact and policy
Monique is passionate about working with community to co-create robust programs that support stronger, more resilient communities. As a community-engagement specialist, she focuses on program design and management, strategy development and social impact analysis.
For over a decade, Monique has designed and delivered high-impact strategic initiatives across the government and not-for-profit sectors. She’s also a chocolate expert and aspires to one day travel through time in a DeLorean.
13+ years’ experience
Skills: Strategic planning, social-impact assessment, project planning and management, community development, stakeholder engagement, group facilitation, policy development and community consultation.
Sector experience: Community, mental health, healthcare, government, social enterprise, international development, disability.
Patrick JonesGraphic designer
Patrick loves his t-shirt collection and coffee. He is passionate about well-crafted design and solutions that have an ongoing value – there’s no room for disposable design here!
After spending eight years in London, Patrick learnt where to find a (warm) pint and that ‘you’aww’right’ doesn’t actually mean ‘are you alright?’ Patrick aims to find innovative solutions, using technology for good.
13+ years’ experience
Skills: Graphic design, digital and social media, brand strategy, digital animation, video production.
Sector experience: Advertising, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, coffee branding, start-up/tech and community sectors.
Melissa WalshGraphic designer
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Marcelo ZerwesFilm maker/editor
Marcelo embraces the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words. By combining his creative nous with technical knowledge and worldwide experience, Marcelo uses images and sounds to craft stories that connect and resonate with audiences.
With a background in social impact measurement and sustainability reporting, Marcelo thrives on using digital stories as a compelling way to communicate social, environmental and cultural impact.
14+ years’ experience
Skills: Film making: documentary, fiction, corporate and advertising; writing/storyboarding; editing; sustainability reporting; social impact management, stakeholder engagement.
Sector experience: Community, mental health, youth, environment, corporate, government.
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Harold started out life as a guide-dog-in-training. But when a career-ending injury cut his aspirations short, Harold decided to put his talents and charms to good use in the Disruptive Media studio.
As a keen recycling crusader, Harold is always doing his bit for the environment by eating paper out of the office bins. He strives to deliver the best client service possible by being the first to greet visitors at the door, making sure all the necessary equipment is at hand for client meetings, and clearing away the coffee table with a swish of his tail.
2+ years’ experience
Skills: Stealing shoes, meeting and greeting, helping with photo shoots, eating rubbish, shedding fur (…everywhere!).
Sector experience: Working with people that are visually impaired.
Bright, white space.
Looking for a space to get stuff done?
Desk spaces are available at our Camberwell office. Give us a call on (03) 9882 9955 to make an appointment to come in and check them out.
(PS We do a decent coffee too! It’s the little things …)