BIOGRAPHYNova Dando is an award winning commercial director and creative based in London. Her clients span beauty, fashion and technology working 360° across a campaign from conceptual development to direction and execution across TV, video and social channels.
She has been listed in Grazia Magazine’s Cool List, the NME’s most 50 influential people in music videos and featured in Dazed, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Vice, Pop Magazine, Paper Magazine, NyLon and The Guardian. Her film for BA’s Level Airline won a prestigious D&AD Pencil in 2018.
Having graduated from Central St Martins, her break into promos came when M.I.A read an article about Nova’s work in i-D magazine and asked her to design the wardrobe for her next video. This led her into the world of music video and she worked on promos for La Roux, The Gossip, Hercules & Love Affair, Klaxons & The Horrors. It was here she nurtured her craft and evolved into a music video director, securing a Vimeo Staff Pick for her first music video for Bloc Party.
Nova now works with ad agencies and direct to brand, at all stages of the campaign process from creative direction, art direction, leading large scale shoots to post production and client liaison, creating content for multi-platform campaigns.
As an advocate for gender and LGBT+ equality, she created the launch campaign for trans activist Charlie Cragg’s Nail Transphobia project, and in 2019 her breast cancer awareness project, ‘Booberang’ won a charity film award for its innovative use of social media.
Alongside this, Nova guest lectures at the London College of Fashion, specialising in Moving Image on the Creative Direction for Fashion BA course. Currently, Nova and musician & DJ Lou Hayter are working on launching an experimental audio-visual show, with visuals created by Nova.
AWARDSApril 2019 - Booberang Project won ‘Charity Film Award’
March 2019 - The Dots Top 100 Trailblazer
June 2018 - D&AD Pencil Award for British Airway’s ‘Level Airline’ project.
2008 - 2009 - Hospital Club Artist in Residence
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSFacebook Conference Istanbul - Panelist on ‘Shooting for a Mobile World’
Showstudio - ‘Mirror Mirror’
H&M Conference - ‘Where to find Creativity’
Topshop Topman - ‘Dress Up Event’
Post Panic Amsterdam - ‘My Inspirations’
Host of the London College of Fashion Student Awards at Spitalfields Market
Central Saint Martins, - Speaker at ‘What I wish I’d known when I graduated’ Glug Event
LECTURINGChelsea College of Art & Design - Guest Lecturer on Graphic Design BA
Ravensbourne College of Art & Design - Guest Lecturer on Graphic Design BA
London College of Fashion - Lecturer on Creative Direction for Fashion BA
Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design - Lecturer on Fashion Communication MA
SERVICESArt Direction, Adobe Creative Suite, Advertising, Brand Development, Branding & Identity, Concept Development, Creative Direction, Creative Strategy, Digital Campaigns, E-Commerce Design, Graphic Design, Layout Design, Moving Image, Multi-Platform Campaigns, Pitch Decks, Photography, Photoshop, Post Production, Shooting - Video & Stills, Social Media Campaigns, TV Campaigns, Treatment Writing, Videography, Video Editing - Premiere Pro & Aftereffects
Uk commercial representation Rsa Films
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