JONNY KOFOED / Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand

Jonny Kofoed is one of the founding partners of Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand. He works on projects spanning motion, film, animation, design, interactive, and visual effects. Alongside his work in traditional advertising, he has created TV shows, lighting installations, directed music videos, designed games, film titles and an iPhone app that can be used while wearing boxing gloves.

As a father of three, Jonny has a vested interest in design education in New Zealand. This has seen him serve as a board member (representing Industry) for tertiary institutes and also as a consultant for universities wanting to change their course structure. He is a frequent guest lecturer around the country, and will one day most likely end up wearing a corduroy jacket with elbow patches.

Since Assembly opened its doors eight years ago, Jonny and his company have been recognized at award shows consistently every year — collecting yellow pencils at D&AD and multiple Gold Lions at Cannes along the way.

JOHN LEPORE / Perception
Principal and Chief Creative Director

John LePore has his dream job. After collaborating with many talented studios and directors, John found a home at Perception, where he joined the staff as a senior designer. Hundreds of projects later, John has been the Creative Director at Perception since 2010, working directly under owners Danny Gonzalez and Jeremy Lasky.

From designing ABC News’ data-rich election-night coverage, to the gadgets and devices of Iron Man 2, to some of next-generation’s most exciting real-world devices, John has played an integral role in Perception’s evolution into the first name in conceptual interfaces. Every day John considers himself fortunate to contribute to blockbuster films, cutting edge brands, and the most impressive technology products.

Always eager to share his craft, John been featured on Engadget and Access Granted, presented at Siggraph, NAB, and other industry conferences, and frequently works as an ambassador for Maxon Computer (creators of Cinema 4D).

Outside of work, John finds inspiration from his wife, daughter, and anything with wheels. Always excited for professional overlap within his hobbies, John can frequently be found setting fast laps at the Northeast’s greatest racetracks.