Dean Hastie was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1964. He studied graphic design and illustration for four years before migrating to Australia in 1990, where he formed the multi-award-winning agency, Nova Design Associates. Over the past twenty years Dean’s work has featured in numerous Australian and international publications, and he has worked across a range of specialist areas including print, broadcast, environmental and web. His designs have won many awards including 2 Agda Pinnacles, the industry’s highest standard of excellence. Dean joined the John Fairfax organisation in 2003 to launch the Sydney magazine. As creative director of Fairfax general magazines his responsibilities include, the Sydney magazine the Melbourne magazine, Sunday Life, Travel and Leisure and Good Weekend.