Maikie Kanstrup Andersen Kruse

Illustrator, Animator & storyteller

Fun Fact

Maikie's childhood dream was to become a jet pilot, challenged by the notion that girls couldn't, due to g-force concerns.
But at 6 years old, Maikie refused to accept such injustice! Today, she ventures into space travels through animation,
proving that creativity and determination knows no bounds!

Besides illustrating, animating and storytelling I have an ever-learner approach, which means I hold a 6 months course in concepting, where I was known for always bringing lots of ideas and often very good ones.
Through my education I also explore 3D, AI, classic graphic design diciplines and lots more.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE  

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2023 – Present |  Illustrator, Animator & Design Responsible  |  DieselHouse (owned by MAN/Volkswagen)
Produce illustrations and animations, hold creative decision-making authority.

2019 – Present | Illustrator, Animator & Designer | The Considered, Julemærkefonden, Kraftwerk Foodtech, Autoproff, MB Architects, Park
Produced illustrations and animations, design guides, icons for diverse projects with various clients including an NGO supporting bullied children and as a regular freelance creative for LA-based pharma-agency, The Considered.


Before entering design school I led creatives and clients through their creative endevours as a PM, while doing creative work on the side. 

But my heart beats for creativity, so you won't gain a new pm, but quite possibly the best time managed creative intern you'll ever encounter!

2015 – 2019 | Creative Lead & Senior Marketing Manager | Mindshare, Charlie Tango
Designed and illustrated marketing collateral and client design guides. Founded and led an internal digital production team.
Led and mentored creatives. Consulted with global clients on design, media, budget, data & performance.

2014 – 2015 | Brand Care Manager & Global Social Lead | Mindjumpers
Consulted with clients and led the production of creative campaign material.

2012 – 2014 | Designer & Content Lead | Very (Belong)
Designed and managed design & copy team, consulted with clients. 

2008 – 2012 | Junior Designer | SORT, FLOWe (TBWA), True Cph, TV2 Zulu
Created promotional and marketing collateral, campaigns and liaised with clients.

 
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATES

Interactive Design, Visual Communictions
Danish University of Media & Journalism (DMJX) | 2022 – 2025

Creative Basis
Danish University of Media & Journalism (DMJX) | 2021

BA in Media Production & Management
Danish University of Media & Journalism (DMJX) | 2008 – 2011

Design Technology
KEA | 2005 – 2007


SCHOLARSHIP

2005: 9 months photography practice with the late Photographer for Cacharel, Torben Thesander. 6 months of practice with artist Lis Nord.


LANGUAGES

Danish, English: Fluent
Swedish: Conversational
German, Spanish, Portuguese, French: Basic

SOFTWARE

Illustration: By hand, Procreate, Illustrator
Animation: AfterEffects, Procreate Dreams
Graphic Design and Layout: Photoshop, InDesign
3D: Blender, NomadSculpt
Movie Making: AfterEffects, Premiere
Creative Code & Game Design: Processing, P5.js, Unity and VR via Unity
Digital Design: Figma
AI: ChatGPT, Runway, MidJourney, Dall-e, Hugging Face, etc.


SKILLS

Illustration & Animation
Storytelling
Creative Everlearner

AWARDS

Through the years, I’ve led teams to be shortlisted and win multiple creative awards, however, the one I’m really proud of is a campaign to better the conditions of pigs in Europe along with Dyrenes Beskyttelse. After years of struggle, it finally got voted through in the EU parliament. Surely my finest award.


CONTACT

Maikie
maikie.creative@gmail.com

TESTIMONIALS

These are 5 LinkedIn testimonials from people I've worked with:


Kenneth Kaadtmann, Mindshare

Senior Creative at &Co.
Worked together 2018 at Mindshare

"Jeg har arbejdet sammen med Maikie på Mindshare og det har været en fornøjelse. Hun er super dygtig til at holde alle boldene i luften, uden at tabe fokus fra det kreative output. Samtidig er hun en skøn person man gider at være sammen med, både på og uden for arbejdspladsen.

Jeg kan varmt anbefale hende til et bureau hvor kreativitet er i fokus".


Dennis Herlev Vældegaard, Mindshare

Creative & digital project manager at Intermail
Worked together 2018 at Mindshare

"If you want a dedicated and resourceful member of your team, go for Maikie. She is very adapt at seeing beyond the present and anticipate future shortcoming, obstacles etc., and anticipate any workarounds. And yet she has a very keen eye for design and production, which enables her to guide the creative process straight toward the goal(s). Always up-to-date and has great coordination and facilitating skills".

 
Peter Roy Hornshøj Doe, Mindjumpers

Display Director at Jellyfish
Worked together in 2015 at Mindjumpers

"I worked with Maikie for a little over 1,5 years and it was an absolute pleasure. Maikie is a warm and open person and a joy to work with. Not only did she have comprehensive knowledge of Digital and Social marketing, but she understood the bigger picture and how these tied in and influenced other areas of markting. She was always willing to help and I would say that any future teams would be lucky to work with her".

 
Martin Santon, Mindjumpers

Head of Paid Social at Dentsu
Martin reported to me in 2015 at Mindjumpers

"I had the pleasure of working with Maikie at MINDJUMPERS for over a year beside my studies. Maikie was very supportive in all the stages of my employment and she was always ready to help. Maikie is good at creating overview, she's a very good communicator, and she is overall a very kindhearted person that "understands" people".

 
Carina Liesk, DSB

Communications strategy // Branding & PR // Social Media
Carina was a client of mine (from DSB) when we did work together in 2014

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maikie on DSB’s youth communication for the past 2 years, when she was with Very. She is excellent at client-contact and understanding DSB’s young audience. She’s been hands-on with our community management and has an extensive understanding for digital and social media and what works. Maikie has made a great deal of the creative work on the DSB Ung Facebook site and have participated in DSB’s Social Media Hub. In all Maikie is a happy, helpful and solution-oriented person that will always get things done".