About

We are a full-service marketing and design agency with creative depth and in-house expertise across all platforms.

Our crew comes from different places with unique views and ideas, but we’ve joined forces on a shared creative vision at Tropic Studio. 

We aim high at Tropic Studio. Always focused on exceeding our clients’ expectations, we deliver work of national quality and esteem. 

Bold.

Beautiful.

Engaging.

Fresh.

All of the above.

Approach

The first step on every project is simple, and it’s always the same: we get to know the DNA of our clients’ business before we do anything else. This insight and understanding of our client’s business objectives lets us know where they’re coming from and where they want to go. 
Regardless of their size, shape or sector, we seamlessly merge the past, present and future to deliver results according to their unique needs and desired outcomes. This approach underpins the long-term relationships we develop with many of our clients.

Culture

As a team, it’s fair to say we’re a bit obsessed by a few things.

We’re on a constant search for the finest design aesthetics from our favourite design studios, artists and social media feeds from across the globe. 

We’re also fascinated by user experience research and development and how it impacts the work we do.

We’re in tune with both cutting-edge and proven marketing techniques, whether it’s a giant sexy statue of Jeff Goldblum for a PR stunt or a controversial viral video that divides public opinion.

We also have a healthy addiction to strong coffee and good music, but more about that when you visit Tropic HQ.

Our Team

Collaborative
Friendly
Passionate
Creative
Caitlin Brennan

Graphic Designer

Likes

Reading a good book, showing off her mad rap skills, chowing down on a burger and curling up on the couch to dive into Netflix.

About

A Cairns local, Caitlin has worked with many businesses in the region, though has also partnered with national brands to achieve their creative goals. Starting with a bachelor in Creative Industries, she has expanded her knowledge in design and marketing to encompass digital and graphic design, video and photo production, web design, marketing, and social media management. Whatever your design or marketing needs, Caitlin is here to help.

Gavin King

Managing Director

Likes

Listening to Dylan, Kendrick and Radiohead on shuffle, buying too many books, writing drafts of unfinished novels and running half-marathons.

About

He's been a music journalist, street press editor, newspaper chief-of-staff, politician and media startup co-founder, and once did a sojourn in the remote Central Australian desert where he convinced legendary musos Peter Garrett and Paul Kelly to help launch a recording studio, but that's a long story to be told over several coffees at Tropic Studio HQ.

Tim Cooke

Design director and business development manager

Likes

Great music, specialty coffee, fast cars, tech, gadgets, anything by Apple and cooking.

About

He has designed everything from cars to coffee machines. A degree in Industrial Design means Tim is an intuitive problem solver using design principles. Leveraging these skills has seen Tim work on small and large projects around the world across consumer products, hospitality, publishing, digtal and graphic design, user experience and product development. Tim can solve your design problem so call in...with coffee.

Leah Horstmann

Studio Manager

Likes

Rowing on Trinity Inlet, the thrill of second hand clothes shopping, wearing Chanel red lipstick and trainers, trying new red wine varietals, cooking Middle Eastern food and coming home with a full library bag.

About

Leah grew up in Townsville wanting to play basketball for Australia. She came close, attending the AIS and playing in the WNBL, but the universe (and a knee injury), had other ideas. Roles in management, human resources, marketing and administration across finance, law, health and media sectors in Brisbane, Sydney, London and Cairns. Leah’s creative flair and keen eye keeps the Tropic Studio humming meaning your creative projects will be well managed from starting point to project completion.

Amy Waddell

Graphic Designer

Likes

Going travelling, exploring and adventure weekends around TNQ, running (kudos), drinking quality coffee, dogs, wine and design! 

About

Originally from the beach in Northern NSW, Amy started with a degree in Digital Design. She moved to Brisbane in 2014  to broaden her design career. The last few years she’s focused on developing her UI and UX skills. Amy’s passionate about everything design and here to help achieve your wildest design dreams! 

Renee Cluff

Journalist and copywriter 

Likes

Travelling, sitting around a campfire, sweating it out at the gym.

About

A journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in broadcast, print and digital platforms, Renee fell in love with the tropics when her young family moved from New South Wales to PNG a decade ago, before settling in Cairns.

Renee began her career as a 19 year-old television news producer in Sydney. Since then she's also had roles as a TV reporter, a travel writer and radio presenter, joining the Tropic team after five years at the ABC in Cairns.  The certified personal trainer also keeps busy helping her husband run his small business and acting as a taxi driver for her two teenage children.

CK

Tropic Studio digital director

Likes 

Farming fruit trees in the rainforest, hanging out with his two dogs, tinkering with electronics, cups of tea. 

About

He's been involved in information technology since the infancy of the internet over 25 years ago in both his native Germany and Australia and developed successful websites for organisations large and small. As a developer and coder with a focus on mobile-first technology, CK is an explorer of new technologies, features and functions. As the Tropic Studio website design ninja, CK can build anything you can dream up, so dream big!

What we stand for

Our work with corporate clients allows us to throw our support behind community causes and charities. 
Tropic Studio is a proud sponsor of COUCH, a local cancer care charity focused on delivering services for patients who would otherwise have to travel hundreds of kilometres away for treatment. We donate design hours to COUCH, starting with a major refresh and modernised look for the organisation’s 10-year-old logo and brand. Our team went on to implement the new brand on brochures, pull up banners, large scale signage, business cards and more.
Another key component of our studio philosophy is delivered through the pages of our deluxe print magazine Tropic and online news site TropicNow. We’re big on positivity and sharing happiness, so we take the time to promote all the good things about life in our home base of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. Our foodie festival Meet Eat Repeat is also central to this focus on positivity, bringing the community together with great food, live music and good vibes.