30 Years of The Mill | Designer, Devin Hayes

To celebrate ‘30 Years Of The Mill’ we are turning our focus to the extraordinary people behind our creativity. We asked a snapshot of 30 Makers from across The Mill to share their most inspiring projects from the past, alongside their future-facing insights on the advertising industry and evolution of creative technology. Read below how our '2013 Showreel' influenced Designer and former Mill runner, Devin Hayes and why she believes design-driven 3D work will shape the future of advertising.
Community December 9, 2020

What piece of work inspired you to get into a career at The Mill & why?

In my last year of college, I came across The Mill’s ‘2013 Showreel’ on Vimeo, it was an impressive four-minute introduction to the studio. The reel features some epic VFX accompanied by Clair De Lune. Although that was seven years ago now, to me that reel highlights something The Mill has always done best, which is to create impressionable work. That desire to continuously make inspiring work is what lead me to where I am today, working with massively talented people every day.

In your opinion, what will be the most defining change in the creative industry over the next decade?  

I believe we can expect to see a rise in more design-driven 3D work. With the increase of advertising on social media and tighter deadlines, I believe these sorts of projects allow our studio flexible ways to continue delivering fun, high-quality work utilizing all departments.

We’re are already seeing some amazing ways our studio has been able to execute design-driven work within our Mill pipeline. I’m personally excited to see how this work continues to evolve our industry, as we find more creative and efficient ways to tell stories.


Discover more about 30 Years of The Mill here. We would like to thank everyone who has been part of our history – our clients, our partners, our collaborators and our staff past and present. All of you have been central to making our first 30 years so extraordinary.

You can follow Devin on Instagram @devleehayes and check out her portfolio here.

Designer | Devin Hayes