Erland Howden: profile picture Hi. I’m Erland. I’m a campaigner, visual communication designer and web developer specialising in persuasive and socially engaged work.

I’m a director and co-founder of Supergood – the campaigns agency for non-profits. We’re a full-service communications team offering everything from strategy and consulting to production.

Since moving to Aotearoa in 2017, I’ve worked as a designer, developer, photographer, videographer and communications advisor in government, politics, advertising and marketing – including as a senior member of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s communications team.

Prior to specialising in design and communications, I spent the better part of a decade campaigning on solutions to the climate crisis from the streets to boardrooms to the halls of power – leading financial and mobilisation strategies with Greenpeace, helping Solar Citizens build the clean energy movement, founding a local community energy co-op, building community leadership at the Nature Conservation Council, helping launch the Coalition for Community Energy, developing strategy, training activists, crowd-funding, door-knocking and taking non-violent direct action.

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I’m a specialist web designer and front-end developer, with technical skills across UI, UX, HTML/CSS/JS, NationBuilder (certified Architect), Webflow and WordPress. I also do print and digital graphic design work with experience across poster, editorial, identity and marketing. I deliver creative and effective design solutions, informed by a strong understanding of persuasive communications and how to engage and convert audiences online.

I’m at home behind the lens, whether capturing moments on the road with a Prime Minister, framing a landscape, stalking wildlife, composing studio shots or travelling. I’ve produced four short films, done a few photojournalism gigs and been finalist in two prestigious nature photography competitions.

I’m a seasoned facilitator for meetings, strategic planning sessions and conferences – from one hour to multi-day processes. I’ve also worked with organisations on campaign strategy and training for staff, volunteers and stakeholders, specialising in community organising, corporate, financial and political campaigning.

Erland is a passionate, intelligent and reliable colleague who throws his heart and soul into his work. His critical analysis and constructive suggestions are always welcome. Erland is good at looking at a problem from different points of view and providing a fresh perspective. He is creative and flexible and able to think outside the square.

Mithra Cox, colleague, Nature Conservation Council

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Outside of work, you’ll find me exploring Aotearoa’s wild places, helping out at my local tool library or cycling around the world’s coolest little capital.

I hold a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney – a course which included a semester at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, an acclaimed design university in south-west Germany.

Throughout 2016, I launched and steered the digital side of Crinkling News, the only national newspaper for young Australians, founded by my sister and veteran journalist, Saffron Howden. Up until the beginning of 2014, I was leading financial and mobilisation strategies for Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s coal and Great Barrier Reef campaign. I grew up on a bush property on the outskirts of Sydney, moved west to the Blue Mountains for five years and now live in Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington.

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