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Meet Olivier “Hero” Dressen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivier “Hero” Dressen.

Olivier, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started designing at an early age and won my first award at 11 years old for a nationwide drawing competition. In 1996 I created my artist pseudonym “Hero” than I used into my graffiti and street artworks, this nickname then stick to me and followed me to this day. In 2000 I got my first rep as a film director in Paris, and around 2004~06 I start to also work more in Asia, did several exhibitions and talks about my work in different countries. Simultaneously some of my commercial and director work got awarded with a Silver award in Cannes and Promax BDA in Los Angeles, which is helped to boost my work in Asia and Europe.

 Today my activities vary from being producer, creative director, writer, director, photographer, and lately cinematographer. My core business is directing music videos and commercials but due to the recent success of my award-winning short film The Passport*, we now aim to make our first feature film called “Backpacker”.

I also recently launched my second online shop, it features designs products and all are being made between Europe and the USA. You can check out more about it on:

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing is smooth, even I knew what I wanted to do since Childhood, seeking “perfection” is an impossible ride, but yet poetic way of living. I also got a mantra to keep trying until you succeed. My career until now has been a constant learning curve, and that’s actually what makes this job very fulfilling actually.

Tell us more about the company.
My main company is Designhero, and it’s also my oldest folio (est. 2000), regrouping a bit of everything I do. From illustrations to motions design, photography, music video, commercials and now films. Next to that I also created different folios for my other activities.
– Main folio (
– Directing (
– Photography (
– A production company in China (
– And recently online store where I can renew with my passion for design. (

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Creativity, versatility, and a strong network.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
All the pictures are shot by Olivier Hero Dressen except for the behind the scenes, (shot by my team members).
All rights belong to designhero

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