Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One.
I’m the son of a Creative Director who started his education in creativity and design growing up working in my father’s advertising agency. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building many global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences for websites, mobile apps, wearables, global social media platforms and emerging technologies. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work that changes industries and companies.
My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, St. Regis Hotels, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, in Apple Stores, on iTunes and in the Human Interface Guidelines. I regularly work as a partner, advisor and designer to companies like Apple, Google, IBM, FiftyThree, Adobe and more on new products like Apple Watch, iOS, Adobe Creative Cloud, IBM Watson, Google Glass and more.
2nd Gen. Creative Director
I’m the son of a creative director with over 15 years experience leading world-class teams to create innovative ideas and then using my creative, business and political skills to sell those ideas. I care deeply about my teams and creating a culture where every creative can have their process understood, valued and grown.
Team & Thought Leader
I have a proven track record of building and leading world-class teams that find unique insights to influence consumers, drive revenue and meet business goals. I also have extensive experience with Design Thinking using agile methodologies including co-creating a unique version of Design Thinking with IDEO.
Innovative Senior Designer
I’m a hands-on designer with 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and innovative digital experiences. I’ve partnered with Apple, Google and Adobe to create some of the first experiences on Apple Watch, Apple iOS, Passbook, Google Glass and more.
My work has been recognized with over 150 major design awards including Canne Cyber Lions, Webby Awards, Web Awards and others. Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 commercials, in Apple Stores, Apple.com, the iTunes App Store and their Human Interface Guidelines.
My blog was named one of the Top 100 Design Blogs to Follow.
I’ve been writing my blog for 12+ years talking about the challenges of being a designer and creative director, trying to become a better leader, fostering the creative process and my insights on digital innovation. The site has been recognized with a Webby Award Honoree for Best Personal Website, named a Top 10 blogs for designers by HOW Magazine and one of the Top 100 Design Blogs to Follow. My articles have been featured on Lynda.com, CREATE magazine, Behance 99u.com and LinkedIn’s Design, Social Media, Recruiting & Hiring and Big Ideas & Innovation channels.
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