Please don't let me alarm you here. I began taking a selfie a day in 2010 as an experiment to help get over the deep-seated self-consciousness of having my photo taken (It's helped a bit).
hello, I'm brian.
I'm a 360-degree creative director / strategist / designer, serving as clients' secret weapon, whether leading in-house teams, working independently or providing hands-on design. Able to assimilate into any phase of the project lifecycle. On the pulse of current trends to win the hearts and minds of both customers and brands.
With a deep well of experience in all aspects of visual communication and user experience, I am uniquely equipped with a broad and insightful executional range. Whether building a brand from the ground up, giving a much-needed strategic makeover to evolve from the tried-and-true, or providing the thought leadership to build a bridge from idea to reality, no project is off limits in scope or medium.
i've done creative direction for:
American Greetings, CNN, Nordstrom, MSNBC, The New York Times, McKinsey, Single Stop, Spiegel, Bloomindale's, Microsoft, AOL, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Bloomingdales, Mervyn's, PCA SKIN, Ancestry, MyFamily.com, Federated Department Stores, AGA Catalog Marketing, The Seattle Times, Heinz, Rolls-Royce, IBM, Hallmark, Cardstore, Hello Housing, Oracle, Silicon Graphics, Avon, Rockport, Gillette, Twig New York, Gilman Architects, Worknowledge, The United Way, Seattle Repertory Theater, Hyperion Press, Corporate Executive Board, Chase, NFL Players Inc., France Telecom, Thames & Hudson Publishing, happygreenbee, Arteluna, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Alfagia di Volterra, Workparent
Webby Awards, 2016, Honoree, Best Individual Editorial Experience: The Geography of Poverty, MSNBC
American Advertising Federation (AAF), 2012, Featured speaker: “Brand Bravery in the Digital Age,” Cleveland, OH
Society of Publication Designers (SPD), 2010, Gold Award, Website of the Year, CNN.com
Peabody Award, for Excellence in Journalism, CNN, 2008 Elections
Edward R. Murrow Award, 2010, 2009, Best Website, CNN.com
Webby Awards, 2011, Best Online Film & video mashup; Official Honoree in categories: News/Handheld devices, Best Visual Design – Function, Best Navigation/Structure
Webby Awards, 2010, Official Honoree, News, Best Practices and Best Political Site categories
Webby Awards, 2009, People’s Voice Award, CNN.com
Institute of Design at Stanford (“The D School”), 2010, Featured panelist “Re-designing Journalism”
EPpy awards, 2010, Best Network TV-Affiliated Site, CNN.com, Best Community Service Application, iReport.com/Haiti
MacWorld App Gems Award, 2009 Best News App, CNN
Society of Publication Designers, selected juror
CableFAX Best of the Web Awards, 2009, two awards, one honorable mention
EPpy awards, 2009, Best News Web Site, CNN.com; Best News/Politics Blog, The CNN Political Ticker, CNN.com
Webby Awards 2008, People’s Voice Award for Best Mobile News Site; Official Honoree, CNN.com and AC360 Blog
The One Show, Selected juror
Web Marketing Association Awards, 4 awards, including Best Consumer Goods Site
New Media Invision Awards, Silver Medal, creative direction, online corporate identity, Gillette
The One Show, 2 Awards of Excellence for interactive creative direction
AIGA conference, MindOn!, Seattle Art Museum, featured speaker, representing Microsoft
AIGA Bookbuilders West Show, Gold Award, Louise Bourgeois: Drawings & Observations; Award of Excellence, Fabergé in America
Print Magazine, National Design Annual, poster and illustration for Seattle Repertory Theater
Ford Foundation Scholarship for Fine Arts, University of Washington
Society of Washington Artists Exhibition, Best of Show Award