Hi. I’m Brian.
I’m currently a Creative Director at DDB Chicago. If you’re wondering how I got such cool hair, I should confess, that’s not me. It’s John Cougar Mellencamp, the most adored son of my small Indiana hometown. He’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, sold 27 million albums, and proved that big ideas (and what appears to be a unicorn necklace) can come from anywhere.
Now I’m trying to prove the same, only instead of making music, I make ads. And I’ve been lucky to make them with some amazing people, while being recognized by Cannes, Clios, LIA, One Show, Comm Arts and more.
I have an art direction background, but I also love to write, design, edit and learn whatever else is needed to solve problems and tell great stories.
Thanks for checking out my work.
DDB – Chicago /// Creative Director /// 2016 - Present
State Farm, Skittles, La Quinta, Jeep
MCGARRYBOWEN – Chicago /// Associate Creative Director /// 2013 - 2016
Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Disney, Pizza Hut
JWT – Atlanta /// Senior Art Director /// 2012 - 2013
United States Marine Corps.
22SQUARED – Tampa /// Art Director /// 2008 - 2012
Buffalo Wild Wings, Jackson Hewitt, Toyota, Publix Supermarkets, Florida’s Natural, Big Cat Rescue, Tampa Bay Lightning
ENERGY BBDO – Chicago /// Art Director Intern /// 2007
Jim Beam Spirits, Wrigley, Chicago White Sox
CARMICHAEL LYNCH – Minneapolis /// Art Director Intern /// 2007
Harley-Davidson, Jack Link's
MASTERCLASS – the Internet /// 2018
Usher Teaches the Art of Performance
MIAMI AD SCHOOL – Minneapolis /// 2006 - 2008
Art Direction Portfolio Program
DEPAUW UNIVERSITY – Somewhere in Indiana /// 2002 - 2006
B.A. Studio Art