Hello Ad-frican American Creative Community. There has been a lot of talk these days about the lack of African-American creative talent in Advertising. I’ve been in advertising for over 15 years now and would have to agree that there is definitely a lack, including lack of opportunity. So, I wanted to create a space for all established and emerging black creatives to showcase their work, share their knowledge, inspire the next generation, and help open some doors. Shoot me a link of your portfolio if you would like to be featured as we begin this journey.
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Nov. 4, 2011
Shanteka Sigers is an executive creative director at Sanders Wingo in Austin Texas. Before her responsibilities of managing a creative dept, Shanteka was a copywriter with skills to burn. As a matter of fact she was appointed a creative directors position just soon after being a Jr. copywriter. How cool is that? Anyhow, check out her book and you will find creativity behind every header link and the reason why Shanteka is one killer Ad-frican American.
Nov 1, 2011
Des Barzey is a freelance art director based in NY. Prior to NY, Des worked in London at agencies including Lowe’s, Leagas Delaney, HHCL, EuroRSCG, Leo Burnett, WCRS, Saatchi’s, TBWA Amsterdam, TBWA London and Chiat Day. Glancing through his book you’ll see a lot of the european flair. A real veteran of the game who has paid his dues here and across the pond. Check out his Samsung print in his book and see why Des is considered a great Ad-frican American.
October 25th, 2011
Anthony Coleman is a talented Art Director that works at Deutsch in LA. Going through Anthony’s book you will see why great ideas are color blind. His book displays intelligent designs from layout to font use. His work is fresh and clean. View the North Face FWll ads in his book and you will clearly understand why Anthony Coleman will forever be a great Ad-frican American.
October 24, 2011
Aubrey Walker is a ACD/Copywriter that works at Commonground in Chicago IL. As you stroll through Aubrey’s breath of work, it’s quite easy to see that he is quite conceptual and loves the creative process. His entrepreneurial spirit and creative expression shines through on several projects as he shows us his vision and skills behind the camera. Peep the Kenya Moore book promo and you’ll see why Aubrey Walker is considered a great Ad-frican American.
October 20, 2011
David McFeders is a freelance art director/illustrator living in Chicago. David has worked for a variety of great agencies including BBDO Chicago. His book demonstrates his ability to deliver good print, broadcast, flash, and more. I particularly like the playfulness of the ‘extra gum’ print and TV in his book. Proving that David is not only a great talent but also a great Ad-frican American.
October 18th, 2011
Kelley Cole Graham
Kelley is a CD/Copywriter from Atlanta GA. She has a knack for creating and writing compelling messages, along with smart ideas that connect people to brands. She is a 16 year veteran on the agency and client side at shops like Grey Worldwide, Carol H. Williams, Gap Inc and others. Her writing is witty and engaging. Check out the headlines on the mini print in her book. Besides feeling the urge to throw your hands up after reading them, you’d see why Kelly Cole Graham is a solid creative and great Ad-frican American.
October 17, 2011
Dennis is an easy going freelancing graphic designer and illustrator from Cincinnati Ohio. Dennis loves working in print, primarily, working successfully with community organizations, real estate developers, industrial companies and print publishers. From a business card to annual report, Dennis can art direct with the best of them. Dennis epitomizes all the qualities of a constant professional. His designs and art work has been in request from clients over the last 20 years. Check out some of Dennis work here and you’d see why Dennis is and always will be a great Ad-frican American.
October 13, 2011
Eric is an fantastic art director with creative roots at Wieden+Kennedy. In is book you can feel that this guy enjoys doing what he does. He’s skilled in TV, illustrations, social media, print and more. Eric’s art direction has personality and a sense of style. Eric also has a great personality proven by the motto he lives by. “Sneeze with style. Fart with class. Belch with confidence. Dance without reservation. Eat when hungry. Stubborn when sure. Get a lot of dough. Get fired. Fail hard. Stop Begging. Do something cooler. Behold – Gumption. Don’t leave home without some Gumption.” Great words to live by and another great reason why Eric is considered a talented Ad-frican American. Peep the Sierra mist TV in his book. Anything with midgets is always good.
October 12, 2011
Marc is an art director that works at creative powerhouse Butler Shine, Stern & Partners. He would be the first to tell you that you are only as good as you think you are. Set a bar, high or low, and attain it. Well, look like Marc took his own advice because he has a killer book that demonstrates his awesome skills. Check out all the killer Mini work in his book and see why great ideas remain color blind and he’s considered a top Ad-frican American.
October 11, 2011
Vincent St. Vincent
Vincent St. Vincent is an ACD/Art Director that currently lives in St. Louis Mo. Vincent is one of those rare art director talents that knows every facet of being an art director. He’s another great talent, that got his start at the iconic DMB&B on the Budweiser account. Having graduated from Washington University in St.Louis should tell you that this guy is a smart cookie. Don’t just take my word on it, peep out his great book and diverse skill set and you’d see why he is truly a great Ad-frican American. This in addition to having one of the coolest names in the business.
October 10, 2011
Marco Howell is an Sr.Art-director, that works at one of the most creative shops in the country, The Martin Agency in Virginia. He is one of the best art-directors black, white, purple or taupe in the industry. He is a multiple award winner taking home some of the industry highest honors, which proves that great ideas are color blind. You will see why when you take a tour through this awesome book from this talented Ad-frican-American. Check out the Discover Card campaign featuring Peggy.
October 10, 2011
Kevin Miles is an ACD/Copywriter from Sacramento. Kevin is a veteran of the game and knows very well the importance of diversity in the industry. Kevin started his career at once advertising giant Darcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles in St. Louis. From there he went on to create great campaigns for a number of great agencies around the country. Today, he spends a lot of his time as an entrepreneur creating great work with long time art director partner Carl Koestner for corporations nationwide. Check out the McDonald’s spot on their reel that got mentioned in Communications Arts and you’d see why Kevin is an awesome Ad-frican American.
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