1 Gold Lion
2 Silver Lions
1 Bronze Lion
8 Shortlist Lions
2 Silver Pencils
1 Silver Clio
London International Awards
The Museum of Feelings was the single biggest project that I have overseen in my advertising career.
As with any project of this size, it took a literal army to execute. I am most humbled to have had the opportunity to have invested nearly a year of my life literally on the ground: from selling it in the first day to one year later touching up paint on the floor on opening night.
For this project I was acting as the key Art Director / Creative Director (& also acting as co-Global Group Creative Director with my partner Donna Charlton-Perrin, and coordinating with all of my agency partners).
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Collaborated with their PR team for an-store event to celebrate Holiday launch of Chicago store- output included film & social). Hosted the team for an offsite brand retreat for press, employees and collaborators. Design & fabrication of a custom gift product for guests of event.
– Co-Designed a customization package for the URAL Sidecar Wandawega Sportsmans Edition.
– Created an immersive dealer, consumer an press offsite retreat, social campaign, films & press features.
– Extended into a Motorcycle rally offsite with SOHO House Chicago members.
Today’s consumers crave experiences, not things. Welcome to “The Experience Economy.” As technology has become pervasive in our lives, people crave a return to tangible, conversation-worthy experiences. Its a huge opportunity that forward-thinking brands are seizing.
A dominant part of personal mission over the years has been to create MOMENTS that people remember, PLACES that people talk about, and STORIES for them to share.
This has manifested in creating experiences for brand through Ogilvy, and outside of agency walls.
Glade awakens the sense of smell. And uses it’s unique fragrances to create memorable experiences.
To demonstrate the mood-setting power of fragrance for the product launch of Glade car plug ins, we invented a new way to sample its fragrance - an actual living space designed by scent.
We partnered with scent experts and architects to build a pod, suspended in the Redwood Forest, that envelopes the consumer in the source of the fragrance. It also exhibited additional product attributes including adjustable scent through movable window and light-up functionality.
By creating the Scent Stay, we found a completely original way for consumers to sample our new fragrance, by taking them directly to the place that inspired it.
This ‘pod’ has since been featured across the world from The Daily Mail to Cabin Porn, and countless design press.
Trademark Contact excerpt:
- “@glade sent @vagabrothers on a road trip to explore the inspiration behind New Glade® PlugIns Car™.”
- “Find yourself on the open road. ADVENTURE.™”
- “We have a fragrance for that™."
When temperatures rise, so does gun violence. Our non-profit client, Americans for Responsible Solutions, created the first-ever heat sensitive outdoor poster campaign whose messages were triggered whenever temperatures hit between 80ºF and 90ºF – (the range when gun violence spikes). Each poster was printed with temperature reactive color-changing ink that revealed the treat posed to citizens.
The campaign was posted around Chicago at peak heat season.
It has been an honor to have served for years on the Soho House committee, and on the founding members board. Since launch, have collaborated with the house on many creative projects from off site retreats, to onsite theater venue, pop up restaurant, rooftop takeover, motorcycle rally to launch our custom bikes, and many more.
How do you elevate a tiny brand with minimal awareness into an exclusive brand everyone desires but few can get their hands on?
For starters we transformed the rooftop of one of New York's most luxe hotels into a secret garden that only top fashion editors had the keys to. This is a small sampling of the social work created (as part of a larger digital, CRM, email, experiential and social campaign).
* The work shared here is publicly shared by the client. And respresents a small portion of a fully integrated cross- media advertising campaign.
Client confidentiality prohibits sharing further brand case study information.
I've always been a big believer that having creative outlets beyond your day job makes you a better agency creative. My favorite outlet is Camp Wandawega – creating product lines, books, brand collaborations, and creative retreats for Fortune 500 brands.
The biggest creative reward is sharing: we donate the use of camp to a broad range of creative charities to host music, theater, art and kids camps. #PayItForward
I was a lead creative on a global team. I started working on the brand before Campaign For Real Beauty launched and had the opportunity to serve on the front-lines as the brand was transformed from an outdated soap brand to an aspirational modern beauty brand. For over a decade I collaborated with various partners around the globe to launch fully integrated programs for Dove Hair, Face, Pro-Age, Deo, Body Wash, styling products, facial cleansers, tanning products, and many, many more. I had the amazing opportunity to produce work in 9 countries in 5 languages, and earned Lions, Effies, and coverage in Archive, Creativity, and more along the way. Here is one example. (Want to see more? Just ask).
Jeanne Gang’s architecture is designed to compliment and enhance the environment it exists in. Throughout her work we see the common thread of maximizing the positive effects of air and light. To celebrate her 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award we’ll use her works of art to make works of art. Her architecture becomes an artist. Using sunlight as the medium we placed sun reactive paper around famous works of Jeanne Gang architecture, allowing the shadows, shapes and angles to create our artwork. To support the event, we mailed out unique framed prints. Each came with a description of the building that made it.
Graduate Hotels is thrilled to introduce the Camp Wandawega suite at Graduate Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The custom-designed room is a collaboration between Graduate Hotels and Camp Wandawega, and features products from Camp Wandawega’s exclusive collection with Land of Nod: Camp Wandawega for Nod. In developing the suite, the Graduate team worked closely with both partners to create a space that is inspired by the vintage charm of Camp Wandawega, and whimsy of Land of Nod, while still complementing the hotel’s design aesthetic.
“As avid fans of both Camp Wandawega and Land of Nod, we are thrilled to partner on this exciting project,” said Ben Weprin, CEO of AJ Capital Partners. “The unique partnership has resulted in the creation of a space that encapsulates the spirit of the Graduate brand and celebrates the quaint essence of Madison, Wisconsin.”
Partnered to create a launch event for the Chicago store: Curation of the city's best shops for a custom Flea Market. Created a 360 integrated branding campaign including social, out of home, in store and film components.
In Addition, collaborating in a larger sponsor partnership for the creation of the #CampSocialHouse - showcasing their new product, offisite brand retreat.
*poster design by steve hahn
Anthropologie stores are known to cater to women. But what about the men in their lives? For the holiday season, I designed and produced with Tatine, a custom candle gift set exclusively for Anthropologie stores. Each candle was comprised of antique objects ranging from 1920s deadstock wooden match boxes to hand crafted wooden crates from a third generation lumberjack lumberjack family. The candles served as a keepsake gift box, while the candle vessel was a repurposed beer tasting glass. The limited edition set sold out entirely in a matter of days.
Shared here is a small sampling of the published work available to the public. Since pitching and winning this brand in 2013, have created award winning fully integrated 360 campaigns that made the brand one of the most successful in the portfolio.
We quickly took the Mrs. Meyer's Instagram feed from under 5k to over 40k with a steady rhythm of relevant engaging content.
So much more to see here that I can't show you, under NDA.
Chicago is a city riddled with poverty, crime and violence. Yet there are still magical places where little kids can learn to dream big. The annual sleepover at the world’s largest science museum, where hundreds of children get the night of their lives, to inspire a lifetime of dreams, fueled by science, technology and innovation. Camp out in a teepee, bunk within a U-505 Submarine, hit the hay along side a Sliver Pioneer Zephyr or even sleep in the Streets of Yesterday. The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago and the Land of Nod invites little guest to explore and dream big amongst 400,000 square feet of exhibit space for one night only. Then rounding out the night by roasting marshmallows, campfire sing-a-long, and taking home self-made tokens of creative expressions...Little Kids, Big Dreams.
Partnered with The Brooklyn-based Hudson Flooring Company to create social media content. Consult on brand positioning and advertising campaign, and product placement.
The New Regal Theater, once the epitome of glamour, now lies in a gorgeous state of decay. A century ago, the architect of this historic landmark was inspired by Moroccan fragrances. Glade wanted consumers to rethink traditional autumn fragrances, and challenged us to create an experience to evoke new emotions from old scents. To do this, we created a completely immersive experience in this epic space- reopening it’s doors for for one night only. A golden ticket, a tantalizing concession, a scent-lead evening guided media influencers on three paths to discover their Autumn side. Each room was taken over and reimagined to bring fragrances to life… from casting to performance art, this once abandoned majestic theater came back to life one more time.
One of the oldest Olympic sports, Equestrianism, had lost popularity- and was in danger of being eliminated from the games altogether. In an effort to draw awareness and create support for the sport, we created a direct mail campaign targeting celebrities & influencers.
One that would trigger an emotional response & provoke action.
Steppenwolf is an artist-driven theater with an appetite for groundbreaking work. A younger generation of artists and an interest in producing exciting works on a smaller scale led to the opening of a special performance space on the first floor of the parking garage building. The assignment was to bring the Steppenwolf Garage brand to life in a very tangible way through the design of its lobby and lounge. We were challenged to make an immediate statement about what sets the Steppenwolf Garage apart from other theaters, including Steppenwolf’s own main stage to people entering the space. That statement would have to be appropriate for all the works presented by this innovative company, a list of plays that will vary wildly in structure, mood, style and ambitions. The design tells the story of Steppenwolf through an immersive brand experience of its world—creating plays, bringing them to life and celebrating them. The furniture is from Steppenwolf’s prop room, so it blurs the lines between stage and audience, theater and life. A wall made of scripts (5,800 pounds of paper) invites you behind the scenes into the minds of the people who wrote them. A wall of reclaimed, ebonized wood mirrors the intricacy of developing and presenting a play by leading your eye from a simple, regular pattern to a complex focal point where you see more depth. The final solution creates a comprehensive narrative from the smallest details (theater programs) to the largest (theater signage/interior) all of which celebrate accomplishments worthy of it’s A-list ensemble members (John Malkovich, John Mahoney, Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, Martha Plimpton, Tracy Letts, to name a few.
Outspent by the competition by 10 to 1, American Family needed to break through the clutter of insurance companies hawking how much time and money they could save you.
A campaign that changed the insurance conversation. We protect more than your car, your house and your grand piano. We can protect and advance the most valuable thing you will ever own. Your dream. Quotes jumped by 35%.
Co- designed a ‘Camp Wandawega’ kids clothing & accessories line, sold across the world in Gant stores and online.
Interface (one of the world's largest carpet companies) was not getting credit for one of their biggest advantages over the competition: The efforts in preserving the planet.
We developed an integrated campaign to launch a new Interface product line called "Net Effect". This new line of modular carpeting used material made from abandoned fishing nets which were otherwise choking fragile coral reef ecosystems. Interface literally created a micro-economy to incentivize villagers to collect these abandoned nets and bring them back to life as ocean inspired carpeting... we told their story across many mediums, including this experiential activation stunt.
Feature for 'Who's Hot' series. Creative Collaboration with the amazing team at CB2 for a feature on entertaining & styling. (Included social, digital & catalog)
Co-designed the ‘Camp Wandawega’ kids toys, home goods and & accessories line, sold in stores across the country and online. Everything from tents to tipis, sleeping bags to bedding. Dress up sets to ornaments. Rugs to home decor. A selection of the 44+ sku line is now carried at Crate for Kids at Crate & Barrel stores worldwide.
I was lucky enough to get a visit from Warby Parker. We talked about style inspiration, Camp, and a creative life perspective.
Original article here.
Thanks Reese Witherspoon for “changing the narrative for women” : supporting fellow creatives, and for being so freaking inspiring.
We’re happy be the second feature her Creative Women Stories series!
With creatives lady guest appearances by:
– Sage Reed
– Remy Glock
– Kayleigh Kuffner
– Ogilvy 485 friends
The Joffrey Ballet is a world-class, Chicago-based dance company. We created a brand awareness campaign that highlights the beauty and elegance of movement. Bold black and white photographs captured the dancers’ simplistic elegance while a “Klein” blue overlay adds a layer of energy and fervor. The copy was crafted to flow forwards and backwards suggesting a sense of never-ending movement.
We are living in unprecedented times where we’ve never been more connected to each other, and yet more disconnected. Compassion and empathy are at a low. Anxiety is high. Mrs. Meyer’s isn’t a wellness brand, but we are a brand born from the garden, and we know the power of plants to improve our emotional and physical health. The Compassion Flower is an effort to grow kindness and understanding in ourselves and the world, which has a direct correlation to our well-being.
In the words of Dr. James Doty, Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University,
"When we shift from fear, from anxiety towards being compassionate, a profound thing happens in your physiology, it works better. Your cardiac functions improve and even the expression of inflammatory proteins dramatically decreases, and your stress hormones decrease, and also you feel much better...The Compassion Flower allows us to be our best selves."
* The work shared here is publicly shared by the client.
Client confidentiality prohibits sharing further brand case study information.
A creative profile interview produced by VICE, created to promote a talk with Apple as part of their ‘The Big Draw’ speakers series.
The Big draw is acharity dedicated to promoting visual literacy. It runs the world's biggest drawing festival for all ages, aimed at getting everyone drawing — even those who think they can’t.
Full film edit can be seen here.
Caldrea is a luxury home keeping brand sold only online. To allow the public to be able to experience it for the holiday season, we popped up a sampling boutique at the busiest time of year in the highest traffic location in Chicago: Michigan avenue Nordstrom.
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