Chris Felstead

Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Designer/Writer

Level
Senior
Location
United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

Projects credited in

  • Account Director
    Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Designer/Writer

About me

I’m an award winning, client facing, fully integrated creative with international experience. I create ideas, art direct, design and write. I enjoy strategy and know what a big idea is. I also understand the complexities of global campaigns across various media. I have lots of pitch experience and can handle the pressure that goes with them. As a Creative Director I have managed the might of Braun globally, workingwith, and guiding a tight harmonious team both within Grey London and alsowith partner agencies. As a Full time and Freelance Creative I've happily and successfully worked in both large and small agencies, winning pitches, retaining large pieces of business and producing highly successful campaigns. I believe in simple but powerful ideas, beautifully executed in the most relevant media. My creative work has been recognised in numerous award schemes across a wide variety of accounts including PlayStation, British Airways, Barnardo’s and Johnnie Walker. I’m also a keen Photographer, who’s work has been commissioned. My work is available at a high end image library, home to some of the world’s finest photographers. They say I am both 'good and nice'. But don't take my word for it, here’s a quick snippet from a reference kindly written by Alex Grieve (CCO at AMV BBDO, then at BBH). “Bill Bernbach once said –‘it’s not enough to be good, you have to be nice as well’. Sadly, Chris fails on both counts. He’s very good and very nice. Hire him. He’ll make you and your agency look really clever. And good. Very good.

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Skills

  • Advertising
  • Film
  • TV
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Creative Direction
  • Typography
  • Strategic Design
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Creative Strategy
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Creative
  • Creative Advertising
  • Creative Art Direction
  • Creative Concept
  • Creative Design
  • Creative Thinking
  • Creative Storytelling
  • Creative Conceptualisation
  • Concept Creation

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • Grey London

    Grey London

    • Advertising
  • F

    Freelance

    • BBH

      BBH

      • Advertising

    Work history

    2020

    Senior Creative (Contract)

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    Feb 2020 - Apr 2020
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Working primarily on BT to help further develop and deliver a new brand campaign.

    2020

    Creative Director

    Grey London

    Oct 2018 - Jan 2020
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Responsible for the Braun account globally. One of the largest and most important accounts within Grey London at the time. Overseeing and working closely with a tight-knit and harmonious team to create, design and produce work to the highest level.

    2018

    Senior Creative & Art Director

    Freelance

    Nov 2014 - Oct 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Freelance creative role across a variety of brands and media. During this time I worked on anything from loaves of bread to the luxury of Jaguar and Land Rover cars at agencies like Mother, JWT, RKCR/Y&R, Ogilvy, GTB, Spark44, BJL, Gravity Road, Forever Beta.

    2014

    Senior Art Director

    Leagas Delaney

    Jan 2010 - Oct 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Nigel Roberts, (then Creative Director at Leagas Delaney). Having worked with Chris for the best part of four years, I can genuinely recommend him as an asset to any agency's creative department. As well as being a very good Art Director, his strategic and conceptual capabilities across all media, including digital and experiential marketing, mean that he can always be relied upon to provide strong, viable, and often award-worthy, solutions to any brief. Tim Delaney - Chairman at Leagas Delaney Chris is a good man even though he comes from Manchester. He is open minded, intelligent and has a very good eye. Always willing to help out, his understanding, implementation and creation of strategy meant that he could quickly grasp the problems he was being asked to solve. And his attention to detail both in his graphics and his photographic choices could always be counted on to add an important dimension to any execution. All in all, a responsible, talented addition to even the best creative department.

    2008

    Senior Art Director

    BBH

    Jun 2003 - Mar 2008
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Alex Grieve - ECD at AMV BBDO (Then CD at BBH). Bill Bernbach once said – ‘it’s not enough to be good, you have to be nice as well’. Sadly, Chris fails on both counts. He’s very good and very nice. It’s enough to make you sick. But if you can get past that you’ll find Chris a great addition to any creative department. Of course he can do the good stuff. That should be evident from his portfolio. But he can also turn even the most desperate red-headed, buck teethed stepchild of a brief into something presentable. And that’s the sign of someone really good. Basically he’s a pro. He does this through excellent craft skills, attention to detail and in this new, ever changing world with old-fashioned virtues of hard graft. And he does it all with an unassuming modesty and quiet humour. Hire him. He’ll make you and your agency look really clever. And good. Very good. If you need any more glowing recommendations give me a call.

    2003

    Art Director

    Claydon Heeley

    Jan 2000 - May 2003
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time

    Education

    1992

    BTEC Design & Advertising

    Thameside Art College

    Sep 1989 - Jul 1992
    • Manchester, United Kingdom

    Awards

    2014

    Creative Circle

    Leagas Delaney

    • Shelter - Last House. Campaign to raise awareness of the housing crisis. http://www.chrisfelstead.com/#!shelter-last-house/w1fuv

    2014

    COOH - Creative out of home awards

    Leagas Delaney

    • 3 awards for Shelter Last House. http://www.chrisfelstead.com/#!shelter-last-house/w1fuv

    2007

    Campaign Poster - British Airways

    BBH

    • Thistle - Poster for flights from Glasgow to London. http://www.chrisfelstead.com/#!british-airways/ro4k6

    2006

    BBH Black Sheep

    BBH

    • Barnardo's. A new life. Internal BBH Award for best piece of work of the year. http://www.chrisfelstead.com/#!blank-1/iy7c9

    2006

    Campaign Poster - Barnardo's

    BBH

    • New life campaign http://www.chrisfelstead.com/#!blank-1/iy7c9

    2006

    D&AD - Barnardo's - New life

    BBH

    • 4 x D&AD - Wood Pencil winner - Photography, Press, Posters. http://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2006/photography/15340/new-life-jack/

    2004

    D&AD - PLAYSTATION - 'SORRY' CARD

    Claydon Heeley

    • D&AD WOOD PENCIL WINNER. http://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2006/photography/15340/new-life-jack/