John James

Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Tarot Practitioner

Level
Senior
Location
Paris, France
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

  • Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Tarot Practitioner
  • Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Tarot Practitioner
  • Freelance Creative Director/Art Director/Tarot Practitioner

About me

>> NOMADIC. Presently docked between Canada and Paris, FR. Open to new projects worldwide. If you are looking to connect, please state why. Thanks! << Driven by a deep and guttural urge to explore the corners of creative practice, functional beauty, and the wells of human nature - a multidisciplinary approach and boundless curiosity has led me to work with a diverse range of clients and mediums. Specializing in the art of empathic storytelling through conscious design, I stand by the power of words, the passion of conviction and the integrity of meaningful work. ABRIDGED MEDIA & BIBLIOGRAPHY * For full international exhibition listing, please contact me directly. 2017 FISSURE VISION. BLYNKT. Issue 3 Wildlife: Edmonton art’s scene in 2017 was captivatingly anthropological. The Edmonton Journal. THEY’RE INSIDE AND OUT. The National Post. 2017 WORLD VISION. Hunger Free Quarterly. HOW TO BE A GOOD HUMAN. FEATURE. HOWL: The Action Edition. DISEMBODIMENT. Exhibition zine catalog. 2016 PASSÉPRESSFUTUR, L’ÉVÉNEMENT QUI ILLUSTRE LA LANGUE. ÉTAPES. FAITHFUL. Woodpigeon. Official Music Video. 2015 FORBIDDEN FEAST. Wedluxe Magazine. LA BETE. HOWL: The Woman Edition. NERD NITE. Volume 14. Vancouver. SPECIAL EDITION: ARTIST COLLABORATIONS ON PACKAGING DESIGN. Viction:ary HOW TO BUILD A BEER BRAND FROM SCRATCH. WorkingNotWorking Magazine WILD AT HEART. The Gazette Vancouver. 2014 JOHN JAMES. Spring/Summer Feature. Georgie Magazine. THE BRILLIANCE, THE PASSION, AND AESTHETIC OF JOHN JAMES. Juxtapoz. PECHAKUCHA. Volume 35. Vancouver. JOHN JAMES ENTERS THE ICEBOX. The Gazette Vancouver. PINWHEELS. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Fast Co. GIRLS. Laurell. Official music video. 2013 FASHION WITH COMPASSION. The Edmonton Journal. 2011 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — A STYLIZED INTERPRETATION. Wedluxe Magazine. INTO THE LIGHT. Plaid Magazine. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF NATALIE. Photographer & Muse. OUT & ABOUT. SOMA WEAR CANADA’S ACCESSORIES STARS. April Feature. Flare Magazine. 2010 CABOCHON. A Shaded View on Fashion. CREME DE LA CREME. Parlour Magazine. OFF THE DEEP END. Parlour Magazine. EDGY VS. POLISHED. Flare Magazine. THE RHINESTONE COWBOY. Flare Magazine. SUMMER COVER. June Feature. Parlour Magazine. FEATURE. Display Magazine - Issue 3. STREET STYLE IN SEPTEMBER. The Calgary Herald. DOWNTOWN CALGARY: BACK TO STYLE. Calgary citywide campaign. ACCESSORIES SHOW: ALBERTA FASHION WEEK. Calgary Fashion. MIDWAY: ALBERTA FASHION WEEK. Calgary Fashion. THE POWERFUL WOMAN. Calgary Fashion. GREETINGS FROM YACHT. Calgary Fashion. TAKING FASHION TO THE WILD SIDE. The Calgary Herald. NECK AND NECK. Vitamin Daily. FASHION CENTRAL. Calgary citywide campaign. WOULD YOU STAY IF SHE PROMISED YOU HEAVEN? Antler Magazine.

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Skills

  • Adobe Create Suite
  • Bespoke Design
  • Mural Painting
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Photography
  • Conceptual Copywriting
  • Jewellery Design
  • Branding
  • Custom Typography

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Corbis

    • Retail
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    Freelance

    • Publicis

      Publicis

      • Advertising
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      Critical Mass

      Work history

      Currently

      Creative Director/Art Director/Bespoke Designer/Artist

      Freelance

      Oct 2003
      • Canada
      • Freelance
      • Absent of the limits and constraints of a singular role, my mediums have run the gamut. Honing creative craft through design and advertising built around strong ideas and beautiful form, I’ve woven a diverse body of work; ranging from 2D/3D pieces for exhibition, editorial, and campaign, sculpt environments (both online and off) and their companion environmental graphic systems, design promotional materials, apps, campaigns and packaging for edible and retail goods, create therapeutic body armour for survivors of sexual abuse, as well as collaborate with various charitable organizations and social causes. ABRIDGED CLIENT LIST: Levi’s, Girlgaze, Adobe, Google ATAP, Nike, Wieden + Kennedy AMS, Wolf + Wilhelmine, Versus Beer, Diesel and Summit.

      2014

      ASSOC. CREATIVE DIRECTOR + ART DIRECTOR

      Noise Digital

      Oct 2013 - Nov 2014
      • Vancouver, Canada
      • Full Time
      • • Mentored and led the creative team, implementing team feedback, organizing personal growth workshops, educational seminars and continued 1-1 skill building. • Drove overall growth and design strategy within the company - shifting the focus from design-to-fit media buys to driving narrative backed digital campaigns through diverse social media channels, resulting in a tripled increase of interaction through Ferrero social media, as well as full creative control of all Canadian centric Ferrero accounts. ABRIDGED CLIENT LIST: Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Sapporo, Sleeman

      2017

      CO-FOUNDER + BRANDING PARTNER

      Aurora Beer

      Jun 2012 - Jul 2017
      • Vancouver, Canada
      • Full Time
      • • Established the conceptual approach, foundational brand voice and tonal aesthetic across all printed media and packaged goods. • Secured small run retail distribution and brand relationships across Western Canada. FEATURED PARTNERSHIPS: Kit and Ace, Concrete Cat and Residents.TV

      2013

      ART DIRECTOR + SENIOR DESIGNER

      EVB

      May 2011 - Apr 2013
      • San Francisco, United States
      • Full Time
      • Alongside a familial and talented team of individuals, it was a pleasure to be at the helm driving projects from conception to tangible realization. In this extremely collaborative environment, exploring the marriage of technology, advertising and visual design encouraged me to question the relevance, purpose and quality of ideas and push them forward into an (often) unconventional realm that made them come alive, sprinting. • Specialized in digital project-based activations, driving initiatives from conceptual foundation to tangible deliverables ranging from apps and interactive 360 degree online experiences to on-site media stunts. • Highly encouraged cross-team collaboration focused on the integration of technology, advertising and empathic visual design. Collaborating with Bay area arts-oriented tech partnerships to establish unique and unconventional solutions to traditional flat/two-dimensional advertising briefs. Abridged client list: Pernod Ricard, Chivas Regal, EA, Luxottica, Jimmy John's, Clorox and Absolut, among others.

      2011

      SENIOR DESIGNER + ART DIRECTOR

      Publicis

      Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
      • Seattle, United States
      • Full Time
      • • Art directed/designed print and web based campaign editorials, package design and limited-run experiences. • Defined conceptual framework, design aesthetic and identified creative partnerships to create immersive trade show environments, digital experiences and media driven initiatives. • Tackled the evolution and development of established brands, businesses, and new brand directions, as well as design limited edition pieces of agency branded materials and promotional materials. • Established cultural partnerships with local media and arts-based institutions, such as the EMP Museum and KEXP Radio. ABRIDGED CLIENT LIST: T-Mobile, Android, Electronic Arts, Ebay, BallPark, KEXP Radio, Microsoft, Seabourn, Les Schwab, and the NBA, among others.

      2009

      Creative Director

      Fotolia

      Jan 2009 - May 2009
      • Calgary, Canada
      • Full Time
      • • Was a key creative partner in developing the launch of the Fotolia brand in the North American market. • Led in-house design team, in collaborating with our European development team to distribute the new brand strategy cross platform in Europe and NA. This involved re-examining the online experience of Fotolia.com, purchase flow for the customer and redesigning large chunks of the site to be more intuitive, as well as creating brand presence through strategic placement of various materials (print, online, environmental, guerilla, and custom pieces) that translated to both American and European markets. • Established the NA brand campaign strategy embracing the “sexy Euro-ness” innate to company culture, defining the standout characteristics of the brand amongst office-oriented creative content.

      2009

      CREATIVE LEAD (DIGITAL)

      Corbis

      Aug 2007 - Feb 2009
      • Calgary, Canada
      • Full Time
      • As a Digital Creative Lead for the digital team, I was tasked with conceptualizing, storyboarding and creating the aesthetic (often through handmade maquettes) of and art directing immersive interactive experiences, brand microsites, film shorts, and companion web pieces to our catalogues, direct mail pieces, email initiatives, and guerilla campaigns that would change from a month to month basis.

      2009

      Senior Digital Designer

      Veer

      Oct 2006 - Feb 2009
      • Toronto, Canada
      • Full Time
      • As a Creative Lead for the digital team - initially, in their satellite office in Toronto, followed by relocation to Calgary - I was tasked with conceptualizing, storyboarding and creating the aesthetic (often through handmade maquettes, digital composites or renderings) of and art directing immersive interactive experiences, brand microsites, film shorts, and companion web pieces to our catalogues, direct mail pieces, email initiatives, and guerilla campaigns that would change from a month to month basis.

      2006

      Senior Digital Designer

      Critical Mass

      Jan 2005 - Oct 2006
      • Toronto, Canada
      • Full Time
      • Working with high-profile clients such as Mercedes Benz, Dell, Hyatt, Citibank and Blue Cross, I have been part of project ideation processes, content reorganization, ad generation, the execution of seasonal campaign initiatives and new model/website launches. As one of the design leads (Calgary/Toronto) on Citi, Mercedes Benz USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, I collaborated with remote and in-house teams to develop the concept and design of new campaign strategies and model releases, online and site specific consumer experiences, as well as the redesign and execution phases of the respective sites within the United States.

      Education

      2004

      Bachelor of Design Visual Communication

      University of Alberta

      Feb 2000 - Oct 2004
      • Canada

      Awards

      2012

      Silver. Changing Behaviours.

      Shopper Innovation Award.

      • ADD A LITTLE JOY: THE NUTELLA SPIFE

      2009

      Winner. Site of the Day.

      Awwwards

      • SILK: REUNITE THE RIVER

      2009

      Winner. Award of Distinction in Mobile.

      Communicator Awards

      • JIMMY JOHNS SANDWICH CANNON

      2009

      Silver. Packaged Goods.

      Effie Awards

      • BALLPARK RE-BRAND

      2009

      Finalist.

      Appy Awards

      • JIMMY JOHNS SANDWICH CANNON

      2009

      Winner. Site of the Day.

      FWA

      • SILK: REUNITE THE RIVER

      2009

      Winner. Award of Distinction in Mobile.

      FWA

      • JIMMY JOHNS SANDWICH CANNON

      2008

      Silver.

      ADDY's

      • JIMMY JOHNS SANDWICH CANNON

      2008

      • PIPE DREAM

      2008

      Silver.

      ADDY's

      • T-MOBILE: LIVE RISING

      2006

      Honourable Mention.

      National Magazine Awards

      • BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

      2004

      Winner. Self promotion - Interactive Media Awards.

      Applied Arts Magazine

      • VEER: REST STOP