Jonathan Armstrong

Creative Manager (Art Direction & Design)

  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsArt Director - Creative Director - Creative Services Manager


About me

I’m a creative ideas person with a passion for art direction and ability to conceptualise creative solutions that effectively communicate the strategic objective from initial brief to final execution. Having gained an intimate knowledge and solid understanding of the creative process including, strategy, advertising, online, environmental, identity, design, photography, moving image, experiential and activation over a career of working in fashion, lifestyle and sports.

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  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Film
  • Marketing PR
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Retail
  • Design
  • Environment
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Retail Advertising
  • Visual Merchadnisig
  • Creative Art Direction
  • Photographic Direction

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  • Kayte Ellis Agency

    Kayte Ellis Agency

    • Photography
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    Pentland Brands

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      The Great Little Trading Company

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        Peter Kane & Co.


        Work history


        Creative Art Director

        ja Design Ltd

        Apr 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Running my own creative consultancy specialising in creative communication solutions for fashion, sport and lifestyle brands. Delivering creative direction, visual strategies, branding, design, graphic solutions, art direction, photo shoots, video direction, advertising and environmental design. Achievements - Icebreaker NZ, brand positioning projects. - Dune London, consultant. - Defining and producing the photographic guidelines & brand campaign for Pure Gym. ‘My Body. My Gym.’ - Identity and branding for “HappyKids”, a new children’s multi brand retail chain of stores in the middle east.


        Lead Creative

        Dune London

        Dec 2016 - Nov 2017
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • 10 month contract working as creative lead and ambassador ensuring all creative output adhered to the brand guidelines and strategy. Working with the Visual Merchandising, Retail and Marketing teams providing creative guidance and graphic design solutions, including the sourcing of print and installation. Achievements - Overseeing the SS17 campaign, ‘#aloveaffairwith...’ & AW17 campaign, ‘Find Your Dancing Feet’. - ‘25 Years of Dune London’. Identity and creative direction


        Creative Manager Direction & Design

        The Great Little Trading Company

        Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
        • Full Time
        • Managing the creative vision and art direction ensuring strong design and effective communications across all media. Planning, managing and evolving the companies creative look and feel, photography and moving image.


        Creative Manager

        Pentland Brands

        Oct 2003 - Apr 2014
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • Managing a small team of creatives delivering a fully integrated creative service for the brands owned or licensed by Pentland: Speedo, Kickers, Ellesse, Lacoste, Kangaroo, Mitre, Berghaus, Brasher, Boxfresh, Ted Baker and Red or Dead. Including Branding, stratagy, creative & art direction, photography, moving image and advertising. Achievements Speedo - Delivered global brand strategies, campaigns and seasonal photo shoots for over 10 years. - ‘GetSpeedoFit’- creatively supported 3 year initiative, growing share in a $2.4bn global market. - Launch and stewardship of ‘SpeedoSculpture’ a concept specifically designed for women. - Managed successful marketing launch for Speedo’s entry into the triathlon market, TriathELITE. - Core team member working on identity and launch activity for 3 Olympics including Athens 2004, Fastskin FSII ‘shark’ campaign, the ‘Vitruvian Man’ Michael Phelps iconography of Beijing 2008 and the London 2012 Fastskin FS3 identity and look & feel. Ellesse - Overseeing global brand visual communications and brand guidelines 2009 - 2014. - Global brand campaign ‘Sport Della Vita’, a PR hit; commissioning world renowned illustrator Robert McGinnes, known for the 1961 ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and the James Bond franchise film posters of the 60’s and 70’s. - Integrated marketing campaigns shot by fashion photographers Nick Clements and Elisabeth Hoff. - Designed the 50th Anniversary exhibition and party working in collaboration with external events management team (Gun Ho) for a global media event, exhibition and party held in Rome. Kickers - Responsible for ‘The Feelgood Revolution’ and ‘Fit in. Stand out’ campaigns. Connecting with the Kickers consumer in a fun and engaging way, bringing their stories to life in an authentic manner.


        Art Director

        Peter Kane & Co.

        Apr 2001 - Jun 2003
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • Through the line design agency, with accounts including: Camelot (The National Lottery), Sainsbury’s, Argos, Casio and Woolworth General Store. Achievements - Sainsbury’s Christmas in-store campaign 2002. - ‘Rollover’ & ‘Hot Picks’ identity for The National Lottery. - Launch advertising for Casio Exilim digital camera.



        Aug 1983 - Jul 1986
        • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
        • Sculpture