Mihai Eduard Coliban

Creative Director, Art Director, Designer

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

About me

I am a hands-on creative director with an art direction and visual background, interested in designing human-centred, buzz-worthy ideas that will grow businesses which make people's lives better. Along my many years in the communication industry, I have never stopped creating, while always having the passion to discover and mentor talented people who love what they do. My various skills make me a one-of-a-kind hybrid that would take out the best of just about any brief, from insights generation, strategy and idea development, to fully integrated campaigns and digital products.

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Skills

  • Art Direction
  • Ad Concept
  • Big Ideas
  • Integrated
  • Advertising Content
  • Graphic Deaign
  • Illustration
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • User Exerience
  • Creative Stragegy

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • F

    Freelance

    • Leo Burnett

      Leo Burnett

      • Advertising
    • BBDO

      BBDO

      • Advertising

    Work history

    Currently

    Creative Director / Innovation Curator / Visual Thinker / Architect / Not a Bot

    Hey, Punk!

    Oct 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • After 20 years of machete-ing my way through the corporate jungle, I found out what I want to stand for. And so Hey, Punk! came to life - a branding, design and innovation company who doesn't tolerate bullies and isn't afraid to punch above its weight.

    2017

    Creative Director, Consultant

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    Feb 2017 - Jul 2017
    • Budapest, Hungary
    • Freelance
    • Clients: P&G - all digital content creation and optimisation for the various platforms of Brand.com, Pampers, Pampers digital products, various Laundry brands, Olay. Other clients: global campaign for Bosch, EER campaign for Parmalat Diary products. Leading a team of nearly 30: 4 creative heads, digital creatives, designers, long copy writers, digital experts, UX/UI designers.

    2016

    Regional Creative Director

    Proximity

    Mar 2015 - Aug 2016
    • Moscow, Russia
    • Full Time
    • Leading 12-14 creatives, designers, social media creatives, also hands on Art Director / Designer. Helped the agency win its 1st ever Gold in Cannes Lions, in 2015. Clients: Visa, P&G (managing online, multi-brand platforms), Martini Bacardi (Martini, Bacardi, William Lawson’s), Mars (Whiskas), Shell, Imperial Tobacco Group, 3M, InTouch (insurance).

    2015

    Creative Director

    BBDO

    Jul 2007 - Feb 2015
    • Moscow, Russia
    • Full Time
    • Creative Director, Regional (EER - Eastern European Region) Frito-Lay and PepsiCo Creative Director. Working on around 30 brands, at any given time. Leading a team of 20-28 creatives and designers, also working as hands Art Directo / Designer. Significantly contributing to the agency’s share of creative awards and major business wins (over 250 creative accolades in 9 years with BBDO Russia Group). Lay’s (Walkers), Cheetos, Pepsi, Pepsi Max, 7UP, P&G (Gillette, Braun, Venus), Mercedes-Benz, Bayer (Alka-Seltzer, Aspirin & others), SAB Miller, GE Money Bank, KFC, Tuborg, Unilever Foods, Sberbank, Trust Bank, Henkel, StroyMaster, Sekunda Glue, Bering.

    2008

    Creative Partner / Designer

    Acme Industries

    Sep 2006 - Jul 2008
    • Bucharest, Romania
    • Full Time
    • Creative Partner in ACME Industries, a top design and advertising shop based in Bucharest, Romania Clients: SAB Miller Romania, Realitatea-Catavencu Media Group, Rompetrol, TimeOut Bucharest, iqads.ro.

    2006

    Creative Director / Art DIrector

    Mullen Lowe Lintas

    Mar 2004 - Sep 2006
    • Bucharest, Romania
    • Full Time
    • Leading a team of 12-15 people. Around 30 awards won, putting the agency on the map of Romanian and Global creativity. Leading the team that designed the brand strategic and creative platform which helped SAB Miller-owned Timisoreana beer become no. 1 in Romania (still holding this position), win countless Effie Awards (including several Grand Effies for Best Brand) and become a Global Best Business Case in the SAB Miller Global Network. Other highlights: relaunched Coke light in the EER, in 2005, with a campaign entirely developed and produced by Lowe Romania; in 2006, won the agency’s 1st and, to date, only Golden Watch with Dakino, one of the 1st ever viral campaigns in Romania, which also received a wide digital PR, globally.

    2004

    Creative Director / Art Director

    D'Arcy / DMB&B

    Dec 1999 - Mar 2004
    • Bucharest, Romania
    • Full Time
    • Growing from Senior Art Director to ECD in four years with what was the best agency in Romania at the time - D'Arcy, part of Publicis Group. Won Campaign of the Year with Rai de Murfatlar in the 2003 local Ad’Or festival, also my first international recognition in Golden Drum 2002. Became lead Designer for the company’s branding and packaging design division. Worked for a market outside of Romania (Republic of Moldova) for the 1st time, from 2001 to 2003, on the 2 major telecom providers in the country, consecutively. Clients: Vodafone, The Coca-Cola Company (Coke Light, Schweppes, Cappy, Coke & Food), Kraft Foods, InBev, Danone, P&G, Michelin, Agip, Azimut Spa. – nr. 1 motor-yachts in the World), Eli Lilly, Sicomed, GSK, Ringier Media Group.

    1999

    Art Director, Head of Art

    Leo Burnett

    Aug 1998 - Dec 1999
    • Bucharest, Romania
    • Full Time
    • Clients: Philip Morris, P&G, PepsiCo, Porsche Romania, Indesit, Ariston. Won my 1st ever shortlist in a festival (Adprint 2000) with a poster for the then Inbev owned beer Hopfen Konig.

    2004

    Art Director, Illustrator

    Freelance

    Feb 1996 - Aug 2004
    • Bucharest, Romania
    • Full Time
    • Freelancer architect, graphic designer, and illustrator.

    Education

    Currently

    MA Innovation Management

    UAL (University Of The Arts London)

    Aug 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Finished Year 1 of the Innovation Management MA with the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

    Currently

    Digital Media Management MA

    Hyper Island UK

    Aug 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Finished the course, on my way to deliver the master thesis, due October 1st, 2017.

    1996

    Aug 1989 - Jun 1996
    • Bucharest, Romania

    Awards

    2015

    Gold, Silver, Bronze

    Cannes Lions

    • I am awarded in all major Global, European, regional and local advertising shows - D&AD, One Show, Clio, Cannes Lions, Webby, New York Festivals, Epica, Eurobest, Golden Drum, Red Apple, White Square, Golden Hammer, AdPrint - adding up to around 300 awards and shortlists.