Neil Aitken

Art Director/ Creative

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


I’m a hands-on accomplished integrated Art Director with a proven track record of award-winning campaigns and Pitch wins. I have agency and contract experience, strong conceptual thinking across all 360? media TV, Print, Radio and Direct mail, Social Media, On and Off-line Tactical, Experiential, Rich media banners, and Apps. Working on multiple integrated projects in the fast-paced marketing environments, providing leadership and guidance to various art departments working with designers, and writers internal and outsourced, also liaising with clients to produce inspiring work. My key strengths’ include: * Strong conceptual thinking with a unique outlook, * An acute eye for detail I am only happy when the creative is concluded to the best of my ability. * BA Hons degree in Graphic Design from Central St Martins. * Comfortable working independently or as part of a team. * Ability to scamp or Mac up ideas proficiently. My raison d’être is the pursuit of the big idea, pushing work beyond what’s expected and giving brands cut through, making consumers sit up and take notice. I am currently available for freelance but now I’m looking for a permanent role as either a solo Art Director, or pair up with a good conceptual Copywriter to form an effective team.



  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Film
  • TV
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history


Freelance Senior Creative

Various Digital, Integrated ATL Agencies

Aug 2011
  • ? Agencies: Huge, The Mill, Hypernaked, Blue Hive, Dare, CHI & Partners, Cake, Wunderman, Communicator World, We Are Social, Proximity, Rapp, Havas EHS, HeyHuman, Havas WW


Designer & Concepts

Wolf Olins

Mar 2005 - Jun 2015


Perm Senior Art Director & Creative

Ogilvy One

Aug 2015 - Aug 2011


Various Digital, Integrated and ATL Agencies

Freelance Mid-weight Senior Art Director Creative

Mar 2007 - Dec 2009
  • ? Agencies: Fallon, Weapon 7, Krow, Isobel, DDB, Profero, Chemistry, Iris, Grey, RedBee


Perm Mid Weight Art Director & Creative

Mother London

May 2005 - Feb 2007


Perm Junior Creative

Kesselskramer Amsterdam

Jan 2003 - Feb 2005
  • My creative partner and I started our Advertising Communications profession when Erik and Johan invited us over to work with them in the Church in Amsterdam.


Partner, Designer and Creative


Jun 2000 - Sep 2003
  • L&R were formed after graduation with a fellow Creative from the CSM graphic design course. Our work got noticed and we were chosen to appear in Creative Review magazine as Creative Futures winners.



Graphic Design

Central Saint Martins

Jun 1997 - Jun 2015




    International Echo Awards

    • International Echo Awards