Justin Herren

Justin Herren

Art director in Chicago, He/him

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10 months ago


Innovative, collaborative Art Director with over 15 years of experience transforming concepts into impactful visual narratives through human-centered design, storytelling, and strategy.

Work Experience

2018 — Now

• $200m+ in revenue wins driven by collaborating with business development, marketing, and product teams to interpret project
briefs and aligning design solutions with strategic objectives.
• Lead a multi-disciplinary, global team of designers, copywriters, and other creative professionals to consistently exceed client
expectations by supervising and crafting engaging deliverables in a fast-paced environment.
• Drive new business opportunities by consulting with clients and presenting big-idea thinking.
• Ensure successful project management from concept to completion across multiple channels, including print collateral, digital
media, video production, and event branding.
• Foster creative growth as a mentor and peer advisor by staying current with design trends and technologies.
• Promote inclusive perspectives during regular brainstorming and ideation sessions

2016 — 2018

• Secured 2 new clients through demonstrated expertise around email and social media marketing.
• Mentored and trained a team of 3 junior designers within the digital department.
• Increased social media engagement by 300% as creative lead for a Facebook ad campaign for a Midwest restaurant group.

2012 — 2016

• Creative lead for 2 new digital products that are utilized by over 3600 financial institutions for their marketing communications
and online banking platforms.
• Developed award-winning email marketing campaign for a mapping technology company.
• Art director for an online map discovery game that received a special innovation award in direct response marketing.

2008 — 2011

• Redesigned the organization’s website, and developed brand guidelines for print, digital and social media.
• Implemented and managed pilot email marketing communications.
• Achieved 30% cost savings for newsletter production and distribution through a layout redesign.

2007 — 2008

• Designed rich media banner ads and coded HTML email campaigns.
• Pitched new service offerings to clients with sales team.


2010 — 2011
Communications Chair at DIFFA Auxiliary Board


2000 — 2004
BFA at Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN