Hello.

I have 20+ years of experience in communication design and creative direction — specializing in brand identities and experiences, marketing and editorial/publishing. With a foundation in the editorial approach, my aspiration is to create simple, honest, and impactful work with soul and purpose rooted in cultural significance - born from the communities that will interact with the work that I contribute to.

My work is an ongoing conversation with art, fashion, music and broader global culture that has applications across all media - both analog and digital.

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Selected clients:

Brands
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, Nike, Red Bull, Cipriani, The Milwaukee Bucks, Google, YouTube, IBM, NBA, NFL, Sony Records, Hydrahead Records, New Line Cinema, Bravo TV

 

Agencies
 

R/GA, Industry, Two Things, Los York, Havas, Saatchi & Saatchi, Siegel + Gale, Translation, Doubleday & Cartwright, Form&, Stink Studios, Elephant, Superfly

 

Editorial/Publishing
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The New York Times Magazine, Victory Journal,  The FADER, COMPLEX,  Mass Appeal, Random House, Penguin Books, New York Magazine, People, Instyle, Car & Driver, Jane

Capabilities:


Brand Strategy & Identity
Content Development & Production
Design Systems & Guidelines
Campaign Development
Digital
Packaging
Environmental/Retail

Wayfinding
Creative/Media Strategy & Planning
Team Organization 


Current:


Independent
Creative Director
& Communication
Designer
JTK Studios



Previous:

Group SVP,
Group Creative Director
Day One Agency
FEB 2023—FEB 2024

Creative Director,
Visual Design
R/GA
SEP 2021—JUN 2022

Creative Director (Contract)
T Brand Studio @ NYT
DEC 2020—JUN 2021

Creative Lead (Contract)
Apple
MAR 2020—DEC 2020





Creative Director
Ueno
APR 2019—APR 2020

Global Head of Brand
& Creative
Red Bull Music
JAN 2017—APR 2019

Head of Design
Mekanism
SEP 2015—SEP 2016




Managing Creative Director
Doubleday & Cartwright
OCT 2011—SEP 2015

Creative Director
The FADER
DEC 2009—OCT 2011

Senior Designer
Helicopter, LLC
MAY 2006—MAY 2008

Associate Art Director
Complex Magazine
JUN 2004—MAY 2006

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Contact


67 West St #326
Brooklyn, NY 11222


917 609 5817

justinthomaskay@gmail.com

@justinthomaskay

 

© Justin Thomas Kay 2024