justin thomas kay

New York City

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I am a Creative and Brand Director, Graphic Designer, Creative Strategist, Team Leader and collaborative ally. I have 17+ years of experience in identity, brand design, editorial/publishing, art/content direction and design/production team management across a variety of organizational systems.

I enjoy leading teams in design and creative to respond to the full spectrum of brand, business, and cultural challenges.

My goal 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.


Creative Director Ueno July 2019 – Present New York, NY
Founder Justin Thomas Kay Studio, Inc. September 2016 – Present New York, NY
Global Head of Brand & Creative Red Bull Music April 2017 – February 2019 New York, NY
Head of Design Mekanism September 2015 – September 2016 New York, NY
Managing Creative Director Doubleday & Cartwright October 2011 – September 2015 Brooklyn, NY
Creative Director The FADER December 2009 – October 2011 New York, NY
Designer New York Magazine August 2009 – December 2009 New York, NY
Freelance Designer Various Magazines (Conde Nast, Time Inc) January 2008 – August 2009 New York, NY
Art Director Mass Appeal November 2007 – June 2008 Brooklyn, NY
Designer Helicopter, LLC April 2006 – September 2007 New York, NY
Associate Art Director Complex October 2004 – May 2006 New York, NY


Bachelor of Fine Arts Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design September 1998 – May 2004 Milwaukee, WI


NikeIBMRed BullMTVThe New York TimesNova PerfumePelotonTranslation, LLCElephant NYSiegel + GaleRandom HouseHavasWolff OlinsStaple DesignNational Geographic


ADC Young Gun 6, Art Directors Club