David Edward Johnson
24+ Years of Experience
I am a senior creative with 24+ years of experience. My overall focus has been in both design and creative strategy for versatility in execution and communication. With a design resume that begins in the early ‘90s, I have built a highly reputable career with an amazing variety of creative experiences.
I am currently serving as the Creative Director at Inmar. I’m pleased to be vey collaboratively shaping the future of the digital promotions space and establishing the consumer and B2B experience creative / design practice for the 36 year old Winston-Salem company. I lead a team of talented digital designers in that effort across company offices in 3 states. We’re bringing to life the full range of creative experiences including native mobile apps, web-based initiatives, integrated consumer commerce experiences and more. We’re having fun and doing good work.
Previously, I was the Global Digital Creative Director at Whole Foods Market where I headed up the Digital Experience Design Team. I led a team of UX Analysts, Interaction Designers and Art Directors in the service of the international Fortune 200 brand that is Whole Foods. I was a significant part of redefining the digital experience for WFM and was grateful for the opportunity to work in support of a a true explorer brand.
Formerly, I served as the Vice President / CreativeDirector at UPBrand Collaborative, acting as both the design and an ideation lead for the agency. I headed up the creative team at UPBrand and established the agency aesthetic for a full compliment of clients ranging from the local to the international. Selected clients from my time at UPBrand include: Dollar General, PCL Construction, The Goddard School, Paric Construction, The STL Symphony and Propper International.
Before that, I served as the Vice President / Creative Director at 4ORCE (formerly NGAGE) In tandem with my team of design and copywriting professionals, I serviced several b2c clients including Hanes, Hardee’s, Scottrade, Save-A-Lot and Bissinger’s.
Prior to my time at 4ORCE, I served as the Creative Director / Marketing Director at The Principia, a 114-year-old private K through College educational institution. There, I was a key stakeholder in establishing a fully integrated agency model within the institution to serve a large internal client base. As the lead “brand warrior,” I was responsible for establishing the brand vision for the institution as well as the roadmap for bringing a modern sense of branding to the mix. I managed a 25+ member internal team of creatives and interactive pros as well as our client base through the creation of the full range of marketing materials. I also “kept my hands dirty” as lead designer for the group.
Before joining the team at Principia, I was the Design Director at Momentum Worldwide Interactive. In that position I acted as the creative lead on projects for several B2B and B2C international brands including: Microsoft, Anheuser Busch and Intel.
Previously, I served as the President / Co-Creative Director for 3rdkynd, Inc. for 7 years, an agency I co-owned in NY. I was also the Interactive Art Director for the MRA Group’s interactive division and worked as a Graphic Designer for Group C Design, Kinko’s of Missouri and Hands On Interactive. I have also lectured on the subjects of design, web design and effective web communication at Syracuse University and at business conferences.
I pride myself on effective communication and have a demonstrated reputation for unifying teams, even in diverse groups. I have fun doing what I do, enjoy people, work hard and get excited about good work. I love to be surrounded by others that do, too.