Appointed to Commission of Fine Arts, Washington DC
President Obama recently nominated designer Edwin Schlossberg to join the Commission of Fine Arts, which oversees the development of public buildings, statues, fountains and monuments in Washington DC. Schlossberg will join other Commission members like Earl Powell, the longtime director of the National Gallery of Art, and architecture writer and critic Witold Rybzynski. Schlossberg, so says the White House's official bio for him, is the founder and principal of ESI Design, an internationally recognized firm that designs interactive environments for learning and communicating. He specializes in integrated experimental museums and retail and large-scale cultural facilities including the recently designed Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai. He has written more than 10 published works, has had numerous one-man art shows and his work is in collections of many major museums. Schlossberg graduated from Columbia University with a BA, MA and Ph.D in science and literature. He teaches and lectures widely, including at Columbia University, is on several non-profit boards as well as founding the partnership desigNYC that matches designer with community groups in need of pro-bono support, and is married to Caroline Kennedy.
CHIEF Creative Officer, Young & Rubicam New York, New York NY
Jim Elliott has been appointed Chief Creative Officer of Young & Rubicam's New York office, with responsibility for overseeing the agency's creative direction and all work for its clients, which include Land Rover, Campbell's, Dell, LG, Dannon, Virgin Atlantic and Fisher-Price. Described as a passionate and highly-awarded leader, Elliott hails from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco where he spent the past five years, most recently serving as Goup Creative Director working with clients such as Häagen-Dazs, Hyundai, HP and Yahoo! Elliott also was Creative Director and Partner at Cole & Weber United in Seattle, which he joined from Mullen Advertising. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Bringing Elliott on board "is a key part of our continued evolution for our New York office," says Tony Granger, Global Chief Creative Officer of WPP's Y&R. He is a "fantastic creative leader," he added of Elliott, whose work for both Nike and Häagen-Dazs was honored with permanent display at the Mus-eum of Modern Art. Elliott's awards also include Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, Kellys, Andys and the Effies, and his "Help the Honey Bees" campaign won the first ever Green Pencil awarded by the One Club. Elliott replaces Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal, co ECD's who left the agency in February.
Art Director, Nice Shoes, New York NY
Nice Shoes adds Lucien Yang as its newest art director. Yang, who operates across the advertising, web, TV and feature film worlds, will focus on the commercial realm in his new role, tapping experience in broadcast design for GE, Coca-Cola, Nike, ESPN, American Express, among others. Yang also has created TV projects for VH1, Sundance Channel, Spike TV and Logo, and his film credits include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Previously, Yang freelanced and spent time on staff at Imaginary Forces, Agency.com and Lee Hunt Associates.
Heads BIRD's New Motion Graphics Unit, Hollywood CA
BIRD, a strategic branding agency based in Hollywood, is launching a full-service Motion Graphics Department to be headed by Darrin Isono. Isono was most recently Senior Designer at Zoic Studios, where he collaborated to develop commercial spots and show packages for such clients as Cartoon Network, Gillette and ESPN. Isono first entered the motion graphics industry as a designer with MFactor inc., where he worked on promotional packages for FOX Sports Network, the NFL Network, among others. His artistic skills and vision quickly earned him a promotion to Senior Designer, along with acclaim by winning several Promax Broadcast Design Awards. He later joined Yahoo! as a Senior Visual Designer, and went on to work as a Senior Designer for DIRECTV. Isono is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. BIRD previously offered motion design in partnership with other companies."We're excited now to bring this service inhouse," says Peter King Robbins, BIRD co-founder and Chief Creative Officer.
Design Director, thinkdm2, Edgewater NJ
Azadeh Ariatabar has been promoted to design director at thinkdm2, an agency specializing in brand strategy and digital marketing. Ariatabar has been with the firm for some seven years, giving her great insight into the day-to-day operations. As design director, she will be involved in projects from concept through delivery to the client.