The World's Greatest Advertising Art Directors (Updated 2019) August 23 2019

A visual directory celebrating some of the finest art directors and their craft. Of course any such compilation is wholly subjective and will understandably, elicit equal parts curiosity, delight and surprise.

However for the purposes of this post our criteria has been:

Those operating from the 1990's - when print and television walked tall, to the current climes - when technology's explosion of new platforms, has birthed an evolving, shape shifting, media-sphere.

Those who've consistently won the at the big three award competitions - D&AD, One Show and Cannes Lions.

Those with an ability for superb print craftsmanship, a talent now more relevant than ever, as it is practised across a plethora of emergent platforms.

Newer work features at the beginning, while art directing mavens of yesteryear complete the end, to give you a better historical context. 

 

INDEX OF ART DIRECTORS:

Paul Belford / Dave Dye / Mark Reddy / Antony Nelson / Hital Pandya  / Santosh Padhi / Len Cheeseman /Justin Tindall / Jerry Hollens / Bob Barrie / Graham Fink / Marcello Serpa / Helmut Krone


Names will be added as we update this blog post  

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PAUL BELFORD: Art Director / Designer / Founder / Website

Image: '550,000 UK jobs rely on advertising' ad / art director: Paul Belford

Image: 'Ataxia. It's like Multiple Sclerosis' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

Image: 'Keep this in case Name some Lidl...' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'Mirror mirror on the wall' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'More soulful than a piece of metal' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'Your dream has been held in a queue' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

Image: 'Not every German engineering genius' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

Image: '7:29 am' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'The D&AD Copy Book' design / art director: Paul Belford

Image: 'Grow people' logo design / art director: Paul Belford

Image: 'Drug addict? Alcoholic?' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'The more you save' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'After years of protest battery cages are to be replaced' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

Image: 'Sony Playstation' Man Ray inspired billboard / art director: Paul Belford

Image: 'You don't have to be a clairvoyant' ad / art director: Paul Belford

Image: 'Why learn from your mistakes' ad / art director: Paul Belford

 

 

DAVE DYE: ART DIRECTOR / CREATIVE DIRECTOR / WEBSITE

Image: 'A light comes on after the door opens' Mercedes ad / art director: Dave Dye

 

 

Image: 'It has headlights for driving' Mercedes ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

Image: 'Black Wednesday' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

Image: 'Ultra Violet rays' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

 

Image: 'Mark Denton' Arrows Archives ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Tony Davidson' Arrows Archives ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

 

Image: 'Light bulb' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

 

Image: 'Bottle caps' Adnans ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Beach umbrellas' Adnans ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'A Christmas gift from the CEO' Macallan's ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Rule of thumb' Macallan's ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Alien life forms' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

  

Image: 'Insider trading' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

  

Image: Merry Down cider ad 1 / art director: Dave Dye 

 

Image: Merry Down cider ad 2 / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'E= IQ2' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

  

Image: 'Lose the ability to slip out' Economist ad / art director: Dave Dye 

  

Image: 'Just to the signpost' Adidas ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Free*' Adidas ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Self protection' VW Polo ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Protective Shells' VW Polo ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Protective species' VW Polo ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

Image: 'Hadrian's Wall' English Heritage ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

Image: 'Sorry if the Northern line doesn't  run' London Transport ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

Image: 'Boot suppliers to the Scotland team' Nike ad / art director: Dave Dye 

 

 

 

MARK REDDY: ART DIRECTOR / HEAD OF ART

Image: London Transport 'Escalators' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: London Transport 'Colour swatches' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: London Transport 'Tracks' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

Image: London Transport 'Fingers' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: London Transport 'Rainbow' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Bernardo's 'Fuck off' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

Image: Bernardo's 'Kick you in the teeth' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Bernardo's 'Judge a boy by the cover' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

Image: American Airlines 'What they don't teach you at Harvard' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

  

Image: American Airlines 'We fly all over the US' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

  

Image: The Guardian 'Pill' ad / art director: Mark Reddy & team

 

 

Image: The Guardian 'Egg' ad / art director: Mark Reddy & team

 

 

Image: Johnnie Walker 'Lights' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

  

Image: Johnnie Walker 'Wall' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

Image: Oxfam 'Vogue now in' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

Image: Oxfam 'Now in' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Oxfam 'Limited edition' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Oxfam 'Now in stock' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

Image: The Guardian 'Isn't it amazing ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

 

Image: Vodafone 'Hello goodbye' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Vodafone 'Rhubarb' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Vodafone 'Left at the lights' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Vodafone 'Well it's 4am' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Vodafone 'Let me make myself perfectly clear' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Aqualibra 'True nature' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: VW 'Lady with dalmation' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

 

Image: VW 'Policeman with bicycle' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: VW 'We don't let anything go rusty' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: VW 'What happens to a Polo after 50,000' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: VW 'To good for words' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

Image: Aberlour 'Head taster' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Aberlour 'Hogshead revisited' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

  

 

Image: Nikon 'Choosing your first Nikon' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

Image: Nikon 'Complete instructions' ad / art director: Mark Reddy 

 

 

ANTONY NELSON: Art Director / ECD / Website

Image: Calm's 'Project 84' activation & PR campaign / art director: Antony Nelson

 

 

Image: 'The boy and the piano' John Lewis advert / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

 

Image: 'Child abuse deaths must stop' NSPCC Wreath ad 1 / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: 'Child abuse deaths must stop' NSPCC Wreath ad 2 / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Think! 'Football' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Think! 'Selfies' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Guinness 'What every man really wants for Christmas' cologne ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Guinness 'What every man really wants for Christmas' cap ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Motorola 'One giant step for man' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Motorola 'Who would you expect to bring you the best...' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

Image: Tower Hamlets 'Kid with football' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Tower Hamlets 'Girl on cycle' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

Image: Club 18-30 'Beach' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

Image: Club 18-30 'Night club' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

Image: Club 18-30 'Swimming pool' ad / art director: Antony Nelson 

 

 

 

HITAL PANDYA: ART DIRECTOR / CD / WEBSITE

Image: Kiwi 'If these shoes could talk' ad / art director: Hital Pandya

Image: Kiwi 'Possibly the highest heels ever made' ad / art director: Hital Pandya

Image: Kiwi 'Van Gogh' Portraits completed ad / art director: Hital Pandya

Image: Kiwi 'Leonardo Da Vinci' Portraits completed ad / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Kiwi 'Portraits Completed' brand activation / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Kiwi 'Make every step count' LGBT ad and website campaign / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Kiwi 'Make every step count' Climate change ad and website campaign / art director: Hital Pandya

 

Image: Lyrics 'If nobody dies it isn't opera' poster / art director: Hital Pandya

 

Image: Lyrics 'Sex, drugs and opera' poster / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Skittles 'Smuggle the rainbow' activation / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: McDonalds 'Billy' ad / art director: Hital Pandya

 

Image: McDonalds 'Tiffany' ad / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Levi's 'Girl' Slim jeans ad / art director: Hital Pandya

 

 

Image: Levi's 'Sex' Slim jeans ad / art director: Hital Pandya

 

LEN CHEESEMAN: ART & TYPE DIRECTOR

 

Image: Lien Foundation 'Take the final bow' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Gil Clark, Todd McCracken, Hoang Sa Nguyen

 

 

Image: Lien Foundation 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Gil Clark, Todd McCracken, Hoang Sa Nguyen

 

 

Image: Lien Foundation 'If you don't like this ad tough' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Gil Clark, Todd McCracken, Hoang Sa Nguyen

 

 

Image: Global Alliance 'Runner up' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Huy Anh Le, Todd McCracken

 

 

Image: Global Alliance 'Recreational golfing' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Huy Anh Le, Todd McCracken 

 

 

Image: Global Alliance 'Rape' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Huy Anh Le, Todd McCracken

 

 

Image: Sacred Hill 'Call an old friend' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman & Geoff Smith

 

 

Image: Sacred Hill 'Wouldn't it be nice we' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman & Geoff Smith

 

 

Image: Sacred Hill 'Here's to single tasking' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman & Geoff Smith

 

 

Image: New Zealand Book Council "Going West" advert / art director: Len Cheeseman, Nick Worthington, Anne Boothroyd

 

 

 

Image: Samaritans 'How do i know my dog committed suicide' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Todd McCracken, Hoang Sa Nguyen

 

 

Image: Samaritans 'Half way down was a hell of a time to realise...' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman, Todd McCracken, Hoang Sa Nguyen

 

 

 

Image: Schweppes 'The original gin and tonic' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman

 

 

Image: Schweppes 'Any man who can make a beer' ad / art director: Len Cheeseman

 

 

Image: Riot of Spring advert / art director: Len Cheeseman

 

 

Image: Help give back what a stroke takes away ad / art director: Len Cheeseman

 

 

 

Image: 'Choose one' ident for TVNZ channel TV One / art director: Len Cheeseman 

 

Image: Remix Magazine advert 1 / art director: Len Cheeseman 

Image: Remix Magazine advert 2 / art director: Len Cheeseman 

 

Image: Hospice advert / art director: Len Cheeseman 

 

 

SANTOSH PADHI: ART DIRECTOR / CCO

Image: Conqueror paper 'Kathak dancer' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Conqueror paper 'Sadhu' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Conqueror paper 'Tribal' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Times of India 'Everything works better when it's outdoor' Dog ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Times of India 'Everything works better when it's outdoor' Camels ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Times of India 'Hang me again' Farmer 1 ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

Image: Times of India 'Hang me again' Farmer 2 ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

Image: Luxor pens 'Che' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

Image: Luxor pens 'Hitler' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

Image: Luxor pens 'Chaplin' ad / art director: Santosh Padhi

 

 

 

JUSTIN TINDALL: ART DIRECTOR / ECD

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Shirt being pulled' SALE ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

  

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Sweater being pulled' SALE ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Must have' baked beans ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Must have' cat ad / art director: Justin Tindall

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Sale has started' ankle bruise ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

Image: Harvey Nichols 'Sale has started' neck bruise ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: The Guardian 'Julie Burchill' ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: The Guardian 'Porn in the USAl' ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: 'Don't forget the Lurpak' Peas ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

Image: 'Don't forget the Lurpak' Scones ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: 'Mergers and acquisitions' Financial Times ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: VW 'The new Beetle' Beano ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

Image: VW 'The new Beetle' Snakes and ladders ad / art director: Justin Tindall

 

 

Image: VW 'Elepump' ad / art director: Justin Tindall

JERRY HOLLENS: ART DIRECTOR / PHOTOGRAPHER / WEBSITE

Image: Landrover Freelander 'Hippos' ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

Image: Landrover Freelander 'Maasai' ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

Image: Landrover Defender 'Mountain goat' ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

Image: VW 'Sharan' van within a van ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

Image: Virgin Atlantic 'London to the Bahamas' ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

Image: NSPCC 'What's like to be raped as a 3 year old?' ad / art director: Jerry Hollens

 

 

 

BOB BARRIE: ART DIRECTOR / FOUNDER / WEBSITE

Image: Chambers Hotel 'CCTV Experiment' activation / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: United Airlines 'Heart' advert / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Time magazine 'Acts of God' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Time magazine 'Art imitating life' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Time magazine 'Should it be legal' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Time magazine 'Every face tells a story' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

Image: Porsche 'Honestly now did you spend your youth...' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

Image: Porsche 'Costs an arm' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Porsche 'Didn't your doctor tell you to get more fresh air' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

 

Image: Jim Beam 'You always come back to the basics' Balls ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

Image: Jim Beam 'You always come back to the basics' Griller ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

Image: Jim Beam 'You always come back to the basics' Chicago Sox ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

Image: Prince spaghetti sauce 'Mona Lisa' ad / art director: Bob Barrie

 

 

 

GRAHAM FINK: ART DIRECTOR / CCO / ARTIST / WEBSITE

Image: Coca Cola 'Hands' ad / commissioning creative director: Graham Fink / art director: Jonathan Mak

 

 

 

Image: Dixon's 'Sandal' ad / art director: Graham Fink

Image: Dixon's 'Middle England' ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

 

Image: Dixon's 'Piers' ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

Image: Eleph- ant Magazine ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

Image: You have 10 seconds ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

Image: Still from the iconic British Airway's 'Face' commercial/ art director: Graham Fink

 

 

Image: Hamlet 'Ian Botham ban' creative media buy ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

 

Image: Benson & Hedges longer length 'Visor' ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

 

Image: Dunn & co 'Made to measure' ad / art director: Graham Fink

 

 

MARCELLO SERPA: ART DIRECTOR / CCO

Image: Havaianas 'Visual identity' over the year / art director: Marcello Serpa & team at Almap BBDO.

 

 

Image: Guarana Diet 'Stomach' ad 1 / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

Image: VW 'Double ticks' ad / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

Image: Audi 'Steering wheels' ad / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

 

Image: Audi 'Speedometer' ad / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

Image: Liz tights 'World leaders' ad / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

Image: Liz tights 'Charles and Diana' ad / art director: Marcello Serpa

 

 

HELMUT KRONE: ART DIRECTOR / CD

Image: Avis 'When you're only no.2 you try harder' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: Avis 'No.2ism Manifesto you try harder' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: Avis 'Call the president' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

Image: Audi Fox 'Reflection' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

Image: Audi Fox 'Creature comforts' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

 

Image: Oh!rbachs ad / art director: Helmut Krone

Image: Polaroid 'Next time you have people over' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: Polaroid 'Just how good a photographer are you' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: VW 'After we paint the car we paint the paint' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

Image: VW 'The green fender came of a '58' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

  

Image: VW 'There's a surprise in every box' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

Image: VW 'Is the small car going out of the picture' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: VW 'They said it couldn't be done. It couldn't' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

 

Image: VW 'Lemon' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

 

Image: VW 'Think small' ad / art director: Helmut Krone

  

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