10 of the most talented art directors to look out for in 2021.
Being in charge of how things are supposed to look is no mean feat. Imagine having to come up with the full aesthetics of a project in tandem with a copywriter, under heavily strict deadlines – then throw 2020 into the mix. The best art directors of this year are all this and way more.
Top 10 Art Directors of 2020
Artists, freelancers and incredibly talented artists – the best art directors of 2020 either have a strong spirit or a trained eye for all things beautiful, having worked for a number of different projects throughout their careers.
Here are the top and most talented Art Directors of 2020.
Ivo is the co-founder of Amateur(DOT)Rocks and an art director currently based in Berlin. Specialised in commercial and brand design, some of Ivo’s work feel incredibly disruptive and feel like they are pushing the boundaries at all times, with interesting design choices that you wouldn’t necessarily see on a daily basis. But don’t take my word for it – take a look at a couple of his works below.
Francisco Molina Rubiales
Francisco Molina has nearly 10 years of experience as an art/digital art director in the industry and all of his most recent works really show that much. Clever, thought-provoking and unexpected, his creativity embraces different sectors, and it seems to be always looking for the next big thing to interpret in a whole new way.
Katja Alissa Muller
Katja is an award-winning Creative Design Lead and Art Director, with over a decade of experience and specialised in brand development and storytelling. Her work covers mainly the editorial and publishing field, where Katja creates distinct and clean visual languages for all the brands she’s worked with. And
Panos is a motocross passionate, a high gastronomy lover and a marathon finisher Art Director. He’s also quite ambitious. His work has been featured in several publications and made him win a number of awards – but Panos wants more, and he aspires to become a creative director sooner or later. His works have the cleanliness and care you can only see in talented art directors like him, and I’m sure he’s going to reach his goal someday. Sooner, rather than later.
Jimmy is a freelance Art Director and Designer with 10 years of experience running his own studio in Paris. A strong body of work and extensive experience led him to work with a number of incredible clients, such as McDonald’s, Orange, Peugeot and more. His trained eye for brand design and strategy is a stunning perk, and one that keeps guiding his art each day like a beacon.
Andrea is an experienced art director and multidisciplinary designer, specialised in brand identity, graphics and concepts. Her clean and colourful designs embrace the concept of effective simplicity and bring it to an extreme, resulting in beautiful compositions and identities for all the amazing clients she’s had to work with. Certainly a creative to keep an eye on!
James is an award-winning art director with 16 years of experience in companies and brands, working in digital, print, POS, packaging and more. His extensive experience really comes through his works, in a highly visual style that strikes for its balanced complexity. And as if James needed even more validation, two of his works have won prizes in the Annual 2020 awards this year – respectively a Bronze and People’s Choice in Publishing.
I never thought a pair of glasses could look this stylish and beautiful until I came across Christine’s work. Christine is the former Art Director of Cubitts and Founder of Just Friends Studio, and her amazing work for Cubitts has few equals on Creativepool. Incredibly creative, balanced and elegant, Christine has the unparalleled capability to make anything look a bit more premium, from a simple paper to, indeed, a pair of glasses and chains. Take a look at her beautiful art direction below.
Diego is a conceptual Art Director and a passionate designer, illustrator and photographer. Essentially, Diego loves being a lot of things – and he excels at every single one of these. In his career, he’s had the chance to collaborate with major agencies across Europe and the U.S., including BBDO, Ogilvy and more. And I really have no trouble seeing why.
Mirna is an expert Art Director and a brand developer, with more than 18 years in visual communications and the creative industry. Her work is nothing short of amazing, and ranges from winery branding identities to beauty campaigns and conference designs. Plus a concrete book with a water-sensitive cover. Yes, you read that right.