Brad Simpson

Brad Simpson is a creative professional who focuses on design and user experience in both the digital and physical space. Known for his ability to lead complex assignments with a calm demeanor; he brings a deep understanding of design and creative management. Brad is hands-on and has learned that only a collaborative team will lead to powerful work.

Bringing thirty-plus years of experience as a visual designer, art director and creative director, Brad has worked as a freelancer, consultant and full time employee for nonprofit, educational organizations and big agencies alike. Creating meaningful and successful work for diverse clients from Ascent Aviation, HandwashingforLife, Nelbud Services, Noah’s Arc and Chicago Artist Coalition to commercial brands like Celebrity Cruises, Sharpie, Expo Markers, Prismacolor, Harris Bank, and McDonald's.

Brad is one of the three founding partners of Chicago Camps, an innovative group that is creating and hosting conferences and seminars to educate and inspire the digital design community. Chicago Camps attracts speakers and visitors internationally and after six years, has become a must-do experience in the industry.

Brad believes in creativity, collaboration and common sense.

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Experience

Bakery

Principal

Bakery is a boutique design firm specializing in branding, visual and user experience design in the digital and physical space. Our passion is to solve problems that reward the consumer, user and business alike. We believe in creativity, collaboration, common sense, and the power of design to transform just about anything. Our passion is to uniquely distinguish you and the relationship you have with your customers.

Dec 2011 – Present
Chicago, IL | Three Oaks, MI | Detroit, MI

Chicago Camps

Co-founder

Chicago Camps is dedicated to providing low-cost, high-value events for designers, developers and anyone else who in the Chicago area who is interested in amping up their skills.
Chicago Camps is Russ Unger, Shay Howe & Brad Simpson

Dec 2012 – Present
Greater Chicago Area

Manifest Digital

Contract
May 2015 – Jun 2015
Chicago

J. Walter Thompson

Contract

Oct 2014 - Feb 2015
Chicago

Razorfish

Freelance
Apr 2013
Chicago

Leo Burnett

Freelance
Feb 2013 – Apr 2013
Chicago

Element 79

CD - Interactive
May 2010 – Dec 2011
Chicago

Draftfcb

CD - Interactive
Nov 2008 – May 2010
Chicago

Element 79

Sr. Art Director - Interactive
Jan 2006 – Nov 2008
Chicago

Publicis Groupe/Leo Burnett/Capps Digital

Sr. Production Designer
Dec 1999 – Jan 2006
Chicago

Technical Concepts

Creative Director
Oct 1993 – Dec 1999
Chicago

AAM

Art Director
1989 – 1993
Chicago

Education

Colorado Institute of Art

Associates in Visual Communications
Field of Graphic Design
1986 – 1988