Brian Collins / COLLINS:
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS: a company dedicated to designing experiences and communications that shape companies and people for the better. Brian’s creative work has been featured The New York Times, Creativity, Fortune, Graphis, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named him one of five American Masters of Design.
Business Week named his work on the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Times Square as a design “Wonder of the World.” Over his career, Brian has won most every major creative award. He was recently awarded Gold from The One Show, The Clios, and the Jay Chiat 4A’s Gold for Strategic Excellence. He won a Cannes Silver Lion in Design for his work with Nobel Laureate Al Gore and The Alliance for Climate Protection.
For ten years prior to the founding of COLLINS: in 2008, Brian was Chief Creative Officer of the Brand Integration Group (BIG), the design and branding division at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. His team’s work at BIG is included in the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design. Brian’s clients have included Levi Strauss & Co., Coca-Cola, Microsoft, CNN, Mattel, The Miller Brewing Company, IBM, Hershey’s, The Ford Motor Company, The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, The New York Public Library, Giorgio Armani, American Express, Microsoft and Oxfam America.
Brian speaks globally on design and innovation. He was the first graphic designer invited to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council. In 2011, he was selected by the AIGA to represent the United States at Beijing Design Week. Brian is Vice President of The Art Directors Club and is a director of Virginia Commonwealth University BrandCenter. He has been a professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts since 2001. Brian was made a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2o04 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008.