Thomas JULLIEN

Creative Director | ADIDAS

Thomas is a French Creative & art Director, cinema-graph gurú, gif-maniac, occasional photographer, designer and filmmaker.Throughout his career, he has been fortunate enough to have collaborated and strategized with high profile global brand such as Nissan, Heineken, ING, and MINI. He is currently at TBWA where he is the Creative Director for adidas. This year he has help grown the adidas business creating elaborate campaigns for the running category.What he really loves is to create culturally relevant content where the craft is at the heart.He started his studies in 2004 in a Graphic Design School in Chambery, where he fell in love with simple and minimal designs. After what he went to a Communication school in Grenoble, his hometown. From there he completed two masters. One in Multi-Media-Communication and concepting. And one in Media in Education in London.Thomas speaks English, French and some rudiments of Dutch, German and Spanish.

questionnaire

What was your very first job? What does it feel like to look back at it now?
My very first job was at Carrefour. I was cleaning the alley in the men's department. Looking back I can say it has been quite a journey. From that kid arranging the supermarket alley to co creating with a Global brand such as adidas. Sometimes it is quite challenging and intimidating, but one thing is for sure: It is always super exciting!

Please describe, in your own words, what your current job is and what work it entails.
Being a creative director for adidas is pretty much the dream job for a sneaker freak who's passionate about sports. I get to work every day with some awesome people and crafty creators. 

How did you discover that the creative world is right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Which train of events did bring you to where you are today?
My dad was teaching multimedia and film while I was growing up. It certainly woke up the curiosity, it was the spark that started the fire.

Later, I saw an opportunity to move to Amsterdam, a top creative hub, to start as an account intern at BSUR. After 2 months working on the MINI account I knew I was at the right place but on the wrong department.  I then showed what I was made of and asked for a position as an art director. Since then I've managed to continue to grow in that branch of the industry. Quite ballsy looking back at it. 

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how and where do you usually find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?
I usually try as much as possible to stay connected to the current culture by going to museums and other cultural events. I also find very important to keep exchanging with other creatives across the globe. Never settling for only one point of view.

If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, especially for the creative work and innovation it required rather than its recognition or industry success, what would it be?

I'd choose a project that is very close to my heart. "an Instagram story". Main reason being: I spend countless hours sourcing the right content and crafting the piece. And secondly, because it was a piece of content that was quite ahead of how the channel (Instagram) was being used. It was unexpected, fresh, daring and fun to watch.

https://vimeo.com/79207239

 

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