Martin CIMEK

Global Art Director | WILSON SPORTING GOODS

Martin cultivated most of his design career in Chicago; He has lead digital work for Fidelity UK, Sears Automotive and multi-platform, creative efforts for Aon, Abbott, McDonald’s, Kraft, Wrigley, Kitchen Aide and Triumph Motorcycles. For over a decade Martin was an independent art director, designer and illustrator in which time worked on projects from liquor labels to record labels, social media and shopper campaigns, and co-founded a nationally-attended motorcycle rally that, in its 13th year, reached over 15,000 in attendance, sponsored by Progressive Insurance, Triumph Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson.

Currently, Martin is the Global Art Director for Wilson Baseball, responsible for the design and creative output for Wilson Baseball lines and Louisville Slugger. He also oversees creative and manages the brands of Evoshield, DeMarini and Atec.

questionnaire

What was your very first job? 

Grave digger.

 

Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. 

I lead Creative, design and manage cats for two of the best names in Baseball, Wilson and Louisville Slugger.

 

How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today? 

I’ve never thought of going in another direction than being a creative. I drew on everything since I could pick up a crayon.

 

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? 

This is only a problem if you don’t love what you do. We have inspiration on-tap now. The only challenge is time.

 

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

The short-format video, Shigeaki Aso: Portrait of a Master Craftsman.

jury

Creative Director, Brand Strategy | ANTHEM, INC.
Photo Director | CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Creative Director | ZENO GROUP
Global Art Director | WILSON SPORTING GOODS
Senior Brand Manager | JIM BEAM
Group Creative Director | SCOUT MARKETING
SR Photo Stylist, Photo Art DIR | ULTRA BEAUTY
Group Strategic Planning Dir | WE ARE UNLIMITED
Associate Creative Director | WALTON ISAACSON
Executive Creative Director | GOLIN
Exec Prod, Creative Services | McDONALD'S
Mktg Com. Sp. | BOSCH AUTO. AFTERMARKET
VP, Director of Integrated Production | Y&R
Digital Creative Director | WALGREENS
Head of Content, US | HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Creative Director | MEKANISM
Brand Marketing Director | MORTON SALT, INC.
Ex Dir, Integrated Production | OGILVY & MATHER
Director of Masterbrand | RXBAR
Senior Producer | VML
Executive Creative Director | GEOMETRY GLOBAL
Assoc Creative Director | KOHLER CO.
Senior Design Manager | MILLERCOORS
Photo Studio Producer | ULTA BEAUTY
Director of Creative Services | AON
EVP, Executive Creative Director | OLSON ENGAGE
Art Buyer & Print Producer | BEAM SUNTORY
Executive Producer | OGILVY & MATHER
Associate Creative Director | LEO BURNETT
Creative Technologist | FALLON
Creative Director | R/GA
Art Buyer | THE MARKETING STORE
Growth Director | GTB (FOR FORD)
SVP, Group Creative Director | DDB
Creative Director | THE MARS AGENCY
SVP, Dir of Production Operations | FCB Chicago
Group Creative Director | MCGARRYBOWEN
Sr Global Marketing Manager | BEAM SUNTORY
Director of Creative Services | TRUE VALUE CO.
Creative Strategist | PINTEREST
VP, Executive Producer | ENERGY BBDO/CHICAGO
Associate Creative Director | ABELSON TAYLOR
Art Director | BADER RUTTER
Executive Creative Director | McGARRYBOWEN
Executive Producer | PERISCOPE
Art Director | CRATE AND BARREL
SVP, Executive Producer | LEO BURNETT
Assoc Creative Director | WALTON ISAACSON
Casting Director and Sr Producer | SCHAWK!
Chief Creative Officer | BURRELL COMM.
Group Creative Director | O'KEEFE REINHARD & PAUL
Partner, ECD | VSA PARTNERS
Senior Art Producer | SYNEOS HEALTH
SVP Exec. Producer, Experiential CD | LEO BURNETT
Dir. Prod Services | THE MARKETING STORE
Masterbrand Art Dir | WILSON SPORTS
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