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Sezay Altinok is a Los Angeles-based independent Creative Director collaborating with global brands including Nike, MasterClass, and Twitter. He also works with many advertising agencies such as W+K, Mother, 72andSunny, Fallon, BBH, RGA, to name a few. Prior to that Sezay spent 15 years across Wieden+Kennedy’s Amsterdam and Portland offices, mostly working on all things Nike. He holds a BA degree in Graphic Design from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul.Sezay’s work had been internationally acclaimed by all major award shows and publications. In his spare time you might find Sezay baking bread, playing Minecraft with his son or collaborating with his filmmaker wife.


1.)     What was your very first job? 

My very first job was a summer internship at Pizza Hut. I think I was 16. My next *real* job was a Jr Art Director at a prominent advertising agency in Istanbul. I was 21. 

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

As a Creative Director in Advertising and Marketing, my job is to bring positive awareness to my client’s products and services in the most unique and entertaining way. Each project is usually a multi-disciplinary and media-fluid effort.


3.)     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 guess it started pretty early… My pre-school teacher had sent one of my drawings to an international art contest, I only found out when we received a fancy award and they hung it in the halls of the school. But joke aside - I come from a family of Architects, I was surrounded by Art and design from very early days, so I guess naturally gravitated towards it.

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

I keep an open mind and a hungry eye! You never know where you may find inspiration, there are no rules. Sometimes it will be from looking at Art, sometimes it will be things that my son says, sometimes it’s in the lyrics of a song, or a line in a movie —anywhere really…

5.)     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? 

It would have to be the “KobeSystem” project for Nike. We broke some rules and had a lot of fun doing it.

6.)     Which creative disciplines are you most interested in and use the most? i.e.: photography, film, social, experiential etc

I couldn’t do my job without the visual arts. My usual suspects are Film, Photography, Music, Typography, Fine Art, Architecture, Social, Video Games… Too many to list here…



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