Brian Collins

Brian Collins

CEO, Creative Director at Collins, New York
New York, United States

About me

From the moment we opened our company, our goal has been single-minded: to design new experiences that help leaders drive change. We connect the roots of our clients' brands to their futures - and make them live in a thousand unexpected encounters that are uniquely theirs.

Each experience we create becomes a new truth that happens in the moment - faster than any promise, stronger than any ad - upending what had come before. A brand new bit of culture happening right now.

We invite the finest people - and the best clients - in the world to do this with us every day.

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CEO, Creative Director
New York, United States
December 2007 - Present (11 years)
Creative Director / Executive / Designer / Educator

Experience working with driven global leaders, tough boards of directors, demanding CEOs, hard-driving founders, picky investors, obsessive designers, sensitive writers, insane technologists, famous architects, genius engineers, challenging artists, visionary directors, real strategists, passionate up-and-comers, talented misfits, gifted prima-donnas, generous teachers and eager students.

Experience in technology products & services, fashion, retail, food, automotive, and consumer.

Client experience: Spotify, Google, Target, Facebook, Airbnb, Everlane, IBM, Microsoft, LVMH, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Aldo, Levi Strauss & Co., Coca-Cola, Dupont, Hershey, Unilever, Starwood Hotels, BlackRock, AT&T, UPS, American Express, iShares, Mattel, CNN, Lionsgate, MTV,, Barclays, Jim Beam, Jaguar, Ford, The Walt Disney Company, Avon, NBC Universal, Miller Brewing Co., Johnson & Johnson, Museum of Moving Image, International Olympic Committee, The Alliance for Climate Protection

Awards: Art Directors Club, Cannes, Clio, Effies, Jay Chiat Awards, One Show, D&AD, Graphis

Speaking: The World Economic Forum - Davos / China / U.A.E, U.S. Embassy / Moscow, Beijing Design Week, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Brazil Creative Week, BBC London, Columbia Business School, Princeton University, Haas School of Business at University of California, Advertising Week, AIGA, GEL Conference, How, ICOGRADA, Design Management Institute, Society of Environmental Graphic Design, Cannes, Global Shop, Walt Disney Imagineering, General Electric, McCann Erickson

Teaching: California College of the Arts (1996-98), The School of Visual Arts (2000-current)

Published: New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Adweek

Honors: The Massachusetts College of Art / Distinguished Alumnus, Art Center College of Design / Honorary Doctorate, National Organization for Women / Media Award
Vice President
New York, United States
January 2002 - Present (16 years 11 months)
The Art Directors Club is one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world, and is a gathering place for leaders in visual communication. ADC Members share the vision of our founder, Louis Pedlar, who brought his colleagues in advertising together in 1920 to dignify their profession and judge advertising art by the same stringent standards as fine art. For over ninety years ADC members have taken up Pedlar’s challenge by funding programs to Connect, Provoke and Elevate creative professionals around the world. Each year ADC brings together the best minds in the creative industries to celebrate the winners of our Annual Awards and Young Guns competitions, help a new generation of creative leaders rise up through the National Student Portfolio Reviews and Saturday Career Workshops, and celebrate the achievements of Hall of Fame inductees and GrandMasters recipients.
New York, United States
2000 - Present (18 years 11 months)
Professor in the Graduate Design Program.
Undergraduate Honors Class.
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Chief Creative Officer, Brand Integration Group
New York, United States
1998 - 2008 (10 years)
Senior Vice President, Creative Director
Foote, Cone & Belding, San Francisco
1995 - 1998 (3 years)
Collins Design
September 1992 - December 1995 (3 years 3 months)
Design & Business Development
Minneapolis, United States
January 1990 - September 1992 (2 years 8 months)


Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters - Design / 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Communication Design / Distinguished Alumna Award / 2004

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