Dan Gardner is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director at Code and Theory.
With more than a decade of experience designing cross-platform products and brand experiences for clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he and Co-Founder Brandon Ralph have led Code and Theory to become one of the largest independent creative agencies in the United States. Since founding the company with Ralph in 2001, it has grown to ~350 employees, with offices in New York City, San Francisco, London, Manila, and Atlanta.
From pioneering the modern digital landscape with fifty-eight major media launches for publishers such as Bloomberg, Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times, to defining a new standard for how brands like Maybelline New York and Burger King communicate their stories, to reimagining the digital space between government and citizenry through sites like NY.gov, Gardner and Ralph have radically redrawn the map of challenges a creative agency can confront in today’s digital world.
His efforts in growing Code and Theory have been widely recognized. Code and Theory was named one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design” by Fast Company in 2015, an “Agency to Watch” and “Hot Digital Indie” by Advertising Agency in 2014, one of the “Hottest Agencies for Publisher Redesigns” by Digiday, a “Top 50 Design Agency” by .net magazine, and one of the “10 Best Agencies in NYC” by Awwwards.com. Gardner received a BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2001.ᐧ