Olá, tudo bem?

My name is Denison Maeda Kusano, creative born and raised in Brasil, who’s been in the U.S. since 2002.

I like to make smart, entertaining and well-crafted kinds of stuff. During my 16 years in the industry, I've had the opportunity to create award-winning and press-worthy work for a variety of clients, big to small, with healthy budgets to not-so-healthy budgets. I have produced and overseen a range of projects, from tactical one-offs to fully integrated campaigns.

When I’m not chasing after the next big idea, or my two kids around the playground, you can find me on the soccer field – chasing after the ball.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my stuff!

email:      dezim@mac.com
phone:    312-351-1232

︎  ︎  ︎  WnW

If you’re looking for a team, I’ve been lucky enough to team up with the amazingly talented Ralf de Houwer. Here’s a site featuring our work: www.ralfanddenison.com


Creative Director
Jul 21 ––– present


Muh-tay-zik | Hof-fer
Associate Creative Director
Feb 19 ––– Jun 21

Audi, Staples

VSA Partners
Creative Director
Mar 17 ––– Jan 19

AB InBev Craft Breweries –Goose Island and Breckenridge, Museum of Science and Industry, Slack, McDonald’s, YWCA Chicago

Leo Burnett Chicago
Associate Creative Director
Oct 12 ––– Feb 17
Allstate, Marshalls, International Delight, Silk, Nintendo, Sprite, Samsung

Deutsch LA
Art Director
Dec 08 ––– Oct 12

Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, Snapple, California Milk, Kettle Brand Chips

Senior Art Director
Feb 07 ––– Dec 08

Kia Motors, 42 Below, Anchor Blue, Martini&Rossi, Universal Studios

Y&R Chicago
Art Director
Sep 04 ––– Feb 07

Miller Brewing Co., Craftsman, Sears, Travel Channel, Red Cross of Chicago, National Parks Conservation Association


3 One Show
1 Gold, 2 Merit

1 Cannes Lions

2 London International Awards
1 Silver, 1 Finalist

2 National ADDY
2 Silver

2 Young Guns
2 Finalist

1 Athena Awards
1 Bronze

1 New York Festivals
1 Finalist

2 Gold, 3 Silver

2 Chicago Creative Club
Best Public Service, Best Newspaper

2 Beldings
Best Point of Purchase, Best Consumer Magazine Campaign

1 Graphis Advertising Annual

6 Creativity “Pick of The Day”


The Creative Circus - Atlanta, GA
Art Direction • Oct 02 –– Sep 04

Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado - São Paulo, Brazil
BA, Advertising • Jan 98 –– Dec 01

Escola Panamericana de Artes - São Paulo, Brazil
Desktop Publishing • Aug 98 –– Feb 99

All the work presented on this site is the result of my collaboration with extremely talented people. Some of them are:
Dave Loew, Tohru Oyasu, Mike Ward, Greg Christensen, Chris Von Ende, Jon Wyville, Ryan Ebner, Mark Figliulo, John Guynn, Colin Jeffery, David Angelo, Ben Purcell, David Povill, Fede Callegari, Amanda Mourenza, Eric Waetzig, Mara Evans, Ray Connolly, Chris Ribeiro, Peter Trueblood, Rob Goldenberg, Barney Goldberg, Ryan Inda, Jason Pickar, Brett Landry, Erick Mangali, Chris DeNinno, Eric Hirshberg, Ryan Hitzel, Ryan Scott, Brett Craig, Mark Hunter, Matt Miller, Phil Jungmann, Jo Shoesmith, Tim White, Kate Harding-Jackson, Adam Ferguson, Sam Snyder, Jeremy Adams, Stella Na, Lindsay Stevens, Chris Cole, Mark Wegwerth, Charley Wickman, Brandan Jenkins, Sarah Block, Scott Smith, John Kistner, Mikal Pittman, Jim Bernardin, Jonathan Fussell, Robin Laurens, Rainer Schmidt, Lisa Plachy, Johnny Mei, Bob Winter, Evan Thompson, Tim White, Josh Witherspoon, Andrea Dunn, John Matejczyk, Joel Kaplan, Jesse Wilks, Gerardo Agbuya, Greggy Adriano, Johann Lopez, Taylor Dahl, Trevor Larson, Maiken Krohn, Karolina Edgren, Ralf de Houwer.

e:    dezim@mac.com
t:     312-351-1232

©DenisonKusano –– Selected works 2021