Olá, tudo bem?

Meu nome é Denison Maeda Kusano.
I'm currently a Creative Director at VSA Partners in Chicago.

If you're curious as to why I started this text in portuguese, it is because I am brazilian (born and raised), even though I look japanese.

Just like a good cliché of a brazilian dude, I like futebol (aka soccer, aka The Beautiful Game) a lot. I try to play some whenever I'm not working. It helps me relax, and give my brain a rest, which then, helps me stay creatively fresh.
When I'm not playing futebol, I like to make smart, entertaining and well-crafted kinds of stuff. During my 12 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. For me, good storytelling will always be king, and I believe a good idea, executed the right way can always help solve a client's business problems.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my stuff!

(P.S. I am a U.S. permanent resident)

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

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EXPERIENCE

VSA Partners
Creative Director • Feb 17 - present

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)

David&Goliath
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)
RECOGNITION

3 One Show - 1 Gold, 2 Merit

1 Cannes Lions - 1 Shortlist

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

5 ADDY - 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”
EDUCATION

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



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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.



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©Denison Kusano 2017