creative director art / design
As an integrated Creative Director (Art / Design / Copy / Foto) I’ve had the pleasure of crafting brand stories, content & campaigns in digital, TV, print, social and mobile for a variety of famous clients – and have received some wonderful souvenirs along the way (Cannes Gold Lion, Appy Awards, One Show, ADDYs, Social TV and Webby Awards).
As a side-street photographer I’ve been published and exhibited globally in galleries, photobooks, magazines, newspapers, and corporate branding (see current Chevrolet “Bowtie” logo).
Creativity doesn’t stop at industry borders. It flows through everything I do & think. The arts drift into advertising & design, personal projects inform professional outcomes. Sometimes even common sense prevails.
(And did I mention I’m also a musician named Michael Maltese?)
I graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in English and a concentration in Japanese, wrote an entertainment column in the Kalamazoo Gazette, created rock operas with band The Sleestacks, recorded three albums, several singles & EPs and toured Europe and the US with Fortune & Maltese (as Michael Maltese), became a voting member of The Grammy Awards, sang on CBS Saturday Morning, danced in the movie High Fidelity (I’m in the green shirt next to Cusack), published a few photobooks with exhibits in Europe & USA, and created RangeFound.
Tide, Chevrolet, Dunkin’, General Motors, P&G, Gain, Smithfield Foods, Cadillac, Downy, Aussie, Jeep, Samsung, Bounce, Allstate, Kraft Heinz, Carl’s Jr., Coors, Planters, CVS, CAT Footwear, Ad Council, Monocle, MTV, Hardee’s, Buick, Ethical Bean, Chrysler, Dodge, Team Penske Racing, Geek Squad, Paste Magazine, NRC Handelsblad, Nestlé, Opel, ALDI, Zicam, Sirius Satellite Radio, UPS Store, Autotrader, KraftMade, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Forbes Magazine, HoneyBaked Ham, Jiffy Lube, Skechers, Disney, Kellogg’s, Johnnie Walker, Miller, Steelcase, Michigan Humane Society, TokyoPop Magazine.