I’m a hands-on integrated Creative Director with global leadership and an award-winning track record (Cannes Gold for mobile, Appy Awards, One Show, ADDYs). I connect brands with customers online, offline, onscreen and where they share.
I’ve helped open offices (Goodby Silverstein in Detroit) and lead groups from 3 to 30. When the budget is tight I shoot footage myself & create the logo when one doesn’t exist (see current global Chevy logo).
And did I mention I’m also an awarded photographer and musician named Michael Maltese? There you go.
(Visit RangeFound for photographic pursuits...)
Creative direction, art & design, writing, photography. Integrated brand narratives in TV, broadcast, digital, print, interactive, social, mobile, virtual reality. Branding & identity. Automotive, healthcare, packaged goods, cars, beverages, food, entertainment, motorsports, editorial, magazine, science, managed markets and public service.
Clients Past & Present
Chevrolet, Dunkin' Donuts, P&G, Samsung, Allstate, Kraft, General Motors, Coors, Ad Council, Monocle, Cadillac, Jeep, MTV, TokyoPop Magazine, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Team Penske Racing, Saab, Geek Squad, Paste Magazine, NRC Handelsblad, Nestlé, Opel, ALDI, Zicam, Sirius Satellite Radio, UPS Store, Autotrader, KraftMade, PMI, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Forbes, HoneyBaked Ham, Jiffy Lube, Skechers, Tower Records, Disney, Kellogg’s, Johnnie Walker, Miller Brewing, Upjohn, Steelcase, Michigan Humane Society.
Did You Know
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), joined the American Society of Media Photographers, got published in Monocle, published a few photobooks of my own with exhibits in Europe & USA, and created RangeFound.
Creative Honors & Awards
2017 10th Annual International Color Awards
2017 Fathom Gallery “Present But Not Involved” (group)
2017 Fabrik/Photo Independent LA “On The Street” (group)
2016 One Show Photo Auction
2016 Grand Jury Judge, Lisbon International Advertising Festival
2015 Athens Photo Festival, "Rangefound" photobook
2014 7th Annual International Color Awards
2014 ASMP-NY Image 14, NYC
2013 One Show Merit Award
2013 Art Of Photography Show selection
2013 Appy Awards for "Branded Content App" and "Marketing/Branding/Advertising" – Chevy
2013 SF ADDYs Best Of Show (plus 2 more golds) – Chevy
2013 American Photography 29 selection for AI-AP Archive
2012 MediaPost’s Creative Media "Best Of Show" + Award for "New/Emerging/Experimental Media"
2012 Cannes Gold Lion for mobile – Chevy
2012 TV Of Tomorrow Awards "Advanced Advertising" – Chevy
2012 Best Sports Social TV Award – Chevy
2012 Jay Chiat Awards Creative Technology Silver – Chevy
2012 ASMP-NY Image 12, NYC
2011 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, "State Fair" Bronze, People's Choice
2011 Filter Photo Festival; “Beginnings” Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL (group)
2011 Format Festival 11, Derby, UK ("American Tour" photobook with Blurb; group)
2010 FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma ("American Tour" photobook; group)
2010 DShow– General Motors "May The Best Car Win"
2009 DShow; a couple Ds for Saab advertising
2009 International Photography Awards Official Selection ("Delicious" series, "Vegas Couch" single entry)
2009 New York Photo Festival Awards Nominee ("American Tour" photobook)
2008 WebAwards "Jeep Liberty Sessions"
2007 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention