Hi, I'm Josh
And this is the portfolio of what's to come next.

About Me

Digital Art Direction. Digital Strategy. Emerging Technology Prototyping.

Josh Thomas

Let's face it. Advertising is changing and it's getting harder and harder for agencies to keep up. The pace in which consumers embrace a technology as their primary media channel has moved ahead of the ability of many advertisers to modify their strategies to match. Emerging technology and R&D are now the front lines of the frenzied race between consumer, advertiser, and regulator. The digital world has now vastly outpaced many digital departments allowing for opportunities to be lost.

My name is Josh Thomas and I am an internationally experienced digital advertising nerd who is currently working as Senior Digital Art Director at Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong as one of the founding members and senior/lead creative for the Ogilvy R&D group, known as the Digital Solutions Team.

I am an advocate for creating and supporting flexible, highly independant "shock" teams in advertising. These are compromised of digital designers, developers, and engineers that respond to a market that is digitally evolving faster than the big agencies can change themselves.

In this role, I have been a founding member of R&D/emerging technology/agile build departments at both Isobar and Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong. My mandate is to educate the general creative department in new media/emerging technology, work with and create partnerships with research institutions, and above all else, create rapid prototypes of new technologies as proofs of digital strategy to overcome modern communication challenges.

Recently I have been focusing on a number of areas including IPTV/Second Screen Technology, PrimeSense gestural based marketing opportunities, arduino-based smart ads, resolving localized design challenges for overseas markets, as well as taking responsive design to its logical conclusion.

I am a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication with a Bachelor of Science and major in Advertising.

I am a dual citizen of both the United States and the European Union with both US and French passports, and can legally work in either location without a visa.

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Recent Experience

Ogilvy

2012-Present

Senior Digital Art Director

Running creative development for Ogilvy & Mather Asia/Pacific's Digital Solution team. Currently managing creative development of everything from Facebook brand pages to smartphone applications to Kinect-based gestural smart ads.

Isobar

2011-2012

Art Director

Art Director for Isobar North America's R&D department, known as the NowLab. Focus on emerging technology and rapid prototyping of R&D ideas.

Isobar

2010-2011

Innovation Designer

A founding member of the Isobar NowLab, a department focused on emerging technology and its application within advertising. Prototype advertising for a new generation of digital creatives. Playing with what hasn't been done yet using smart phones, web apps, motion tracking, projections, and general cool tech. Working to create the wow factor in digital campaigns. Making people remark that "they didn't know you could do that".

Digitas

2008-2010

Associate Art Director

Associate Digital Art Director for Procter and Gamble, particularly Tide and Crest/Oral-B.

Excursion Boston

2006-2010

Founder & Lead Designer

A company that built a smartphone application and website that uses MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) GPS tracking data to locate public transportation in real-time. We are a development company for the average commuter.

My Toolkit

Photoshop

After Effects

HTML5/CSS3

Processing/arduino development

jQuery

Quartz

Wordpress/MODX

Max/MSP

Cinema4D

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"Josh thrives in the unknown where there is no best practice. Can self-teach and self-help to move innovative projects forward. Great at finding never before seen solutions to never before seen challenges." Michael Nicholas, Chief Strategy Officer, Isobar North America

Top Work

Services

I'm sometimes available for freelance work! Whatcha need?

Web Design & Development

Need a web design? A custom Facebook app? A new portfolio site that's as snazzy as mine? I've got you covered.

Smartphone Applications

Always had an idea in your head for the next great iPhone or Android application? I not only design bespoke applications, but also confidentially consult on how to get your idea off the ground and into the app store.

Video Editing/SFX & Animation

Need someone to create that flashy video? Whether it's a corporate video or a short commercial, animated or filmed, 3D or cell drawn, I can make it happen.

Start-Up Digital Strategy

Ok, so you have a brand new company and are wondering what is possible with digital marketing? As an entrepreneur I understand what it is like to work with a small marketing budget and come out ahead!

Contact

Feel free to contact me. I won't bite.

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+852 6154 3213 (HK)

+1 410 404 9213 (US)

Flat E, 27th Floor
8 First Street
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong