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Art director or designer? Or both?


I studied Advertising & Communications at a Canadian college and left as a practicing art director. I ended up going overseas for some extra school for a year… by the time I got back I had delved into Graphic Design and worked at a couple places doing design. My book is now divided up between advertising & graphic design and I can’t choose what to pick because I like both equally as much. What do I do ? Are there any agencies in Toronto that can use both? I’ve had a handful of CD’s look at my book over quite some time and they all say my stuff is “great” and “cool”, “young & hip” but they never can give me any direction as to where I should go. And christ I know the industry is hard to get into but this recession is killing me.

intro Art director or designer? Or both?Creative directors in all ad agencies appreciate art directors with strong design skills. Others have separate design departments. Try Taxi in Toronto next. They’re an agency built on pillars of advertising and design and excel at both.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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