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The Five-Minute Creative Mentor + The Superpower of Creative Collaboration

This free event is available now for on demand registration and access through April 6, 2022.

5-Minute Creative Mentor

There are some things they just don’t teach you in design school. As a creative leader, you need to deliver business value, and creative strategist Douglas Davis is here to help you build three critical skills that will expand your impact.

The 5-Minute Creative Mentor is a creative advice column for the digital age. Each short episode of this video series offers new insights for navigating work as a creative leader.

Tuesday, January 4
Episode 1: The Creative Strategy Framework
Learn how to marry creativity with business strategy and build credibility with your stakeholders.

Wednesday, January 5
Episode 2: How to Write — or Rewrite — a Killer Creative Brief
Learn how to turn any creative brief into a springboard for creative work with business impact.

Thursday, January 6
Episode 3: Perfect Your Creative Pitches to Decision-Makers
Learn how to win over decision-makers by helping them see the business value of your ideas.

The Superpower of Creative Collaboration

Friday, January 7
Learn the four keys to successful teamwork. Collaboration is our greatest superpower as humans. Although fraught with risks, when it works it can boost the innovation, creativity, and quality of our work. Join Brian Barrus, creative director at The Stoke Group, and explore how to foster a team environment where good ideas win, contributors feel inspired, and teams work together productively.

You’ll discover:

  • How to avoid common pitfalls when working within teams
  • Understanding the benefits of teamwork
  • The right time to work solo
  • What research tells us about the behaviors of effective teamwork
  • The four keys to making collaboration work

Douglas Davis

Strategist, Author & Professor

Brooklyn-based Douglas Davis enjoys being one of the variety of voices needed in front of and behind the concept. His approach to creativity combines right-brained creative problem solving with left-brained strategic thinking. Douglas’ integrated point of view has enabled his natural evolution from designer to strategist, author, and professor. His expertise spans advertising, design, and business education, and has found an international audience through presenting his tools on combining the three to produce more effective creative business solutions.

In 2016, Douglas wrote Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, a title that was translated into Mandarin in partnership with Beijing Normal University Publishing Group in 2020. He is a former co-chair of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce and regularly contributes to the business of design discourse in, Applied Arts, and The European Business Review.

In 2011 Douglas founded The Davis Group LLC and continues to offer strategic solutions to client branding, digital, and design problems. In addition to client work, Douglas leverages his professional experience to inspire high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Currently, he is Chair of the Emmy-Award winning BFA in Communication Design program at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn and serves on the advisory boards of the University of Oregon’s Masters in Advertising and Brand Responsibility and City College’s Masters in Branding and Integrated Communications.

Douglas holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Hampton University, an M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing from New York University. Emmy award-winning Strategist, Author & Chair, B.F.A. Communication Design ….who depends on what day.

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Brian Barrus

Creative Director & Chief Design Officer, The Stoke Group

Brian Barrus is Creative Director and Chief Design Officer at The Stoke Group. He has spent the last 20 years in creative leadership roles, including founding two agencies The Skogen Group and Studio-Element where he has collaborated with leading B2B and B2C clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, and VMware. 

Brian’s dynamic and diverse creative work has been recognized by AIGA (twelve 100-Show awards including Best in Show), HOW (International Design Annual selection), and Print (Regional Design Annual award for excellence). In 2021 Brian was a speaker at Adobe Max, The Creativity Conference. 

Brian currently leads the design teams at Stoke, a full-service creative agency that focuses on creative storytelling through design. Their work includes branding, advertising, social media, interactive, web, video, and motion design. In 1998 Brian began teaching design and typography courses at Brigham Young University in Utah where he lives with his wife and four sons.

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Julia Rieger

Sr. Product Marketing Manager for SMB, Creative Cloud

Julia was an art major in college and worked in marketing as a graphic designer at the beginning of her career before making the move into marketing strategy. She’s spent the last ten years working roles in the B2B SaaS world and is excited to be focusing on design and collaboration for SMB at Adobe.

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

Learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.

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The Five-Minute Creative Mentor + The Superpower of Creative Collaboration