Benjamin Neal Conaghan is a KCMO-based Art Director and Designer.
What’s up, as that big pinkish/purpleish header says, I am an Art Director (Senior Art Director if we want to get technical) living it up in my hometown Kansas City. So how’d I get here? It all started at a small portfolio school in Chicago, the American Academy of Art, where I achieved a BFA in Illustration focusing on Art Direction. After those college years, I hopped over that big lake to Kalamazoo MI. working as an associate art director leading the social content charge on Kellogg’s snack brands such as Pringles and Nutri-grain at VMLY&R. After many cans of Pringles I rode the VMLY&R wave back to Chicago to continue to help build the Kellogg’s digital business as an Art Director, being one of the first creatives on the floor in Chicago I got to watch the office grow from a creative department I could count on my fingers to an office now around 100 folks. Those next couple years in Chicago, I worked on a couple new CPG giants including Tyson, Wells, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Rice Krispies (Kelloggs), as well as winning the Panama Tourism business which led to an exotic production hiatus to create some of my favorite content I have worked on to date. After 4 great years hanging around Lake Michigan, I was promoted to Senior Art Director where I then moved down to VMLY&Rs HQ to work on the Wendy’s AOR buinsess, which was conveniently located in my hometown of Kansas City MO. Which brings us to now, so when I am not advertising cheeseburgers I am screen printing posters or having a beer with my dog Wrigley (@Mr_Wrigley_Doodle).