Personal Motto: Less pop. More culture.
Specialties: Brand Design, Identity and Strategy, Art Direction and Design for consumer goods brands
Adnauseum, Inc. - Owner, Creative Director
May 2010 – Present
Adnauseum is a boutique design and strategic creative consultancy specializing in design and branding solutions
for consumer brands. There is a stress on the strategic approach of designing product with a close relationship
to the brands core identity, linked with marketing goals and efforts. Select clients include: Obey Clothing, KR3W, Loser Machine, Complex Magazine, Nike, Under Armour, Zoo York, Ecko, Marc Ecko Collection, 5 Boro Skateboards, Upper Playground, R/GA, Oxford University Press, and The New York Times. Sole proprietorship, Mr. Everything, from planning and proposals to designing and budgets, Not uncommon to be handling as many as 3- 6 clients and up to 6 freelancers at one time.
Handselecta - Owner, Principal Designer
May 2003 – Present
Handselecta is a font foundry and preservation project documenting graffiti as a form of contemporary calligraphy and transforming handwritten scripts into digital typefaces. Handselecta works alongside some of the most notable practitioners in the world of the aerosol arts. The Handselecta project is currently contracted for an art history book of American graffiti to be released on Gingko Press.
Parsons School of Design - Adjunct Professor
Summer 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2010
Taught classes Experimental Typography, Digital Design (Adobe Creative Suite) Presentation, and Design for Communication. Students ranged in age from High School students in a summer program to Juniors and Seniors
in the BFA and AAS programs.
Zoo York - Sr Art Director
May 2009 – May 2010
During nearly 6 years at Zoo York annual sales grew from $5M to over $30M. Printable graphic garments made up 60-70% of that business. Direct report to the Sr VP of Design and Merchandising. Responsible for the design and execution of graphics for mens garment line, SMU’s, premium tier and in-line, from concept to development. Responsibilities include management of the product design team of a half dozen designers (both graphic and fashion), seasonal research and development of creative themes and direction, art direction and written creative briefs for junior and freelance designers and illustrators. Manage and spend a freelance budget of $100,000 on an annual basis. Spearheaded the guest artist collaborations program, utilizing relationships with the arts and graffiti community, creating marketing-friendly and press worthy projects.
Zoo York - Art Director
October 2006 – May 2009
Became Art Director in charge of and responsible for the design and execution of prinatables and graphics for Special-Make-Up Accounts, including Pac Sun and Zumiez. Would often travel to meet with buyers and present the line, had monthly direct contact with buyers, often teleconferencing feedback from design submittals to hone our business. Became resonsiple for the pre-production and factory correspondence up to the Salesman Sampling stages, traveled to factory faciilities in Honduras, Mexico and Colombia.
Zoo York - Sr Graphic Designer
October 2004 – May 2006
Responsible for the design and execution of tee graphics - from concept to development of the mens garment line. Responsibilities include seasonal research and development of creative themes and direction.
Adnauseum, Inc. - Principal
August 2003 – September 2004
Established Adnauseum to procure freelance work
SME Branding - Graphic Designer
September 2002 – August 2003
Graphic design of logos and identity systems for professional and collegiate athletics programs. While in this position I worked on the identities of accounts such as: Adidas/2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, University of Pennsylvania Athletics, New York Rangers, and various projects for the United States Olympic Committee.
Zona Design - Freelance Designer
Typographer, responsible for designing logos for television shows and cable networks. ie: History Channel en Español, Design Cents, clients included Court TV, HGTV, and more.
Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York City
1998 – 2002
BFA, with Honors-Communication Design
Prehistoric Work Experience
Princeton Partners Advertising Agency- Graphic Design Intern 1997
Lorenzoni Landscaping - Landscaping Grunt 1997
Eastern Mountain Sports - Retail Sales Associate 1993 – 2000
Trenton Times - Paper Boy 1991 – 1993
March 2010 - National Post (Canada)
May 2009 - FridgeMag (Italy) Interview by Enrico Grigoletti
March 2009 - ComputerLove - “Let’s Talk: Christian Acker” Interview by Matt Newton
July 2008 - Vimby.com Interview about the Design Dept at Zoo York.
February 2008 - Juxtapoz Magazine “Christian Acker and The Graffiti Type Foundry: Handselecta”
article by Stephen Powers
August 2006 - Metropolis Magazine “Observed” article by Nancy Nowacek
July 2006 - Ping Magazine (Japan) “Shock of the Neue: Graffiti Fonts By Graffiti Writers” article by Ian Lynam
April 2006 - Graphotism Magazine, Issue 42, “Handselecta True to Type” article by Sarah Geoghegan