Bowen AMES

Art Director | AMAZON.COM

Bowen Ames currently works as Art/ Creative Director of Amazon Devices. Prior to this role he spent 10 years as a creative at large working with clients from Google to Atlantic Records, specializing in photographic and filmic story-telling. He graduated from The New School with a triple concentration in Arts in Context, Writing, and Set Design and is the recipient of an Effie Award for excellence in advertising and was recently tapped by The White House to serve as a technology and innovation advisor specializing in small business development and entrepreneurship. 

influences

Amanda Ringstad
Mark Searcy
Robert Geller
Totokaelo
Louise Borgeois

questionnaire

1. What was your very first job? 

My first real job was as an exhibition technician at The Guggenheim Museum in New York where I worked with artists installing and building large scale, site specific contemporary art installations.


2.  Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. 

My job as Art Director for Device Engagement is to curate the visual experience for device owners beyond the marketing experience to teach and tell stories about how their device can be used to enhance the human experience.

3.  How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today? 

I never really considered a world outside of creative. I’ve always been a visual thinker, learner and communicator so I gravitated to creative work out of necessity. It’s the only realm where I’m at home and with my people. As my career has progressed I’ve pursued creative circles where my brain is not only fully utilized, but also challenged and given the opportunity to grow.

4. In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? 

I always return to contemporary art and fashion to keep my brain stimulated and see how others are expressing their identities and  perspectives.

5. If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be? 

I’m proudest of the work that I make outside of my industry and without a client. Last year I did a self-propelled project called Cover of America. I packed up my life into a tiny camper and spent 3 months exploring North America with my dog, documenting the lives of musicians on tour and maker communities creating work inspired by journeying.

jury

Director of Photography | WIRED
Global Creative Director | VOLCOM
SVP Creative Director | DEUTSCH
Art Director | AMAZON.COM
EVP Executive Creative Director | DEUTSCH
VP Brand Program Mgr. | WELLS FARGO
Assoc.Creative Director | INTEL CORPORATION
Group Creative Director | DISCOVER LOS ANGELES
VP Creative Design | DREAMWORKS
Editor in Chief | FLAUNT MAGAZINE
VP Brand Creative | WILLIAMS-SONOMA
Digital Creative Director | SONOS, INC.
Director of Photography | GOOGLE
Design Director | WIRED
Sr. Creative Director | PANDORA MEDIA, INC.
Founder, Creative Director | ELEVEN INC.
CD | NORDSTROMRACK.COM
Creative Director | DAVID&GOLIATH
Partner, Chief Creative Officer | BSSP
Creative Director, Online & In-store | OLD NAVY
VP Creative Director | FABLETICS/ JUSTFAB INC.
VP Brand Creative Director | NEIMAN MARCUS
Chief Creative Officer
Executive Creative Director | SAATCHI & SAATCHI
Sr. Prod. | NORDSTROMRACK.COM/ HAUTELOOK
Creative Director | FX NETWORKS
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SVP Group Creative Director | DEUTSCH
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Co-President | BLT+ / BLT COMMUNICATIONS
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Chief Marketing Officer | VARIETY
VP Executive Creative Director | SEPHORA
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SVP Exec. Creative Director | R/GA
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Managing Art Buyer | STARBUCKS
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Brand Design Lead | LYFT
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Chief Production Officer | OMELET
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CD | VENABLES BELL AND PARTNERS
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VP Creative Director | MULLEN LOWE
Chief Creative Officer | THEORY SF
VP Brand Creative Services | GYMBOREE
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Sr. Producer | FACEBOOK (IN CONTRACT)
Chief Creative Officer | INNOCEAN
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VP Executive Creative Director | DOLBY LABS
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Vice President, Global Brand | NIKE
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VP Creative Design | FOX BROADCASTING