I’m a designer who’s lived and worked in New York for over 20 years. I started out designing interactive graphics, illustration, and animation for children’s media and advertising. I then moved into magazine publishing, working closely with editorial teams on integrated programs across digital, print, and video for Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Playboy, and OK!.
I’ve art directed B2B and B2C video promotions in the men’s lifestyle, health and fitness, and entertainment categories, as well as for DTC healthcare. As creative director at JW Media, I led the redesign of the iconic Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend logo, designed and launched two OTT videos sites, and designed a 96 page special event publication. Previously I managed the marketing art department at Playboy Enterprises, designing cobranded campaigns for sponsors, merchandising, television, and sales. Most recently I worked in healthcare at Ro, designing product landing pages, high-performing paid social videos, and 3D consumer product renders. I set up an in-house video and photo production studio, purchasing equipment and hiring junior designers.
I also paint watercolors, which can be seen on johnkitses.com or my Instagram page.