christian acker

Assoc Creative Director - Brand Design

Boston, MA, USA
Less pop. More culture.

Work Experience


Assoc Creative Director, Brand Design

Global Brand Design for all seasonal concepts for all consumer facing Converse product stories, All Star, Cons and Jack Purcell.
November 2015 - Present Massachusetts, United States


Assoc Creative Director, Brand Design - Converse Cons

June 2014 - November 2015 Massachusetts, United States


Founder, Creative Director

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 with Gingko Press.
May 2003 - New York, New York, United States


Founder, Creative Director

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, Complex Magazine, Nike, Under Armour, Zoo York, Ecko, Marc Ecko Collection, Avirex, Tapout, 5 Boro Skateboards, Upper Playground, R/GA, Oxford University Press, and The New York Times. The buck starts and stops here, 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.
May 2010 - June 2014 New York, New York, United States

Mass Appeal

Associate Creative Director

November 2013 - May 2014 New York, New York, United States

Parsons School Of Design

Adjunct Professor

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.
May 2002 - New York, New York, United States

Zoo York

Sr Art Director

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. 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 a team of 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 product projects.
May 2009 - May 2010 New York, New York, United States

Zoo York

Art Director

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 central and South America.
October 2006 - May 2009 New York, New York, United States

Zoo York

Sr Graphic Designer

Responsible for ads and catalogs, 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.
October 2004 - October 2006 New York, New York, United States

Adnauseum, Inc


Established Adnauseum to procure freelance work
August 2003 - October 2004 New York, New York, United States

SME Branding

Graphic Designer

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.
September 2002 - August 2003 New York, New York, United States

Zona Design

Freelance Graphic 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.
May 2002 - September 2002 New York, New York, United States


Parsons The New School For Design


BFA, with Honors-Communication Design
September 1998 - May 2002 New York, New York, United States



Feature: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, NPR


T- World

Feature article in New York City edition.


National Post (Canada)

Press Coverage-Handselecta


Fridge Mag (Italy)

Press Coverage-Handselecta


Computer Love

Press Coverage-Designer Profile


Press Coverage-Zoo York



Press Coverage-Handselecta


Metropolis Magazine

Press Coverage-Handselecta


Ping Mag (Japan)

Press Coverage-Handselecta



FontLab, Adobe Creative Suite, Brand Strategy, Illustration, Logo Design, Mac OSX, Type Design,