AJ Dimarucot

Pasig, Philippines
The t-shirt as canvas for art.

Work Experience

Self Employed

Freelance Graphic Designer

AJ Dimarucot is a graphic designer, entrepreneur and restaurateur.

As a designer, he is known for his iconic work on t-shirts, having designed for the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Michael Jackson. He is known in the crowd-sourced t-shirt design circles for having his art printed several times over at Threadless.com and Designbyhumans.com--where he won the US$10,000 t-shirt design contest in 2008. His roster of clients include Nike, Jordan Brand, Adidas, and Uniqlo. From US to Japan to his hometown of Manila, his t-shirts are worn all over the world.

In his past life, AJ was an Art Director for Ogilvy & Mather, largely responsible for starting the digital department, which went on to win numerous awards even after he left. He has been a judge in the local design shows like The Philippine Web Awards, Philippine Graphic Design Awards, The Kidlat Awards, and the Adobo Design Awards. He has been invited to speak at the Graphika Manila in 2008, and now regularly appears in colleges and universities to discuss his work.

AJ is also a design entrepreneur who owns the hip baby clothing line googoo&gaga, a brand he started with his wife. He has added 'frustrated chef' into his many titles and currently co-owns the hit Filipino-Mexican restaurant MADECA. Most of his time is spent at home with his wife Audrey and his three wonderful kids.

SELECT CLIENTS: Nike | Jordan Brand | Adidas | Puma | Zoo York | Vans | Eastpak | Google | Ogilvy & Mather | BDA Creative | ESPN | Rossignol | Bravado | Threadless | Design by Humans | Graniph | Uniqlo | Exact Science | Paper Root Clothing
July 2007 - Manila, Philippines

Ogilvy & Mather

Senior Art Director

Responsible for interactive design campaigns for clients such as Nike, Nokia, Canon, and BMW.
January 2005 - January 2008 Manila, Philippines

Ogilvy & Mather

Interactive Producer/Art Director

Responsible for starting up the Interactive division. Including booking our first major client--Nokia. Run a small initial department of 1 junior designer and 1 programmer while art directing interactive campaigns.
May 2003 - January 2005 Manila, Philippines


English (Fluent),
Tagalog (Fluent),


Design By Humans

2nd Place ($10,000 T-shirt Design Contest)



Finalist ($20,000 T-shirt of the Year Contest)



1st Place ($3,000 T-shirt Design Contest)


Design By Humans

1st Place ($10,000 T-shirt Design Contest)



Illustrator, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Calligraphy , Graphic Design, Illustration, Infographics, Lettering, Photo Manipulation, Photoshop, Typography,