Clinton Lugert

Freelance Creative Director

Minneapolis, MN, USA
I have become a creative platypus.

My experience in the advertising and post-production industries as well as working for myself for several years demanded such. Consequently, I function well as a traditional and interactive designer, illustrator, photographer, video editor, copywriter, animator and cinematographer. Thus I stay very informed of new technologies and trends in all creative fields. I've found a balance for all this digital work in getting my hands dirty screen printing, modifying my vintage moped, brewing beer and all sorts of travel adventures.

I work extremely well independently and under-pressure and rarely need a project manager. The last couple years I've led the creative department of a small branding agency where I've learned to collaborate as both a leader and member of a team while developing a reputation for being "unflappable". I understand the trust needed in delegation, as well as how to keep the creative process productive.

My capacity for creative thought, perceptive intuition, communication skills, resourcefulness and very diverse skill set are my greatest strengths.

Work Experience

LEE Branding

Group Creative Director

December 2014 - June 2016 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Campbell Mithun

Associate Creative Director

Everything Talks.
That’s what our founder, Ray Mithun, boldly proclaimed 80 years ago. By that he meant that every component of communications should work together seamlessly — like cogwheels. It was a visionary pronouncement in 1933. All these years later, it’s truer than ever.

Clients: Bisquick, Cheerios, Key Bank, Popeye's Chicken, Purina.
July 2013 - Present Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

VSA Partners

Senior Designer

Founded in 1982, VSA’s work across brand, communications and marketing has produced results for some of the world’s most respected, forward-thinking businesses, including IBM, GE, Harley-Davidson and Nike.

With more than 200 employees, VSA is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Minneapolis and Detroit.

Clients: Cargill, Mack Truck, Target...
October 2012 - June 2013 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Art Director

Olson is a non-traditional agency dedicated to building brand communities through innovative methods. Holistic by design, Olson provides public relations, brand strategy, advertising, design, interactive, social engagement, mobile, media, 1:1 loyalty marketing and analytics for the world’s most respected brands. They also never throw a small party.

Clients: Best Buy, Capital One, Country Inns & Suites, Ecolab, Fifth Third Bank, Izze, Masco [KraftMaid, Merillat & Quality Cabinets] MN Lottery, Naked Fruit Juice, University of Minnesota, USBank.
May 2010 - September 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Pixel Farm

Designer & Animator

While I was there Pixel Farm Digital doubled in size as we ventured into new waters. One of my specific goals while there & in our industry in general, is to bridge the gap between interactive & broadcast as a pioneer of new media convergence by using 3D, Flash, Video, & other high production values to deliver an immersive interactive experience.

Clients: Best Buy, G.M.A.C., Land O’ Lakes, Medtronic, Slumberland, USBank.
May 2006 - May 2007 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Owner & Creative Director

Based upon the classic structure, "THEY" are an elite guild of media artists with a diverse range of skills and talents. The collective is comprised of designers, filmmakers, photographers, writers, musicians, inventors, and artisans of every nature.

"THEY" create all forms of design for other creatives and specialize in advertising for films. We create posters for films, websites for animators, T-shirts for bands, and business cards for photographers. Our clients become a part of us, as we do of them. We all work together, our reach growing exponentially as we seek to improve the world both aesthetically and actually.

Clients: Channel Z, Christine Walker [Eventide Ent., WercWerkWorks, New Globe Films] CNN, Dino’s Gyros, Gasket, GMAC, Intrinsic Value Films, Marquette Plaza, Macy’s [Glamorama], MN Film & TV Board, Twin Cities Film Festival, NASCAR, VOLT Studios.
May 1999 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Minneapolis College Of Art And Design

Major: Filmmaking & Graphic Design. Minor: Comic Illustration.

January 2000 - January 2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


English (Native),
Spanish (Beginner),



Featured Artist - Femifish



100 Creatives - Featured Artist


Printing Industry Midwest

Star of Excellence - KraftMaid "Flower Girl"


AIGA - The Professional Association For Design

Design Award - "Phasma Ex Machina"



Featured Artist - "Too Tall To Fall"



Best In Show - "Drunk With Power"


PromaxBDA Awards

Package Design - FOX Movie Channel



Advertising, Animation, Art Direction, Concept Development, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Design, Photography, Poster Design, Videography, Web Design, Cinematography, Photo Art Direction, Silk Screen Printing, Traditional Media, Video Editing,