David Willson

Creative director, writer, designer, illustrator

Jupiter, FL, USA
I am an experienced creative professional with a flair for precise, dynamic, results-oriented concepts.

I have filled the role of publication editor-in-chief, section and page editor, feature writer and art director, as well as advertising agency creative director, art director and design studio president. As such, I have managed groups of creative professionals, recruited talent, managed processes such as campaign development, publishing, executing bids and overseeing printing contracts, supervised production, researched and purchased new technology, reported to top management and been actively involved in business development and client relations.

I very much look forward to discussing any senior creative contribution I can make in either publishing or advertising.

Work Experience

American Media, Inc.

Art Director

I was hired as the Art Director for six crime magazine titles acquired in the purchase of Globe Communications. I redesigned the publications for mass distribution to a broader consumer audience. During this time I also worked as a design editor for other titles produced by American Media, such as The Globe, The Star and the Weekly World News.
February 2000 - July 2000 Boca Raton, Florida, United States

NACORE International

Creative Director

I was Creative Director for the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE). My creative duties included: art director of Corporate Real Estate Executive magazine, an award winning monthly association magazine about corporate strategic management; design of brand and marketing collateral for NACORE membership campaigns and trade shows and creative director of web site development. I also designed and produced catalogs, brochures, advertisements and signage for NACORE educational division The Institute for Corporate Real Estate.

Management duties included creative staff management, hiring recommendation, vendor services management, computer graphics equipment management, planning and purchasing. I did not report directly to the CEO, but participated in top level marketing strategy sessions and board level presentations.
September 1993 - February 2000 West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Palm Beach Daily News

Editorial Cartoonist and columnist

I have produced one editorial cartoon per week and occasional feature illustrations for the Palm Beach Daily News on a freelance basis since they first launched a Sunday editorial page in 1992, and continue to do so. I also write a weekly column entitled Cartoonistry.

I also write occasional features as well as a regular column and blog entitled Cartoonistry, which takes a look at recent Palm Beach history through the metaphor of my past cartoons.

I have received three “Excellence in Editorial Cartooning” awards from the Florida Press Club.
March 1992 - Present Palm Beach, Florida, United States

American Media, Inc.

Design Editor

I was hired as a member of an entrepreneurial division that was charged with developing new publications. We also helped to develop a prototype all-digital production path that was later implemented throughout all AMI owned operations. On this team, I participated in launching Soap Opera Magazine and Country Weekly Magazine, as well as other concepts that didn't make it through the development process.

Duties included Macintosh networked layout and production, copy editing, photo editing, caption and headline writing, and illustration.
August 1991 - September 1993 Lantana, Florida, United States


East Carolina University

None attained

I attended the Art School at East Carolina University with a BFA major in commercial art and a minor in painting. During this time I also served as Managing Editor and Cartoon Editor for the student newspaper, The East Carolina University Fountainhead. I also served as Vice President and Rush Chairman for Sigma Chi Delta social fraternity.

I accepted a job offer and left to pursue my career prior to receiving a degree.
July 1969 - August 1972 Greenville, North Carolina, United States


English (Native),


American Society Of Business Press Editors

Excellence - Publication Redesign

American Society Of Association Executives

Excellence - Publication design

Association Trends

Excellence - Publication design

Florida Magazine Association

Charlie Award - multiple categories

Communication Concepts

APEX Award for Excellence

Publishing & Production Executive And Printing Impressions

Multiple Gold Ink Awards

Printing Industries Of America

Excellence in 4-color magazine

Addy Awards - Palm Beach And Broward County, FL

multiple awards

International Hotel Sales & Marketing Association's Advertising Awards

Two Bronze Awards for Newspaper and Magazine Advertisement

Florida Press Club

Three awards for excellence in editorial cartooning


Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Bid Process Managment, Cartooning , Creative Director, Creative Division Magagement, Creative Staff Hiring, Creative Staff Management, Illustration, Internal Communications, Microsoft Office, Painter, Photo Direction, Photo Optimization, Photo Retouch, Photo Retouching, Pre-press Management, Prepress, Press Check, Production Management, Public Speaking, Publication Launch, Publication Redesign, Purchasing, Quark, Senior Art Director, Senior Editor, WACOM Stylus Tablet,