Mariam Guessous

Art Director/Dreamer

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Art Director, strategic thinker, problem solver, creative brainchild with experience on brands ranging from tech, CPG, telecom, beer, fashion and retail. Looking for my next challenge within a team of passionate individuals.

Bring it on.

Work Experience


Sr. Art Director

Working on the Shop Small Campaign (Small Business Saturday) by American Express.
March 2015 - Present New York, New York, United States

Launchpad Advertising

Art Director

Started as a Junior Art Director and got promoted to Art Director the following year. When I started, Launchpad was a 12 person agency and we had to get really scrappy and hands on. I acquired many new skills in a short period of time. From illustration, identity design, web design, animation, film and photo production. It taught us how to be resourceful and flexible. We are now a 60 people agency and still growing.

Brands I worked on:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
CenturyLink Telecom
No Fear
Thompson Reuters
Jambu Footwear
CondeNast (Glamour/Allure)
Down To Earth Trail Mix
December 2010 - March 2015 New York, United States

Lopez Negrete Communication

Art Director Intern

This was an awesomely intense summer, my copy partner and I got 2 Miller Like TV spots produced and helped win the $40 Million Verizon Fios account. A summer to remember.

Worked on:
Walmart — Participated in brainstorming sessions for Back to School Campaign
Miller — Worked on the Fall campaign and our TV spots were produced
Verizon FIOS — Was part of the pitch team and we ended up winning the account
Houston, Texas, United States

Love Advertising

Art Direction Intern

Assisted in TV shoots for Honda and Holmes Smokehouse and worked on Social Media for Susan G Komen.

Worked on:
Susan G Komen
Holmes Smokehouse
Gallery Furniture
Houston, Texas, United States

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater

Everything Intern

I did everything from sales, event coordination to design and social media.
Whatever needed to get done! And I got to see all the rehearsals and dance performances throughout the year.
Houston, Texas, United States


University Of Houston

Bachelors of Arts

Majoring in Advertising and Minoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography.
January 2005 - May 2010 Houston, Texas, United States

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Continued Education

Took Graphic Design Classes with Skip Sorvino.
New York, New York, United States

Houston School Of Advertising

Portfolio Classes

Concepting/Idea Generating
Design and Execution
Account Planning and Social Media Strategy
Houston, Texas, United States

Houston Community College System

Associate Degree — Dance Degree Certificate

Houston, Texas, United States


French (Native),
English (Fluent),
Spanish (Advanced),
Arabic (Conversational),





Stevie Awards

Silver — Animated Video PR


SVA Curated Gallery

Multiple projects showcased


Addy Award

Gold — Mercedes Benz Student Category


Addy Award

Silver — Bounty Student Category



Bronze Quill Award — Design


Arabesque Dance Award

Dancer of the year



Art Direction, Adobe Creative Suite, Advertising, Blogging, Brand Identity, Communications, Concepting, Design, Digital Design, Illustration, Influencing, Inspiring People, Integrated, Interaction Design, Motivating, Photography, Public Speaking, Strategy, UI, Ux, Writing,

Passion Projects

Dear Brook Blog:
A blog dedicated to helping Juniors in Advertising.

Everyday for a year, I post 1 picture of the Empire State from different angles.

Sandy Relief Project
I designed and created this to help raise funds during hurricane Sandy.


• Creative board member of Madison's Browne Fellowship
• Moderator at the ADCOLOR Conference
• Featured member on the ADC Global Blog
• Advisory board at The Advertising Club Young Professionals
• Mentor at The Advertising Club Summer Internship Program
• Super Member at the Art Directors Club
• Consultant at FM Ads
• Portfolio Reviewer for The One Club's "Where are all the black people"
• High School graduation speaker for the NYC Dept of Education internship program