Mark Allen

Art Director / Designer / Copywriter / Illustrator

Dallas, TX, USA
I started my creative journey with dreams of becoming a screenwriter and then an illustrator. In college I discovered graphic design, started specializing in art direction, then had an advertising industry icon tell me I had the chops of a copywriter too. With an eclectic mix of skills and interests, I found my way into university education where I've had the pleasure of teaching scores of wonderful students in all of the disciplines above. After nearly a decade as a university educator, I decided it was time to go back to school to study the philosophy of art and aesthetics in order gain a deeper understanding of the deepest roots of artistic creativity. I try to incorporate both my academic studies and my work as a creative professional into my role in the classroom as much as I can. But I also find myself applying design principles and lessons I've learned as a teacher in my academic pursuits.

Work Experience

RedCape Creative

Owner / Creative Director

Heroic ideas in advertising, design and new media. Work has been featured in Print's Regional Design Annual, Applied Arts Magazine and awarded by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. I’ve done work for a variety of companies and organizations, including: History Channel, Martha Stewart, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, the U.S. National Parks Service, HBO, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Samaritan’s Purse and Hope International Adoption
January 2000 - Present Texas, United States

Southern Methodist University


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in art direction, design and creativity in the Meadows School of the Arts.
August 2015 - Present Dallas, Texas, United States

The University Of North Texas - College Of Visual Arts & Design


August 2013 - August 2015 Texas, United States


Associate Creative Director / Art Direction

Worked on a wide range of accounts as an ACD/Art Director: Norton/Symantec, the New York Yankees, Harley-Davidson, United Healthcare, AARP, Time Warner Cable, TIAA Cref, The Charlotte Ballet and Ally Bank. Upon deciding to pursue my PhD, I transitioned into a freelance role, working remotely from Dallas.
December 2012 - June 2014 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Mudra Institute Of Communication Arts

Visiting Lecturer

I taught a summer course called Creativity in the Indian Context at MICA, India’s premier communications management institute. Though we discussed basic art direction and design principles, our main project was to create a campaign that addressed a culturally-sensitive issue relevant to advertising. The students chose to tackle skin-whitening creams that are widely used as a means to advance one’s social class. At the end of the course, the students presented their work to MICA’s resident faculty who enthusiastically received the campaign as a success. Beyond the classroom, we did workshops at the Delhi and Mumbai offices of Wieden+Kennedy, DDB/Mudra and Ogilvy. On our days off we traveled to a number of
markets, temples and cultural sites around the country.
June 2010 - August 2010 Ahmedabad, India

SMU – Temerlin Advertising Institute


2003 - 2010 Dallas, Texas, United States

Calise & Sedei

Art Director

Responsible for the concept and design of projects large and small. I was exposed to many forms of media: print, outdoor, TV, radio, interactive and point-of-sale. Though I started as a full-time art director, over the last several years that I worked for Calise & Sedei, I transitioned into an independent role as my teaching responsibilities increased at SMU.
1999 - 2008 Dallas, Texas, United States

The University Of North Texas - College Of Visual Arts & Design

Visiting Assistant Professor

2001 - 2003 Denton, Texas, United States

Dunham Design


A solid design studio where I developed a downright nasty work ethic. I touched most of the creative product that left our firm. The majority of my work consisted of the design of logos, magazines, direct mail and signage. Clients included: American Airlines, Starbucks and Baylor Hospital and Trinity Medical Centers of Texas.
1999 - 1999 Dallas, Texas, United States


University Of Dallas

Ph.D Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics (in progress)

Studying the philosophy of art and aesthetics – particularly how they intersect with ethics and value judgments.
August 2013 - Present Texas, United States

University Of Dallas

MA Philosophy

August 2013 - May 2018 Dallas, Texas, United States

Veritas Graduate School

MA Philosophical Theology

August 2010 - May 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

University Of North Texas

BFA Communication Design / Minor Advertising

Awards & Honors:
– Graduated with honors, Cum Laude
– Best Overall Portfolio: UNT College of Visual Arts & Design
– Outstanding Performance in Art Direction: UNT College of Visual Arts & Design
– Best in Category: Advertising – National Student Show, Dallas Society of Visual Communications
1994 - 1999 Denton, Texas, United States


Print Design Magazine

Design Annual Winner


Promotion Marketing Association Reggie Awards

Gold Reggie: Experiential Marketing Category


UNTold+new Alumni Design Show,

My alma mater opened up a show to its alumni and brought in Patrick Coyne of Communication Arts, to judge the show. I had five pieces accepted into the exhibition, placing work in four different categories: art direction, design, copywriting and illustrat


Illustrators Society Of Los Angeles

Advertising Category: Gold Medal and 2 Merit Awards


Applied Arts Magazine

Featured in July/August issue 2006


Magellan Awards (Best In Travel Industry)

Gold – Azamara Club Cruises



- Conceptual Design & Pre-production Story Boarding, Art Direction, Brand Identity, Branding And Identity, Copywriting, Creative Strategy , Graphic Design, Illustration, Image Editing, Logo Design, Packaging Design, Publication Design, Website Design, Annual Reports, Direct Mail, Guerrilla Marketing, Outdoor Advertising, Tradeshows,