Ben Reed
Ben Reed
Creative Director / Videographer / Photographer

Video • Photo
Interactive • Print

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I am a cross-disciplinary creative thinker, problem solver, and doer driven by the desire to see great ideas come to life.

I am an award-winning creative director, photographer, and videographer—ultimately, I love the challenge of telling evocative and compelling stories that move people to action. I pride myself on developing creative assets that are strategically-driven, compelling, well-designed, and ultimately achieve the goals of the organization. I believe my most valuable skill is my ability to be both left- and right-brained and effectively coalesce strategic, creative, and technical thinking.

Video

ideation, Direction, cinematography, editing

I've directed, filmed, and edited broadcast commercials, branded content, and mini-documentaries for social media, conferences, tradeshows, and fundraisers. Clients include American Express, National Association of Realtors, Eli Broad College of Business, Albion College, Shubb Capos, Northfield Mandolins, and many more.

 

 
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Interactive

Creative Direction, STRATEGY, UI/UX, Visual DESIGN

My interactive work includes end-to-end creative direction, UI/UX, and visual design for international instrument manufacturers, universities and graduate schools, marketing agencies, automotive manufacturers, and banks. I've also been contracted by the incredibly talented team at mStoner to execute visual design for higher education clients such as North Carolina School of the Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and Johns Hopkins University. My work with mStoner earned various awards and recognition from The Webby Awards, W3, Honors Awwwards, Interactive Media Awards, and Webaward among others.


 
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Photo

Portraiture, Editorial, Lifestyle, Product

For the past 20 years I’ve been photographing lifestyle, portrait, and product images for various commercial and corporate clients. My photography projects have taken me to Barcelona, Istanbul, Melbourne, Cannes, Palm Beach, Seattle, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

 

 
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Print

Packaging, Direct Mail, CRM, Album Art

As the Creative Director at Plan B Advertising in Chicago's West Loop Neighborhood, I directed CRM campaigns for Jaguar and Volvo which included primarily direct mail components with accompanying tradeshow, interactive, email, video, and event assets. I also led the creative development for 10+ successful RFP responses for clients such as Volvo, Merisant, McDavid, Azteca Foods, and Equal. In addition to creative direction for print, I've been doing visual design and branding for small businesses, musicians, breweries, and others for nearly 20 years.

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Opportunities
Proposals
Partnerships
Freelance Projects
Contract Work
Full-Time
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Recommendations


I came to know Ben as a thoughtful, pragmatic creative who thinks, creates, and designs with a purpose. A meticulous perfectionist, he never misses an opportunity to make work better. He’s great at defining process, helping clients and team members understand the required steps and their roles in the bigger picture. He’s a clear communicator who can put complex concepts in simple terms, keeping teams connected and on the same page.
— Terry Mertens, Group Creative Director at Plan B Advertising

When executing he is thoughtful and efficient; passionate and dedicated to every project. When directing he is clear and concise; artful at bringing a vision to life. He leads by example. Raises the quality of work on every project he is a part of. And is always, without exception, the hardest working person in any given room at any given time.
— Cole Orloff, Associate Creative Director at Barbarian

Ben was always able to instill a sense of calm confidence among his creative department that focused on producing great work, on schedule, without a lot of drama. His technical and creative skills are also top notch. How many CD’s can design, layout and code a website...and then go ahead and shoot all of the video and photography content for the site as well?
— Matt Marcus, Market Research Manager at BMO Harris Bank