Chris Swanson | Creative Director


A Bay Area native running loose in Southern California. I like getting my hands dirty and I'm all about the collective effort. We're all in this together, so let's enjoy this rad thing we get to do for a living and make beautiful, influential experiences that speak to people. I'm a partner in a small batch bitters company, I recharge outdoors, I’m into packaging, books, fitness, and elephants. Yes, elephants.

I come to the table with a vast amount of experience that spans across various media platforms and content types. From print to digital and social, video production, branding, out of home, experiential, event, VR, photography, web, packaging, mobile and responsive design, and social strategy. I spent almost a decade in the Hospitality industry and I might even have Account Management experience in my background, but sssshhhhh, that's suppose to be a secret, right?


Edelman, SoCal // VP, Creative Director
Edelman, San Francisco // Senior Art Director
MRM: San Francisco // Art Director
twofifteenmccann // Jr. Art Director & Designer
McCann SF // Sr. Account Executive
Andrew Freeman & Co. Hospitality Marketing // Marketing & Design Intern 
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants: Hotel Palomar // Front Office & Special Projects Manager 




Silver Anvil, Integrated Communications // Petco: Turning Our Back, 2019
Edelman Standards Gold, Silver & Bronze
// Sunkist: We Were There, 2018
Shorty Award, Audience Honor // Power: Choose Your Own Adventure, 2017
Gold Addy Award // Beyond Kombat, 2016
Gold Award Winner, Game Marketing Awards // Beyond Kombat, 2016
CES Best In Class: Instagram // Microsoft #DoMore, 2015
‘Best Of’ Award on, 2009
"Tastefully Creative" campaign used to introduce AICASF’s culinary program


The Art Institute of California – San Francisco
Bachelor of Science: Advertising – Graduated with Honors
- President – AdLab
Editor-In-Chief – BEAT Magazine


Pharos Athletic Club, Nela Athletics, OutLift LA, Vitality Center, SF Medical Respite & Sobering Center, Northern California Concierge Association (NCCA), The EDGE Bar, Urgent Med Calls, SF Spikes Soccer Club