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Paul Kelley

Creative Director / Art Director / Photographer


I’m a creative and I can’t turn it off. This essentially means that I’m in a constant state of affliction. I stare at stop signs knowing there’s a better execution. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking that my written signature isn’t interesting enough and that I should consider switching to my right hand. I’m frustrated that there’s only one pantone number between my favorite blue and the most unpleasant purple. I believe astrology is absurd but find it’s true that all scorpios are indeed crazy. I search for the more interesting solution, the path less taken. I believe that if I’m not struggling then I haven’t pushed it hard or far enough.

So, what am I doing? Currently I’m with Team Detroit, involved in several cool and interesting projects. Specifically I'm leading a team of 15-20 people through the global redesign of Ford.com using the most current technologies available including and not limited to responsive/adaptive design, personalization and the migration to a new platform. To date we've successfully launched the new Ford.com in all 5 regions and eventually in all 123 markets. My day to day can vary. In the morning we could be in meetings discussing the next technology to implement, in the afternoon it could all be about content creation. I’ve been busy and that’s the way I like it.

Throughout my career I’ve had the privilege of working on the accounts of many high profile clients. I started in Detroit, cut my teeth in Chicago and established my career back in the D.

Where I studied

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

What I’ve done

  1. Team Detroit
    VP, Creative Director 2013 -

    Leading the websites for Ford.com globally, Ford North America and Ford Credit. Creating as much content as possible.

  2. MRM//McCann
    Associate Creative Director 2010 - 2013

    Lead teams from the pitch to the end product, winning accounts and creating strong relationships with new clients along the way.

  3. Wunderman Team Detroit
    VP, Associate Creative Director 2005 - 2010

    Team Detroit gave me the opportunity to excel and succeed in many different areas such as creative direction, design, execution and team leadership roles.

  4. Avenue A / Razorfish, Chicago, IL
    Senior Art Director 2003 - 2005

    At Razorfish I earned my chops as an Art Director concepting and executing interactive web site designs and Flash animations as well collaborative work, company research and creative presentations.

  5. Three Mountain Group, Chicago, IL
    Senior Art Director2001 - 2003

    Lead creative responsibilities for national accounts, concepting and creating interactive web site designs, animations and front end HTML.

  6. Rare Medium Inc., Detroit, MI
    Senior Designer 1999 - 2001