about stuff

Things I don’t enjoy are:
a) changing the duvet cover
b) writing my bio 

 

SAY HELLO

sue@howsueisnow.com
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I'm Sue.
Liam Neeson and I have
one thing in common:
we’re both Irish. 

 
 

SELECT BILL PAYERS:
AIRBNB
APPLE
CHOBANI
KFC
GOOGLE
GRUBHUB
FACEBOOK
IBM
MERCEDES BENZ
NIKE
SAMSUNG
STARBUCKS

 

Then we’re opposites. I’m 5’2.5”, he’s 6’4”, and unlike his character in Taken where he has a very particular set of skills — I have a very broad set of skills. 

At Wieden+Kennedy I use a lot of them. I'm Director and co-founder of 203—a room on the 2nd floor of W+K Portland. It's a think tank filled with a flexible collective of brand mavericks, with a focus on strategy and design. I direct work and teams on lovely brands like Airbnb, Nike, Samsung and KFC. It fills me with happy feelings to provide mentorship and coaching to individuals and teams. I work on developing W+K's internal culture and brand projects, new ways of working and department structures. Also continually scouting for recruitment and reviewing candidates with internal recruiters.
And making damn sure we get that new biz.

To hop on the way back machine, I'm originally from a small island off the bottom of Ireland. My Dad said I came free in a box of Cornflakes. I have yet to see proof of this. Due to spending most of my youth on a computer, I've ended up with several multimedia certificates from nerdy summers, a first class honours BA degree in Visual Communications from IADT in Dublin, a scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art & Design where I received a MA in Advertising (where I'm currently the official Advertising Mentor for the department) and a diploma in Dutch. Ja. 

Since then I've lived for several years in places like Amsterdam (yes I have a Dutch-style bike), NYC and SF, working at agencies such as Ogilvy, Edenspiekermann and Wolff Olins. It makes me full-body cringe to talk about, but I've been named one of PRINT's 15 under 30 New Visual Artists, gotten some Cannes Lions, D&AD Pencils, have an Extraordinary Ability Alien Visa (Justin Bieber has it too) and a few mentions here and there.

Something that reveals a bit of my personality: I get up at a very early time every day to consume the internet and take classes at Yale for a few hours before work. My spare time is mostly spent talking about ideas with my other half Andrew Peet, reading, daydreaming about sweets, digesting design, telling our puppy to stop eating that, making weird shit and not making any more Tumblrs (on #18), judging award shows, and mentoring students and finally finishing by bio.

 
 
 
 

Awards

Cannes Lions (Bronze) 
Cannes Lion (Shortlist) 
One Show (4) 
One Show (Bronze) 
One Show Merits (X3) 
One Show (Interactive) 
One Show (Craft) 
One Show (Collateral) 
New Visual Artist (15 Under 30)

D&AD Graphite Pencil Brand
D&AD Graphite Pencil Digital
Webbys (1 SOTY, x5 Noms) 
Clio Awards (Silver) 
ECHOs (Silver) 
London IA (Campaign, Finalist)
London IA (Art Direction, Bronze) 
Google Creative Sandbox
Effie (Silver)

Command X (2011, 2nd Place) 
ADDY Awards (Gold) 
CSS Design Awards
Wiley Design Award (2nd Place) 
SCADY Awards (Gold) 
SCADY Awards (Silver) 
SCAD Honors Award
SCAD Opportunity Scholarship
ISTD Awarded Membership

 
 

Judging
& Speaking

Cannes Future Lions
April 2017

ADCC Interactive
Toronto, June 2016

Awwwards
2016–2017

100 Archive Jury
Remote, 2012–2015

AAF Advertising
Kansas City, Jan 2015

IDI Design
Dublin, Sep 2012

No Sharp Stuff: Wieden+Kennedy
Savannah College of Art & Design
April 2017

Sue is Not Don Draper
Savannah College of Art & Design
Jan 2017

OFFSET Speaker
Dublin, April 2015

Student Visits
Amsterdam, 2012