Design Manager & Creative Director

Davide Mancini (profile pic)
Design Manager & Creative Director

Davide Mancini

Helping companies become brands through their visual assets and communication campaigns. Busy coordinating multi-disciplinary teams to build projects and work together smoothly. Delivering on time and within budget.

Experience

I’m a creative director and brand designer helping companies become brands through their visual assets and communication campaigns.

Currently, my predominant work responsibilities involve contributing to brand strategy development to deliver, through design, the right message in the best form for the business case / client’s objectives.

My key focus areas are: 

  • Making projects a creative and commercial success – I lead the creative execution during the design stage in collaboration with a wide range of other communities including planners, account and project managers, artworkers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, and animators
  • Overseeing production while paying excellent attention to detail and to the client’s brand guidelines.

What has brought me here:

  • 10+ years of experience working as Art Director and Graphic Designer. 
  • Generating clear ideas and concepts in tandem with the copywriter. 
  • Producing sketches, storyboards and art-layouts based on creative visions and ideas. 
  • Understanding marketing initiatives, strategic positioning and target audience
  • Capable of taking responsibility for owning, shaping, developing and delivering creative projects 
  • Contributing to successful new business and farming efforts, as well as pitches.

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with international brands such as Adidas, Amex, S.Pellegrino, Galbani, Allianz, IBM, Birra Poretti, Durex, Husqvarna, Sky, G-Star RAW and many others.

— Amsterdam & Rotterdam, NL

DPDK

| April 2021 / Present

Creative Director

  • Manage 12+ UX &UI designers, Brand designer and Motion designer
  • Supervise department’s daily workflow, assigning project workloads, roadmapping and monitoring deadlines
  • Revise content and presentations, approve/reject ideas, provide feedback to the team
  • Lead projects with internal and external resources
  • Direct brainstorming meetings and creative sessions
  • Conceive and implement concepts, guidelines and strategies in various creative projects and oversee them to completion

Catawiki

| April 2020 / Present

Sr. Design Manager

  • Design, workshop and implement brand visual guidelines
  • Lead and design communication campaigns with internal and external resources
  • Collaborate, design, and participate in marketing, branding and UX initiatives

Spotzer

| December 2018 / March 2020

Design Manager

  • Managed 10+ designers  plus 2 external contractors
  • Designed guidelines and UI best practice
  • Implement team’s mission, vision, and goals
  • Trained several internal and external design teams 

Newcraft

| June 2018 / November 2018

Senior Creative Consultant

  • Developed marketing initiatives and digital campaigns
  • Creative lead for client acquisition 
  • Mentored junior designers

G-Star RAW

| November 2017 / May 2018

Senior Creative

  • Created holistic marketing campaigns
  • Lead creative on photoshoots
  • Collaborated with copywriters on concept creation

TBWA\United

| November 2016 / October 2017

Art Director / Designer

  • Visual and design lead for advertising campaigns
  • Supervised photo and video productions
  • Partnered with a copywriter on creative concepts
  • Focused on new business acquisition
  • Developed campaigns for Adidas, JTI, Hermitage Museum
— Milan, IT

Ogilvy

| May 2012 / October 2016

Art Director

  • Visual and design lead for advertising campaigns
  • Supervised photo and video productions
  • Partnered with a copywriter on creative concepts
  • Focused on new business acquisition
  • Responsible branding assignments
  • Developed campaigns for Amex, S.Pellegrino, Allianz, 3Wind

M&C Saatchi

| April 2011
/ May 2012

Art Director

  • Visual and design lead for advertising campaigns
  • Supervised photo and video productions
  • Collaborated with copywriters on creative concepts
  • Focused on new business acquisition
  • Developed campaigns for Husqvarna, Sky, Fastweb, Genertel

McCann Worldgroup

| October 2010 / March 2011

Junior Art Director

  • Curated visual and design on advertising campaigns
  • Assisted Creative Director on creative concepts
  • Developed campaigns for Durex, Birra Peroni, Royal Caribbean, Dr. Sholl

Italia Brand Group

| February 2010 / August 2010

Junior Art Director

  • Curated visual and design for advertising campaigns
  • Partnered with a copywriter on creative concepts
  • Developed campaigns for La Gardenia, TeleTu, Eridania

Giroidea

| April 2007 / December 2009

Graphic Designer

  • Curated and designed textbooks and industry-specific magazines
  • Designed and (front-end) coded websites
  • Collaborated on brand design projects

“Make it simple,
but significant.”

Don Draper, Mad Men

 

— Skills

Analytical thinking and attention to detail. Understanding of trends and an ability to respond to customers’ wishes. Creativity and ability to produce innovative and original ideas. Teamwork and resource management. Written and verbal communication skills in English (fluent) and Italian (native).

Deep knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, in particular Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, as well as Sketch, Figma, Frontify, Salesforce, Atlassian Jira and Asana.

Typography, calligraphy, photography (analogic and digital) are my passions.

  • Branding
  • Creative Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Team Management

Branding

  • 10+ years experience
  • Over 50 logos and brand identities created
  • 3 years experience with brand teams
  • Brand guidelines workshop and implementation

Creative Development

  • 9 years experience as creative in advertising
  • 20+ international clients
  • 90+ new business pitches
  • Creative ideation and production
  • Delivering presentations

Marketing strategy

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with contemporary digital tools, platforms, and channels

  • Digital advertising experience

Team Management

  • Managed design teams of 15+ members
  • Oversee of external contractors
  • Train internal and external teams on design
  • Experience with hiring and team building

Awards & Education

— Awards

NC Digital Award 

Bronze in Public Interest Services

Wind Italia – St.Valentine Experiment (film web / activation)

2016

A’Desing Award

Iron Award in Graphics and Visual Communication

David Quotes – Typography Project

2015

DMA Echo Awards Italia

Bronze

Ceci n’est pas un Lion – Print Ad

2015

— Education

IED – Instituto Europeo di Design

Master’s Degree

Visual communication: CSP – Art Direction

2008 – 2009

  Arte & Messaggio

Associate’s Degree

Graphic Design

2005 – 2007

IPSC Caterina da Siena

Foundation Degree

Graphic Design & Communications

2000 – 2005

I’ve worked with

amex
durex
s.pellegrino
carawiki
adidas
g-star raw