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Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Knowlden’

Former C-K Senior AD Trades in Ad Life for Custom Furniture Creation


Every now and then, we like to sprinkle a little life after advertising item into the mix, and so with that, our latest person of interest is one Brandon Knowlden, who left his senior art director gig at Cramer-Krasselt Chicago eight weeks ago to, as he says, “pursue working with my hands and creating custom furniture.” The end result is a new, fellow Windy City operation (though Knowlden also works out of his dad’s shop in north Detroit) called Well Made, which produces sustainable, handmade home furnishings like the brick coffee table above and the bench below (cat not included, we believe).


Before we go full Better Homes & Gardens on you, we should mention that, yes, there is also a Kickstarter effort at play here that involves Stiicks, a product that Knowlden dubs “the simplest, most well-crafted frame ever.” A bold statement perhaps, but looks like quite a few folks are buying it as Knowlden is already three-quarters of the way to his $8,000 goal with 24 days left to go. You can peep his Stiicks presentation after the jump. As for whether he’d ever return to full-time ad life, Knowlden, who worked on Porsche, Panera Bread, Heinz and Corona while at C-K and is still freelancing, says “potentially.” For now, though, the creative adds that he’s “more interested in making things that last a little longer than 30 seconds.”

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Art Director Gives Prints to Chicago Marathon Sponsors

If you live in Chicago and don’t live on a shack built several miles offshore in the middle Lake Michigan, odds are you know of someone who will be running in the 26.2-mile long Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9. Really, is there anything more annoying than someone humble-bragging about how much work it takes to be in such good shape before asking you to donate money to their cause? That is, unless you have someone like Cramer-Krasselt AD Brandon Knowlden working at your office.

Knowlden is actually giving something to those willing to sponsor his race, and those who donate will get their choice of one of three pretty awesome personalized prints representing training for the marathon, running the marathon and finishing the marathon. Knowlden’s training sessions are broken into short, medium and long runs, and interested parties will sponsor $30, $40 and $50 for these runs respectively, with all proceeds going to the American Liver Foundation. Each print will come with the sponsor’s name and the distance and the average speed Knowlden ran.

One person who sponsors the marathon itself for $100 gets all three prints. If you’re a Chicagoan and like reppin’ your hometown’s flag and skyline, any of these prints would look great framed in your house. I don’t know this guy, but I’m donating for the print and the story behind it. Donate to Knowlden’s run here.