Adu is the author of [Don’t Insert Title Here] The Guide Toward Creative Freedom & Success. Adu is also a Creative Director, Fine Artist and Visual Artist. [Don’t Insert Title Here] combines creative advice, motivational quotes or (“Aduisms") and career tips from Adu’s experience in the creative industry. The book explores all of the internal and external roadblocks creatives may face along their creative journey and how one can maintain their creative freedom while achieving their personal and professional goals.
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Adu’s Book: http://bit.ly/BookByAdu
Adu’s Site: http://www.aduyou.com/
Justin Adu, or Adu as he is affectionately known by to his peers, is currently the Associate Creative Director of Digital and Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA). Prior to leading the digital and social media executions for clients like General Motors at CHWA, Adu’s diverse career has impacted notable brands, organizations, and public figures.
Adu earned his BS in graphic design with a minor in marketing from Alabama A&M University. He later earned a MA in advertising with a concentration in art direction from Savannah College of Art & Design. Adu has made huge successful strides in the advertising industry and made a foothold in the art world by curating and exhibiting original art in ten solo art exhibitions. His projects include “African Amedia”, a performance piece that addresses the negative portrayal of African Americans in the media, and “Unsung Changemakers” a mix-media installation that celebrates the untold stories of African American heroes.
Adu continues to create stunning visuals and come up with brilliant ideas as a commercial designer. His work has impacted such brands as the Coca-Cola Company, NBA, Pizza Hut, PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dannon, SXSW (South by Southwest), and several other Fortune 500 companies and organizations. Furthermore, Adu has been recognized for his stellar work and talent by local and national outlets such as BET, CNN, D Magazine, Dallas Weekly, Soul Train, Revolt TV, Blavity, CW 33, In Transit, Forty Magazine, Dallas Observer (30 Under 30 Honoree), Ebony, Rolling Out, The ADCOLOR Award Show and Conference (2015 Rising Star Award), San Francisco Egotist (32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals), American Advertising Federation Awards and Huffington Post.
Adu is an active member of the American Advertising Federation, AIGA, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Currently he serves as an Advisory board member for The Marcus Graham Project, Director of Social Media for the ADCOLOR Conference and Awards, Director of Diversity for AAF AD2 San Francisco and Board member for The San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Vanguard. Furthermore, as an avid supporter of education, Adu continuously lends his time and knowledge to mentorship. He has taught many classes, including: graphic design, corporate identity, layout and design as well as advertising campaign management, while serving as the curriculum advisor for the Graphic Design Department at the Art Institute of Dallas. Outside the classroom, Adu created “Juice Box Sessions” for The Marcus Graham Project which consisted of multiple sessions on ways to improves your creative skills and position yourself as a creative leader in the advertising industry.
Adu is a creative chameleon with an ability to navigate between art and brand communications with confidence, conviction and brilliance. A visual artist, videographer, director, teacher, social media maven and mentor, Adu is a 21st century renaissance man. He credits his career versatility to hard work and a calling to change the world. “Through my artistry, I aspire to challenge myself to think outside the box and I hope to inspire everyone around the world to push the boundaries of their creativity,” Adu said.