My name is Brett Essman and I'm a Senior Art Director currently working at Periscope in Minneapolis. I've worked at big and small advertising agencies in Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland, Maine with brand experience such as Arctic Cat, Buffalo Wild WIngs, Trolli, Canadian Club, Samsung, Minnesota Twins, and Klondike to name a few. When I'm not working you can find me out on the lake, training for a half marathon or in the kitchen with my wife, Alanna, sons, Jude and Everett and our two rescue dogs, Gus and Gracie.

Where I've Learned

Periscope // Sr. Art Director // Aug 14-Present
Arctic Cat, Buffalo Wild Wings, Minnesota Twins, Cox Communications, Minnesota Lottery, Great Clips,
Trolli and
new business pitches

Martin|Williams // Art Director // Feb 12-Aug 14
Finnegans, Marvin Windows, Integrity by Marvin, Wolverine, Kubota, Syngenta and new business pitches

The VIA Agency // Art Director // Dec 11-Feb 12
Samsung, Klondike, LoJack, DuPont, Perdue, Cinemax and new business pitches
• Ad Age's 2011 Small Agency of the Year

EuroRSCG // Art Director // Apr 11-Nov 11
Sprint, Canadian Club, Citi, Sauza, Groupon, Quill, Sonic and new business pitches

DraftFCB // Associate Art Director //Apr 10-Apr 11
Motorola, USPS, OnStar

Brainco // Art Direction
St. Cloud State University // Advertising/Marketing



Effies (2 Bronze)
Minneapolis AdFed The Show (Trolli Integrated Campaign - Silver, Basilica Block Party- Bronze, Destination Elevation - Bronze)
Brodersons (Portland, ME AdFed)
NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Awards)
Featured on ihaveanidea.org
Featured student at Portfolio Night 7-Chicago

Campaign Live
Fast Company
Design Taxi








*Logo hand lettered by the talented Mike Greenwell, you can find his work here: http://www.greenwellgraphics.com/