brent van horne
executive creative director
I'm an executive creative director in Chicago with a decade of experience leading pursuits, projects, and teams.
I spent the first part of my life playing sports. I spent college reading and going to shows. I spent grad school writing and teaching. These three things are directly responsible for who I am as a creative.
I'm a natural leader who's not afraid to stand up for the right idea and for the team. I'm a curious, relentless learner with an insatiable appetite for new things. And I'm a creator and a mentor, who leads by example and knows how to get the most out of teams and clients.
I've used these skills to bridge the gap between strategy, creative, and technology, collaborating seamlessly across disciplines to bring the best ideas possible to life.
Over the years, I've collaborated with hundreds of incredible colleagues. Some of them even have nice things to say.
From Strategy Director Bryna Corcoran: Not only is Brent creatively talented, but he also knows how to rally his designers to produce fantastic work, boost morale across all teams that he works with, and instill a massive sense of confidence in the creative direction for both internal and client teams. I have not met a client that didn't fall in love with Brent's ideas, personality, and approach.
These are some things I like.
A ton of great writers love Seth Fried. They say things like, Seth Fried is the future of fiction, and Fried is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction. And who am I to disagree?
I also happen to know Seth Fried, but don’t hold that against him.
If you like music, you'll love this podcast. Song Exploder is a podcast from Hrishikesh Hirway where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.
There's something hypnotic and endlessly interesting about hearing how individual pieces of a song come into existence and are woven together to create a single work of art.
If you've ever played a video game and wondered why you liked it so much (or didn't like it so much), you'll love Game Maker's Toolkit.
Since I discovered Game Maker's Toolkit, I've spent as much time watching videos about video games as I have playing them.