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Tim Young

Creative Director

Tim Young
Creative Director

OMAHA, NE

My father was in the military, so I never really had a hometown. Now that I’ve been in Omaha for 22 years, I guess I would consider this it. I spent one summer cutting grass around the base’s above-ground bomb storage bunkers. After that summer, the program heads deemed the job unsafe and a security risk, so they never offered it again.

Go figure.

CREATIVE CENTER

After high school, I attended this small graphic design and advertising school. I met the owner of Turnpost Creative Group at “Meet the Pros” and negotiated a part-time schedule for while I was still in school.
 
TURNPOST CREATIVE GROUP – GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Less than a year into my career, I made a mistake on a print job and we had to reprint. Because it was my mistake and we were on a tight deadline, I offered to pick it up from the printer and deliver it to the client. I got the home address of our client, went to the print shop, buckled the prints into the seat and started driving. Unfortunately, I started driving in the wrong direction. I went to South Dodge instead of North Dodge, and had to drive all the way back across town. I offered to pay for the mistake, resign, whatever they wanted me to do. Ultimately, the prints were delivered to the client, and my boss laughed it off and told me to learn from it.

I learned to slow down, be thorough and do things right the first time.

The reprint only cost $1200, but $1200 was my entire life at the time.

There were four of us – two bosses, two designers – and we wanted to get into industries we were really passionate about. All of us were cyclists and loved mountain biking, so we created little portfolio pieces and went to Chicago for a mountain biking trade show. Within an hour we realized how naïve we had been; no one was interested in buying or setting up a relationship with an ad agency or design firm. It was a stumbling block but also a lesson learned in strategy.

It just so happened it was Halloween weekend and my 21st birthday, so we turned it into a fun vacation.

SWANSON RUSSELL – ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

After about thirteen to fourteen years at Turnpost Creative Group, I started as Senior Art Director at Swanson Russell and later was promoted to Associate Creative Director. At this point, the world of advertising got larger. I was servicing more national clients and honing management skills, and I helped launch a hospital, digital library and many products into the world of ag.

Work aside, I believe in travel and getting away, especially to the outdoors. My wife and I take our Jeep to Colorado as much as possible. Exploring backcountry, not seeing a single person for days … it’s become our means of centering and resetting.

John Vogel saw the Do Space RFP before I did, and he dove in; he really saw the potential of the project. I was blown away by what he put together, and his words alone got us through the first round. Then we really took the bull by the horn, pulled a team together and started identity work. When we hung everything on the wall the weekend before the pitch, though, someone commented that it felt too similar to recent work by an area agency. We decided to scrap everything. We worked all weekend, I pulled two all-nighters, and everyone really worked their assess off. I think it was because we all really believed in the mission of the project: to provide access to technology and resources to everyone. We all rallied behind that. In the end, our enthusiasm showed, and we won the business.

You can see our work on 72nd and Dodge.

BOZELL – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Advertising-related awards don’t do much for me. I just enjoy solving problems for our clients. Focusing on ideas and executing them in a way that offers solutions for our clients are my greatest accomplishments. I also once won an award for a cooking contest in the office. That was pretty big. I think it was for chili.
 
Words to live by: Be good.

Tim's story

OMAHA, NE

My father was in the military, so I never really had a hometown. Now that I’ve been in Omaha for 22 years, I guess I would consider this it. I spent one summer cutting grass around the base’s above-ground bomb storage bunkers. After that summer, the program heads deemed the job unsafe and a security risk, so they never offered it again.

Go figure.

CREATIVE CENTER

After high school, I attended this small graphic design and advertising school. I met the owner of Turnpost Creative Group at “Meet the Pros” and negotiated a part-time schedule for while I was still in school.
 
TURNPOST CREATIVE GROUP – GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Less than a year into my career, I made a mistake on a print job and we had to reprint. Because it was my mistake and we were on a tight deadline, I offered to pick it up from the printer and deliver it to the client. I got the home address of our client, went to the print shop, buckled the prints into the seat and started driving. Unfortunately, I started driving in the wrong direction. I went to South Dodge instead of North Dodge, and had to drive all the way back across town. I offered to pay for the mistake, resign, whatever they wanted me to do. Ultimately, the prints were delivered to the client, and my boss laughed it off and told me to learn from it.

I learned to slow down, be thorough and do things right the first time.

The reprint only cost $1200, but $1200 was my entire life at the time.

There were four of us – two bosses, two designers – and we wanted to get into industries we were really passionate about. All of us were cyclists and loved mountain biking, so we created little portfolio pieces and went to Chicago for a mountain biking trade show. Within an hour we realized how naïve we had been; no one was interested in buying or setting up a relationship with an ad agency or design firm. It was a stumbling block but also a lesson learned in strategy.

It just so happened it was Halloween weekend and my 21st birthday, so we turned it into a fun vacation.

SWANSON RUSSELL – ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

After about thirteen to fourteen years at Turnpost Creative Group, I started as Senior Art Director at Swanson Russell and later was promoted to Associate Creative Director. At this point, the world of advertising got larger. I was servicing more national clients and honing management skills, and I helped launch a hospital, digital library and many products into the world of ag.

Work aside, I believe in travel and getting away, especially to the outdoors. My wife and I take our Jeep to Colorado as much as possible. Exploring backcountry, not seeing a single person for days … it’s become our means of centering and resetting.

John Vogel saw the Do Space RFP before I did, and he dove in; he really saw the potential of the project. I was blown away by what he put together, and his words alone got us through the first round. Then we really took the bull by the horn, pulled a team together and started identity work. When we hung everything on the wall the weekend before the pitch, though, someone commented that it felt too similar to recent work by an area agency. We decided to scrap everything. We worked all weekend, I pulled two all-nighters, and everyone really worked their assess off. I think it was because we all really believed in the mission of the project: to provide access to technology and resources to everyone. We all rallied behind that. In the end, our enthusiasm showed, and we won the business.

You can see our work on 72nd and Dodge.

BOZELL – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Advertising-related awards don’t do much for me. I just enjoy solving problems for our clients. Focusing on ideas and executing them in a way that offers solutions for our clients are my greatest accomplishments. I also once won an award for a cooking contest in the office. That was pretty big. I think it was for chili.
 
Words to live by: Be good.

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years in industry

20 years

years at bozell

2 years

client experience

  • First National Bank
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Nebraska Organ Recovery

Tim's Hometown

Omaha, NE

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