My name is Ville Kansanen. I'm originally from Finland but have lived in California since 2008.

My basic belief is that "good design" is actually "appropriate design".

In the past 10 years, I've worked for multi-national tech companies, agile startups, and in-house creative groups. I'm very hands-on: I love making things and understanding how my team makes things. I've developed a multi-disciplinary skillset to match project/client needs at every turn. My focus has always been to create lasting design; not catering to trends.

As a strategic partner, I've headed business development pursuits, marketing campaigns, and effective pitches. At Cushman & Wakefield, I spearhead branding and marketing for the largest commercial real estate developments in the world, including Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. I'm responsible for providing the roadmap from visual identity to full-blown marketing campaigns.

My research interests are: contemporary art practices, philosophy, architecture, neuroscience, psychology, branding strategy and flexible identity design.

Ville Kansanen

Outside of the day-to-day, I have an award-winning fine art photography practice, which takes me to the most remote desert-regions of America.

Expertise

Creative Direction & Strategy
Branding & Visual Identity
Presentation & Pitch Design
UX & UI Design
Print Design
Animation & Video
Web Development

Employment

2016-present
Cushman & Wakefield
Creative Director - US West Coast
2012-2016
Cushman & Wakefield
Creative Manager
2011-2012
Proxio
Creative Director (Contract)
2010-2012
People Power Company
Marketing Manager (Contract)
2010-2011
D-Link USA
Program Manager
2008-2010
D-Link USA
Web Developer & Designer
2006-2007
Finnish Defence Forces
Staff Sargaent

Honors & Awards

2015
Lucie Awards
Discovery of the Year
2015
International Photography Awards
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
2015
Kontinent Awards
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
2008
Adobe Achievement Awards
Finalist