KEYNOTE / BOWEN AMES
Bowen Ames lives and works; the specifics are kaleidoscopic. Independently he is a multi-faceted designer working in multiple mediums from product design to social engagement. His career began as an Exhibition Technician at The Guggenheim Museum. Simultaneously, he founded and served as creative director of a contemporary artist residency program on a sustainable farm in Upstate New York. After moving to Portland in 2008, he shifted from fine art to design. In Portland he specialized in the art direction of photographic and filmic content for brands, publications, advertisers, and record labels. His commercial clients include Google, Microsoft, HP, Nau, Nike, Adidas, Yves Saint Laurent, Atlantic Records, Subpop Records, Travel Portland, Travel Oregon, and many more. Alongside his work as an art director, Bowen rigorously peruses creative research and self-teaching with independent projects ranging from capsule fashion and accessory lines, adventure photography, creative writing, and publication design.
Most recently: after completing a contract as a lead creative and photographic art director for Google Brand Studios, Bowen left Portland for a full time position with Amazon as Art Director of Device Engagement. In this work he leads the concept and design for social media and consumer engagement. Bowen is the recipient of an Effie Award for excellence in advertising and was recently tapped by The White House to serve as a technology and innovation advisor specializing in small business development and entrepreneurship.