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Ian Wharton

Ian Wharton

  • Group Creative Director
  • United Kingdom
  • Member since 2013

Ian Wharton has served as part of the global creative leadership of design and innovation firms in WPP and Publicis, and is the author of Spark for the Fire: How Youthful Thinking Unlocks Creativity.

Over six years at AKQA, Ian built high-performing multidisciplinary teams in two countries representing clients including Volvo Cars, Formula 1, Elton John and Virgin Atlantic, alongside acting on AKQA’s Creative Council and leading its annual student competition Future Lions at Cannes.

Previously, Ian was one of four founding partners of technology startup Zolmo, leading the creative for the Apple Design Award-winning apps developed in joint venture with Jamie Oliver, some of the top-grossing, top-rated apps for iPhone and iPad with over 20 million downloads. During that time, Zolmo was honoured by D&AD, The Webby’s and ranked in Design Week’s Top 50 Design Consultancies.

Ian graduated best-of-show from university with short animated film Solar (2007), earning a Royal Television Society Award. He later joined visual effects company The Mill as an art director, designing commercials for Audi, EA and game trailers for Sony. He has since been named an Art Directors Club ‘Young Gun’, one of BIMA’s Digital Hot 100, Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencers and Campaign Magazine’s A-List.

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