Adam Connelly, Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Adam Connelly

Verified Expert  in Design


Los Angeles, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 18, 2018

Adam has deep experience in interaction design, graphic design, digital marketing, social media, influencer marketing, and advertising. His past clients include Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Pixar, Levi's, Barbie, Kraft, Coors, Williams-Sonoma, PayPal, Nike, and Lululemon. He's visually voracious, obsessed with aesthetics, and just wants to make everything more beautiful.


Work Experience

Freelance Creative Director

2018 - 2018
72º & Sunny
  • Managed team members conceptualizing the campaign and design work for the midterm elections campaign on YouTube.
  • Created concepts for a Google year in search film.
  • Worked with strategy and account teams to present work and manage client expectations.
Technologies: Conceptual Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Freelance Creative Director

2016 - 2017
TBWA\Media Arts Lab
  • Conceptualized and produced a holiday social media campaign for the Apple Watch; this included producing four short films about gifting an Apple Watch. These were created and produced in multiple formats, localized in 35 countries.
  • Conceived and produced a summer social media campaign for the Apple Watch; this included producing seven short films showcasing the function of Apple Watch Activity Rings.
  • Led teams in conceiving and presenting creative ideas for multiple iPhone campaigns.
Technologies: CSS, Adobe, Adobe After Effects

Creative Director

2015 - 2016
  • Led a cross-functional team in the redesign of the site,
  • Set the strategy, led the UX, copywriting, and design teams, including casting, styling, and photo shoots. The site and content were localized and launched for 24 countries simultaneously.
  • Spearheaded the creative campaign for Comcast's "Watchable" app.
  • Led a team to design a future vision for the Apple Store App.
  • Contributed to hiring, mentorship, and team growth.
  • Created a future vision platform for teachers using Apple technology in the classroom.
Technologies: Leadership, CSS, Adobe, Mentorship, Team Building

Vice President | Creative Director

2012 - 2015
  • Recruited and staffed the creative studio while overseeing the digital creative work for eBay, PayPal, and Taco Bell Sauces for Kraft.
  • Led multiple campaigns and brand vision for eBay, including a platform relaunch.
  • Won a bronze CLIO for the "eBay Thanks You" campaign in 2013.
  • Contributed to pitches and creative business development throughout the Digitas network.
Technologies: CSS, Adobe, Microsoft Office, Apple Keynote

Creative Director

2011 - 2012
  • Led the creative director on Microsoft Windows 7 & 8 global digital campaign work.
  • Directed a large creative cross-functional effort for Microsoft’s holiday multiproduct ad campaign that was eventually localized in 35 countries.
  • Contributed to the business development, hiring, and mentorship.
Technologies: Microsoft Office, Leadership, Mentorship, Team Building, CSS, Adobe

Creative Director

2004 - 2011
  • Led online ad campaigns for Barbie, Tempur-Pedic, Levi's®, WaMu, and, among others.
  • Directed creative teams in the design and development of numerous projects including the redesign of,, and
  • Coordinated the creative efforts on numerous successful development wins, pitching clients including Vodafone, Intel, Breville USA, Creative Labs, and Yahoo.
  • Developed and patented mobile-driven social bookmarking website and application using 2D barcode technology.
Technologies: Microsoft Office, Leadership, Mentorship, Team Building, CSS, Adobe
1992 - 1996

Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art

University of California, Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA, USA


Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Apple Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe CC, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe, Microsoft Office, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Framer Prototyping, Sketch, Adobe Premiere Pro


Apple, Web, MacOS

Industry Expertise

Advertising, Fine Arts, Film & Television, Fashion




Interactive Web Design, Concepting, Visual Concepts, Strategic Planning & Execution, Conceptual Design, Owned Media, User-centered Design (UCD), Instagram, Online Marketing, Advertising Campaigns, Integrated Marketing, Creative Direction, Digital, Digital Marketing, Digital Strategy, Art Direction, Design, Short Films, Videos, Interactive Design, Sculpture, Oil Painting, Branding, Identity Design, Brand Identity, App UI, Motion Graphics, Experiential Design, Animation, Typography, Print Ads, Visual Identity, Presentation Design, Team Building, Mentorship, Leadership, Websites, K-12 Education, User Experience (UX), Photography, Content Management Systems (CMS), Social Media, Global Strategy, Localization, Transcreation, Digital Effects, Web Design, Strategy, Influencers, eCommerce, eBay, Future Design, Brand Design, App Design, CRM Design, Mobile Web, Package Design, Sports & Athletics, Product Strategy, Product Marketing, Printmaking, Writing & Editing, Communication Design

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