Punk's Not Dead: How Obama’s Design Director Went From Touring Musician To Creative Director At Facebook

July 20, 2017 in San Francisco

From a touring musician on MCA/Universal Records to Design Director for President Obama to a Creative Director at Facebook, I realized that punk influenced my approach during each experience. It fostered independence, confidence and taught me it’s not about me, it's about we. This took me decades to figure out but I will try to share in under an hour.

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Josh Higgins

Creative Director on the Building 8 team at Facebook

Josh Higgins is currently a Creative Director on the Building 8 team at Facebook, exploring new technologies that bring the world closer together. In 2013 Josh concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. As the Design Director, Josh built and led the creative team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. The responsibility of Josh and the team was to design the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. A main focus was to create a uniform message and consistent visual language across all mediums. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh’s work has earned him national honors. Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to social causes. Finding creative ways to support these causes has manifested into exhibits and charitable projects, like The Hurricane, So-Cal and Haiti Poster Projects in addition to lecture series with photographers, designers and film makers with proceeds donated to various charitable organizations