JOHN LONG


 executive creative director/writer
 johnalong@gmail.com | Twitter: @janthonylong




About me.
I'm currently Global Head of Creative at The Economist. Previously, I was Executive Creative Director/Writer at Ogilvy in New York City and I've held creative posts from L.A. to Austin to Brooklyn. My work has garnered attention in The New York Times, Ad Age, Ad Week, The Verge, Mashable, Taxi, and CNN, to name a few. And I've been interviewed by Fast Company, The Drum, and Digiday, among others.

I've written about creativity and the advertising industry in The Drum and Campaign, about politics in Columbia Journalism Review and The New Republic, and goofed off a little in McSweeney's. I've judged The Drum B2B Awards, the ACE Awards, the Silicon Valley ADDYs, and ADC's Portfolio Night. And I'm an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  

Awards and recognition.
I've been very fortunate to work for great agencies and great clients. So I've managed to win an award at every place I’ve worked. The current tally is over 50 and they include:

  • Cannes Lions
  • One Show
  • D&AD
  • Clio
  • LIA
  • Effies
  • Webbys
  • Shortys
  • ADDY
  • ECHO
  • The Bowery Awards
  • Midas
  • Davey
  • WebAwards
  • Communicator Awards
  • Loyalty360 Awards
  • The FWA
  • Promax
  • Sundance Institute
  • Airports Council International North America Marketing Excellence in Marketing Award (great story)



A little more about me.
I'm a second generation ad guy. I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Miami, went to college in Nashville, and grad school in Los Angeles. I read a little too much non-fiction and enjoy travel, cooking, and public transportation, and I’m a husband and a father of two boys. 

And even more.
I earned two degrees in classical music composition, my first job involved interviewing an insanely drunk Charlton Heston at 10:30 in the morning, I'm a dual citizen (US and Italy), and I once wrote a letter to the editor that got my first son a full scholarship to the University of Texas when he was still a few hours old. (Seriously.)

The 2019 American Advertising Federation, Hall of Fame Program Ad
It was an honor to be asked to write Ogilvy's ad for the 2019 AAF Hall of Fame program. It's also excellent advice for creatives.



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