CCS: Communication Design (Graphic Design) Programs


Karie Jamison

Big Picture Group (BPG)

Associate Creative Director

She speaks RGB fluently. Her heart pumps CMYK. She dreams in pixels. As an associate creative director at Big Picture Group (bpg), Karie Jamison blends art and technology to craft engaging solutions across multiple devices and contexts.

She partners with creative director leadership to ensure all entertainment advertising is true to strategy, elevates creative standards and boosts creative credentials. Her accounts include CNBC, CNN, E! Network, Fox, Lifetime, HBO, HGTV, NBC and USA Network.

“I’ve been in this business for 15 years, yet I continue to be inspired everyday by new technologies that empower me to innovate and design friendly, useful and sophisticated digital experiences,” said Jamison. “As long as I'm designing, I'm happy.” 

Prior to joining bpg, Karie was a senior art director at JUXT Interactive in Newport Beach, California, where she led the art direction of groundbreaking cross-platform interactive solutions. She worked with top brands such as Aquarium of the Pacific, Cisco, Honda, Motorola, PacSun and Toyota. Some of her accomplishments include 2012 FWA Site of the Day, a 2012 Comm Arts Web Pick of the Week and a 2011 EventTech Award's Best Online + Offline Event Campaign.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jamison began her career at small boutique design shops in Detroit. From there, she moved on to ideas and images (now Push 22), Gryo Design Group and Idetix Multimedia. After moving out west, she landed positions at larger B2C advertising agencies in Southern California, such as ELA Advertising and Atomic Curve. Her expertise and creativity played a part in the identity of several premium brands including MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, WB Games, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, HP and DaimlerChrysler.

“My situation was different from many of the other students at CCS,” Jamison explained. “I went part-time ‘every night,’ so that I could work full time as a designer. Although it was tough, I feel I made the right decision by working in the industry while I was a student. I have seen many cases where students can’t get that ‘dream job’ after graduation due to lack of experience so I am glad that I took that direction.

“CCS was design boot camp. I took it very seriously and it reflects in my work ethics today."

"The instructors were tough and I’m still recovering from being tired. But it was completely worth it because once I graduated I already had the experience and the book (portfolio) to get the right job.”

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