Jim Faris: Creative


Senior creative.

I do it all from; new client acquisition and management to strategy and direction, to crafting the graphic elements and creating code that delivers a solid and exciting brand experience. My primary focus is on WordPress, web design, CMS, UI and UX.


Senior Creative, 501Works LLC

Alexandria, VA — 2019-Present

Senior Creative, UX, UI, CMS… I’m a hands on Creative director. The Adobe XD is always open and active on my machine.

Senior Creative, Accelerant Studios

Arlington, VA — 2007-2019

At a small company, one wears many hats: I develop customer relations, manage client accounts, develop concepts, mock-ups, site maps, UX, UI, style guides, integrate CMS (WordPress, Drupal, SquareSpace, Pardot, etc). I’m a hands on art director. 

Clients: DOJ, APMI, Aperiomics, George Mason Law School, Horizon Pharmaceuticals, National Association of Broadcasters, MyCarDoesWhat, The Magyar Foundation, Steel Manufacturers Association, Association of Research Libraries, Campaign for America’s Future, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Genentech, Medigen, New Health Sciences, DP Clinical, WABA, URAC, National Turkey Federation, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, AM General, Nestle, NYU-Poly, Phrma, Sound Exchange

Adjunct Professor, Corcoran School of Design

Washington, DC — 2010-2011

Web Design For Business; I developed the curriculum and taught a class of business professionals and students how to design build effective sites using, HTML, java script, php and the basics of the Adobe CC suite.

Independent Web Consultant

Boston, MA, Washington, DC — 2005-2007

I designed and developed web sites and business strategies for companies and design agencies. Additionally, I consulted and collaborated with small design shops to help bring a more efficient and a higher level of work for their clients.

Clients: CG Interactive, Black Barn Media, Liberty Run Benefits, NekFIT

Creative Director of Web Development, 3000k

Worcester, MA — 2003-2005

I served as the creative leader of a small but powerful web development team that focused on delivering online solutions to small businesses. I designed and developed web sites, business strategies, and online identities clients. Additionally, I managed all areas of design and development, new business presentations, client and account management, proposals and client communications.

Clients: Morgan Brown & Joy, Pes-it.com, FAE Law, HCR-Group, Boston
Property Portfolio, Red Cross, EB Carlson, Page After PageXML and Production

Specialist, McDougall Littell

Boston MA 2002-2004

I developed and implemented a workflow process for producing educational publishing materials, from authoring through page layout to XML. I created integrated templates in Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, Quark, Adobe InCopy, and HTML resulting in a series of math books, divided by state and grade and delivered in multiple formats and integrated into online and CD-ROM format.

Creative Director/Co-founder

FromTopDown, Boston, MA 2001-2002

I co-founded this unique web design company based on analytic analysis. Before Google analytics, there was not a clear way to segment and understand you site’s traffic. We designed and built the tools that did it, then helped clients re-build their sits to address the true needs of their users. Additionally,I created and managed all online marketing campaigns, banner ad integrations, information kiosks, and websites.

Clients:  TJMaxx, AuBonPain, Carnie Digital, Red Lobster, Holland Mark Advertising, Velocity Advertising, The Another Agency

Creative Director/Partner

Conception Interactive, Boston, MA 1999-2001

I was a co-founder of this small, 3-person, web design firm that grew into a 22 person development shop. I headed new business acquisition, I designed and developed web sites, online marketing campaigns, banner ads, business strategies, online identities.

Clients: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dunkin Donuts, eYak VOIP, Holland Mark Advertising, John Soares Photos, Factory 501

Interactive Art Director, Holland Mark Advertising

Boston, MA 1996-1999

I designed and developed websites to support advertising efforts plus local and national print and broadcast campaigns with online services. Produced, designed, illustrated, and scripted the company’s website that won the CLIO, MIMIC, and HATCH awards. I was instrumental in transforming the small “new media group” into a fully integrated interactive design department.

Clients:  Polaroid, Liberty Mutual, Legends of Golf, US Trust, Casual Male, Veryfine Beverages,  Boston Harbor Islands


Antonelli College of Art and Photography — 1986
Northern Kentucky University – 1984


I love to paint and illustrate, both with traditional media and digital platforms. I’m an accomplished musician and my main instrument is the upright bass. I develop solid marketing strategies. I lead teams, mentor, manage and develop talent. I am a power user of Adobe CC, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver. I specialize in WordPress. I design for Drupal, Pardot, SquareSpace and good old hand coding.

Portfolio and References

My portfolio is available online at https://faris.myportfolio.com/

References available upon request.

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