Havas Worldwide Chicago Hires Creative Director of Design

By Erik Oster 

Chicago-based artist, designer, photographer and NoPattern Studio founder Chuck Anderson has joined Havas Worldwide Chicago as creative director of design. He will be responsible for setting the overall design vision for the agency, “infusing a sense of craft into client work,” and mentoring young talent.

Anderson founded NoPattern Studio when he was just 18 and, despite no formal training and the decision to forego college, he has worked with clients such as ESPN, Nike, Absolut, Burton, McDonald’s Google and Microsoft. He was also named a Design Icon by Computer Arts Magazine in 2010. Anderson will continue heading NoPattern Studio in addition to his role at Havas.

“Individual creativity is not only allowed, but encouraged here at Havas. We are a better agency because of the unique talent and perspectives people bring to the table,” said Jason Peterson, chief creative officer, Chicago and North America, in a statement.


“Chuck isn’t a ‘cookie-cutter’ creative—he brings a strong vision along with incredible experience honing his craft while running his own design studio. He embodies the perfect mix of talent and passion for design, and I think he’ll raise the bar and inspire all of us at the agency to do amazing work, whether for clients or our own individual passion projects.”

“I have been fiercely independent for 11 years doing my own thing, but feel ready to take the leap into a team role,” Anderson added. “…my approach to creativity has always been about adding excitement in new places. I feel that same sense of creative energy at Havas. It’s like the stars have aligned and I’m really excited to collaborate with the teams and mentor young designers who are just learning the ropes.”

Anderson also seems quite taken with the Havas office and has already begun promoting the agency’s lifestyle to his 20,000+ Twitter followers.