Day job: Chief Creative Officer, Manifest Digital
Description: PJ Loughran began his career doing illustrations for the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times while attending Parsons School of Design. Since then PJ has created thousands of illustrations for clients including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Burton Snowboards and the New York Times. Over the last 10 years, PJ’s work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club of New York, American Illustration, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, RSVP, the Society of Publication Designers and the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles.
In his initial years following graduation, PJ has also worked in the interactive world, serving as Design Director and Senior Creative Director at AGENCY.COM, one of the largest multimedia development firms in the world. During his tenure there, PJ helped AGENCY.COM win over 30 prestigious awards through his contributions on projects for clients including Coca-Cola, Nike (Michael Jordan), British Airways, American Express, Hitachi, Harvard Business School and the independent film showcase, Urban Desires.In 2004, PJ founded Kerosene Creative Services, a multi-disciplinary creative firm, designed to service the entertainment and lifestyle markets, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Their clients included Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, LEGO, Warner Bros, amongst hundreds of others.
In 2009, KCS merged with Manifest, a Chicago and Los Angeles based digital solutions firm. PJ currently serves as the company’s Chief Creative Officer.PJ is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Since 2003, he has completed two full-legnth records and performed for audiences across the country, including opening spots for Maroon 5, R.E.M., Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren, REO Speedwagon, and The North Mississippi All-Stars.In addition, PJ was an adjunct professor at Parsons, teaching classes there in web design, illustration, from 2000-2008. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at schools and design organizations nationwide, including the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Columbus College of Art, Oklahoma Christian University and the North Carolina Design Association.