Michelle Willems
Brooklyn-based Michelle Willems knows the craft of design. She began her career in the hands-on, pre-computer era working alongside Louise Fili, designing restaurant identities and book covers. Swiftly and successfully she transitioned into the entertainment industry as an art director being noted as creating and contributing to some of the most innovative, irreverent and iconic images for giants like MTV, Sony Music, Comedy Central, VH1 and Honey magazine. One of her greatest talents is recognizing amazing talent, nurturing and working with some of the hottest photographers, illustrators, musicians and artists of our time. Other clients include Nickelodeon, Rubell Hotels, A+E Networks, Cornerstone Promotions/Fader Magazine, Martha Stewart, Mavi Jeans, Stop Smiling Magazine and BET Networks. She's taught typographic design at SVA, Pratt Institute and Miami Ad School. Some of her numerous awards come from Broadcast Design, Print, AIGA, the Young Guns show at Art Directors Club in New York City, and was honored to be a part of The Richard Wilde Retrospective at SVA in 2010. She is currently the Art Director at NYU, in their Advertising and Publications department.