Don Lee
Art Director at DDB
(628) 213 - 9141


When I was a young boy, I was considered obese. To turn the table around, I started running to lose weight. Surprisingly, whenever I ran, my brain couldn’t stop thinking about people’s complaints in ordinary life, and soltions for them. Running became the fuel that helps me concept great ideas. 

Since then, I have ran more than 3,000 hours for ideas which have led to works that improve brands and the lives of others.

I am ready to run until my cartilage on my knee is gone if it’s valuable for the world. Let’s make cool shits together, I’ll run for it.

(Fun Fact: I made a TED-ish speech about running in front of 600 people. Enjoy watching it with popcorn.)


2018 White Pencil (TOP5 of 2018)
2018 Yellow Pencil
2019 Yellow pencil 


2019 Gold

New York Governor Cuomo’s PSA
Honorable Mention

One Show
2020 Advertising Portfolio Winner
2019 Bronze

SXSW Interactive Innovation Award
2019 Finalist x2

Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas
2019 Honorable mentions

New York Festivals
2017 Third Prize 2019 Third Prize x2
2019 Finalist x2
Communication Arts

2018 Advertising - Winner
2018 Interactive - Shortlist x2

Applied Arts Awards 
2018 Winner

American Advertising Award
2019 Judge’s Choice & Gold



DDB, San Francisco
Art Director:
Energy Upgrade California, iShares by BlackRock


Droga5, New York
Art Director Intern:
Harley Davidson, Sprint, AdCouncil, Prudential

Grey, New York
Art Director Intern:
Volvo, Gillette

R/GA, New YorkArt Director/UX Designer Intern:
Verizon, Pepsi, Ally

Edelman, New YorkArt Director Intern:
The Catholic Church, Tazo, V8


TBWA, Seoul
Junior Board Strategist


Samsung, SeoulDream Class Teacher:
Teaching underprivileged students


Republic of Korea Army
Honorable Discharge as Signaller, Sergeant

🎤Guest Lecture

@UC Berkeley
Startup & Advertising club 'Idea Factory'

Speech project 'Hammering'


2018 ~ 2019
Miami Ad School, San Francisco

Art Direction

D&AD New Blood Academy, London

Creative/Client Pitch (Google) winner

Hanyang University, Seoul
Major: Educational Technology

Minor: Business Administration

Graduated with distinction and President Award


New York Daily News
The New York Times


MSN News

Digital Mckinsey
Fast Company
Fast Company

Communication Arts
Applied Arts Magazine


Creative Advertising

Art Direction, Strategy,
Concepting, Graphic Design

UX Design

Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Desig System building, User Research, Wireframing, high&low fid mock-ups, UI design, Interaction design

Adobe Creative Suite

Photoshop, After
Effect, Illustrator, Premiere Pro

UX Tools

Sketch, Invision, Principle, Adobe Xd

Don Lee, Art Director