The Moving Art Direction of Danielle Evans

Danielle reaches into her story of triumph and trauma to share real, visceral hope. like a good movie but much shorter, expect to laugh, cry, and soar. Visual Snacks Provided.



Raw. Moving. Delightful.

Not bad for a midwestern art director who’s had one hell of a time. Danielle’s unique worldview and line of work predispose her to excellent stories. In each of her talks, she balances her personal narrative against broad lessons for all people. From her very humble (pie) beginnings to a brush with death, her talks are vulnerable and inspirational, hilarious yet poignant. Bring tissues. Prepare to examine yourself. Yes, it’s that good.



Creative South 2014, 2015, 2016 // CSCA's 20/80 // AAF Dayton's 20 Minutes and a Martini // Circles 2014, 2015, 2018 // Creative Works // Real Thread // Weapons of Mass Creation // Design Madison // CCAD Ad Graph // SAA // AIGA Pittsburgh // Austin’s Design Ranch // Create Upstate // Made in the Middle // AIGA Charlotte // Creative Pep Rally // Epicurrence Winter Work Week // Fuse Sessions // Crop Baton Rouge // CreativeBloc // MNSUM Artist Residency 2018 // Project Passion 2018 // CSCA 2019 // Dribbble Hangtime NYC

Current Lectures


The Bleue Period

The Bleue Period is a journey through grief and recovery, the personal struggles that influenced and affected Danielle’s professional output. Like Picasso, we all experience blue periods; while dark times are short blips on a lifelong career, they can generate the most growth if we know where to look.

Honest, humorous, and poignant, TBP is a relatable and warm discussion that resonates across industries and experience levels. (40 min)

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The Extraordinary Strokes of Genius in Ordinary Objects

An exploration uncovering the secret lives of ordinary objects with art director, Danielle Evans. The tone is humorously academic, lighthearted while poignant, and filled with gifs, videos, and stills. Given Danielle’s wide range of skills, there are takeaways for all disciplines and many lessons to glean from the world around us. (25-40 min)


Art School Confessional (RETIRED, GIVEN UPON REQUEST)

Every artist starts from the same place: really bad. Follow designer Danielle Evans down the breadcrumb trail to pre- and post- art school mishaps, flops, and failures in Art School Confessional. Relive the light horror of horse posters and bad clients before coming out clean on the other side, learn the beginnings of food type, and discover what encouragements from the not-so-distant past can inform our creative futures. (25- 30 min)