John C Jay

President / Executive Creative Director | GX

No Creativity. No Life.

October 20 | 1:30 | Tower Theatre

Innovation, new ideas fueled by technology and social change will determine who will lead us into the next revolution. It is not the size of the brand, company or organization but the depth of one’s thinking and ability to make ideas into reality. As with brands, small cities and communities can compete with the biggest and the best if they build their own network of top talent. Creativity is not a luxury or an expense. It is the catalyst for our future. It is about survival. Without it, you merely exist. For now.

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October 20 | 1:30 No Creativity. No Life.

John C Jay currently serves as President of Global Creative for Fast Retailing’s global fashion and apparel brands including Uniqlo, Theory, J-Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princess TamTam.

With Founder and Chairman Tadashi Yanai, Jay oversees all aspects of creativity from marketing communications, product, design, interiors, architecture and digital content.
He works with Uniqlo sports and cultural ambassadors, select designers on fashion collaborations, as well as special programs in the arts including artist and museum relationships.

Jay has offices in Tokyo, Portland and New York City and is opening R&D centers in key cities around the world.

Previously, Jay was the President and Creative Director of GX, creative consultancy in partnership with Wieden+Kennedy in Portland Oregon. He was a partner at the agency for 21 years, serving with Dan Wieden as Global Creative Director and part of the Global Management Team and a trustee of Wieden+Kennedy Trust.

Jay also oversees Studio J, his longtime independent creative studio which develops and invests in lifestyle concepts and product ideas.
He has served as consultant to the Ace Hotels amongst others. His most recent project was the design of “The Ride” by Paige Powell at the Portland Art Museum, an exhibition of previously unseen videos and photographs of Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol during the influential art scene of Manhattan in the 80’s and 90’s.

John C Jay has received numerous citations throughout his career.

1   Named in the “Top Ten Most Influential Art Directors of the Past 40 years” by Graphic Design USA Magazine.

2.  Inducted into the Art Directors Club’s Hall of Fame.

3. Named by Fast Company Magazine as “100 Most Creative in Business”.

4. I.D. Magazine, “40 Most Influential in Design”

Jay is also the founder of the Jay Scholarship Fund at the Ohio Statue University supporting students of Asian descent to pursue a study and practice in the arts and creativity. He serves on the board of Caldera, with programs in Central Oregon and the Portland areas, helping young people who face challenges in their school and home life.

Jay has lectured at various international symposiums including the Wexner Center of the Arts  and the creative festival in Cannes France.