Jim Harrison is an award-winning creative director, brand strategist and speaker. He is a former Senior Creative Director at the University of Florida, where he guided strategic branding efforts for the university, taught courses in graphic design theory and design thinking, and co-created and launched the Academy of Strategic Creativity, a 6-month professional development curriculum for UF faculty, staff and leaders. His design studio MetaVisual specializes in branding, visual systems and design strategy.
An IDEO certified Leader for Creativity and certified IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Co-creator, his Forward Thinking masterclasses help unlock the creative potential in people, teams and organizations by demystifying the creative process and demonstrating how ideas form within our own minds and grow in collaboration with teams.
His graphic work, featured in multiple solo gallery exhibitions, has won numerous Gold and Best in Show ADDY awards, and is in the collection of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. He is a past recipient of a prestigious SAPPI Paper “Ideas That Matter” grant, and a founding board member of AIGA Gainesville.
Over the course of his career, Jim has worked with a diverse group of local, regional, national and global brands including Proctor & Gamble, McDonalds, Experiencias Xcaret, Marvel Comics, Mars Chocolate, Exactech, the University of Florida and many others.