Ben opened his office in 2005 after completing his Master's Degree in England on full scholarship. He supports marketing communications by building assets for creative teams, facilitating design thinking workshops with executives and directing motion graphics. He grew up in the South of Ireland during the troubles in the 1980s, considered being an astronaut and was awarded his MA by Patrick Stewart.
In 2018 Ben visited a space science lab at York University which has an active asteroid mission. It aims to sample the surface of bennu in 2019 and is en route there now. Ben is married, has two children, a zebra finch and lots of books on a wide variety of topics.
He wrote a story about home made ice fishing huts for the final issue of the cult indie publication Works That Work. (It's publisher Peter Bilak also created dot.dot.dot it turns out.) For the story Ben interviewed photographer Richard Johnson whose body of work on the topic spans many isolated frozen lakes across all of Canada.
“Your creative imagery conveys volumes in a positive, insightful and visionary manner. These images will be of value in our quest to inspire greatness and ensure people realize their potential in work and life.”
—Max Carbone, CEO, Teamworks
“Ben was able to visualize our concept and did so in a way that only he can. His style and approach is unique. He was on time, on budget and on concept.”
—Armin Vit, Founder, UnderConsideration, Brand New
“One look at Ben's body of work and it's apparent that he has a singular and engrossing artistic vision—and that he has that rare mix of talent and justifiable self-confidence to turn it into reality. ... It was a terrific experience working with him.”
—Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe, VP UX at Wildcard, Ex Digital Design Director at New York Times and one of Fast Company's “50 Most Influential Designers in America”
“Ben has a diverse and often astounding imagination, which he uses to bring alternative and intelligent ideas to his work. He brought a refreshing perspective to projects and was a pleasure to work with.”
—Rob Brearly, Creative Director, WeAreGolden
"I finally had a chance to look closely at the beautiful work
that you sent to me. Very nice. Great spirit."
“3 pieces of Ben's work has been permanently up on my wall in my office at the Art Directors Club in NYC for the past two years. I think that speaks of what I think of Ben and his work. Very talented man!”
—Ignacio Oreamuno, Executive Director, The Art Directors Club
"Not just an illustrator but strategic too."
—Zak Mroueh, Zulu Alpha Kilo, Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Concrete, Hornall Anderson Designworks, Juliette Cezzar, Khoi Vinh, Landor, Pentagram, Russell Gibbs Design, Q30, Soapbox, The Office of Gilbert Li, Underline Studio, VivaDolan, VSA Partners.
Cossette, Grip Limited, Great Society, Juniper Park, KesslesKramer, Lowe Roche, MacLaren McCann, Palm + Havas, The Hive, Tribal DDB, Venture Communications.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, HHMI, New York Times Magazine, Alberta Venture, Cottage Life, Canadian Business, Best Health, Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Portfolio, National Post, Toronto Life, Esquire BlackBook, Time Magazine, Rotman School of Business, Stanford School of Business Magazine, Waterloo, Wharton
Honda, Chevrolet Malibu, Cadbury's, Ecobee, Hershey's, Kokanee, RBC Investor Services, Penguin, Random House, Teamworks, Horizons ETF, Cumbrae's, Hillstone, Unitron, Thompson Hotels.
Community, Non-Profit, Teaching & Speaking
ADC Global, Canadian Cancer Society, College Track, IIDEX, Do the Green Thing, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Humber College, OCAD, desiringGod.org, the ADCC, FiTC, PEN Canada, YMCA, Miami Ad School Toronto, RGD Ontario, Laila Biali, Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret'd) Senator.
Awards & Press
Communication Arts, Creative Review, American Illustration, Applied Arts, FPO Awards, It’s Nice That, ffffound, DesignEdge Canada, Applied Arts, Coupe, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Peter Giffen, HeyThere, YouNxt, Everclimb, Creative Review, TASCHEN, Juxtapoz.com, IdN and D&AD.