Candace Queen is a multidisciplinary Sr. Designer + Art Director with a creative philosophy that blends form and function with conceptual thinking.
Hailing from Port Arthur, TX and passionate about all things Trill, Chopped and Screwed, her work reflects her Creole roots in Southeast Texas, as well as her love for exploring new technology and hacking culture codes.
Channeling her Daddy’s preacher spirit, she’s made Diversity and Inclusion her ministry, being an evangelist in a range of spaces, from ad agencies to SXSW.
— Design (Graphic + Brand Identity)
— Art Direction (Digital, Print, Social)
— D&I Consulting (Creative Hiring and Retention + Campaign Audits)
Select Press + Speaking Engagements
Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion (2018) | Ogivly & Mather - Chicago, June 18
IRL: Building Authentic Brand Relationships with Experiential Marketing + Ethnography | Michigan State University - Guest Lecturer
Awards + Accolades
4A's 100 People that Make Advertising Great (2017)
4A's MAIPer to Watch Shortlist (2017)
Google AdByte Competition (2016) - 1st Place
Bill Sharp Award for the Future of Advertising Presented by J. Walter Thompson (2015)
ADCOLOR FUTURE (2014)
4A's Foundation OJS IV Award (2013)
American Advertising Federation NextGen Mosaic Leadership Council
American Advertising Federation Media Image Taskforce Co-Chair
4A's MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council
ADCOLOR Advisory Board
Clinton Global Initiative U (CGIU) Ambassador
COALESCE Chicago Commitee
Blacks in Advertising
This project began as a visual anthology of Blacks in Advertising who paved the way for a more diverse industry, inclusive of all cultures. Since our initial Black History Month campaign, we've received an immense amount of interest and offerings of support to evolve the campaign into a full platform, filled with resources and opportunities to continue sharing narratives and perspectives of Blacks in the ad industry. In 2018 our goal is to build a strong board to help drive these initiatives.