Dan Draper is a driven designer who seeks to always deliver the complete and correct solution to any problem. He earned his degree in industrial design from Auburn University and pursued graphic design after a childhood spent learning the fundamentals from his dad (also a graphic designer). This unique background has made him an asset to every creative team he's worked with, bringing thinking and direction to the table different from that of other creatives.

Dan is currently the Associate Creative Director of BrandBossHQ and wmHarper. Paired with his copywriter partner (and Creative Director) Gil Templeton, he conceptualizes every campaign and creative initiative that goes out the door for agency clients, and is responsible for determining the visual look for each project.

Most recently, Dan was the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Novant Health, one of a very small number of creatives serving the team member- and recruitment-centric communications needs of the People & Culture (HR) department within the overall, 35,000+ person organization. He oversaw and executed a huge number of constant and concurrent creative endeavors, from video shoots to branding initiatives, social media campaigns to direct mail collateral. Thanks in part to his efforts, Novant Health won the HRO Today award for the 2021 Most Admired Employer Brand in the Healthcare category.

Prior to this, Dan was a Senior Designer at The Variable, an ad agency in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that was named an Ad Age Small Agency of the Year three times in four years during his tenure, a unique accolade among the nation's small agencies.

Dan has a wife, Kayla, and a son, Apollo, with whom he can be found after the workday is through. They love exploring new places together, from Burning Man to Iceland. Dan is also available for interesting freelance opportunities. If you have a creative problem you think he can solve, are another creative looking to connect, or simply want to say "Howdy!" please don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your time!
Associate Creative Director, 2023 — Present
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dan Draper Design
Freelance, 2009 — Present
Manager of Strategic Initiatives, 2021 — 2023
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Senior Designer, 2020 — 2021
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Designer, 2014 — 2020
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mitre Agency
Designer, 2012 — 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina
Code Immersion Bootcamp, 2017
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
BIND in Industrial Design, 2010
Auburn, Alabama
Product Design Study Abroad, 2009
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Dan Draper 2023 Résumé
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Dan is a passionate designer with an eye for detail
Dan and Eric Proctor, then Novant Health's VP of Strategic Initiatives, accept the HRO Today award for the 2021 Most Admired Employer Brand — Healthcare