Everybody has a story. Here’s Peter’s.
Let’s start with Peter living in the UK in his mother’s hotel until the age of 17. Getting a small elongated room when the hotel was busy, to a suite in the off season. Making Peter’s friends enquire how busy the hotel was before they ventured over. Leaving the hotel 3 times a year to attend boarding school, first in the West and then in the South of Scotland. After school, being involved for a short time as a trainee priest — before entering art school in England. Notably, to this day, only wearing the color black.
However, there are two exceptions. His kilts. One a Royal Stewart red. The other a Hunting Stewart green. As a Scot, tradition is close to Peter’s heart. Peter resides in Dallas with Deborah his wonderful wife and lover, a yoga therapist, and their four generous sons, ranging in age from 20 years and up.
Typographer, Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Writer, Photographer, Marketer and Co Founder in Dallas of The JFK Unspoken Speech Project http://unspokenspeech.org This magical journey, traversing traditional and digital, started back in London over 25 years ago.
Peter’s ad agency adventures go from Saatchi & Saatchi, Yellowhammer, WCRS and Howell Henry in London to Ogilvy, Euro, Goodby Silverstein, The Martin Agency and Slingshot in the US.
Peter’s curiosities go from Greenpeace, Jeans, Finance, Newspapers, Soda, Cars and Scotch Whiskey in the UK to Riverkeeper, The JFK Unspoken Speech Project, Technology, Mobile Phones, Cars and American Whiskey in the US.
Peter’s passion begins and ends with this question: “What’s the human need for anything you do?”
Along the way, Peter has worked with many who owned the challenges. People who ranged from creative provocateurs to the most gracious souls on this planet. Including Art Directors, Writers, Planners, Account People, Producers, Directors, Media Gurus, Digital Wizards, Photographers, Illustrators and Clients.
Peter is the sum of “their” parts.
Peter has fallen and risen on their blood, sweat and their collective fears.
Equally important on this journey are the clients who collaborated along the way. Peter was fortunate. Most cared. Most gave a damn. Allowing opportunities to create great work for such clients as IBM and Motorola with Hello Moto. Not forgetting an adventure back to Europe with Volvo Cars, in Sweden.
As a teacher, Peter has taught and lectured in the UK, the US and as an Adjunct Professor at VCU Brand Center in Richmond. Peter has also spoken at the Creative Circus, Miami Ad School, Delaware, California College of the Arts, SMU, SCAD and OU. As well as given informal talks to many High School students.
And all this human experience?
It makes Peter run 3 miles a day.
It makes Peter who he is.
It makes Peter say, “Thank you for listening.”