01     who






Contact
simon@gravitas.studio
+45 24209741


Hello, I’m Simon Theis Jensen a Danish award-winning creative & creative director based in London, United Kingdom. I have over 8 years experience from London’s advertising industry and was at the age of 24 promoted to Head of Art, as one of the youngest in the UK. In recent years I have specialised in creating communications that inspires positive social change to one of the world’s most complex and pressing issues on behalf of the UK Government and European Commission. I have worked with more than 40 Civil Society Organisation across 7 European countries and have directly consulted more than 10 EU Member States on their strategic and creative communication.

My work has been recognised by more than 20 international awards from major creative competitions including D&AD, Cannes Lions, Graphis among many others.

I have had the privilege to be a jury member for international award competitions such as Ad Stars Advertising Festival, appeared as a guest speaker for the Romanian EU Presidency, and occasionally I act as mentor for new creative talent at the School of Communication Arts in London.

In 2016, I founded the communication studio Gravitas︎offering support and consultancy on branding, identity, campaigns and design for clients around the world. My clients includes H.M. UK Government, European Commission, Bedre Nætter and many more.



02     ethos




My experience of having been part of more than 10 agencies and have led as well as build two separate creative departments. I have become a firm believer in that; caring about who you work with and understanding who you communicate to, are two fundamental factors to any creative success.

I believe being better with the people we work with, is the key to doing better work. Building culture, leading by example and empowering an audience minded ethos creates for thriving and unified enviroment, where minds have the freedom to think and ideas are trusted to be shared. I believe this makes the way for a great creative department and successful agency.

Why would anyone care? In the ever-raging battle for attention, audiences no longer care what we’ve got to say. We have to earn audience attention and the right to communicate.

I have defined four simple principles that I believe shape the form of work which earns us the right to connect with audiences and makes for better and more effective communication.

Research Based, Audience Minded, Strategically Driven and Creatively Led.

With these principles I believe in doing whatever is right based on a great understanding of the problem and the audience. It’s just a matter of defining the right form for the right audience. By having a great understanding and believing that communication can manifest in any form. We can create purposeful communication that taps into relevant cultures making people care, engage, react and solve problems. If this a fully integrated campaign, a street installation, a book, a building, a logo, a Facebook ad. We should and must always create communications that is shaped by the problem and formed for the audience.



03     experience



Gravitas Studio / London, UK

Founder & Creative Director

Jan 2016 –


Gravitas is a creatively-driven communications studio who exist to create purposeful communication that adds value to your audience and your business. We are a creative problem-solving studio, creating whatever solution is right for the audience based upon a great understanding of the problem. If this is an integrated campaign, a brand identity or a street installation. We deliver work that creates genuine connections with people and drives business results.




The Network Hub / London, UK
Creative Director

Oct 2017 – April 2019

I helped initiate, build and run The Network Hub as the first ever government funded communication service to provide bespoke communication support to European civil society organisations. The agency was set up with the aim to build EU collaboration and to sustainably create positive social change in local communities across Europe.




ESCN / Brussels, Belgium
Creative Director

Jan 2016 – Sep 2017


On behalf of UK Government I joined the European Strategic Communication Network to lead on creative consultancy to EU Member States. I directly consulted governments and policy makers on how to build communication capacity of civil society organisation as well as inspiring positive social change in vulnerable communities through strategic and creative communications.




Breakthrough / London, UK
Head of Art

Oct 2014 – Dec 2015


I helped build up a 20+ strong creative department at Breakthrough from being a start up agency to become an award winning communications agency and production company, specialising in behavioural change and society building through communications inspiring positive social change.




CHI & Partners / London, UK
Conceptual Creative

Aug 2013 – Sep 2014


I worked as a conceptual creative in a creative team developing concepts and created work for Vuse, Argos and Lexus bringing together creativity, technology and data in new and exciting ways.




Freelance / London, UK
Conceptual Creative

Aug 2011 – Sep 2013


Over my time as a freelance creative I worked with a range of creative agencies including VCCP, BBH, Elvis, Imagination, Glue Isobar, Grey London, Havas and Wunderman. Creating communication concepts for brands such as Aunt Bessie’s, Bentley, Cadbury Creme Egg, Hugo Boss, Nokia and Star Alliance among many others.




04     awards & honours



Judge / Bogota, Columbia
WINA 2019

World Independent Advertising Awards, is the academic response to a growing wave of independent multinational agencies and networks, seeking a space that truly represents them in a fair, autonomous and visible way.




Judge / Busan, South Korea
Ad Stars Advertising Festival 2019, 2018 & 2017

Asia's biggest global advertising awards based in Busan, South Korea.




Award / London, UK
Creative Review Annual 2017

The Creative Review Annual is one of the most respected and trusted awards for the creative industry. We celebrate the best creative work from the past year, those who create it and commission it.




Award / New York, USA
Graphis Logo Annual 9, 2017

Graphis is the compelling record of the world's most significant and influential works in Design, Advertising, and Photography. Since 1944, Graphis has presented the work of accomplished talent in the visual communications industry who have demonstrated exceptional excellence.



Award / New York, USA
Graphis Design Annual 2017

Silver award from Graphis Inc in the design Annual 2017 in the poster category.




Award / New York, USA
Graphis Poster Annual 2017

Merit award from Graphis Inc in the Poster Annual 2017 in Social & Political category..




Award / Cannes, France
Cannes Lions Bronze 2016

Bronze Cannes Design Lions in Brand Identity: Non-profit category. Cannes Lions is the global benchmark for effective creative marketing communications.




Award / London, UK
DADI, Best use of Social Media 2015

The DADIs are open internationally to all agencies and brands who are producing exciting and innovative digital work. From apps to consumer products, use of search to social media, paid media and VR, the DADIs have been recognising excellence for the past 12 years.




Award / London, UK
Best Awards, Best Social Media Campaign 2014

Best Awards single-mindedly celebrate the people who are championing innovation and originality. Research suggests that clients are looking for agencies that aren’t afraid to step outside of the norm. Equally agencies are looking for clients who are prepared to invest in transformational ideas.




Award / London, UK
Best Awards, Best of the Best (Merit)

Best Awards single-mindedly celebrate the people who are championing innovation and originality. Research suggests that clients are looking for agencies that aren’t afraid to step outside of the norm. Equally agencies are looking for clients who are prepared to invest in transformational ideas.




Award / London, UK
CIPR, Best Intergrated Campaign 2014

CIPR awards. Excellence Awards - the leading international PR awards. PRide Awards - the leading regional PR awards.




Award / London, UK
DMA, Best use of Social for Brand Building 2013

Direct Marketing Association Awards. The home of the UK's thriving data and marketing industry. Rewardingly hard to win.




Award / London, UK
D&AD, Best New Blood 2012

Design and Art Direction is a British educational charity which exists to promote excellence in design and advertising. Widely considered one of the most prestigious and difficult-to-win awards in design and advertising.




...and many more
See all awards and honours here; Linkedin︎


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