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Kenna Kay


Kenna Kay is a creative director specializing in visual design, branding, and communications strategy. She develops collaborative creative by leading the planning, design, and execution of brand experiences, products, services and campaigns in a variety of environments from large media companies to innovative start-ups.

Kenna is the founder of The Kay Project, a design and brand strategy consultancy. She recently acted as creative director for Nickelodeon where she directed the Nicktoons channel rebrand. Before that she developed strategic communications and branding materials for ZanaAfrica, a Gates foundation funded NGO in Nairobi Kenya, whose goal is to keep Kenyan girls in school by providing health education and hygiene products. Previously she was the V.P. Creative Director at TV Land, an MTV Network.

Kenna is a teacher, mentor and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of conferences and forums. She has been a guest critic and visiting lecturer on design issues at The Cooper Union, Izmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi, Turkey, and Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Israel.Kenna’s work has been recognized by Print, Communication Arts, HOW, Art Directors Club, British D&AD and Promax/BDA. Her judging experience has included Communication Arts, American Illustration, 365 AIGA “Year in Design” and Society of Illustrators. She has served on the National Board of the AIGA and as Vice President of the New York chapter and co-chaired the AIGA Design and Business Conference.

She is an associate faculty member at Columbia University where she advises students in the Strategic Communications Program, and has also taught as adjunct professor in the Illustration Department at Parsons School of Design. She is an advisor to BrightSide Food Distributor, a non-profit organization tackling the problem of food deserts, and represented them as a finalist in the 2015 Aspen Ideas Awards. When not working, she is most likely on her bike, somewhere in New York City, wearing a helmet and stopping at the red lights.

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