Dave DeCastris

Executive Creative Director, Artist, Dad, Peasant

One-man brand marketing services agency for businesses, and the artists’ artist to collaborators. Paved this hybrid career path during college—a graduate of Bradley University, majoring in Design—and moved home afterwards to discover an overwhelming lack of good opportunities for creative professionals in my region.  Too far west of Chicago and Milwaukee, and too far south of Madison.

Seeing that the region’s industries couldn’t meet a higher standard of work ethic that my diverse skillset in business and the arts strives towards, I learned how to quickly make my own opportunities to survive.  25 years later, here I am still despite my region’s lack of good jobs and quality leadership. I tell young creatives often who reach out to me for advice:

“Find a voice with your work, nurture it, and slowly step out of the box you work and live in to survive, freelance, establish yourself, be smart with time and charge what you believe is fair, and you can survive being anywhere.”

Argue me otherwise, but it’s true.

A working-class ethos led to launching a successful, disruptive brand vessel in 2004—Andy Whorehall—which could rise above poor regional socioeconomic factors.  I continue to utilize the nom de plume to direct national artists, as well as for publishing mixed-media work; books, film, music, and fine art.  There’s never a dull moment.

The moniker frees me up from the financial responsibilities I manage as an Executive Creative Director by day where I plan, develop, and lead 360° multi-channel brand marketing campaign projects for a northern Illinois based product developer.  It’s a dichotomy of sorts—to have polarizing career paths in business and the arts—but a deep dive into this site, the work, the collaborators and clients, and you can start to understand why I refuse to be pigeonholed by one-dimensional roles and titles.

Leading diverse paths in business and the arts while helping companies and peers achieve goals is an ongoing highlight that I continue to invest great time and care into.   Peer testimonials—and a body of work—says the rest for me.

How about you?  Talk to me—I welcome abnormal conversations.

Thank you and have a nice day on the internet,

dD

One person with two hands and one brain who offers the same 360° brand services as a full servicing marketing agency. Take a review below of my services + skills. Availability is dependent on three major factors: Your budget and time, and my time. I look forward to meeting if the aforementioned factors are understood!

Global Brand Services

Creative Direction

  • Branding and Rebrand Leader
  • Lead Influencer for Company, Product, and Services with Business and Creative Decision Making
  • Marketing Direction
  • Team and Department Liaison
  • Creative Vision
  • Strategy to Execution
  • Art Direction
  • Design and Development
  • Collaboration
  • Mentor and Manager
  • Contracting
  • Budgets
  • Client Account Management
  • Ideation and Presentation

Marketing Services

  • 360° Brand Marketing Direction
  • Digital Marketing
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Online Advertising
  • Content Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Crowdsourcing Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • SEM / SEO Campaign Marketing
  • Campaign Analytics and Reports
  • Hubspot Marketing Pro Certified
  • Hubspot Inbound Sales Pro Certified
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator

Web + Online Services

  • Design and Development
  • Responsive Design
  • Frontend and Backend Development; Wordpress, CSS, PHP, MySQL, HTML5 etc.
  • CMS Development
  • Domain, Email, and Site Hosting Services + Management
  • Cloud Architecture, Archiving and Services
  • Ecommerce: Development, Integration, Security, Credit Merchant, Supply Logistics, Management

Business Operations

  • Growth Planning + Strategies
  • Small Business Development
  • Network Communications + Logistics
  • I.T. Support, Software + Hardware
  • Employees / Team Management
  • Daily Operations and Supervision
  • Client, Contractors, and Vendor Communications

Print Design

  • Logos
  • Brochures
  • Stationary
  • Business Cards
  • Catalogs
  • Signage
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Ads—Magazine and Newspaper
  • Books
  • Annual Reports
  • Forms
  • Planners, Calendars, Reports

Product Design + Development + Launch

  • Vinyl Packaging Design + Production + Distribution
  • CD Packaging Design + Production + Distribution
  • General Product Design + Packaging + Production + Distribution
  • Industrial Product Development + Testing + Production + Distribution
  • Industrial Product—UN Certification Process
  • Patented Product Process

Merchandise Design + Production

  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Undies
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Stickers
  • Canvas Prints
  • Books
  • Music
  • Random chaos and whatever your heart desires to produce

Publishing

  • Copywriting + Editing
  • Design + Layout
  • Self-Publishing
  • ISBN Services
  • Print Production
  • Retail Distribution

Audio + Video

  • 🎧 Composition, Demo Sampling
  • 🎧 Recording Production and Engineering
  • 🎧 Post-production and Editing
  • 🎧 Mixing for Physical and Digital Distribution
  • 🎧 Mastering for Physical and Digital Distribution
  • 🎧 Podcast Production, Scripting, Recording
  • 🎧 Podcast Distribution and Streaming
  • 📹 Pre-production Digital Storyboarding
  • 📹 Location Scouting, Rentals, Props, Models
  • 📹 On-set Art Direction
  • 📹 Post-production Editing
  • 📹 File Conversions, Transfers, and Digital Distribution
  • 📹 Hosting and Streaming Services

Creative, Mixed Media, Commercial and Fine Arts Services

Illustration

  • Graphites
  • Technical Inks
  • Watercolor
  • Portraits
  • Technical:  Product and Engineer Specs
  • Children's Art
  • Custom Requests… Anything

Painting

  • Acrylic
  • Oil
  • India Ink Washes
  • Watercolor
  • Mixed-media

Photography

  • Film
  • Digital
  • Event, Products, People, Places
  • Photo Books
  • Canvas Wrapped Reproductions

Music

  • Songs: Writing + Recording
  • Production, Editing + Mixing
  • Physical + Digital Reproduction for Distribution

Words

  • Books: Writing and Publishing
  • Digital: Blog Articles
  • Interviews

Mixed Media

  • Organic + Digital Compositions
  • Archival Ink Reproductions
  • Silhouette Reproductions
  • 2D + 3D Renderings
  • Prop+ Set Design
  • Photo Manipulation

Need to request a consultation, estimate, or ask me anything?  Please visit my Contact page by clicking here.  Fill out the form and I’ll personally reply within 24 to 48 hours.