Los Angeles is the city of my childhood though I no longer call it home. After graduating from UCLA and a few
years working in entertainment advertising, I headed north to settle in Sonoma County. Along the way, I managed
to spend time in Asia, South America, North Africa and Europe. Japan and Morocco, are among my top travel destinations. Thrift stores, botanical gardens, street food, and oysters bars never get old to me. When I’m not working, I’m gardening on my 6 wooded acres in Sebastopol where I live with my wife, daughter, and a Staffordshire bull terrier named ‘Otis’. When I’m not gardening at home, I’m on the road, becoming ever more inspired by nature and the seemingly infinite quantity of art and culture that grace our world.

With over 25 years of experience working in the design industry as an art director, design director, and graphic designer, I believe strongly in raising the standards of visual communication. I have motivated and inspired teams
to deliver outstanding creative work under ambitious deadlines and lean budgets. I’m an avid collaborator. I thrive
in team environments and respect each individual’s contribution to the creative process. I embrace the challenge
of bringing my clients’ ideas to life, always striving to find a fresh vision for their brand. I’ve managed creative
teams for top home and lifestyle brands that deliver high-quality retail, wholesale and trade catalogs.  I’ve art directed countless shoots on location and in studios throughout the U.S. and have been responsible for managing photographers, stylists, designers, set builders, copywriters, and illustrators. I am proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and on the Macintosh platform. I have a remarkable work ethic, an elevated aesthetic and an eye for detail. Through my design education and experience, I’ve learned the value of creating exceptional imagery to communicate meaningful stories that reinforce the power of connection.

Clients

Gumps
Pendleton
Viva Terra
Restoration Hardware
Target
Medtronic
Smith & Hawken
Banana Republic
Endless Knot Rug Co
GE Capital
Pottery Barn
Levi Strauss & Co
Roost
Hearst Publications
Baker Furniture
Appellation Magazine
Seven Fold Creative

Photographers

Reed Davis
Sean Gelbaugh
Sean Dagan
Philip Harvey
Shaun Sullivan
France Ruffenach
Patricia Heal
Jon Jensen
Steven Randazzo
Laurie Frankel
David Martinez
Jose Martines
Charlie Maier
Christina Schmidhofer
Daniel Proctor
Maria Robledo
Gentl and Hyers
Simon Watson
Dane Tashima
James Baigrie

Contact

dave@davekovner.com
T.707.529.2995
 

 
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