Art director, Gardner Design
It’s a little like father, like son for Wiens.
Brian’s father, Nolan Wiens, worked for advertising agency Sullivan Higdon Sink while Brian was growing up, “so I kind of knew that from early childhood,” he said.
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Wiens, 30, interned for both SHS and another agency, the Greteman Group, while attending Wichita State University. After college, he worked for the Jajo agency before moving to Gardner Design a little more than three years ago.
“I was kind of a natural problem solver. I think that’s what design and creativity is, problem solving for your client and coming up with the right solution.”
As a graphic designer, Wiens has done work for RedGuard (formerly A Box 4 U), Cargill, Cessna, WSU and other clients. Wiens said he’s still doing design work, but his recent promotion to art director gives him added long-term responsibility.
“A designer can sometimes fall into the project-to-project deal, where an art director can have control over a group of projects. You’re more proactive, looking at it holistically and guiding it.”
Outside work, Wiens enjoys creating art for its own sake – “It’s a passion” – and working out with the Shocker Fitness exercise program at WSU, which meets early in the morning at Cessna Stadium.
“I’m an early riser.”