Les Kollegian - Jacob Tyler Creative Group
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
For Les Kollegian, great design is more than a profession, it's a passion. He holds a Masters in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and has more than 18 years of experience designing marketing campaigns. Les shares his enthusiasm for design principles through the weekend seminars he has taught, the customized courses he instructs for some of his corporate clients, and through volunteer activities such as having acted as a volunteer art therapist for nationally renowned Children's Hospital in Washington DC. His forward-thinking visions for digital design and technology have provided the creative direction for established major brands in the digital marketplace.
It was a visit to San Diego in 1995 that inspired him to save up some funds and move to Southern California. There, he became the Creative Director for Echolink Interactive, a San Diego interactive media agency. In 2000, he set out on his own to start a boutique design firm. Now, when he is not busy working for one of his many corporate customers, Les unwinds by playing with his son (Jacob Tyler), traveling with awesome wife Allison (who he coincidentally met while branding her company COVERPLAY), speeding down the slopes on his snowboard, and trying valiantly to score below 90 on the golf course. Les is a member of the AIGA and currently serves as the Communications Chair on the AIGA Board of Directors in San Diego. Les speaks regularly at design conferences and universities on the topics of Web Design, Creative Strategy, Marketing, and Usability. His clients have ranged from start-up companies to Fortune 500 firms, including America Online, Intel, Gateway, and Qualcomm. His list of satisfied customers also includes Four Seasons Resorts, Active.com, Fox Television, Chili's Restaurants, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Sea World. Favorite Quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -- Henry David Thoreau