Tim Girvin

Tim Girvin

Founder | Principal Girvin Strategic Branding, Advisory Consulting Board Member at The Film School / Seattle

Greater Seattle Area

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Tim Girvin's Overview

  • Founder and Chief Creative Officer at GIRVIN | Strategic Branding & Design

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Tim Girvin's Summary

I'm looking for stimulating partnerships -- for intellectual and business alliances -- for companies that are trying to enter the US markets effectively, or for organizations that are considering exploring the US, Europe or Asia. We strive, using imaginative collaborative "thinkshops", with our partners, to build the business of our clients, internationally, through balanced and thoughtful marketing / creative, coupled with empowered, collaborative design. I believe in exploring; and getting that exploration out there to my community: I tell stories here:
http://blog.girvin.com/ | http://tim.girvin.com/Entries/index.php |

Brand: the etymology, from 1000 years ago -- it's about fire and passion -- this what we ignite, brandstories® sparked from the heart of the business, to the experience of the target. We use a grouping of tools -- brand workshops and charrettes that energize teams in the exploration of brand development and positioning. Collaborative brandstorming is part of the practice that our teams manifest in visioning, strategic direction, emotional content and personality positioning and experience design development.


Brandstory: hybrid media design
BrandQuest®: thinkshop
Brand acceleration
Packaging systems
Integrated experience design

Groupe Danone
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Harvey Nichols
Johnson & Johnson
Kraft Foods
MTM Luxury
Paramount Studios
Yves Saint Laurent
Wynn Resorts

Strategic & business planning
Brand shift
Marketing plans
Site design / community

Tim Girvin's Experience

Founder and Chief Creative Officer

GIRVIN | Strategic Branding & Design

Sole Proprietorship; 11-50 employees; Design industry

January 1976Present (38 years 9 months)

Lead the firm through 35 years of global work, in all media, to clients ranging from Nintendo and Shiseido, to Microsoft and Apple, Paramount Studios to Wynn Resorts.

I personally participate in all holistic identity development programs for our clients, messaging and branding strategic work, soul finding and brand storytelling, as well as motion picture and entertainment marketing design.

I work nationally and internationally to create opportunities for our teams, as well as our clients.

I lead the firm in strategy, personality expressions and hybrid integration of messages in all media.

I advise a team of 20+ Girvin resources, team members and consulting colleagues.

I teach, in corporate settings, creativity, branding innovations and storytelling, emotional and sensate content in brand media and personal "human brand" work.

I lead nearly all Girvin branding, corporate leadership, innovation, soul-finding and positioning workshops.

Tim Girvin's Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout

    Boy Scouts of America, Troup 313, Inland Empire Council, Spokane
    • October 1968

    The Eagle Scout award is the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America. My Eagle Scout community project was the discovery of an old concrete watering trough on Grand Avenue, used to water horses, coming up the Grand Avenue from downtown Spokane. I designed, hand lettered, built and installed a roadside signing treatment that remained in place for many years until it was mowed down by a winter snow removal truck. The watering trough was installed originally in 1902.

Tim Girvin's Projects

  • GIRVIN Creative

    • 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Tim Girvin

Tim Girvin's Skills & Expertise

  1. Design Strategy
  2. Brand Strategy
  3. Writing -- core message development
  4. Strategic Planning
  5. Packaging
  6. Experience Design
  7. Brand Development
  8. Retail Design
  9. Design Management
  10. Corporate Identity
  11. Creative Strategy
  12. Corporate Branding
  13. Concept Development
  14. Creative Direction
  15. Marketing Strategy
  16. Brand Architecture
  17. Consumer Products
  18. Marketing Communications
  19. Art Direction
  20. Strategic Thinking
  21. Creative Development
  22. Copywriting
  23. Luxury Goods
  24. Product Development
  25. Graphic Design
  26. Logo Design
  27. New Business Development
  28. Writing
  29. Visual Storytelling
  30. Storytelling
  31. Branding & Identity
  32. Marketing
  33. Digital Marketing
  34. Advertising
  35. Adobe Creative Suite
  36. Strategy
  37. Web Design
  38. Art
  39. Interaction Design
  40. Graphics
  41. User Experience
  42. Online Marketing
  43. User Interface Design
  44. Typography
  45. Integrated Marketing
  46. Digital Strategy
  47. Illustration
  48. InDesign
  49. User Experience Design
  50. Email Marketing

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Tim Girvin's Additional Information


Travel, digital photography, cairns, architecture, retail design, etymology, languages, art history, spirituality, symbolic expressions in art and architecture.

Groups and Associations:

American Institute of Graphic Arts, Design Management Institute, Japanese Graphic Design Association, Industrial Design Society of America, Japanese Typographers Association, Luxury Marketing Council, Seattle Art Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Society for Environmental Graphic Designers, Broadcast Design Association, Dentsu Corporate Communications Group, Dai Nippon Communications Alliance, American Marketing Association, Society for Marketing Professional Services, MySpace.com, Flickr.com, Society for Interpretative Design, TED community, The Luxury Board, The Eagle Scouts of America

Honors and Awards:

Mayors Honor Award | Seattle
Eureka! P&G Award | Cincinnati
Numerous design awards from:
Type Designers Club of NYC;
Art Directors Club;
Communication Arts;
American Graphic Design Annual,
Print Magazine Annual,
Novum Gebrauchs Graphik Magazine
Idea Magazine
Senden Kaigi
VSMD, Brutus (Japan)
Création (France)

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