Marek Okon - Art Director in Tokyo

Marek Okon

I'm an art director in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I'm a Tokyo based art director, who goes under the alias of OKON. My approach to creative projects comes from a passion to play the roles of craftsman and inventor in order to visually and conceptually bring an idea to life.

I specialize in art direction and graphic design, with a focus on advertising, social media, and film. That goes without saying that I also find myself involved in unique projects from time to time as a photographer or illustrator.

Up until the end of 2015, I worked at Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo for 10 years as a senior designer, collaborating with clients such as Honda, Nike Japan, Google, MTV, Sony Playstation Japan, Sony VAIO, and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. I have taken on the role of designer, art director, photographer, illustrator, and animator interchangeably throughout many projects that I have been a part of.

Some of my accolades include having my personal work featured in publications such as STASH MEDIA, and Rock Port, being invited to speak at Plus+ International Conference in Birmingham, England about experimental typography and exhibiting personal work at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.

I was born in Krakow, Poland, but grew up and studied design production at the SCHOOLOFDESIGN, and design theory at YSDN in Toronto, Canada.

Oh... and my favorite drink is a White Russian.

My Creations

  1. This Is A Pen - Sony Vaio

    18 February 2016

    This global campaign is about inspiring people to go make great things with a computer. Sony VAIO is made for artists, writers and makers to help make the vision in their heads tangible. Effortlessly and stylishly. From the initial spark, to polished execution, Sony VAIO has the tools to support... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  2. OYKOT - GGG MURAL

    18 February 2016

    In December 2008 W+K TOKYO marked its 10-year anniversary in Japan with an exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (GGG), entitled "OYKOT : WIEDEN+KENNEDY TOKYO : 10 YEARS OF FUSION".

    The exhibition celebrated W+K Tokyo's hybrid Japanese + Western culture and approach to the creative process, which continually challenges traditional... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  3. OYKOT - GGG HYBRID FACE

    18 February 2016

    In December 2008 W+K TOKYO marked its 10-year anniversary in Japan with an exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (GGG), entitled "OYKOT : WIEDEN+KENNEDY TOKYO : 10 YEARS OF FUSION".

    The exhibition celebrated W+K Tokyo's hybrid Japanese + Western culture and approach to the creative process, which continually challenges traditional... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  4. Google Mobile Girl

    18 February 2016

    Before smart phones were common, many people didn't know that Google search is just as powerful on mobile devices as it is on PCs. To communicate this to the Japanese market we developed a fictional character named Mobaco and developed stories around various situations she was able to solve using... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  5. Armed with their Fresh Push Play iPhone App, HIFANA took to the streets of a once again bustling and vibrant Tokyo to sample the city sounds, followed by an electrifying live set at night performed with only iPhone and iPad. We invited a small group of fans to the exclusive... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  6. Tokyo.Now - Obsession

    18 February 2016

    Inspired by Japan’s appetite for the new and its never-ending passion for curiosity, the 8th and final episode of TOKYO.NOW features a series of original content based on the theme of Tokyo.Love, from beginning, to and back again
    The series of abstract narratives begins with “Voiceflux”, a collaboration between W+K... continue reading (1, 0 images)

  7. In 2012, Nike Japan launched a new baseball collection, designed for hard-ball and Koshien players.

    The collection is called "NIKE SHA|DO", SHA(謝) meaning appreciation, and DO(道) meaning way.

    We wanted to introduce the SHA|DO collection as though it was meant for a new bread of warriors. Warriors that wake up... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. NIFANA - 24H

    18 February 2016

    Hifana, a Japanese breakbeats duo, released their 3rd album entitled '24H'. The album features 12 music videos that are seamlessly connected into one master work of audio-visual animation and film. The story through out all 12 tracks is based around a day in the life of Hifana.

    The album packaging... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  9. GID is a masters level design program started by Pratt in New York, Royal
    College of Art in London, and Keio Media Design in Tokyo.

    To help promote the program, we developed a website and a branding
    system based on visualizing tweets from Twitter that contain one of three
    keywords... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  10. Sony’s Artists and Engineers campaign was all about celebrating what interesting things can happen when an artist and engineer comes together to create something new.

    We developed The Hub, a platform for people to go and view the latest Sony products, and discover some exciting stories behind their ideation and... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  11. This is Syban

    26 February 2016

    Just a sneak peek photo of what's to come.
    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/this-is-syban

  12. Sleepy Sanur

    7 March 2016

    The sleepy town of Sanur, Bali with its east facing beach, makes for some amazing sunrises and captivating galaxy photos.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/sleepy-sanur

  13. Mount #Lempuyang in eastern #Bali is one beast to try to conquer on a #motorbike.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/mount-lempuyang

  14. Virgin Beach in North East Bali offers some spectacular volcanic backgrounds, and crystal clear waters. Or in my case, a photo moment.
    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/virgin-beach-bali

  15. Here's today's spectacular sunset facing Bali, with MountAgung peeking out from behind the clouds. As the minutes passed, and night approached, the tide continued to recede into the horizon and a calmness descended upon the surroundings.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/2016/3/26/ombak-sunset-on-gili-trawangan

  16. Pool life

    2 April 2016

    This was taken at Maya Sanur Resort and Spa. Amazing place.
    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/pool-life

  17. Stars Over Bali

    8 April 2016

    Every year the ‪‎Balinese‬ celebrate ‪‎Nyepi‬, which is an annual day of silence, and if you have been there during that time you'll know just how DARK night really can get since the entire island shuts off its electricity and lights for 24-hours. What an amazing sight to see each... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  18. A Walk In The Park

    18 April 2016

    Showa Kinen Park, which is about 30 minutes out from central Tokyo, is currently having it's annual flower festival where tens of thousands of tulips, among many other varieties of flowers bloom throughout the park. Not to mention it's a good place to take the misses for a stroll and... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  19. Water Colour Sky

    4 May 2016

    Sunsets from the west side of Bali are truly some of the most spectacular we have seen during our trip back in March of 2016. These are taken in Pekutatan while we stayed at Kelapa Retreat & Spa.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/water-colour-sky

  20. Undulated

    13 October 2016

    Smokey rooms, florescent lights, stiff drinks, and this girl.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/2016/9/30/indulated

  21. SONY - The Hub

    17 October 2016

    Check out some new work I added to my Behance portfolio for a project I helped on a few years back.

    http://be.net/gallery/43860421/Sony-The-Hub

  22. The only thing better than eating ice cream, is getting to photograph it and eating it after over and over and over again :)

    Here are some of my favourite social media pieces I worked on for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/44350633/Ben-Jerrys-Japan-Social-Media-Content

  23. In 2008, W+K Tokyo developed a series of on-air station iDs with MTV JAPAN around the idea of “MTV_____ME” to re-ignite that original MTV spirit of how MTV makes you feel.

    We then further developed this concept by asking various musician and performers during the 2008 MTV Japan Music Awards... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  24. Residual

    2 December 2016

    I'm incredibly excited to announce the release of RESIDUAL. An art film I was lucky enough to work on with a talented group of people. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it.

  25. Back in July I spent a cold and rainy afternoon wondering around a deserted low tide Isshiki Beach, with nothing but my camera and my friend Myu. These are the photos from that eerie, quiet, and motionless environment.

    http://photography.marekokon.com/blog/2017/9/3/low-tide-beach