The Monkeys has made another new hire. Creative director, Ben Sampson, has arrived at The Monkeys from San Francisco, where he has been creative director at Argonaut for the last year and a half.
The Monkeys co-founder and chief creative officer, Scott Nowell, commented, “Ben’s won all the industry awards, worked with the world’s biggest brands and has had great success in different creative ventures. He’s one of the industry’s most innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers, which suits our culture to a T.”
Sampson had travelled to San Fran in March 2016 to work on tech giant Fitbit, and his Effie award-winning work helped the company stay ahead of Apple in wearable tech.
Prior to this, Sampson was a director at and co-founder of Idea Gallery, a creative collective working globally. He was the creative director on the global relaunch of Coke Zero, and Sampson’s Just Add Zero campaign was the first Australian work to be adapted globally by Coke.
From 2007 to 2012, Sampson was founding partner at creative hotshop, Happy Soldiers, which was named The Most Effective Independent Agency in Australasia by the Effies (2012) and Creative Magazine’s Hotshop of The Year. Sampson’s work for Tontine Date-Stamped Pillows and Zuji Beans showed off his talent for innovation.
Sampson is also co-founder of Sydney’s first and largest online fixed-price florist, Little Flowers.