Charles Bongers is the founder and creative director of Charles Bongers + Co. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he is an award-winning creative director, brand designer and illustrator who is passionate about nature and engaging in the outdoors. He is also a world-class sailor, avid mountain climber and tree warrior.
As former co-founder of Ditch + Stone Brand Strategy Architecture and Design and co-creative director of Ogilvy-Toronto, Charles has led the development of strategic brand communications and design campaigns for some of the world’s leading consumer goods, environmental, food, financial services and technology companies. Included are Nestle, Quaker, Microsoft, World Wildlife Fund, American Express, National Bank Financial and GlaxoSmithKline. In Toronto and Seattle, Charles has worked, extensively, with leading entrepreneurs and investors to create launch strategy and branding campaigns for industry-changing start-ups Ecobee, Skytap and Smilebox.
When asked what sets Charles apart, clients will say, “It’s his intuitive knack for understanding our company and uncovering the strategic bull’s-eye of our brand value”. Or, as Charles would say, “If the brief doesn’t spark a million creative ideas then you really haven’t dug deep enough to find the compelling brand opportunities”.
Charles's passion for nature has inspired him to write and illustrate, “The Family Forest Field Guide”, for a return to the woods. He is currently working on a children’s book with the intention of creating an early childhood connection with nature.
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