October 27, 2016

The Artist Behind the Illustrations: Thomas Allen

If you’ve visited our website, you’ve seen our artwork-- robots working together, a woman made of resumes sitting frustrated at her computer, a man escaping from a human resources manual down a paper ladder.

Each of the pieces was created by Thomas Allen, an artist who photographs paper cut outs / pop up books he’s created with an X-ACTO knife and thrift store books. He’s been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.

At Taylor Strategy Partners, we believe in the #powerofpersonal. That’s why we do our best to create original content and visuals, instead of relying on stock art. Each of the 6 illustrations Thomas Allen created specifically for TSP tells a different story about workplace challenges: how resumes don’t tell the full story, how textbook answers don’t always get us off-the-hook, or how the workplace isn’t full of robots, but people in a culture.

We had the chance to interview Thomas Allen, one year after he completed a series of 6 illustrations for us.

“Talk about the power of personal; if you’re hiring someone whose going to use stock art to rebrand you, it’s not personal anymore because anyone can use it,” he explained. “To hire someone like myself or anyone to create something that’s original that can only be seen through your marketing materials and no where else ever… that speaks volumes.”

Even better than the amazing artwork is working with an artist who embodies TSP’s mission and values, from getting it done to loving what you do.

“What I take away from this project is there was an enormous amount of trust and faith that I would do the right thing. When something like that happens, it motivates you to really want to make this project work and really put yourself into it,” Tom added. “This project took me longer to work on than other project’s I’ve done but I look back on it now and wish it never ended.”

To view the full interview with Tom Allen, click here

Tags: culture, employer brand, #powerofpersonal

Cheyanne Cierpial

Cheyanne joined TSP as a Marketing Coordinator, working with the team on social media, content creation, and event coordination. After graduating from Denison University, she moved to Columbus where she can be found exploring bookstores and coffee shops during her free time. 

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