About Joris van Elk

Lamp of Honor



Joris van Elk

20th may 1970


Independent Creative / Art director.

Founder Those Who Can.

Founder + 1 Mile

Former Executive board member & Creative Director ADCN



Been a creative in advertising and design for over 29 years.

Started at a small hot shop for 2 years and afterwards hopped over to Y&R, Leo Burnett, Lowe and FHV BBDO, where I worked for a solid 8 years holding the position of Creative Director over various (inter)national clients.

Continued my career as an independent creative in 2015. Helped set up KPN kreatie, a massive in-house agency, as CD and creative responsible leader. Founded Those Who Can together with André Dammers, known as the best quality creative network, serving agencies and clients since.

Been honored to operate as a Creative Lead together with the best team for lemon Scented Tea
serving several projects for Delta Air Lines USA.


During the early years I was chairman of the Dutch Young Dogs, and later I was part of VEA's awake table, a consolidation of talented creative people getting in contact with brilliant minds and CEOs from progressive multinationals.


In 2013 I joined the ADCN which resulted in a 5-year commitment to the club as Executive Board Member and Creative Director. Had the pleasure to reshape the ADCN into an international creative player, redesigned the ADCN identity and its award and developed and designed 5 annuals in a row.


I have sat on multiple award show juries. Amongst them 8 times ADCN, The Prix de C’oeuvre, The Spin Awards, The ADC*Europe, and the prestigious ONE Show.


My work has been awarded over 45 times and nominated for a variety of (inter)national awards over 95 times. Amongst these awards are a Gold Cannes Lion, 2 gold Epicas,

a Dutch Design Award, 4 Effies, and 4 ADCN Lamps.


I'm the only creative who received the prestigious Lamp of Honour for his commitment to the ADCN and the creative industry, a unique award designed by the famous David Carson.


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