Founder of Atlanta motion graphics company will be visiting artist on Oct. 23

Douglass Grimmett, president and founder of Primal Screen, one of the leading motion graphics companies in the Southeast, will give a talk on the power of stories and characters in entertainment branding at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Room 130 of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Grimmett also will give a talk titled “Thriving in Chaos” at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in Asheville at the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, 56 Broadway St. Both events are free and open to the public.

Grimmett has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work in advertising, design and broadcasting. Much of his work has focused on children’s programming, and he frequently gives talks on the future of children’s media. Nickelodeon, the Family Channel, Cartoon Network, PBS, PBS Kids, HGTV, Sesame Workshop and the Disney Channel are among his clients.

He founded his company in 1985 and continues to serve as its creative director. One of the company’s recent projects was the design of a promotional trailer that will be used for the seventh and final season of the AMC television show “Mad Men.”

Past president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts of Atlanta, Grimmett is a member of the board of directors of the Museum of Design Atlanta and of Good Thinking Inc., an Atlanta-based volunteer creative services organization that assists nonprofit organizations. He also is a member of the dean’s advisory board of directors of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance of Florida State University.

Grimmett’s visit to WCU is sponsored by the School of Art and Design.

For more information, contact Jon Jicha, professor of graphic design, at or 828-227-3597.