"Help enough other people
get WHAT THEY WANT
AND YOU'LL ALWAYS GET
WHAT YOU WANT."
- JUSTIN'S DAD (VIA ZIG ZIGLAR)
In 2011, Justin Gignac and his partner, Adam Tompkins, set out to make it easier for the best freelance creatives and creative companies to connect. So they founded Working Not Working, an invite-only network of the busiest, most talented and most sought after talent in the business. Creatives broadcast their real-time availability directly to companies looking to hire them – no commissions, no middlemen. What started as a site focused on serving the freelance community has expanded to include full-time talent as well. Working Not Working's mission is to enable creatives to do the work they want so they can live the life they want - whether that work is freelance, full-time or for themselves. Apple, Google, Droga5, Wieden+Kennedy, Airbnb, Kickstarter, IDEO, The New York Times, and hundreds of other companies are now using Working Not Working as an extension of their creative departments.
Prior to starting Working Not Working, Justin was an award-winning Art Director and Creative Director at ad agencies around the country. Perhaps he's best known for helping create
the original ElfYourself.com and unexpectedly unleashing the world’s elf fetish, with over 1.5 billion elves created since it's inception in 2006. He also has gained notoriety for his various art projects, including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale and Needs for Sale.
Justin lives in Brooklyn, NY with his pet ping pong table.
*Portraits by Ahmed Klink
PRESS + NEWS
Working Not Working Co-founders Honored in AdAge: Creativity 50 2015
Working Not Working featured in Microsoft Office Campaign - Watch the commercial below
Justin on Scott Belsky's SXSW '15 panel: The Rise of the Creative Economy
NYC Garbage in Fast Company: 4 Niche Entrepreneurs Who Won Big By Thinking Small
Justin featured in Squarespace's first campaign: Create Your Own Space - Watch the commercial below
Justin's SXSW '13 program with Jocelyn Lai: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL
Justin interviewed by Fast Company Create: How to be a Happy and Successful Creative Freelancer
NYC Garbage featured in PRINT Magazine: Throwaway Culture
Working Not Working on PSFK: Online Marketplace Looks to Disrupt the Freelance Game
Aziz Ansari tweets Justin's Halloween Costume to 1M+ followers: Crazy Swag
If you have an enthusiastic audience that would like to hear the stories behind Justin's work and the evolution of Working Not Working, email him.
VCU BRANDCENTER | RICHMOND | April '18: How Not to Get a Job in the Creative Industry in 2018
4A's TALENT@2030 | NEW YORK | March '18: Interview on Fearless: The Art of Creative Leadership Podcast
EMERGENCE CREATIVE FESTIVAL | AUSTRALIA | March '18: How to Start a Business When You Have No Business Starting a Business
MADE IN SPACE | COPENHAGEN | June '17: Daily Festival Recap
WHAT WORKS? | COPENHAGEN | February '17: Panel Moderator on the Future of Creative Work
PSFK CONFERENCE | NEW YORK CITY | May '16: Working Not Working
HYPERAKT | NEW YORK CITY | November '15: How to Start a Business When You Have No Business Starting a Business
SXSW | AUSTIN | March '15: The Rise of the Creative Economy
SVA | NEW YORK CITY | February '15: Creative Entrepreneurship
SXSW | AUSTIN | March '13: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL
HUMBER COLLEGE | TORONTO | November '12: Everything I Know About Advertising I Learned by Selling Garbage (& Other Stuff)
PSFK CONFERENCE | NEW YORK CITY | April '12: UNICEF Good Shirts
HALLMARK | KANSAS CITY | July '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well
PSFK CONFERENCE | NEW YORK CITY | April '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well