"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 800 million elves created. He also has gained notoriety for his various art projects, including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale and Needs for Sale.
Justin lives in downtown Manhattan with his favorite person, Christine Gignac, and their pet ping pong table.
*Portraits by Ahmed Klink
PRESS + NEWS
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, email him.
PSFK CONFERENCE May '16: Working Not Working
HYPERAKT November '15: How to Start a Business When You Have No Business Starting a Business
SXSW March '15: The Rise of the Creative Economy
SVA February '15: Creative Entrepreneurship
SXSW March '13: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL
HUMBER COLLEGE November '12: Everything I Know About Advertising I Learned by Selling Garbage (& Other Stuff)
PSFK CONFERENCE April '12: UNICEF Good Shirts
HALLMARK July '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well
PSFK CONFERENCE April '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well