Allen is currently the Creative Director at Parallaxd+c (design and communications) a boutique firm that services non-profits, startups and small businesses. He has worked in the field of Graphic Design for more than 20 years.
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island, Allen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising/Graphic Design from Pratt Institute and completed post-graduate studies in design and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allen learned his craft from some of the world’s best known designers and illustrators including Milton Glaser, Minoru Morita, Paul Davis and Charles Goslin. In Allen’s own words: “New York City was my teacher and preacher. I picked my instructors carefully; these guys were thinkers that could design anything, so they designed everything.”
After graduating from Pratt, Allen went to work for a small design firm, Miller+Pagani, where he designed annual reports, corporate ID’s, and packaging for companies like Kingworld Entertainment and Mutual of America. From there, Allen went on to become a key talent in the Outdoor Division of the Gannett Company, where he created national and local advertising campaigns for buses and subways.
In 1996, Allen joined the New Product Development Division of American Express and later the Creative Media Division, where he honed his corporate design skills, working as a designer and project manager on the product launches of Amex Blue, Delta SkyMiles and the Centurion Card, as well as other American Express product offerings.
In 2001, Allen relocated to San Francisco, where he accepted the role of Art Director at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and served for 9 years. In 2006, he founded Parallaxd+c and began generating a diverse clientele in the United States as well as Indonesia and Singapore.
An enthusiastic traveler, collector, artist, and ongoing student of fine arts, Allen continues to produce original works in photography and mixed media. He has participated in one-man and group shows on the East and West coasts over the past 15 years. His works are also displayed in several private collections.